EcoRight Leadership Council

A team of EcoRight writers, speakers, and organizers.

The EcoRight Leadership Council is a curated group of accomplished professionals committed to spreading the word that conservatives can help secure our future by embracing sensible, market-based solutions to climate change. Regionally diverse, they come from all corners of the U.S. and from all walks of life.

Our Council members are available to speak on the record. Please contact Price Atkinson for interview requests.

EcoRight Leadership Council

Jacob Abel

Jacob Abel

Concord, NC

A recent graduate of Seton Hall University, Jacob has interned for Rep. Richard Hudson and Sen. Richard Burr. He’s published multiple op-eds, appeared in numerous media outlets, and served as a Conservative Fellow with Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Cindy Burbank

Cindy Burbank

Warrenton, VA

Cindy is a life-long conservative with a libertarian streak. Now retired, she is a volunteer with republicEn and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, advocating for a carbon fee and dividend as the best choice for conservatives concerned about climate change.

Tyler Gillette

Tyler Gillette

Columbus, OH

A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, Tyler works for as a staff scientist for a environmental consulting firm. An Eagle Scout who loves the outdoors, he aspires to continue working in the field of fish and wildlife management and conservation.

Nick Huey

Nick Huey

Taylorsville, UT

Nick is a green advertising consultant, a super duper husband, and father to two. He’s currently focused on making carbon pricing a mainstream, bipartisan talking point. 

Trudy Heller

Trudy Heller

Boulder, CO

A Wharton School alum and a former business school professor, Trudy cheers the entrepreneurial, market-based solutions that the climate challenge inspires and that republicEn champions.

Lance Lawson

Lance Lawson

Gainesville, FL

Lance is a Senior studying at the University of Florida in preparation for law school. He has worked with RepublicEn since 2019 when he was an original member of the County Youth Council and is always looking for opportunities and collaborations to promote the EcoRight message.

Larry Linenschmidt

Larry Linenschmidt

Austin, TX

Larry is the founder and CEO of a faith-based nonprofit in Austin, and his focus is on faith and culture issues, including creation care, science, art, and business. He hosts a radio program and podcast, Hill Country Institute Live.

Mary Anna Mancuso

Mary Anna Mancuso

New York, NY

Mary Anna Mancuso is a Political Strategist and Analyst in New York and has appeared on various political talk and radio shows including, FoxNews.com, Tech Talk with Harris Faulkner, Power Play with Chris Stirewalt, This Week in Jacksonville, Political Connections, The Morning Show with Preston Scott, Midpoint, The Ed Dean Radio show, and others.

Kyle McIntyre

Kyle McIntyre

Avon, MT

While his career is dedicated to software and data science, Kyle’s faith and fatherhood have led to a passion for building support among his fellow conservatives to tackle climate change. Aside from blogging & advocating, Kyle is working to establish a network of like-minded conservatives in Montana.

Quill Robinson

Quill Robinson

Washington D.C.

Quill serves as a Senior Adviser with ConservAmerica and previously led the American Conservation Coalition’s government affairs efforts. His commentary on topics ranging from energy security to environmental conservation can be found in outlets including The Hill and National Review, as well as on Newsmax and Fox News.
Cyndi Spindell Berck

Cyndi Spindell Berck

Moraga, CA

Cyndi is an attorney and writer who also has a degree in public policy. She is the founder of International Academic Editorial Services, which helps environmental economists communicate their findings about climate change and related issues.
John Sweeney

John Sweeney

New York, NY

John has been involved in Republican politics from the conservative heartlands of Tennessee to the liberal stronghold of Manhattan. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Metropolitan Republican Club in NYC. In both work and politics, John is an outspoken advocate for climate action.

