together, we can move philadelphia beyond fossilized democracy

Our team

Wondering who are the people behind 350 Philly?

Our steering committee

13901320_10154612315352150_1304115791956677495_nKatie Blumberh – Graphics & open meeting organizer



Jean McFarlane – Jean is a resident of the oil train blast zone



Laura Cofsky – Communications Director – Laura is a University of Pennsylvania graduate who has interned with Dow Jones, USA Today, Fitness magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Born and raised in New York City, she fell in love with Philadelphia and moved back after college.

603141_4172765761969_1776222689_nMeenal Raval – Spokesperson – Meenal owns Philly Electric Wheels, offering the best selection in folding and electric bikes in the region. She’s also active with Philly Neighborhood Networks, catalyst at the newly formed Northwest Philly Solar Co-op and active with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. Reachable at meenal.raval at

561881_10151618619460179_1084836708_nMitch Chanin – Strategist – A Philly native, Mitch has been involved with social justice organizing and activism for 20 years. He co-founded and directed a non-profit organization that helped Jewish people across North America to talk across political differences about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, before stepping down to devote more time to the movement for climate justice. In 2015, he received an “Emerging Leader” award from the Bread and Roses Community Fund for his environmental justice work. Reachable at mitchchanin at

Our Fossil Free SEPTA campaign team consists of the above, plus these people:

970802_10201671598259770_779167505_nKaren Melton – Karen is our connection with Sierra Club’s  Southeastern PA group.




Matthew Wang – Director of Union Outreach – Matthew is a Carpenter and proud member of Transportation Workers Union Local 234.  He began working for SEPTA in 2011 and in 2013 joined the Buildings & Bridges’ Location Safety Committee where he serves as Recording Secretary.  In addition to working as a Carpenter on SEPTA’s Facility Improvement Team, Matthew has documented safety and health concerns such as lead, asbestos, chemical off-gassing, and diesel exhaust. While at Drexel University, majoring in Architecture and minoring in the Sustainable Built Environment, Matthew co-founded a student organization, Fossil Free Drexel, part of a global movement promoting divesting from fossil fuel investments and reinvesting in renewable energy.

1004704_10201940009361950_139597907_nPeter Winslow – Captain



222214_609239357616_1975024149_nZak Powers –  Executive Secretary
Zak is a teacher in Philly, has volunteered with 350 Philly since Spring 2016, and was instrumental in looping nearby schools into our campaign.

We also have volunteers we can count on, such as

  • Dave Reppert
  • David Loeb
  • Sam Mastriano

In the past, we’ve enjoyed the energy from these folks…

  • Aarati Kasturirangan
  • Cord Briggs
  • Jen Hombach
  • Jon Leibovic
  • Jonathan Lipman
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