About

Climatepedia is a nonprofit organization created by university students. The organization continues to be run by a team of students and alumni across the country. Though we come from diverse backgrounds, we are united by the belief that climate change is one of the most important issues of our generation.

 

Our Mission

To communicate how our changing climate is impacting people and their communities.

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Leadership Team

Gianna Lum

Gianna Lum

Executive Director

Gianna previously conducted research on climate models at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and on paleoclimate at UC Irvine. She has a BS in Earth System Science and BA in Urban Studies from UC Irvine. She is a Master’s student in the Climate & Society program at Columbia University.

Kimberly Duong, PhD

Kimberly Duong, PhD

President

Kimberly is a civil engineer in water resource management based in Los Angeles, California. She has a MS & PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Irvine and a BS in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA. Her expertise is in urban drought, recycled water, and water conservation policy. Previously, she’s worked at the National Academies of Sciences, as well as the University of California Office of the President. See her website for more info.

Sam Geldin

Sam Geldin

Director, Strategic Development

 Sam is a PhD student in urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on urban climate resilience. He holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Previously, he’s worked on climate adaptation issues in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.  

Justin Ong

Justin Ong

Strategic Advisor

Justin works at an energy policy organization in Washington DC, focusing on how advanced clean energy technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus on energy from Duke University.

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Alexandra (Rosie) Rinaldi

Alexandra (Rosie) Rinaldi

Fellow

 Rosie is passionate about social justice advocacy, political ecology, and sustainable development in urban environments. She worked on public relations for a local environmental education nonprofit in her hometown. She is a Master’s student in the Climate & Society program at Columbia University.

Brian Chung

Brian Chung

Associate Editor

Brian is President of the UC Irvine student chapter of Climatepedia. He studies Earth System Science at UC Irvine and his research focus is in microbial decomposition. His interests include terrestrial ecology, urban planning, climate policy, and climate communications.

John Quinn

John Quinn

Fellow

John has a background in political science & marine science, various solar non-profits, and the U.N. Youth Corps. He is dedicated to bridging the gap between scientific research and sustainable action. He is a Master’s student in the Climate & Society program at Columbia University.

Katharine Poole

Katharine Poole

Fellow

  Katharine studies the intersection of global issues such as the climate crisis and social inequality on localized scales, focusing primarily on the state of Louisiana. She is a Master’s student in the Climate & Society program at Columbia University. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.

Maitrayee Basu

Maitrayee Basu

Fellow

Maitrayee has worked in the GIS field for City of Austin and Columbia Water Center, volunteered at the Rainforest Partnership, and is currently dedicating her time with Red Cross Crescent. She is a Master’s student in the Climate & Society program at Columbia University.

Patricia Haigh

Patricia Haigh

Associate Editor

Patricia is a former President of Climatepedia’s UC Irvine student chapter. She has a B.S. in Earth System Science and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy. Her research in the Mackey Lab focused on how marine phytoplankton react to global changes of rising temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Tarynn Kimmick

Tarynn Kimmick

Associate Editor

Tarynn specializes in the restoration and protection of ecosystems. Her past experiences include conservation projects on the Channel Islands and climate change research through Earthwatch. She is a master’s student in the Conservation and Restoration Science program at UC Irvine and she has a BA in Environmental Science from UC Irvine.

Angelique Nguyen-Le

Angelique Nguyen-Le

Communications Associate

Angelique has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from UCLA and a Master’s in Criminology, Law, and Society from UC Irvine. She specializes in graphic design, social media and external partnerships.