Jackson Koeppel is Soulardarity's Executive Director and co-founder. He grew up in Manhattan, went to college in Oberlin, OH, and woke up in West Virginia. He has been working on environmental justice issues since seeing the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Ohio. He is working on Soulardarity because he believes that we need concrete alternatives to the fossil fuel economy that work for communities, and that the communities most negatively impacted are going to lead the creation of those alternatives. He has received numerous accolades and acknowledgements for his work, including the Brower Youth Award 2014, the Vehicle of Change contest in 2017, and the Detroit Innovation Fellowship. In addition to his work with Soulardarity, he is a Wayne State student, member of Resource Generation, and avid collector of Hawaiian shirts.
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Shimekia Nichols is Soulardarity's Communications Coordinator. You can read her full bio here.
"I became interested in the works of Soulardarity as first an energy consumer and when the opportunity arose to speak on behalf of the people I couldn't let the moment pass by to contribute to the unification for energy democracy. I am a full-time activist, mother, life-long learner, experienced facilitator, writer, entrepreneur and SCAO (State Court Admin Office) certified Mediator. You can be assured of excellent work, dedication and passion. I look forward to getting to know each of you better and capitalizing on our unique strengths to ignite the community and push this movement further."
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Soulardarity’s Outreach and Organizing Coordinator is Maria Thomas, a faith filled wife, mother, grandmother and community activist involved in sustainability, environmental justice and civil rights, one way or another, most of her life.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, one of the most segregated cities in the USA, she seeks knowledge, equity and just transition from fossil fuels as she advocates, educates and serves in beloved communities on the front line of the environmental justice movement. These communities include Highland Park and Detroit, MI or any community in need of a better tomorrow, today.
An experienced speaker, facilitator, team member and leader, Maria is equipped with the anecdotal experience of life, scientific wisdom provided by comrades and…Google, endeavoring to manifest the passionate vision of wholistic society, correcting past wrongs, investing in the Earth and those dwelling upon it through Energy Democracy. The harvest is great; the workers few and not diverse enough, so Maria continues to…do.
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