Flora Cardoni — Flora Cardoni is PennEnvironment’s Field Director and Climate Campaign Director. In that capacity, Flora oversees much of PennEnvironment’s climate and grassroots organizing work, directing staff and mobilizing volunteers around the state to fight climate change and promote good clean energy policy in Pennsylvania. She is also a member of Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Advisory Committee. Before taking on this role, Flora was a member of Green Corps where she led campaigns to register youth to vote in Arizona and oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa. She’s also directed several door to door canvass offices around the state on behalf of PennEnvironment and Work For Progress.
Silas Kulkarni is the Director of Strategy & Advocacy in the ELCA Advocacy office in Washinton, D.C. He focuses on federal policy advocacy as well as the strategic intersections of that work with the broader work of ELCA Advocacy. Before coming to this position, Silas served as Senior Fellow for Public Discourse at the grassroots, depolarization organization Braver Angels, helping facilitate productive conversations between conservatives and progressives. He brings this spirit of willingness to engage with politically diverse communities to his work in the ELCA. Silas has also worked as a teacher in low-income communities, as a grassroots organizer, and as co-founder and executive director of an educational equity nonprofit. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, ELCA pastor Julie Bringman, and their two children, daughter Nirmala and son Katesh.
Michael Mehrazar — As a Campaign Manager at PennFuture, Michael oversees the work and coordination of PennFuture’s campaigns to advocate for clean water protections within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This work includes developing, managing, and leading the Choose Clean Water Coalition that advocates critical clean water policy and funding. Previously, Michael served as Field Manager PennFuture, working with citizens to play a more active role in conservation policy. He recruited, trained, and managed volunteers in southcentral Pennsylvania to advocate for environmental issues. He also developed and fostered relationships with watershed and conservation organizations. Prior to joining PennFuture, Michael was a Field Organizer with For Our Future, where he recruited, trained, and managed a team of canvassers in Dauphin, York, and Cumberland counties. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lock Haven University.
The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Willer is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) serving as the Director for Theological Ethics in the ELCA Office of the Presiding Bishop. He has worked in that capacity as co- or lead staff person with all the writing projects of ELCA social teaching documents since 2005. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago (2009) in theology and is a contributing scholar in theology and ethics for both church and academic audiences.
Prior to work in the Churchwide office, he served as pastor for a decade in one urban and one suburban congregation on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. He currently is directing the work toward a social message on climate care and development of a social statement lead by the ELCA Task Force on Civic Life and Faith.