About

The YEARS Project is a multimedia storytelling and education effort designed to inform, empower, and unite the world in the face of climate change. #YEARSproject

Dillon Palmieri

Intern

Dillon Palmieri

Intern

Dillon Palmieri is an atmospheric science major at Cornell University and a research intern at The Years Project.

Caroline Logler

Intern

Caroline Logler

Intern

Caroline Logler is a rising Junior at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is majoring in Television, Radio & Film, and minoring in English and Textual Studies.

Kate Meyer

Intern

Kate Meyer

Intern

Kate Meyer is entering her Senior year at Boston College. Kate is majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Political Science and holds a minor in Sociology.

Vishva Bhatt

Intern

Vishva Bhatt

Intern

Vishva Bhatt is a second-year student at The George Washington University. She is majoring in International Affairs, with concentrations in Environmental Studies and Security Policy. She is also minoring in Sustainability and Arabic Studies.

Lily Huang

Intern

Lily Huang

Intern

Lily Huang is a candidate for a BFA in Film and Television at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is pursuing a career into the film and TV industry through various freelance productions, including iLion (commercial, ILion Co.), Mommy, Xiamen (documentary), A Little Momentum (short film, Chinese Dancers Association Young Artist Project).

Morgan Schacker

Executive Assistant

Morgan Schacker

Executive Assistant

Morgan is a passionate environmentalist that has been devoted to conservation since she was a teenager. A native New Yorker, she immersed herself in the culture of progress that the city has to offer. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from Hunter College and a Master’s in Renewable Energy & Sustainability from University of Colorado: Boulder. She is committed to fighting for climate justice and a just transition in the face of our changing world. Her interests include writing and journalism, connecting with the earth and meditation.

Josh Futtersak

Researcher

Josh Futtersak

Researcher

Josh Futtersak leads research and fact checking at The Years Project. He specializes in OSINT based investigative research and often writes and works behind the camera. Josh received his Master’s from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism where his research focused on organized crime in Eastern Europe, religious history, and unique New York subcultures.

Ilana Berger

Social Media Community Manager

Ilana Berger

Social Media Community Manager

Ilana Berger is a recent NYU graduate with a B.A. in journalism in environmental studies. She helps create brand engagement and grow TYP’s active social media communities, as well as build strong relationships and partnerships with other non-profits, digital influencers, celebrities, and thought leaders.

Prior to working at TYP, Ilana worked in digital marketing at Urbanstrong, a Brooklyn-based environmental project management firm. Prior to that, she helped with communications and digital content creation at AARP.

Ilana’s interests include green urban infrastructure, environmental justice, and being extremely online.

Sam Sedlack

Production Office Manager

Sam Sedlack

Production Office Manager

Sam Sedlack is a mental health, disability-rights, and LGBTQIA+ activist. Sam has received an NAB Marconi and was nominated for an MTV Woodie for her time as Program Director at WRHU FM. She has appeared on-air at Sirius XM, ESPN, and got her start at the NPR Affiliate WJFF, the nation’s first hydropowered radio station.

Sam also worked at NBC, Tenth & Hudson Productions, and is the host of Super Normal Podcast. Super Normal featured guests such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Daniel Illario of Idle No More, and Isaac Vergun, one of the students participating in Kelsey Rose Juliana v. USA.

Jorja Hudson

Video Editor

Jorja Hudson

Video Editor

Jorja Hudson is a full-time video editor for The Years Project. Her editing credits include videos for MTV, B.E.T., Condé Nast, BarkBox, NowThis, Complex Media, The New York Post, Planned Parenthood, UCBComedy and more. She is originally from London, England and is based in Brooklyn.

Achim Steiner

Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Achim Steiner

Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Achim Steiner is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a post for which he was unanimously selected by the UN General Assembly. He is currently in his third term at the organization’s helm.  Before joining UNEP, Mr. Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and as  Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. He has worked in I ndia, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, USA, Vietnam, South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya, among other places, and chairs a number of key bodies at the United Nations.

