Anthony Leiserowitz

Anthony Leiserowitz

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., is the director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, the Yale Center for Environmental Communication, and a senior research scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. He is an expert on public environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence them.

He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including many studies of the American public. He also conducted the first global study of public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sustainable development and has published more than 200 scientific articles, chapters, and reports.

He has served as a consultant to the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, and the World Economic Forum. He is a recipient of the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education and a Mitofsky Innovator Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research. He is also the host of Climate Connections.

Sara Peach

Sara Peach is the editor-in-chief of Yale Climate Connections. She is an environmental journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, Environmental Health News, Grist, and Chemical & Engineering News. For her reporting on environmental issues, she has earned awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She joined the editorial team at Yale Climate Connections in 2016.

Previously, Sara taught for more than five years at the journalism school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she led courses in environmental journalism and served as the associate director of the Reese News Lab, a media entrepreneurship program.

Sara holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. More by Sara Peach

Lisa Fernandez

Lisa Fernandez is the associate director of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication, YCEC, at the Yale School of the Environment. Lisa supervises outreach and communications related to YCEC research findings and oversees program strategy and operations.

Previously, she worked in urban environmental conservation and sustainable development in the U.S. and Latin America. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. She was a fellow at the World Wildlife Fund-USA and a city planner implementing solid waste prevention policy for the city of New York.

Her publications include “Toward a New Consciousness: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities” and “Institutionalizing Sustainability in Higher Education.”

She serves on the boards of the East Coast Greenway Alliance and the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton and an MBA and a master’s in environmental studies from Yale.

Samantha Harrington

Samantha Harrington, director of audience experience for Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. Sam is especially interested in sharing how climate change is affecting people, animals, the ecology, and the economy across the U.S. Midwest. She has reported and written for Yale Climate Connections since 2016.

In 2015, after graduating from the University of North Carolina, where she studied journalism and Arab cultures, she founded Driven Media, a roving newsroom, and she was a regular contributor to Women@Forbes, where she wrote about women in business. She worked at ISeeChange as a global community manager from 2018 – 2022.

She has also worked on a number of international projects. In 2018, she illustrated and designed an educational workbook for Syrian children living in Jordan and Lebanon for the organization Project Amal ou Salam. In 2014, she traveled to Amman, Jordan, to study why Jordanian women study STEM subjects at twice the rate of American women, and she has reported on maternal health issues in Malawi and on counter-terrorism efforts in Morocco. More by Samantha Harrington

Jon Ozaksut

Jon Ozaksut is the digital director of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication, YCEC, at the Yale School of the Environment. He joined YCEC in 2017 with nine years of experience in the fields of digital marketing and advocacy through organizations such as Organizing for Action and

In his work, Jon has developed communications strategies and marketing campaigns built around a user-centered experience and a desire to share stories in ways that resonate with audiences. Jon is inspired by the challenges inherent in communicating climate change and helps Yale Climate Connections reach a broad, diverse audience.

Jon has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and in his free time, he has a passion for writing and performing music.

Bridgett Ennis

Bridgett Ennis is co-founder of ChavoBart Digital Media, an audio and video production firm with a focus on scientific and environmental media. ChavoBart Digital Media contributes original reporting, audio production, and distribution to the Climate Connections radio program and podcast.

Prior to founding ChavoBart Digital Media, Bridgett was a vice president at Finger Lakes Productions International, a company that produced and distributed media to more than 600 radio stations during its 25-year history. In that capacity, Bridgett worked directly with representatives from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, the Ocean Conservancy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the American Society for Microbiology, and others to meet their outreach needs. She also managed the planning and launch of the Everglades Radio Network, which highlighted the restoration efforts taking place in the Florida Everglades, and was project manager for Our Ocean World and MicrobeWorld, two nationally syndicated daily radio series.

Bridgett holds a bachelor of science degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from SUNY Empire State College. More by Bridgett Ennis

Erika Street Hopman

Erika Street Hopman is co-founder of ChavoBart Digital Media, an audio and video production firm with a focus on scientific and environmental media. ChavoBart Digital Media contributes original reporting, audio production, and distribution to the Climate Connections radio program and podcast.

Erika has diverse experience that includes work in radio, video, and print. An independent filmmaker, Erika has screened her work at film festivals around the world and on broadcast outlets such as LinkTV and Al Jazeera English. She is the director of The Orange Story, an award-winning multimedia project that educates students about the history of Japanese American incarceration during WWII.

Before founding CBDM, Erika served as a project manager at Finger Lakes Productions International, where she oversaw the writing, production, and distribution of nationally-syndicated radio series, including the EnvironMinute and Animal Instincts. Erika holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University and a master’s of fine arts degree in film production from Boston University. More by Erika Street Hopman

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy is an editor and content producer with ChavoBart Digital Media, a production firm with a focus on scientific and environmental media. Her work on Climate Connections includes developing story ideas, conducting interviews, and writing and editing scripts.

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2001, Sarah worked for seven years as managing editor of Wordsmyth, a company developing language-learning resources for K-12 education and ESL learners. There, she managed projects for clients including McGraw Hill, Scholastic, and Leapfrog.

In 2012, Sarah left Wordsmyth to pursue her own writing more intensively. She earned a master’s of fine arts degree in nonfiction from Rutgers University, Camden, where she subsequently taught undergraduate composition and creative writing courses.

Sarah’s research and narrative-driven essays and articles have been published in Post Road, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Under the Sun, Hidden City Philadelphia, Fodor’s Oregon, and elsewhere. In her work with Climate Connections, she hopes to help people make new connections between global warming and its impacts on people’s lives. More by Sarah Kennedy

Our founders

Bud Ward

Bud Ward was editor of Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as assistant director of the U.S. Congress’s National Commission on Air Quality, before founding The Environmental Forum magazine in 1982. In 1988 he established Environment Writer for journalists covering natural resources and environmental issues.

A co-founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists in 1989, he served as a frequent environmental analyst for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” and he founded and managed the foundation-funded Central European Environmental Journalism Program.

An advisory editor for the Oxford University Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2007), and an adviser in 2007/2008 to the United Nations Development Program, he administered the jury for the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment throughout the six-year history of that prize. George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications in 2009 named him its “Climate Change Communicator of the Year.”

An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he is a member of SEJ and of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State University. More by Bud Ward

Jan O'Brien

Jan O’Brien was assistant editor and website manager at Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. She brought more than three decades of experience in environmental publishing and policy research and more than 20 years of experience in website management.

She started her environmental career in 1979 as special assistant to the assistant director of the U.S. Congress’s National Commission on Air Quality, under the Clean Air Act, and later served as assistant editor of the Environmental Law Institute’s monthly policy magazine, The Environmental Forum.

After two years as assistant editor with the Government Finance Research Association in Washington, D.C., she joined the nonprofit Environmental Health Center, a component of the National Safety Council. Jan was promoted to the newly formed position of manager of website communications in 1997 and relocated to the Council’s Chicago-area headquarters office, where she guided all web activities associated with Council divisions, members, chapters, board, and partnerships.

She established her own web management and communications business in 2004, and in 2007 began work with Yale Climate Connections. Her fields of expertise include website development and management; environmental communications, writing and editing; web analytics, design strategy and implementation, and project oversight.