Thu, Jan 26, 2023

7 PM – 8 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Women in Climate: Community is the first installment in an annual Women in Climate series for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. This panel discussion will feature Bowdoin Environmental Studies alumni and TNC Maine staff working at the intersection of climate and community. This event seeks to convey the importance of centering community in the conservation and climate fields and how and why integrating values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are vital for both people and nature in the face of a changing climate. The panel continues a 21-year collaboration between The Nature Conservancy in Maine and Bowdoin's Environmental Studies Program, which will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Environmental Studies at the College in the spring of 2023. Find out more about this event by reading this Bowdoin News Story. Please be advised of current COVID-19 precautions at
This event is open to the public free of charge. 


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Kate Dempsey

State Director

The Nature Conservancy of Maine

Kate Dempsey '88 has served as the State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine since 2016. For the previous 13 years, she helped lead TNC's public policy initiatives in Maine—first as Senior Policy Advisor for Federal Affairs and then as Director of External Affairs, where she managed the Chapter's policy initiatives, public partnerships and marketing efforts. In 2015, she took on the role of directing TNC’s North America 50-State Climate Strategy, where she was responsible for the state-by-state rollout and integration of strategy into each state’s annual plan. She was also selected as the TNC U.S. Government Relations Cabinet’s first Vice Chair, a national team determining TNC's positions and strategy on U.S legislation. In Maine, Kate has prioritized building a happy, productive team, knowing that a well-supported group achieves the best conservation outcomes. Under Kate's leadership, the Maine Chapter is focused on working collaboratively across the state to achieve healthy oceans, rivers and forests and acting to address climate change. Kate serves on Governor Janet Mills' Climate Council as the Environmental Representative.

Kate holds an undergraduate degree in Government and Sociology from Bowdoin College and a master's degree from Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy. Kate grew up in Philadelphia but considers herself a Mainer now. She lives with her family in Bath, Maine, and enjoys hiking, paddleboarding and Popham Beach's hidden nooks, and hopes one day to learn to fly fish.

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Van Du

Senior Environmental Planner

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Van Du '08 joined MAPC in March 2021. In her role as Senior Environmental Planner, Van supports MAPC communities on climate action planning and implementation efforts as well as hazard mitigation projects. Van also manages the Accelerating Climate Resiliency grant program, which aims to advance climate equity and regional coordination and readiness for climate change.

Van previously worked at VHB as a Sustainability and Resiliency Planner, supporting local governments, airports, and private-sector clients with sustainability and resiliency planning services. Prior to VHB, Van served as Special Assistant/Sustainability Adviser to the Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space at the City of Boston. In this role, she also supported the Climate Team with implementing the City’s Climate Action Plan and managing Greenovate Boston, a citywide sustainability program. During her graduate work at BU, Van also worked as Program Manager at Second Nature, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote sustainability in higher education.

Van holds a Master’s in City Planning and Urban Affairs from Boston University with a focus on urban sustainability, and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.

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Amy Hussey


Bowdoin College

Amy Hussey '23 is a senior at Bowdoin College majoring in Government and Legal Studies and Environmental Studies. During the summer of 2021, Amy worked at the Nature Conservancy in Maine as a Bowdoin Logan Fellow. While at TNC, she worked on several projects including analyzing qualitative survey data on the impacts of climate change on fishermen. She was also involved in research on equity considerations for Maine’s solar development incentives and solar siting policies. As a Bowdoin Denning Fellow this past summer, Amy further explored her interest in fisheries policy by doing research with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association on how regulations are limiting Maine fishermen’s ability to adapt to climate change. This research is now the foundation of her honors project in Environmental Studies. Amy spent her junior spring semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied Sustainable Food Production and Consumption in a European context. At Bowdoin, she enjoys working at the Writing Center, where she provides one-on-one assistance to students on papers. Upon graduating Bowdoin, Amy plans to attend law school in pursuant of a career in environmental law.

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Tamara Lee Pinard

Community Initiatives Manager

The Nature Conservancy of Maine

Tamara is responsible for working with staff to help design and lead projects that blend the needs of local communities with natural resource conservation. Tamara’s work is focused on systems change at local, regional and statewide levels through her engagement with the Katahdin region, Sebago Clean Waters and Nature Based Education Consortium and through leading the Maine Chapter in development of a long-range plan to shift how we connect and engage people with our preserves.

Tamara is an environmental professional with more than 25 years of experience, and she enjoys and excels at fostering partnerships, designing for systems change and working collaboratively with the end goal of building healthy communities. Her past professional work includes developing and serving as the executive director of the Long Creek Watershed Management District, a unique collaboration of public and private entities including small and large businesses, government agencies and environmental non-profits; developing watershed management plans for lakes and urban impaired streams; and serving as a facilitator for 14 municipalities that work cooperatively to meet stormwater permitting requirements.

Tamara is committed to furthering environmental justice, and as a mom of two teenage daughters, she has a deep sense of our quickly changing world and the need to provide outdoor spaces to wander and replenish. Tamara received her B.S. in biology from Bates College.

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Teona Williams

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow


Teona Williams '12 is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography. Her work revoles around Black Geographies, 20th century African American and environmental history, and Black feminist theory. Her current work explores the role of disaster and hunger in shaping Black feminist ecologies from 1930-1990s. Specifically, she follows a cadre of rural Black feminists who articulated visions of food sovereignty, overhauled antiblack disaster relief, and vigorously fought for universal basic income, radical land reform, and food and clean water access as a human right.

Prior to Rutgers, she received her doctoral degree from Yale University in the departments of African American Studies and History. She also completed a master's degree in Environmental Justice at the University of Michgan Ann Arbor. In 2017, she won the Clyde Woods Prize for best graduate paper in Black Geographies, for her paper "Build a Wall Around Hyde Park:" Race, Space and Policing on the Southside of Chicago 1950-2010, published by The Antipode in March of 2020. She is the author of the essay "Islands of Freedom: The struggle to desegregate Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain Natural Park 1936-1941" in the forthcoming edited collection Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, Environmental History which will be released in 2023.

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Co-hosted with: Bowdoin Naturalists, Bowdoin Outing Club, Sunrise Bowdoin , Bowdoin Sustainability Office, History, Economics, Bowdoin Citizens Climate Lobby , Urban Studies, Government and Legal Studies

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