These folks make it possible for the Earth Guardians to do what they do best. From office maintenance and taking out the compost to brainstorming and campaign support, this team works behind the scenes to make the movement move.
Tamara Rose, Executive Director & "Chief mama"
Tamara is the mother of six beautiful children who are actively involved in Earth Guardians. She is the founder and executive director of Earth Guardians and the soul behind many of its projects. In 1992, she co-founded and directed the Earth Guardian Community Resource Center, an accredited experiential learning high school in Maui, Hawaii, where she successfully directed her vision to bring environmental awareness, cultural involvement, and positive change to youth. She has taught environmental education and has organized youth outreach programs and cross-cultural programs focused on earth restoration for the past 20 years. Tamara is now guiding the third generation of Earth Guardian youth leaders into environmental activism and leadership.
Russell Mendell, campaign director
Russell– a writer, musician and community organizer– is focused on merging art and activism to inspire youth participation in climate solutions. Russell was moved to action after witnessing the water contamination near fossil fuel extraction sites. This led him to assist with water catchment construction and water deliveries from the Amazon to Northeast Pennsylvania. He was previously the Outreach Director for Frack Action and Water Defense, actor Mark Ruffalo’s nonprofit. Most recently, Russell was the Campaign Director for Frack Free Colorado, a nonprofit focused on making the transition from fracked gas to renewable energy. He has co-organized dozens of concerts and events for social and environmental causes. Russell is working to nurture the symbiotic relationship between art, music and climate solutions.
CHRISTIAN "Yano" O'ROURKE, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Christian O’Rourke is a talented activist who balances the urgency of front-lines activism with the intentionality of an organizer. He oversees the fundraising work as well as the efficiency of the day-to-day operations of Earth Guardians staff. Christian’s background includes time working in media and organizing for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ nuclear power safety campaign, co-founding the student group Climate Justice at Boston College, and volunteering with the Boulder County Community Rights Network and Greenpeace’s Beyond Coal campaign.
Aidan Ferris, Global Crew director
Aidan Ferris, an environmental solutionary from Phoenicia, New York, works to educate and inspire those around her to take action on climate change. With the better part of a decade’s experience working with children, Aidan is enthusiastic in her mission to teach the future generations how to be the caretakers of the Earth. With this goal in mind, she co-founded Earth Guardians NY with Rachel. Since starting a crew, Aidan has spoken at public hearings and participated in direct actions, bringing the voice of the youth to the table. She seeks to empower youth around the world to use their passions to make a difference locally and globally. Aidan was a part of the EG COP21 Youth Delegation and has led several workshops with Earth Guardians focusing on climate justice solutions that youth can bring into their communities. As the Global Crew Director she supports crews worldwide and works to create connection and collaboration within the Earth Guardians network.
RACHEL MARCO-HAVENS, Youth Engagement DIRECTOR
Rachel Marco-Havens is an artist, creative entrepreneur and community organizer, committed to focusing her time and creativity toward the expansion of solutionary activation. While working to avert a politically sponsored, tax-payer funded, corporate water grab in Woodstock, NY, she joined forces with RYSE Youth Council Member, Aidan Ferris, to start the first New York Chapter of Earth Guardians. Now, she brings her wide scope of talent to the team at EG Headquarters. As well as aiding to general organization, helping to create platforms for communications between EG crews and nurturing partnerships with other grassroots initiatives, Rachel works to expand the interaction between the RYSE Youth and Wisdom Councils and invigorate the RYSE mission to actualization.
Erin Miller, Operations Coordinator
Erin is a hip hop activist who hails from Vashon, Washington. He has been using hip hop to inspire and create change within schools and his community for the past 10 years. Erin is also a spoken word artist, band leader, storyteller, event producer, and musical arranger. He now uses his skills to help Earth Guardians through facilitation of events, mentoring youth, and connecting the dots on whatever is needed to further the movement.