MISSION

To help organizations further their goals toward work that creates a more just, equitable, and sustainable local and global society through research and analysis. 

BIOGRAPHY

Carolyn has a diverse portfolio covering topics of economic, environmental, and social justice in her own community and beyond. Specific comprehensive research that she has conducted includes:

  • Attitudes and behaviors in college sustainability
  • Climate change impacts on industries in the State of New York
  • Communications plan for Cornell University’s First Generation Lending Library
  • Historical view of legal protections for the Great Lakes
  • Lived climate change experience exercises for labor group trainings
  • Local food policy and programs in the City of Akron and Summit County, Ohio
  • Policy paper regarding mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia
  • Worker cooperative laws in 11 U.S. states
  • …plus 17 articles focusing on progressive topics for The Voice at Cuyahoga Community College

Her underlying dedication to and knowledge about this broad domain is reflected in the breadth of her experience. 

  • As the community outreach coordinator during the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo)’s startup phase, Carolyn built support for offshore wind in Northeast Ohio.
  • Through her tenure as a volunteer with the Portage County Sierra Club in Akron, Ohio, she led and co-led multiple volunteer project teams including Step It Up Akron, Lights Out Akron, and the promotion of the film Coal Country.
  • Her grassroots activism includes founding Move to Amend Medina (Ohio), co-founding Occupy Medina, participating in efforts against fracking and the Nexus pipeline in Medina, as well Occupy Cleveland.  
  • While earning her degree as a nontraditional student, she led sociological sustainability studies and environmental club events.   
  • For the physical challenge, sense of adventure, and to spread awareness of climate change and bicycle advocacy, she joined 200 other cyclists in a 300-mile ride from New York to Washington D.C. with Climate Ride 2013!

Prior to enrolling in college to pursue a career change, she worked as a legal assistant specializing in workers’ compensation, as well as low-income landlord-tenant and consumer issues. This background has lent itself well to Carolyn’s subsequent work and inherent interest in evidenced-based and socially-just public policy.

Carolyn recently worked as a job developer, helping adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities search for, secure, and be successful in community employment. Her accomplishments include receiving a departmental award for the most job placements in November 2017.

She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 2016 and her Associate of Liberal Arts, magna cum laude, from Cuyahoga Community College in 2013. Carolyn is currently considering applying to graduate school to earn her Master in Public Administration / Policy.