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Building our Energy Future

By various - Science for the People, October 26, 2020


  • Anthony Giancatarino is a father of three and lives in Philadelphia, PA. Incubated as a fellowship, Anthony has led the JCET project for the last 3 years working with community partners to strive for anti-racist practices and community-driven processes in policy development, strategy, and collective governance to advance energy democracy and a regenerative economy. Previously, Anthony spent seven years at the Center for Social Inclusion, working with community organizations on policy strategies to achieve racial equity in energy democracy, food equity, and transparency, participation, and accountability in governance.
  • Shauna McKenna (she/her/hers) is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America's San Diego chapter, where she is a co-chair of their Public Power San Diego campaign. Public Power San Diego is a coalition of left and progressive organizations demanding San Diego's transition to publicly owned, publicly managed energy utility service. Shauna is also a member of DSA's Green New Deal Campaign Committee.
  • Victoria Pellicer-Sifres, PhD, has a long research and activist trajectory in the field of energy cooperativism and energy poverty. She is Energy Officer in Valencia (Spain) City Council, researcher and teacher at the Universitat Politècnica de València, and activist in the renewable energy cooperative Som Energia. She has been president and member of the governing board of Som Energia for the last 5 years, and she is fully convinced that bottom-up initiatives like the one of Som Energia are actually generating alternative spaces for the radically different world that we need.
  • Lala Peñaranda coordinates Latin American trade unions at Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and is a co-founder of Science for the People NYC. She is the Americas co-chair for the DSA International Committee and previously worked with unions in Colombia on agrarian reform.
  • Chris Kramer is a Minnesotan currently residing in Boston, MA. He is a Co-Chair of the Boston Democratic Socialists of America TakeBacktheGrid campaign and mobilizes along the promise of energy democracy. Although he originally gravitated toward the intersection of climate, conservation, and recreation, Naomi Klein and a trip to the Socialism 2019 Conference changed his perspective. Chris believes that decolonizing movements for environmental justice and land return are crucial to a Green New Deal. He is new to organizing work.


  • Ben Allen is a member of the East Tennessee chapter of Science for the People. Since 2019, this SftP chapter has been organizing with the Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Movement to fight for public power and against privatization at the Tennessee Valley Authority. He works as a federal contractor in computational systems biology research related to energy and environment.

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