Our Coordinating Council sets the overall strategy for 350 Madison, and ensures that the work of the campaigns and teams adds up to organized movement towards our goals. It is composed of a coordinator, the leaders of our teams and campaigns, our secretary, and our treasurer.
Co-Coordinator/Finance & Fundraising | Gail Nordheim | [email protected]
Tired of just worrying about climate change, in January 2017 Gail decided to do something about it by joining 350 Madison. In her career, she’s a consultant who helps nonprofits improve their management, so helping 350 Madison develop its operating procedures was a natural fit. Gail also helped develop “Tar Sands, Why Should I Care?,” an introductory Q&A guide to tar sands.
Co-Coordinator | Tanace Matthiesen | [email protected]
Tanace Matthiesen has been concerned about climate change for many years. Now that she is retired, she has the time to get involved! As co-coordinator, she hopes to help 350 Madison advocate for local, state, and national actions to reduce emissions that are causing climate change.
Tar Sands | Phyllis Hasbrouck | [email protected]
Phyllis joined 350 Madison in 2013, served two years as a co-coordinator, and is now the secretary. She has been organizing for the environment, peace, and justice for 43 years and doesn’t plan to stop. She is the past director of Fitchburg Fields and the West Waubesa Preservation Coalition, and feels that there is no cause more important than preserving a livable climate. She enjoys gardening, sewing, and dancing.
Divest & Defund | Seth Jensen | [email protected]
Seth has participated in a number of campaigns for climate justice, including the White House sit-ins to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, the follow-up Pledge of Resistance, and other subsequent actions against deforestation, fossil fuel extraction, and violation of indigenous people’s connection with their lands. Seth is a practicing massage therapist specializing in bodywork at the workplace. He’s inspired to dance by disco music or the throat singing of Tanya Tagac. He’s inspired to action by the examples of feminists like Alice Paul, Angela Davis, and Flo Kennedy.
Community Climate Solutions | Kermit Hovey | [email protected]
Monthly Meetings | Kelly Kearns | [email protected]
Communication Action Team | Emily Park | [email protected]
Emily Park has been interested in environmental issues since college, where she majored in geology and environmental studies. She joined 350 Madison in January 2019, and hopes to help the organization grow its membership and increase its on-the-ground activism. Emily works remotely as an industry analyst for a company in Cleveland, and specializes in topics relating to water treatment, agricultural chemicals, and industrial chemical additives. Emily’s main hobbies are reading, knitting, and talking to her cats.
Secretary | Kermit Hovey | [email protected]
Treasurer | Bill Backes | [email protected]
Bill has been interested in weather and climatology for 50 years. He is relatively new to 350 Madison, but very passionate about climate change and its impacts on people and the earth. He worked at UW Hospital for more than 40 years and has been involved with the union for more than 40 years. He is currently financial manager for AFSCME Local 1942, a delegate to the South Central Federation of Labor, and active with AFSCME retirees. He is on two church committees, including the Care of Creation Team (which emphasizes Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ encyclical). Bill’s faith is a driving force for his environmental activism. He enjoys walking, biking, traveling, and gardening. He volunteers at two community gardens as well as working on his own gardens. He enjoys playing cards, especially sheepshead and bridge, and of course family.