Located in the United states and south Africa, The program coordinators provide training support to women's climate centers in the areas of capacity building, political engagement and advocacy and health. Meet our program coordinators below.
Sarah Diefendorf is the director of the Environmental Finance Center West at Earth Island Institute. She has founded and managed numerous nonprofit organizations throughout her career and has specialized in building financial, communications and leadership capacity in the US and abroad. Understanding that we can all be leaders, she has honed and implemented a wide variety of capacity-building tools in her professional and training life to enable individual and community growth and success. In 2017, Sarah developed and delivered leadership curriculum to 24 Ugandan, Kenyan and Tanzanian women-led grassroots organizations to build management and fund-raising capacity.
In addition to her leadership work, Sarah has worked with Native American Tribes throughout the American Southwest for over ten years to help build their green economies through strategic, solid waste and recycling, climate vulnerability and adaptation, and water protection planning.
Sarah has also served as a national and international capacity building and leadership trainer for the League of Women Voters of the United States. She holds a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and an MS in Environmental Geography from Cambridge University.
Suzanne York is the director of Transition Earth. Previously she was Senior Writer and Program Director with the Institute for Population Studies in Berkeley, CA, where her work focused on the interconnectedness of population growth with women’s empowerment, human rights, consumption, alternative economies, and the environment. She is the author of several reports, including Peoples' Rights, Planet's Rights: Holistic Approaches to a Sustainable Population and Prioritizing the PHE Approach: Linking Population, Health, and Environment for a Better World. As research director with the International Forum on Globalization, Suzanne was a contributing author to Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples' Resistance to Economic Globalization. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from American University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Portland State University. Suzanne is on the leadership team of the Sierra Club's Gender, Equity and Environment National Committee.
Eve Thompson is the founder and director of FemPo.net. Eve has a long history of promoting the advancement of women in political life in Africa and in promoting value-centered leadership in the world, in general. She has held several Country Director posts in promoting democracy and good governance in Africa and also directed the United Nations University’s International Leadership Academy in Amman, Jordan.
When Eve first came to Africa over 20 years ago, she was struck by the persistent marginalization of women, particularly in the realm of politics. In all the projects she led thereafter, she worked to ensure that the empowerment of women and the expansion of their numbers in leadership ranks, were key objectives. FemPo.net represents the culmination of these efforts.
She studied English Literature and Law before working as an associate at a law firm in Washington, DC and making the transition to working in Human Rights Law and contributing to the fall of Apartheid in South Africa and fighting for the rights and advancement of women and youth throughout Africa and beyond. She has lived and worked in or traveled to more than half of all of the countries in Africa and is thus committed to helping the continent to realize its true potential.