Staff

 
Rebecca Newberry
Executive Director
(716) 852-3813 ext 102
rebecca@cacwny.org

Rebecca Newberry is Clean Air’s Executive Director with 10+ years developing and managing successful issue campaigns, including environmental enforcement, climate and energy policy, and state budget legislation. Rebecca is a strong facilitator, trainer, and coalition builder with multiple examples of success building programs and teams from the ground up, managing and supporting people through coalition conflicts, and demonstrating a passion for strategy and collaboration. Rebecca’s work with Clean Air has been featured by national and international publications such as Grist, Mother Jones, Bill Moyers, and Al Jazeera. Rebecca previously worked with the Rochester Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIO, spearheading New Generation United, which was chosen by the AFL-CIO National Council as a model for young labor groups across the country. Rebecca holds a B.S from State University College at Brockport and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management
from Canisius College.

 

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

Julia joined the team at Clean Air in 2018. Julia is a Vermont native. She attended school in Syracuse, after which she migrated west to Buffalo. Prior to joining the team at Clean Air, Julia worked as a Canvass Director and Project Coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and most recently as the Development Specialist with People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo). Julia ran and organized campaigns to stop Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking—a dangerous form of natural gas drilling) from being approved in New York State. In December 2014, NYS residents won a historic ban on fracking in the State. Julia brings a wealth of knowledge in both grassroots and institutional fundraising. She has directed grassroots fundraising campaigns, written and won private and public grants and hosted large-scale fundraising events, with the goal of collaborating with others in the fight for equity, resilience and sustainability. These experiences have driven Julia to continue to work with organizations like Clean Air that are training and organizing with communities to build a region-wide movement for environmental justice and public health.

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

Linnea Brett has been involved with Clean Air since she first canvassed for the organization in 2014. Linnea joined the staff in 2018 as a community organizer. Linnea has tremendous  experience developing and facilitating campaign teams, designing and leading community canvasses,  and is practiced in successful direct action strategies. A native of Niagara Falls, Linnea studied at the University at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, concentrating in Urban and Public Policy, and a Master of Urban Planning, with a specialization in Environmental and Land Use Planning. She also organizes with the Buffalo chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and coaches SURJ chapters across New York State. She is committed to centering and empowering folks directly impacted by injustice, and building a brave, loving movement with the power to challenge and dismantle systems of oppression and exploitation.

 

Shontae Cannon-Buckley
Community Organizer  
(716)852-3813 ext 101 
Shontae@cacwny.org

Shontae Cannon-Buckley is a Community Organizer, and leads campaigns with Clean Air members in environmental justice neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo. Shontae has over 6 years of experience working on public health, social justice and mass incarceration issues. Prior to starting with Clean Air, Shontae worked at the City of Buffalo as an Assistant Legislative Aide of Council Staff. Shontae resigned from her position in April of 2018, and followed her calling and firm belief that the work doesn’t take place at a desk in city hall but among the people. Shontae felt to best organize she needed to see how other systems worked. This led her to Venezuela, where she served as an electoral observer of the May 2018 Presidential Election and the win of President Nicolas Maduro. Shontae continues her work with the Campaign to End US & Canadian Sanctions Against Venezuela. Shontae also works with political prisoners as part of the Upstate Chapter of Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition, whose work and goal is to free political prisoners and end mass incarceration in the United States. She has been published in the Venezuela Analysis on the connection between her work with political prisoners and Venezuela’s right to sovereignty. Shontae is a member of Black Love Resists in the Rust, and continues to organize at the intersections of embodied leadership, healing justice, political education and transformational organizing.  Shontae is most proud of her beautiful, intelligent and intriguing daughter Nayeli and the world she is trying to leave to her.

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A note about our staff’s professional development: As you can see, we are a tiny staff that gets a lot done! We really value the hard work our staff puts in to make our communities healthier and more democratic. Given how hard they work, we think it’s really important to send them to training to continually improve their skills, meet others who are doing similar work, and take time to decompress and rejuvenate. In the past, our staff has used professional development donations to travel to the New Organizing Institute’s RootsCamp, the American Public Health Association conference, the EPA’s environmental justice conference, the GIFT grassroots fundraising conference and retreats at the Stone House. If you share our belief our staff deserve to be invested in, please consider making a donation to support their professional development this year. Just jot us a note when you make the donation who it’s for!