Mona Sarfaty, MD MPH FAAFP
Executive Director

Dr. Mona Sarfaty is the Executive Director and Founder of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, comprised of societies representing 70% of all U.S. physicians. Her research on physicians’ experiences and attitudes about climate change, in conjunction with the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, led to her founding of the Consortium in 2016. Under her leadership, the Consortium has grown into a nationwide coalition of member societies, affiliated public health organizations, state-based health groups, and individual climate and health advocates with the mission of education and advocacy to mobilize support for equitable policies that address the health impacts of climate change.

Dr. Sarfaty has been actively engaged in education, communication, and policy development regarding the impact of climate change on health for over 15 years. She currently serves on a National Academy of Medicine Work Group on Decarbonization of the health system, and on external advisory committees for Walgreens (on corporate social responsibility) and Merck (on sustainability). She is the author of Climate Change and Population Health: A Primer (JB Learning, 2021), peer-reviewed articles, reports, and two book chapters on climate change and health, and widely circulated guides and peer-reviewed articles on colorectal cancer screening.

Dr. Sarfaty is trained in family medicine and public health and has engaged in teaching, research, and advocacy for 40 years. She was a Senior Health Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Health and Human Resources Committee (now H.E.L.P.) for 7 years where she developed and negotiated policy, wrote legislation that established notable new programs, including The Emergency Medical Care and Treatment of Labor Act (EMTALA), the Comprehensive HIV Information and Research Act, the Excellence in Minority Health Education and Care Act, the Geriatric Training Act, and acts creating the Foundation for the NIH and the National Institute for Rehabilitation Research.

Subsequently, she founded the Community Oriented Primary Care Track at the George Washington School of Public Health (now Milken Institute School), Project Access and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, MD, and the Diabetes Information and Support for Your Health group-visit program at Thomas Jefferson University. She also participated in the founding the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health. She served on the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable for a decade.

Dr. Sarfaty is a recipient of many honors and has been an invited lecturer in many academic, medical, governmental, and scientific venues. She is married to Dr. Jay P. Siegel for 40 years and has two children and six grandchildren. She did postdoctoral training at UCSF, received her MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her MPH from George Washington University, and her BA from Harvard University


 

Edward Maibach, MPH PhD
Board of Advisors Liaison | Director, Center for Climate Change Communication

Edward Maibach – a Mason distinguished University Professor – is a communication scientist who is expert in the uses of strategic communication and social marketing to address climate change and related public health challenges. His research – funded by NSF, NASA, and private foundations – focuses on public understanding of climate change and clean energy; the psychology underlying public engagement; and cultivating TV weathercasters, health professionals, and climate scientists as effective climate educators. From 2011 to 2014, Ed co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment, and he currently advises myriad government agencies, museums, science societies, and civic organizations on their climate change public engagement initiatives. Previously, Ed has served as an Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and as Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International. Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University, his Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University, and his BA in psychology at University of California, San Diego.


Lisa Patel, MD
Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Lisa Patel is the Deputy Executive Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine. She is a former Presidential Management Fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency where she coordinated the US Government’s efforts on clean air and safe drinking water projects in South Asia in collaboration with the World Health Organization, and received the Trudy A. Specinar Award for her work. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and Climate Change, and a faculty mentor for Stanford Climate and Health. As a mentor, she works with students and residents on projects related to climate-resilient schools, environmental justice, sustainable healthcare, and medical education curriculum reform. Lisa received her Master’s in Environmental Sciences from the Yale School of the Environment, her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed her training in pediatrics at UCSF.


Rob Gould, PhD
Strategic Communications Director

After a career in public relations and social marketing, Rob Gould founded an independent consultancy, One Degree Strategies in 2014 to support organizations that promote health and social causes. A primary focus of his work has been on advancing public understanding and support for action to solve climate change. His previous climate work includes projects with AAAS, CDC, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the award-winning “Ostrich” campaign for SciencetoGo with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Since the Consortium’s launch in 2017, Rob has served as strategic counselor and director of strategic communications. Rob is also a Scholar in Residence at GMU, teaching social marketing and advising graduate students. Rob earned a doctorate in experimental social psychology from the University of Maryland.


Kate Hoppe, MPH MA
Operations Director

Kate Hoppe is a public health practitioner who has contributed to private and public sectors from community-based non-profits, to government, and academics. She founded CivicPoint Consulting to help organizations and people move to action for healthy, equitable, and resilient communities. In her work, Kate supports internal and external stakeholders through the stages of change to promote effective and organized action, and helps them to apply evidence-based policy, system, and environmental change approaches to advance health and equity. Kate serves as Operations Director for the Consortium to expand operational capacity and sustain momentum for advancing climate and health solutions. Kate has previously managed CDC- and NIH-funded initiatives to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimers, spoken at national conferences including APHA and ALR, and advocated for policy change as a former member of the Board of Health Commissioners in Kansas City, Missouri.


