Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve
. Appointed in 2009, Parfrey served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
. He is also a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
. Parfrey is immediate past-president of theLos Angeles League of Conservation Voters
. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia
, the popular street event. He is also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition
. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility
. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship
. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship
. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business
David Fink, Director of Campaigns
David Fink began in 2003 working as an organizer and then consumer advocate for Consumer Watchdog, working on a range of issues from health care reform to ending discriminatory banking and insurance practices. After leaving there he spent the next eighteen months helping run campaigns in Ohio, Oregon and California, including raising the minimum wage in Ohio. After returning to Los Angeles, David worked as communications and legislative deputy to a Los Angeles City councilmember. He then went to work for Global Green USA as the policy and legislative affairs associate before working independently as a policy consultant.
Heather Kachel, Communications Director
Heather is the Communications Director and office manager for Climate Resolve. She is interested in helping Angelenos imagine what a thriving, climate-ready future could look like for Southern California.
Before joining Climate Resolve, Heather held a variety of positions across the country, including roles organizing for MN350
, advocating for clean energy and water resources with Clean Water Action, leading as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service, and teaching youth for an outdoor school in the Santa Monica Mountains. In her spare time, she likes to hop on her bicycle and explore LA.
Marc Caswell, Development Director
Marc Caswell has worked as an advocate for resilient communities in South Florida, the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles. After working on political campaigns to promote worker rights and environmental sustainability in Miami, he served as the Legislative Assistant to Honorable Senator Eleanor Sobel during her final two years in the Florida House of Representatives. In California, Marc worked as an Associate with Urban Habitat, a region-wide environmental justice organization focused on educating and empowering low-income communities on issues of health, equity, and environment. In 2008, Marc took a position as Program Manager for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the nation’s largest city-based bicycle advocacy group. At the SF Bicycle Coalition, Marc worked with a wide coalition of neighborhood leaders, elected and appointed officials, and staff to pass city-wide policies to encourage bicycling, increase ridership, and improve safety for everyone.
Jacob Cooper is the co-developer of Climate Resolve’s website. He also developed and designed C-CHANGE.LA
, a project of Climate Resolve. After relocating to Los Angeles from Tucson, AZ in 2008, Jacob established himself as a full-time freelance graphic designer, web developer, and marketing strategist for several organizations, businesses and bands. He’s also a musician.
Colleen Corcoran is a graphic designer and design educator in Los Angeles. She has collaborated with a variety of non-profits, public agencies, and artists in the Los Angeles area. Her work focuses on the use of design as a tool for education and positive change within the urban environment. She is also a board member of CicLAvia, an organization that opens LA’s streets as a public space for cyclists and pedestrians on Sunday mornings. She graduated from the CalArts Graphic Design MFA program in 2008.
Alaine Azcona and Ashley Rodgers
Alaine holds a dual master’s degree in urban planning and public art from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s of art from Smith College, where she majored in Latin American Studies and Latin American Literature. She began her career in public relations in 2000, managing communications for arts organizations, community development programs, and public education initiatives.Ashley holds a bachelor of business administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University. She has has a wealth of experience in media relations, event planning, promotional development, and community outreach. She has developed and spearheaded national and international PR and social media campaigns for hospitality and tourism, representing government agencies, business consortiums, and private companies. Alaine and Ashley have been friends and collaborators since their high school days at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where the motto is Serviam, Latin for “I will serve.” They founded Azcona + Rodgers in 2011 with the goal of contributing to their community through their work and helping civic, cultural, and non-profit organizations thrive.