Staff

 
 

Executive Director
Clean Air’s board, staff and membership are in the process of filling this position. Interested in applying? Check back in the coming month for more information!

Julia White
Grassroots Development Organizer
(716) 852-3813 ext 103
Julia@cacwny.org

Julia (she/her) joined the team at Clean Air in 2018 as the Grassroots Development Organizer. Julia was born and raised in Vermont. While she regularly returns to the green mountains to visit friends and family, she has come to call Buffalo home over the past six years. She received her bachelors at Syracuse University, and kept moving her way west to Buffalo. Julia received her Master of Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo. Prior to joining the Clean Air team, Julia worked as a Canvass Director and Project Coordinator with NYPIRG and the Development Specialist with PUSH Buffalo. Julia ran and organized campaigns to stop fracking (a dangerous form of natural gas drilling) from being approved in New York State and has directed grassroots fundraising campaigns, written and won millions of dollars in private and public grants and hosted large-scale fundraising events to fund community-based work across Buffalo.

Julia has been funding and training others to fund the movement for justice for over 10 years. This work has allowed her to deeply understand the tools and skills of fundraising, but more importantly has equipped her with a decade-long analysis of how we can align our fundraising practices with our values and build a stronger movement for justice in the process. As Clean Air’s Grassroots Development Organizer, Julia is a fundraising organizer. She organizes people, their relationship with money, and money itself to fund a movement for health and justice that not only cannot be defunded, but cannot be stopped.

Linnea Brett
Community Organizer
(716)852-3813 ext 106
Linnea@cacwny.org

Linnea Brett (she/her) first joined Clean Air as a canvasser in 2014, returning in 2018 as an organizer. The youngest of six, from a working class family from Niagara Falls, Linnea studied at the University at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, and a Master of Urban Planning, specializing in Environmental and Land Use Planning. She is also a coach for Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) chapters across the country, and is active in her home chapter, SURJ Buffalo. She loves the rush and intensity of direct action and the new connections forged through door to door canvassing, finds data entry soothing, and feels best when she’s creating brave, loving spaces for folks to vision, strategize, struggle, and take risks together. When she’s not doing organizing work, you can find her trying new recipes, trying to keep her plants alive, and hanging out with her partner Clarissa and their cats, Waffles and Rafael.

Emily Terrana
Leadership Development Director and Environmental Justice Organizer
(716)852-3813 ext 101
Emily@cacwny.org

Emily Terrana (she/her) has been a member of Clean Air since 2015, serving in a number of leadership roles throughout the organization, including being a member of the Tonawanda Coke campaign team. Emily is a Buffalo girl through and through, growing up in the working-class neighborhood of Riverside with her extended family and community. Before joining the staff of Clean Air in 2020, Emily worked at local and state-wide organizations working towards housing, climate, racial and reproductive justice. She believes deeply in a rigorous, disciplined and care centered organizing practice that builds our communities’ power to live in a just, dignified and joyful world we all deserve. Emily should have been a teacher and brings her passion and skills of popular and political education to her work at Clean Air. Emily is a lover of good Buffalo pizza and Paula’s Doughnuts and is always happy to be a Buffalo tour guide. She lives on the West Side with her three children, Yael, Oliver and Muna, partner Jason, their three cats, Mortimer, Chunky Boy and Polystyrene and old-man dog, Mangia. Emily holds a degree in Women and Gender Studies from Buffalo State College and has been published in Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology.