Who We Are
Climate Parents was launched to give voice to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone else concerned about the climate our children are inheriting. We want to bring together parents from every walk of life to take action. Whether you’re a long time advocate on climate change or just beginning to understand its implications for our kids, Climate Parents is for you. Below is more information — please reach out and say hello! Every parent we hear from is one more source of inspiration for our work.
Lisa Hoyos is the Director and the Co-Founder of Climate Parents. She has been a campaigner in the labor and environmental movements for over twenty years, most recently serving as the CA Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national organization committed to scaling up the clean energy economy and growing quality jobs. Her desire to form Climate Parents was born out a deep concern for how climate change is already impacting kids and communities across the country and around the world, and a sense that parents — presented with the right information and organizing opportunities — will be motivated to advance the urgent and bold climate solutions our kids deserve. Lisa is Latina, and is committed to building a parents climate movement that is ethnically and geographically diverse. She lives with her husband and two (really awesome) boys in San Francisco.
John Friedrich is Climate Parents Senior Campaigner. A native of Iowa, he has 25 years of leadership experience in the environmental movement and with progressive issue and political campaign management. He has managed several congressional and statewide campaigns in multiple states. John served as National Legislative Director for Clean Water Action, and as Program Director for the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Conservancy. John also founded Community Harvest, an organization dedicated to connecting local, family farmers with low-income communities in Washington, DC, as well as Small World, a local organization of parents working on school-based environmental sustainability projects. He lives with his wife and the eight-year-old daughter in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Mark Hertsgaard is a devoted single dad, veteran journalist and the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages. He has covered politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where he is the environment correspondent. His latest book, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, was inspired by his seven year old daughter, Chiara, who never fails to make him smile.