Nicole Duritz
Director, Advocacy and Outreach

With over 20 years of senior-level non-profit management, strategic planning and issue campaign expertise, Nicole Duritz is a communications leader with a track record of designing-award winning advocacy and learning programs that engage and empower target audiences.

Prior to joining the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, Nicole served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Outreach for Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC). At PFC, Nicole developed and co-lead legislative strategy resulting in legislative victories in PFC’s target states.

For nearly two decades, Nicole worked at AARP. She served as Vice President of Health for AARP’s Education & Outreach group directing AARP’s public education efforts on health security, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, caregiving and long-term care. Nicole and her team designed consumer-focused resources and tools to ensure that the public had the information and support necessary to make decisions on critical life issues. Nicole also ran AARP’s Health Reform Implementation Campaign and oversaw strategic policy planning, voter education and internet advocacy.

Before joining AARP, Nicole was a principal with e-Advocates, a multi-million-dollar internet advocacy consulting firm. She started her career on Capitol Hill working for the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment.

Nicole lives in Virginia with her husband and 18-year-old twin sons. She is an avid runner having completed 13 marathons and in her spare time she runs a community outreach foundation.


Mark Mitchell, MD MPH FACPM
State Affairs Director

A preventive medicine physician trained in environmental health and health policy, Dr. Mitchell has spent over twenty years working in the public health sector, including as Director of the Hartford, Connecticut Health Department. He spent 15 years working with environmental justice communities to prevent and reduce environmentally related disease as well as to change policies that are detrimental to environmental health. Dr. Mitchell co-chairs the NMA’s Commission on Environmental Health, where he provides environmental health education and advocates on behalf of NMA. He has served on several EPA and FDA advisory committees and has received a number of awards for his community and environmental health leadership. Dr. Mitchell earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his Masters of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University.


Kimberly D. Williams, PhD PHR
State Equity Initiative Program Manager

Kimberly Williams is the program manager for the Medical Society Consortium’s Climate and Health Equity Fellowship (CHEF) program, as well as the NMA liaison. She also works with our Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action group, the NMA southeast region, and the NMA Georgia chapter.For more than two decades, Kimberly has worked in support of health, equity, and diversity, including research, advocacy, and policy work at the state and national levels. In these roles, she is charged with weaving short- and long-term goals into organized plans, policy, and program implementation. Kimberly’s work includes alliance-building with physicians, health care professionals, academicians, business leaders, legislators, and industry partners, to reach common objectives. Kimberly partners with for-profit and non-profit organizations to identify opportunities that amplify the importance of social and environmental justice, increase diversity in health care professions, and in support of health equity.Kimberly earned her PhD from Capella University in Organization and Management, her MA in Public Communications from The American University, and received her BA in Communications from George Washington University. With a focus on spiritual and mental wellness, Kimberly is a facilitator of Mental Health First Aid™ training and enjoys international travel.


Colin Nackerman
Associate Director of Policy & Operations

Colin is a climate change strategist who works with nonprofits and communities to launch and scale programs that address climate change and the energy transition. In his role as Associate Director of Policy and Operations, he helps lead policy and advocacy activities related to the Consortium’s Policy Action Agenda and other efforts at the federal and state level. He also supports the Operations Director in operations and development. Before rejoining the Consortium, he was the Grantee Manager with the Health and Climate Solutions program, managed a DOE SunShot program at The Solar Foundation, and supported advocacy at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He continues to work part-time in research with Mason’s Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies and volunteers time for climate justice efforts. He received his B.A. in Environmental Policy from George Mason University and will soon earn an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies – Energy & Sustainability.


Beverly Harp
Associate Director for Communications and Campaigns

Beverly is an organizer and communicator who brings a decade of experience in the climate movement. As the Associate Director for Communications and Campaigns Beverly directs digital communications for the Consortium and supports the digital team. She also works closely with the Consortium’s growing State Network. Beverly supports the state-based healthcare worker climate groups with program development, communication strategy, and coalition building. Beverly also supports the Consortium’s federal policy advocacy and education efforts. Prior to joining the Consortium full-time, she worked as the Communication Manager for the Health and Climate Solutions initiative at the GMU Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), where she supported equitable, community-based health and climate projects across the country. Before joining the team at 4C, Beverly completed a Fulbright research grant in India on the distribution of finance for climate change adaptation. In her free time, she organizes young people to take action for global climate justice with the organization SustainUS. Beverly received her B.A. in Global Affairs and Data Analysis from George Mason University.


