Backbone Campaign Board of Directors

Yvette Arellano

Yvette Arellano of Houston, Texas. Founder, Fenceline Watch; Board member, the Center for International Environmental Law, Backbone Campaign, Greenlatinos, and Peak Plastic Foundation. They/them pronouns Continue reading

Mary Lou Finley

Mary Lou Finley served on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s staff in Chicago in the mid-1960s.  She is a sociologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University Seattle and a lifelong activist on social justice issues.   She is the co-author with Bill Moyer and two others of Doing Democracy:  The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, and she is a co-editor of The Chicago Freedom Movement:  Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the Northwith Bernard LaFayette, Jr., James R. Ralph Jr. and Pam Smith. Continue reading

Daniel Lee

Former Culver City Mayor Daniel Lee became the first African-American Member of the Culver City Council in its over 100-year history in 2018 where he passed rent control, voted to close down the inglewood oil field, began a reprations process, created a mobile crisis response team and worked to create permanent supportive housing. Continue reading

Angelo Logan

Angelo has served as a leader in the environmental and climate justice fields for over two decades.  Continue reading

David McLanahan

David McLanahan spent two months working at the Civilian Hospital in Danang, Vietnam, as a third year medical student in 1966, a life-defining experience. After medical school he moved to NYC and co-founded the Franz Fanon Health Collective, an activist group of 12 health care workers involved in many social justice causes – anti-war, anti-racism, disability rights, and workers’ rights.   Continue reading

Mary Paterson

Mary Cogan Paterson is a climate justice activist who lives in Seattle. She was raised in Berkeley, California and educated in the University of California system during the 1970s and early '80s [during the movement to divest from South African apartheid, and she was a founding member of the UC Berkeley graduate student employees union.  Continue reading

Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright

Selected as one of the 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016, Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over 10 years of policy analysis, community organizing and outreach/advocacy experience. While serving as a policy analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado, he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate for a variety of social justice campaigns including affordable health care access, income inequality and civil rights for LGBT citizens.  Continue reading

Jeffrey Snyder

Jeff Snyder’s activism has spanned five decades. He became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement following the Kent State shootings in 1970 and continued that activism throughout the ‘70s. In protest against the US supported Contra War in Nicaragua, Jeff traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 as a member of the Olympia to Nicaragua Construction Brigade, and upon his return, he co-founded the Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister County Association.    Continue reading

Rivera Sun

Activist/Author Rivera Sun writes social justice novels (The Dandelion Insurrection, The Way Between, and more). She is a nationwide trainer in strategy for nonviolent movements.   Continue reading