 

Fred Siegel

Founding Partner, Fred Siegel Partners

Fred Siegel

Founding Partner, Fred Siegel Partners

Fred Siegel is founding partner of Fred Siegel Partners, a team that creates and implements large-scale social change initiatives for corporations and leading non-profits. Fred currently sits on the The American Cancer Society’s Revenue and Marketing Board, and advises multiple startups and non-profits ranging from Google Venture-backed SideCar to Ourtime.org. Prior to Fred Siegel Partners, Fred was the Marketing lead for Excite, Excite @ Home, QVC, Executive Creative Director for Ketchum Advertising and Group Creative Director McCann Ericsson.

Mark Tercek

President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Mark Tercek

President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. A former managing director for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 25 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading the Conservancy, which he joined in 2008. Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.

Andrew Sharpless

CEO, Oceana

Andrew Sharpless

CEO, Oceana

Andrew Sharpless has led Oceana as Chief Executive Officer since 2003. It has since grown to be the largest international conservation organization solely dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. Sharpless holds degrees from Harvard Law School and the London School of Economics and has broad business and NGO leadership experience. He was previously Executive Vice President of Discovery.com, the online division of Discovery Communications. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of the management team that launched RealNetworks, a pioneer in streaming media.

Laura Turner Seydel

International Enviro. Advocate & Eco-Living Expert

Laura Turner Seydel

International Enviro. Advocate & Eco-Living Expert

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She also serves on national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Green Schools Alliance, Environmental Working Group, Ray C. Anderson Foundation and the Carter Center Board of Councilors.

Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes environmental education and gardens in schools, and former chair of Zero Waste Zone, an organization that promotes communities working together to change current disposal methods of consumed products. She also co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Peter Seligmann

Former President & CEO of Conservation International

Peter Seligmann

Former President & CEO of Conservation International

Peter A. Seligmann has been a leader in creating conservation solutions for the past 35 years. Since he founded Conservation International (CI) in 1987, CI has earned a reputation as an organization on the cutting edge, creating innovative and lasting solutions to the threats facing humanity, biodiversity and the natural systems that sustain us all.

Orville Schell

Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society

Orville Schell

Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of fifteen books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. He is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Schell is also the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize in Asian Journalism.

Carter Roberts

President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Carter Roberts

President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Carter Roberts is the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide, 1.2 million of which are in the U.S.  Roberts received his MBA from Harvard Business School following a BA from Princeton University, and subsequently held marketing management positions for Procter and Gamble and Gillette. He went on to lead international conservation and science programs for fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy before coming to WWF in 2004.

William Reilly

EPA Administrator under President George H.W. Bush

William Reilly

EPA Administrator under President George H.W. Bush

Administrator William Reilly served under President George H.W. Bush. He represented the United States at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He was an instrumental figure in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which contained the first provisions to control acid rain.

Robert Putnam

Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

Robert Putnam

Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

Robert D. Putnam is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors, including the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious global award in political science. He has written fourteen books, translated into more than twenty languages, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century.

Sigourney Weaver

Correspondent

Why I'm involved

There is so much misinformation about what is creating the fires, the droughts, the extreme storms. I really wanted to be part of getting the correct information to people.

Sigourney Weaver

Aasif Mandvi

Correspondent

Why I'm involved

Caring about animals and their survival ensures our survival, if we want to not go extinct ourselves.

Aasif Mandvi

Jack Black

Correspondent

Why I'm involved

I spoke to scientists, I spoke to politicians, I spoke to children, and I spoke to a psychiatrist. I’ve really run the gamut of all things climate change on this incredible personal journey of mine.

Jack Black

Gisele Bündchen

Correspondent

Why I'm involved

When we all unite our unique abilities in service of a common good, we can create a better world.

Gisele Bündchen

Cecily Strong

Correspondent

Why I'm involved

I like the idea of this show, because it humanizes climate change, and it makes it something that I can understand.

Cecily Strong