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Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) announces the appointment of Philip Bane, Anthony Granado, Dr. Neelu Tammala, and Erika Yalowitz to its Board of Directors. This addition increases FACS’ board from 10 to 13 members; expanding the organization’s capacity to carry out its mission at a critical time for our planet.

“This new class of board members brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and diversity to FACS. We are thrilled to welcome Philip, Anthony, Neelu and Erika to our organization,” says Meg Mall, FACS’ Executive Director.

Philip Bane is the Managing Director of the Smart Cities Council, a Coalition of leading companies that seeks to advance the livability, workability and sustainability of the world’s cities. Philip is an expert in applying technology to achieve sustainability. He has been a pioneer in resource informatics for sustainability (managing multiple resources streams via integrated data management). Philip has held senior, global positions in sales, operations and law. He has taken a company public as its General Counsel, established businesses in Russia and India, and led complex, multi-million dollar projects managing data in the oil and gas industry. He was Army Ranger qualified while in the military, completed 200 hours of Vinyasa Yoga Training and is now studying to be a Zen Buddhist Chaplain for community engagement. 


“I am very honored to have been selected to the Board of Directors of the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. Having worked extensively with both Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia (winners of our global Readiness Challenge) in developing data driven solutions for making communities livable, workable and sustainable, I am excited about the opportunity to undertake a deeper dive into climate mitigation strategies,” says Philip.


Anthony Granado has served as Vice President of Government Relations for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) since May of 2019. Anthony directs the Social Policy Team at CCUSA who analyze and make recommendations on legislative and regulatory affairs in service to the mission of CCUSA, the member agencies and the clients that are served on a daily basis throughout the country.  Prior to coming to CCUSA, Anthony served as Director for the Office of Domestic Social Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops where he managed a policy team providing analysis on U.S. domestic policy in service to the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Anthony also previously worked as the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Portland, Oregon. In addition to his service to the Church, he taught as an adjunct faculty in history at Portland State University and served on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for the Department of Community Justice of Multnomah County, Oregon.


Anthony shares, “I am grateful for the opportunity to join the board of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. Pope Francis reminds us that creation is a gift from God and that care for our common home, the earth, is a part of our commitment to others and the common good.”


Dr. Neelu Tummala is a physician and clinical assistant professor of surgery at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  She has a special interest in advocacy concerning the health effects of climate change, and is an avid writer on this issue.  In addition, she has been actively involved with providing medical education and giving public testimony on the intersection of climate and health.  She is on the Steering Committee for Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action and is on the Associate Board of City Year DC.  She is a trained Climate Reality Leader and works with The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Environment Virginia as a volunteer activist and educator.


“My belief in the sanctity of human and animal life strongly influences my climate advocacy work.  The health impacts of the climate crisis affect every being, with the most vulnerable suffering the worst impacts.  I look forward to joining this group of individuals who similarly place value on every life on this planet, and are fighting to protect those lives, as well as the planet itself,” says Neelu.


Born in Bogota, Colombia. Erika is passionate about conservation and the importance of healthy soil, air and water for the preservation of life on our planet. Erika believed that this is an innate privilege that all generations, like a torch, have the duty to carry forward. Erika’s community involvement includes roles as Vice-President of the Providence District Council, Corresponding Secretary of the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations and a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Tysons Partnership. She has been active for the past decade in the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and her activism includes multiple campaigns, from the Stop Violence Against Women in Amnesty International in 2003, to her own bid for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2019, which was based on a strong environmental and transit platform. She is a co-founder of the Virginia Menstrual Equity Coalition that has successfully worked with the VA General Assembly to reduce tax and increase availability of feminine care products. She serves on the Tysons Transportation District Advisory Board and currently works with Arlington JDR Court.


States Erika, “I am honored and delighted to start working with an organization that is inclusive of faith and the care of our beautiful home, planet earth. Two issues very dear to my heart.” 


The new board members begin their 3-year term in September.