 

Richard Amoako
Digital Communications Coordinator

Richard Amoako brings on board his years of experience in brand marketing, content strategy, and video production to support the Consortium’s internal and external communication campaigns. As the Digital Communications Coordinator, he designs graphics, produces videos, creates newsletters, and manages the Consortium’s website with routine content updates. Prior to joining the Consortium, Richard worked as an Advertising Manager at Newpage Hype in Ghana, and as a Content Marketing Manager for Jumpstart Foundry in Nashville Tennessee. At East Tennessee State University where he obtained his master’s degree in Brand and Media Strategy, Richard worked as a Digital Content Strategist in the Media and Communication Department; and as a Graphic Designer for University Relations. Richard is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Health Communication at George Mason University.


Savannah Martincic
Communications Assistant

Savannah is an Honors College student at George Mason University majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism and minoring in Spanish and social justice. Currently, she is the social media and outreach intern for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. She is passionate about engaging medical professionals in climate change activism through strategic digital communication and is able to do so through her content creation for the program’s Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages. Her work also includes supporting climate advocates and recording their activities in the Consortium’s database, monitoring social media analytics, and tracking potential communication opportunities.


Clarissa Peyton
Digital Communications and Multimedia Program Assistant

Clarissa is an Undergraduate student at George Mason University and is on track to graduate from GMU in 2022 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Film and Media Studies. Clarissa has a passion for improving the quality of life for others which she aims to do by working in the field of Psychology. However, this passion has also recently led her to take an interest in social issues, particularly relating to mental and physical health inequality. Upon learning of the mission of the Consortium to inform and educate policymakers and the public about the effects that climate has on physical and mental health, Clarissa was excited to learn more and contribute her skills to help accomplish this mission. Therefore, Clarissa primarily serves as an assistant for the Climate & Health Equity Fellowship program in digital communication and multimedia creation and also has assisted with other planning and coordinating in preparation for the 2021 Annual Meeting.


 

Zerena Martinez Murillo
Communication and Health Policy Intern

Zerena is an international student at George Mason University majoring in Community Health with a concentration in Global Health and with a minoring in Non Profits Studies and Public Health. She serves as one student leaders for the Bonner Leadership Program and is on track to be fulfill her Non Profit Fellowship Program. Prior to joining the Consortium, Zerena was the fundraising and development intern for Britepaths where she researched, analyzed, and compiled information on prospective corporate and individual donors in support of Britepaths’ fundraising efforts. Currently, she is the communication and health policy intern for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. Zerena is passionate about engaging with medical professionals in climate change activism through health policy. Her work includes to supporting the Policy team with research and proofreading materials, and liaising with speakers, and organizing meeting materials.


Mohamed Ahmed
Finance Manager

Mohamed “Moe” is the Operations Manager at the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), and is the finance manager for the Consortium. Initially, an undergraduate research assistant at the center, Moe has expanded his duties to take on several roles including budget management and fiscal reporting, research administration, project management, human resource liaising, and events and outreach coordination. Outside of work and school, he enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, sports, and has a deep passion for civic engagement, social justice, and human rights. Moe earned his MS in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.


Ira Dreyfuss
Public Relations Consultant

Ira Dreyfuss, the Medical Society Consortium’s public relations consultant, created the Profiles report, which focuses on clinician advocacy for a healthier climate. He also assists with outreach and strategy development. Before his work with the Consortium, he had been a reporter with The Associated Press and a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He received a master’s degree from George Mason University in 2016 and continues as a student at GMU.


Jerome A. Paulson, MD FAAP
State Affairs Consultant

Dr. Paulson is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Emeritus Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Schools of Medicine and of Public Health. He created the American Academy of Pediatrics Program on Climate Change and Health. He is a consultant to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health and is a founding member of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action. He is a past chair of the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the AAP and past Medical Director for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units – East. Dr. Paulson served on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US EPA. He co-created, and for a number of years lead, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment. Dr. Paulson received his MD degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and did his pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He also completed a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Sinai Hospital.


Linda Rudolph, MD MPH
Climate, Health, and Equity Consultant

Dr. Linda Rudolph serves as Senior Advisor on Climate, Health, and Equity for the Consortium. She previously worked as Director for the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute, Deputy Director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the California Department of Public Health, and Health Officer/Public Health Director for the City of Berkeley, and Chief Medical Officer for Medi-Cal managed care. Linda was the founding chair of the California Health in All Policies Task Force. She serves on the Board of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Steering Committee for Climate Plan, and the Advisory Committee for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.