FRI’s purpose, mission, and values are guided by our Conceptual Committee. Click below to read more about each committee member and their experience.
Aya sits on the steering committee of the Green Leadership Trust, a coalition of board members of color promoting equity within the Green movement, and is co-chair of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition in California, which works to build widespread levels of psycho-social-spiritual resilience in the age of climate change. She also organizes the Plastic Reduction Working Group in the Berkeley/Albany area.
Gail served as founding director of Native Action for twenty-five years, advancing tribal sovereignty, environmental protection, health equity, and Indian voting rights via community organizing, administrative and legal challenges, and political empowerment. She has taught at schools on the Reservation, tribal colleges, and various universities and served as an expert witness, testifying before international tribunals and Congressional committees. She is also a formerly elected member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council and Board Chair of Chief Dull Knife College.
Also in 2020, Shamyra assumed the role of Executive Assistant at RISE St. James, a faith-based nonprofit organization. Alongside the Director, her mother, Sharon Lavigne, Shamyra stepped into her essence, fighting on the front lines against billion-dollar petrochemical industries and demanding environmental justice for impoverished Black and Brown districts that are disproportionately impacted by petrochemical toxic emissions. A native of St. James, Louisiana, Shamyra is the granddaughter of a Civil Rights activist and the daughter of a retired schoolteacher and environmental rights activist.
Lavannya has a background in organizing and community education around issues of immigrant rights, food sovereignty, and energy justice, among others. Prior to joining the Fund, Lavannya led development of Vote Solar’s partnership and capacity building workshop initiatives and supported the organization’s work to build an inclusive culture. She also served as a Tom Graff Diversity Fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund where she supported the equitable implementation of clean energy legislation and design of energy efficiency programs for low-income and hard- to- reach customers. In 2019, Lavannya was recognized by Midwest Energy News with a 40 Under 40 award.
From 2008 – 2017, Marlon was Coordinator of the Alternative Law Groups, a coalition of twenty legal resource NGOs in the Philippines that are concerned with the pursuit of public interest, respect for human rights, and promotion of social justice. From 2011 – 2015, Marlon was Vice-Chairperson for the Basic Sectors of the National Anti-Poverty Commission, a multi-agency and multi-sectoral body headed by the Philippine President and composed of heads of major departments of the national government, representatives of local governments, and representatives of fourteen civil society sectors. He also served as a civil society member of the Philippines’ Open Government Partnership Steering Committee.
Tony’s past experiences include working with Native American tribes to re-acquire culturally significant lands and working with a coalition of environmental groups, commercial and recreational fishing groups, and scientists to protect ocean health. He currently serves as board chair of the Coalition of Communities of Color, previously served on the boards of Earthjustice and Audubon Portland, and was a founding board member for the Center for Diversity and the Environment.
Margot holds a Master of Science in Public Health and a Doctor of Science from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.