About

Our Team

Our team includes researchers, communicators, and experts from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Collectively, our team has backgrounds in public health, climate science, energy policy, communication strategy, behavioral science and environmental justice. Together, we’re committed to helping people find the resources they need to tackle climate change and improve health in their communities. We are supported through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Edward Maibach

Ed is a Distinguished University Professor at George Mason University and a communication scientist who is an expert in the uses of strategic communication and social marketing to address climate change and related public health challenges. His research – funded by NSF, NASA and private foundations – focuses on public understanding of climate change and clean energy; the psychology underlying public engagement; and cultivating TV weathercasters, health professionals, and climate scientists as effective climate educators. From 2011 to 2014, Ed co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment, and he currently advises myriad government agencies, museums, science societies and civic organizations on their climate change public engagement initiatives. Previously, Ed has served as an Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and as Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International. Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University, his Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University, and his BA in psychology at University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Mark Mitchell

Mark is a preventive medicine physician trained in environmental health and health policy. For more than two decades Dr. Mitchell has worked in the public health sector — including as Director of the Hartford, Connecticut Health Department — and with environmental justice communities to prevent and reduce environmentally related disease and change policies that are detrimental to environmental health. Dr. Mitchell chairs the National Medical Association’s (NMA) Council on Medical Legislation and co-chairs the NMA’s Commission on Environmental Health. He has also served on several U.S. EPA and FDA advisory committees and has received a number of awards for his community and environmental health leadership. Dr. Mitchell earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his Masters of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University, and is the principal of Mitchell Environmental Health Associates, a consulting firm on environmental health and environmental justice issues.

Dr. Marva King

Marva E. King—who holds an MPA from the University of Delaware and a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University (GMU)—is a leading expert on and contributor to efforts to promote environmental justice in America. In 2017, Dr. King retired from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she had long served in various positions including: Advisor to the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization; Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Environmental Justice; Co-Chair of the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program; and Program Manager for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Dr. King has earned numerous prestigious awards including the 2017 EJ Trailblazer Award, 2010 EPA Gold Medal for the CARE Program, and the 2010 Children’s Environmental Health Network’s Child Health Advocate Award, and she recently became a member of the Board of Directors of Coming Clean, Inc. She joined the Health and Climate Solutions team in 2018 to support GMU’s work on health, climate change and equity.

Dr. Rob Gould

Rob is the founder and President/CEO of One Degree Strategies, a consultancy dedicated to encouraging decision makers to adopt policies and create programs that encourage people to make better choices for their health, well-being and the environment.

Rob brings his both his academic training in behavioral science and over 25 years of successful experience in communications and social marketing to advance the core concept of One Degree Strategies: that we must match efforts to persuade people to make better decisions with efforts to create environments that support those better choices.

Rob is at the forefront of health and social change strategy as an innovator and as a leader.

Wendy Cook

Wendy’s work on the program includes content design and maintenance for the Health & Climate Solutions website. As Manager of Digital Communication and Research for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, Wendy is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Consortium website, as well as printed and electronic material, creative strategies, branding, and digital communication. She has experience in graphic design, programming and marketing; creating intelligent direct mail and digital marketing campaigns. Prior to joining 4C, Wendy was the Marketing Coordinator for a private college, designing and implementing multi-channel marketing strategies. Wendy is currently working on a mobile phone app that teaches critical thinking about climate change, as well as a children’s book about the impacts of climate change and how we can all contribute to solutions.

Colin Nackerman

Colin’s work includes grantee relations, program management, administration, communication, and more, and he is generally interested in research related to climate mitigation and solutions. He also works with George Mason’s Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) and is a graduate student in the Energy & Sustainability program. He’s the Climate Chair and Treasurer for the local VA Sierra Club, and in his free time he enjoys the outdoors and grassroots advocacy. He previously worked in the solar industry, in climate science, and in climate policy.  He received his B.A. in Environmental Policy from George Mason University.

Beverly Harp

Beverly serves as the Communication Specialist for the Health and Climate Solutions team. She is the primary manager of content development for the weekly newsletter, website, and social media pages. In addition to this role, she is the Policy and Research Manager for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. Prior to joining 4C, Beverly completed a Fulbright research grant in India on the distribution of finance for climate change adaptation. In her free time, Beverly organizes young people on issues of global climate justice with the organization SustainUS. Beverly received her B.A. in Global Affairs from George Mason University.