Meet our Speakers for the Hope, Health, and Climate Event Series in December

Event speakers on December 8 at 4pm PT:

Leah Stokes

Leah Stokes, PhD

Leah Stokes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Leah works on energy, climate and environmental politics. Within American Politics, her work focuses on representation and public opinion; voting behavior; and public policy. Within environmental politics, she researches climate change, renewable energy, water and chemicals policy. 

Leah’s book, “Short Circuiting Policy” examines the role that utilities have played in promoting climate denial and rolling back clean energy laws. It was named the Best Energy Book of 2020 by the American Energy Society, listed as a top 5 climate book from 2020 by The New York Times, and won 3 awards from the American Political Science Association. Leah also contributed to the anthology All We Can Save, which is a New York Times bestselling collection of essays written by influential women in the climate space and co-hosts the podcast “A Matter of Degrees.”  

Leah is a Senior Policy Advisor at Evergreen Action, and Senior Policy Counsel at Rewiring America and prior to academia, worked at the Parliament of Canada and Resources for the Future.

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Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Howard Frumkin is Senior Vice President and Director of the land and People Lab at the Trust for Public Land, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Public Health.  At TPL, he leads efforts to assemble evidence, and to translate evidence into policy and practice, in support of TPL’s strategic commitments: health, equity, climate action, and community.  He previously served as head of the “Our Planet, Our Health” initiative at the Wellcome Trust in London (2018-19), as Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health (2010-16), as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health (2005-2010), and as Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School (1995-2010). 

Dr. Frumkin trained as an internist, occupational and environmental medicine specialist, and epidemiologist.  His research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, nature contact, and sustainability.  His community and professional activities have included serving on numerous National Academies of Sciences committees, on the Boards of the Bullitt Foundation, the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Green Building Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Environmental Education Foundation. Dr. Frumkin is a proud long-term donor to Climate Solutions. 

Vin Gupta

Vin Gupta, MD, MSc, MPA 

Dr. Gupta is a practicing pulmonologist and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, where he’s led large, multinational epidemiologic studies on the global burden of respiratory disease. In parallel, he is a Commissioned Officer (O-4, Major) in the United States Air Force Medical Reserve Corps, serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the Critical Care Air Transport Capability at Joint-Base Lewis McChord. Outside of his civilian and military clinical responsibilities, Dr. Gupta serves as Chief Medical Officer of New Health Initiatives at Amazon and a medical analyst for NBC News. He’s held prior research roles at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Bank, focused on pandemic influenza preparedness, in addition to the Center for Global Health Engagement and Harvard Global Health Institute. Lastly, he serves as a medical advisor to several organizations, including the National Football League and Major League Baseball. 

Dr. Gupta received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, Medical Doctorate from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He has active board certification in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine and completed his clinical training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

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Event speakers on December 9 at 12pm PT:

Rebecca Solnit photo

Rebecca Solnit

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and urban history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and catastrophe. Her books include Orwell’s Roses; Recollections of My Nonexistence; Hope in the Dark; and A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster. She writes regularly for the Guardian, serves on the board of the climate group Oil Change International, and just launched the climate project Not Too Late (

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