Jim Tolbert

Jim Tolbert

Asheville, NC

A pragmatic conservative, Jim spent 28 years leading environmental cleanups in the corporate sector before transitioning his focus to climate and energy policy. Jim previously served on the board of the Michigan Chemistry Council and was the Conservative Outreach Director at Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  

Rouzy Vafaie

Rouzy Vafaie

Charleston, SC

Rouzy is a graduate of UCLA and the London School of Economics. He has worked on several political campaigns—including his own. A current resident of Charleston, SC, he is a frequent contributor to the Charleston City Paper.

The EcoRight Leadership Council in the Media





Mary Anna Mancuso: The Invading Seas, Governor Santis: please cut the harmful rhetoric and focus on what’s important (December 14, 2021)

Trudy Heller: Boulder Daily Camera,Carbon pricing and GOP (November 18, 2021)

Mary Anna Mancuso: The Invading Seas, The immigration problem can’t be solved unless we address the threats from the warming cycle. (November 10, 2021)

John Sweeney and Bob Inglis: Real Clear Energy, It’s Time for America to Embrace Carbon Border Adjustments (October 21, 2021)

Mary Anna Mancuso: Real Clear Energy, Blueprint for Bipartisan Climate Action (September 7, 2021)

Cindy Burbank: Facquier Times, By working together and enlisting American ingenuity, we can do this (August 20, 2021)

Rouzy Vafaie: Charleston Post and Courier, There’s a Common Climate Concern Linking the U.S. and Iran (July 15, 2021)

Mary Anna Mancuso: NBCLX, Republicans have a climate plan, why aren’t they talking about it? (June 8, 2021)

Nick Huey: Salt Lake Tribune, Fellow Republicans, Let’s get off the menu (April 27, 2021)

Mary Anna Mancuso: Real Clear Energy, COVID-19 Offers Hope for Solving Climate Change, (April 22, 2021)

Sarah Styf: Real Clear Energy, Reducing Plastics Takes All of Us (April 19, 2021)

Sarah Styf: Real Clear Energy, Don’t blame renewables for lack of planning (March 9, 2021)

Tyler Gillette: Cleveland Plain Dealer, One more ask before you go, Senator Portman—cross the aisle on climate change (February 26, 2021)

Alison Steele: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Closing loopholes in methane rule can improve public health (February 14, 2021)

Mary Anna Mancuso: Political Hype, President Biden’s Commitment to Solve the Climate Crisis (February 2, 2021)

Tyler Gillette: Easy by West, Legislating the Executive Way (February 1, 2021)

Nicole Kirchhoff: The Invading Seas Project, Wanted: New conservative leadership to address the challenges of the climate crisis (January 15, 2021)


JC Leser: Carolina Review, Climate Change: the Hard Truth (December 2020)

Joey Jung: Fox 5 News, Talking to First Time Voters (follow up segment)(November 3, 2020)

Mary Anna Mancuso: Palm Beach Post, With so much at stake, we really need climate voters to step up this election (October 31, 2020)

Nick Huey: Deseret News, While Trump denies climate science, bipartisan Utahns get to work (October 16, 2020)

Joey Jung: Fox 5 News, First time voters casting a ballot in the 2020 election (October 15, 2020)

Lance Lawson: The Flat Hat (College of William and Mary), Carbon tax provides effective, bipartisan climate solution agreeable to both sides of political aisle (October 12, 2020)

Jacob Abel: Real Clear Energy, Young conservatives want responsible climate action (October 8, 2020)

Tyler Gillette: Richland Source, Portman should get behind carbon pricing (October 7, 2020)

Tyler Gillette: Yale Climate Communications, Why one young conservative is speaking up about the climate (September 2020)

Nick Huey: Salt Lake Tribune, Rep. Curtis is a climate hero (August 31, 2020)

Lance Lawson: Yale Climate Communications, How a teen changed his dad’s mind about global warming (August 2020)

Jacob Abel: The Charlotte Observer, Grateful to NC Senators Tillis and Burr (August 1, 2020)

Tyler Gillette: The East by West, Having a little faith in science, Part II (August 11, 2020)

