Climate Blue Leadership

Climate Blue Leadership 2020-2021

Alexa White, Co-Director

Alexa White is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Co-Director of Climate Blue. With a focus on agroecology, her research looks into the origin of indicators under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. She focuses on Goal #2: End Hunger and analyzes the expected impacts Goal #2 will have on practices of small-scale farmers. In 2015 and 2018 Alexa attended COP21 in Paris, COP24 in Poland and COP25 in Spain as a delegate. 

Annalisa Wilder, Co-Director

Annalisa is a third-year dual degree Master’s Student in SEAS and the Ford School of Public Policy. In 2019, she was one of the University of Michigan’s delegates to COP25 Madrid. Annalisa is the former Recruitment Chair for Sustainability Without Borders, an active member of the SWB Uganda project team, and a 2020 Dow Fellow. In May, she completed her master’s project where she conducted climate adaptation research in Seychelles for the UNFCCC. This summer, Annalisa is a 2020 EDF Climate Corps Fellow doing energy efficiency and GHG mitigation work with local governments in New Jersey. Annalisa is very excited to work with Climate Blue as Co-Director to prepare future delegates for COP26, strengthen connections to other educational institutions around the world, and advocate for carbon neutrality on University of Michigan campuses.  

Alicia Quilici, Communications Coordinator

Alicia is a second year Master’s student at the School for Environment and Sustainability pursuing a track in Sustainable Systems and Environmental Policy. She is interested in waste reduction and is currently working with Starbucks for her master’s project to find alternatives to their spent coffee grounds. Alicia is also interested in climate policy and hopes to get more involved through Climate Blue!

Lauren Balotin, Media Coordinator

Lauren is a second-year Master’s student doing a dual degree between the School of Public Health (Environmental Health Promotion & Policy) and SEAS (Behavior, Education, and Communication). She is most interested in the impacts of climate change on health and how to use communication/policy to help adapt to and mitigate these issues. She was a delegate to COP23 and COP24 during her undergrad and is excited to get involved with climate action at U-M.

Muhammad Abdullah, Events Coordinator

Abdullah is pursuing PhD in Mechanical Engineering and is looking for renewable energy sources for automobiles. He is motivated for better policies for energy and sustainability. He joined Climate Blue to learn and then serve better in the field of sustainability and climate change around the world

Mia Sen, Events Coordinator

Mia is a second-year master’s student at the School for Environment and Sustainability. She is pursuing a dual track with Environmental Policy and Planning and Behavior, Education, and Communication. Her research interests include risk communication and the discourse surrounding climate change, and public perceptions of different climate change mitigation strategies. At Climate Blue, she’ll be working the team as the Events Coordinator. Her participation and interest in Climate Blue stems from the organizations roots in international climate policy discussions and its goal to disseminate climate information with U-M and Ann Arbor.