Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

Board of Directors and Staff

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Board of Directors

Eric Goplerud

Chair

Dr. Eric Goplerud is a clinical psychologist, and Vice President and Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. A longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Eric has been involved in interfaith social justice efforts to end homelessness in Fairfax County and developing local solutions to climate change. His career and his advocacy stem from a common motivation: to bring people together to solve problems that most severely impact people who are poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Scott Peterson

Co-Vice-Chair

Scott is a Unitarian-Universalist and co-founder of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. A FACS board member and vice-chair of external affairs, he is also chair of the advocacy committee. In that role, his focus has been on moving Virginia’s largest population center, Fairfax County, to address the climate emergency. As the organization’s representative to the Virginia Conservation Network’s legislative committee, he guides FACS’s statewide legislative strategy, works closely with advocacy teams, and helps to build coalitions. Previously, he was employed in the financial industry, where he was managing director of communications at New York Stock Exchange Regulation and director of communications at the Nasdaq Stock Market. Scott is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Born in Pennsylvania, he is the grandson of coal miners.

Shyamali Roy Hauth

Co-Vice-Chair

Shyamali is an Indian immigrant, US Air Force veteran and community organizer who has been working on environmental and equity issues for many years. She serves as Outreach lead for several organizations including the Virginia Equal Rights Coalition and VAratifyERA and in 2019 was a candidate for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Shyamali was raised in the Hindu tradition and remains active in the Himalayan tradition of yoga and meditation. She knows that all change begins at the local level and promotes that in her TV program, Global to Local. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is also a certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. Shyamali is a keen advocate for the intersectionality of climate solutions and social justice.

Rev. Sarah Scherschligt

Treasurer

The Rev. Sarah Scherschligt is the lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria (Fairfax County). With a background in biology and environmental ethics, Sarah has made caring for God’s creation an integral part of her ministry. She founded the ELCA Metro DC Synod Creation Care Team and is currently leading her congregation through a renovation with a focus on sustainable design. She believes that environmental devastation is the most important moral issue of our time and she is grateful to be working with FACS on local solutions to a global problem.

Jack Bowles

Jack Bowles

Jack has been in public service for 33 years, and currently serves as the national Director of State & Local Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has spent most of his career working on Climate Change and at the nexus of federal and state environmental policymaking, including previous stints at the White House Office of Management & Budget, on Capitol Hill, at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Deputy Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and then as the Deputy Director of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities. Jack lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with his wife, two sons and dog. He currently serves on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee of Great Falls United Methodist Church, on the Board of Friends of Riverbend Park, and as the Church’s Chartering Organization Representative for Scout Troop 673. He previously served as Treasurer of the Great Falls Citizens Association. Jack received his B.A. in Political Economy and M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Virginia.

Donald Craig

Donald Craig recently relocated to the No.VA area from California. He is a member of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC. He has been a long time community advocate around social justice and environmental issues in California and now in Virginia. Donald is currently active on Boards with the NAACP, the Poor People’s Campaign as well as several other community groups. He strongly believes in making a positive difference.

Ani Fête Crews

Ani Fête Crews is the Director of Blessed Tomorrow, a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation. The program empowers faith leaders to lead and broaden climate engagement within faith communities. Ani has 15 years of experience in issue advocacy, coalition building, community outreach and leadership development in both the non-profit and government sectors. Ani lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and daughter.

Anthony Granado

Anthony Granado is the Vice President of Government Relations for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). He directs the CCUSA Social Policy Team. Prior to coming to CCUSA, Anthony served as Director for the Office of Domestic Social Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Anthony also previously worked as the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Portland, Oregon. Upon finishing graduate school, Anthony served as legislative assistant to the Oregon Catholic Conference and as Coordinator of the Office of Justice and Peace and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for the Archdiocese of Portland. 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Portland and a master’s degree in history from Portland State University.

Julie Rosenberg

Julie Rosenberg

For nearly 20 years, Julie led the EPA group working with local and state governments to help them design and implement climate, energy and heat island policies and programs. She now leads climate advocacy initiatives through interfaith organizations. As a member of Temple Rodef Shalom, she co-leads the Dayenu Climate Circle’s Local and Congregational Pathway, helping area Jews learn about and then engage in local and state energy and climate decision making. She represents a subset of this group in the FACS Arlington Hub, bringing interfaith perspectives into critical county energy investment decisions. She is creating a webinar series – Understanding Racism in Our Communities – that will teach us about the history of racism in Arlington, Falls Church and Fairfax, illuminate how this historic racism pays out in today’s decisions and show ways we can act to create non- and anti-racist policies. In 2017, she co-founded the Arlington-McLean chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Our Muslim-Jewish partnership of women has forged deep, lasting friendships as they work together to build bonds and combat hate.

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Rick Galliher 

Rick owned the Chantilly franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for 18 years and have recently retired. He learned a lot about how waste is handled in Northern Virginia, especially how hard it is to recycle our common household items. He is a board member of the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) and their Solid Waste Team Lead, a member of the Virginia DEQ’s Waste Diversion and Recycling Task Force, and a member of the Virginia Recycling Association. 

As a dog owner, Rick has walked his local streets for 20 years and has always picked up litter, seemingly every walk, mostly single use beverage containers. As he talked to fellow dog walkers and neighbors, it was readily apparent that everyone is mad about the litter. As he learned more about deposit systems, it was clear that we needed a place to organize support for a deposit bill.  Rick saw an organized coalition is needed to prove popular support, so he started the VABottleBill.org website. 

Staff

Andrea McGimsey

Andrea McGimsey

Executive Director

Andrea is a committed environmental activist, advocate and leader. She served on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2011, where she led the county’s work on climate solutions. Previously she directed the Campaign for Loudoun’s Future, mobilizing citizens to protect the county’s environment. She co-founded 350 Loudoun and is a presenter and mentor with the Climate Reality Project.  Andrea has served as executive director of several non-profit organizations, including Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg.  As Senior Director for Global Warming Solutions of Environment America, she led campaigns to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible economy-wide in the United States. She is an active Lutheran and a native of Northern Virginia.

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Shannon Boley

Digital Organizer

Shannon brings a passion for interfaith-based advocacy and a love of design, digital media, and bridge-building to this role. Shannon studied the intersections of religion, advocacy, and peace-building during her B.A. from Hamilton College and her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, during which she worked in India and Italy on grassroots peace-building. She works as the Assistant Director of Ministry & Spiritual Life at Marymount University, where she strives to cultivate a place of belonging for students of all beliefs and backgrounds. Intersectional DEI work is a central part of her approach towards advocacy; she hopes to use communications and social media to build meaningful partnerships and uplift anti-racist efforts in environmental spaces. Shannon loves to cook and travel; she is also an avid reader and is planning to visit as many independent bookstores as she can. 

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Riley Sloan

Program Organizer

Riley Sloan is an environmental activist living in Washington, DC with a degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Davidson College. Having worked on candidate and issue campaigns from the local to state-wide levels, Riley moved to DC to serve with AmeriCorps as a literacy tutor in DC Public Schools. Riley remains involved in multiple urban agriculture and community green space projects in the area.