Jabob Abel: The East by West, A call for youth action in a time of crisis (June 17, 2020)

Tyler Gillette: The East By West, Translating DeWine’s COVID19 Leadership to Climate Change (May 20, 2020)

Mary Anna Mancuso: The Invading Seas, We should take the lessons learned during the pandemic and apply them to solving the climate crisis (May 11, 2020)

Ben Mutolo: Syracuse Post-Standard, Katko should lead Republicans who accept need to address climate change (April 20, 2020)

Joey Jung: The Invading Seas, Wake Up, America! Learning from COVID-19 and facing the dangers of a warming world (April 15, 2020)   

John Sweeney: The Hill, What the patchwork of COVID-19 responses can teach us about climate action (March 26, 2020) 

Cindy Burbank: Medium, GOP: Stop playing with small ball climate solutions (March 26, 2020)

John Sweeney (profiled): Newsday, What’s your climate hope for 2020? (February 29, 2020)

Lance Lawson: Florida Today, Young Republicans understand the threat of climate change (February 19, 2020)

Tyler Gillette: Columbus Dispatch, Senator bridge partisan divide to work on climate (February 11, 2020)

Mary Anna Mancuso: Palm Beach Post, No plan for climate equals no Republican path to victory in Florida coastal congressional districts (January 22, 2020)

Tyler Gillette: OZY, Conservative Climate Crusaders: Not The Oxymoron You Might Think (January 10, 2020)

Lance Lawson: Tampa Bay Times, How I convinced my dad climate change is real (January 9, 2020)

2019 and earlier

Tyler Gillette: The Columbus Dispatch, EcoRight leads conservatives call for US action on climate (August 3, 2019)

Rouzy Vafaie: Charleston City Paper, Thanks, AOC (July 31, 2019)

John Sweeney: National Review, Could a revenue-neutral carbon tax be the first step to fight climate change (June 19, 2019)

David Rokeach: Times New Union, Stefanik can champion climate action (March 13, 2019)   

Rouzy Vafaie: Yale Climate Connections, Why a Reagan-loving conservative worries about climate change (January 29, 2019) 

Chris Casey: Houston Chronicle, Why young conservatives like me welcome Dem takeover of House (October 25, 2018)

Joe Pinion: The Hill, Climate change denial is killing GOP’s future (December 26, 2018)

Rouzy Vafaie: Charleston City Paper, Lowcountry conservatives need a shift to win back disengaged voters (December 5, 2018)

Rouzy Vafaie: Charleston City Paper,  Ignore climate change or don’t—you’re still paying for it (November 7, 2028)

Chris Casey: Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Big innovation (January 22, 2020)

Jacob Abel: Charlotte Observer, A conservative millennial approach to climate change (August 2, 2018)

Chris Casey: Armarillo Globe-News, Protect national security, prepare for climate change (July 8, 2018)

Chris Casey: Fort Worth Star Telegram Millennial thinking (June 28, 2018)

Chris Casey: Texas Tribune, Informed, not brainwashed (May 11, 2018)

David Rokeach: Des Moines Register, Republican party needs young blood and new ideas (April 27, 2018)

David Rokeach: Times New Union, Conservative ideas exist to climate change (April 10, 2018)

Tyler Gillette: Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sen. Portman, your time to lead on climate change is here (April 6, 2018)

Kiera O’Brien, CNBC, GOP is losing us over climate change (February 28, 2018)

Nick Huey and Bob InglisDeseret News, What would Milton Freidman do about climate change? (December 27, 2017)

Joe Pinion and Bob InglisSyrause Post Standard, NY Republicans are taking the lead on addressing climate change (September 19, 2017) 

Vernon LindoOrlando Sentinel, GOP wise to embrace fight against climate change (May 22, 2017)

Vernon LindoThe Hill, Conservatives must embrace the fight against climate change (August 2, 2016)


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