Spokespeople Program

A team of EcoRight writers, speakers, and organizers.

republicEn Spokespeople are volunteers 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.

Spokespeople are available to speak on the record. Please contact Price Atkinson for interview requests.

Interested in joining our Spokespeople team? Contact Chelsea Henderson.

Spokespeople Team

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.

Brendon Carducci

Brendon Carducci

Syracuse, NY


A junior at Syracuse University studying political science, Brendan is the acting Vice-Chairman of the College Republicans at Syracuse University and hopes to lead the next generation of conservatives to tackle climate change.

Chris Casey

Chris Casey

Dardanelle, AR

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Chris is a U.S. Army veteran from the panhandle of Texas. Witnessing the devastating effects of historic droughts on the region and the 2019 Arkansas River flood inspires his climate action.

Kevin Croswhite

Kevin Croswhite

Milwaukee, WI


Formerly a full-time staff member at republicEn, Wisconsin native Kevin has taken his talents to the finance industry, but he’s excited to remain “En” with us and try his hand at op-ed writing.

Jessica Fernandez

Jessica Fernandez

Miami, FL


A veteran of the McCain 2008, Romney 2012, and Trump 2016 presidential campaigns, Jessica has held key roles in various political campaigns in the state of Florida. She currently serves as President of the Miami Young Republicans.

Noah Fons

Noah Fons

Houston, TX


A sophomore at Rice University, Noah is involved with the College Republicans, volunteers with the campaign of Rep. Dan Crenshaw, and works at an internship with a nonprofit, Houston Exponential.

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.

Carter Harrison

Carter Harrison

Logan, UT


A recent graduate of Utah State, Carter spent his formative years in Georgia. He’s an outdoor enthusiast who loves to fly fish, hike, and climb. He has a passion for politics and the environment, particularly solving climate change.

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.

Nick Huey

Nick Huey

Boulder, CO


Nick is the founder of the Climate Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to depoliticizing the topic of climate change. Nick believes that climate change is not a party issue, it’s a people one.

Joey Jung

Joey Jung

Tallahassee, FL


Joey attends the University of Pennsylvania where he is majoring in Public Policy and continuing environmental activism. He was a participant in the inaugural republicEn County Youth Chair program.

Rey Anthony Lastre

Rey Anthony Lastre

Miami, FL


An outspoken supporter of freedom, democracy, and human rights, Rey Anthony has been featured in local, state, and national media for his involvement with the Cuban exile community and is a major advocate for expanding and modernizing the conservative movement.

Lance Lawson

Lance Lawson

Tampa Bay, FL


Lance is a graduate of Bayshore Christian High School in Tampa, FL and is attending The College of William and Mary, where he majors in political science. He was a participant of the republicEn inaugural County Youth Chair program.

Vernon Lindo

Vernon Lindo

Orlando, FL


Vernon recently graduated from Cornell University and has been heavily involved in Republican politics since the age of thirteen, working in his home state of Florida on local, state-wide and federal election campaigns.

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.

Joy Loving

Joy Loving

Grottoes, VA


Joy works with her Shenandoah Vally community to increase awareness of the risks associated with the climate crisis. She is passionate about talking to conservatives about climate change.

Mary Anna Mancuso

Mary Anna Mancuso

Palm Beach, FL


Mary Anna is a political strategist and the founder of Political Hype, a conservative blog focusing on Florida and national politics from a millennial perspective.

Beth Morrison

Beth Morrison

Dousman, WI


A strong conservative, Beth used to think climate change was a tremendous exaggeration. After taking two college classes (in her 50s!) she saw the error of her belief and now considers the scientific evidence irrefutable. She has found her tribe at republicEn.

Elizabeth Moser

Elizabeth Moser

Bessemer City, NC


A registered nurse, Beth embraces conservative values and believes climate change should not be a partisan issue.

Davis George Moye

Davis George Moye

Tallahassee, FL


Davis George Moye is founder and lead engineer at Moye Consultants, where he develops energy storage and electrochemical technologies for commercialization. He’s an alum of former Governor Rick Scott’s staff.

Ben Mutolo

Ben Mutolo

Syracuse, NY


A student at Syracuse University, Ben developed a deep connection with the outdoors while becoming an Eagle Scout. He witnessed the effects of climate change firsthand in his small Vermont town, and hopes to pursue free-market solutions to preserve the natural beauty of America.

Kiera O'Brien

Kiera O'Brien

Ketchikan, AK


A graduate of Harvard University where she served as president of the Republican Club, Kiera co-founded Students for Carbon Dividends and Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends, of which she is founding president.

Alex Pilkington

Alex Pilkington

Washington, DC


Alex is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University where he served as Florida State Coordinator for the libertarian group Students for Liberty. Having lived near the Everglades, Alex is ready to help amplify free-market solutions to climate change.

Joseph Pinion

Joseph Pinion

New York, NY


A Republican strategist and a lifelong conservative advocate, Joe is the Founder & Chair of The Conservative Color Coalition, a political organization dedicated to promoting conservative engagement among ethnic, racial, and religious minority groups.

David Rokeach

David Rokeach

Washington, DC


David Rokeach is a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group in Washington, DC, and has been a strong advocate for free-market climate solutions. His writing has appeared in the Times New Union and the Des Moines Register.

Lisa Savage

Lisa Savage

Charleston, SC


An active member of the SCGOP, Lisa has been an outspoken voice for conservative climate action since doing the research on the once “conservative taboo” issue of climate change.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Chicago, IL


Brian is a veteran, a lifelong Republican, and works in software development as a Product Manager. He served in various leadership positions in the Young Republicans and was a member of republicEn on day one.

Alison Steele

Alison Steele

Pittsburgh, PA


Alison is the Executive Director of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, a regional nonprofit that defends public health in the face of oil and gas development.

Sarah Styf

Sarah Styf

Houston, TX


Sarah is a high school English teacher and yearbook adviser in the Houston area. She spends her free time writing about camping, faith, family, and occasionally politics on her personal blog Accepting the Unexpected Journey.

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.

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.

Spokespeople in the Media

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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