Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Rebecca Sayre, Board Co-President
Rebecca Sayre has over 15 years experience organizing and educating people from varied communities on how to advance progressive causes. She is currently excited to be launching a venture to help Latino farmers bring their goods to various Seattle markets. When not strategizing on how to open pathways for civic engagement and healthier living she can be found hiking, skiing, and white water rafting with her boyfriend and their two dogs.
Rebecca holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Daniel J. Evans School at the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Environmental Policy. Given that her connection for the environment comes from both conservation and experiential perspectives, she is also an alumni of the Institute for a Democratic Future and the Northwest Outward Bound School. She believes that women, working together, can foster big change and that CoolMom is poised to do just that.
Amanda Schramm, Board Co-President
(Bio coming soon!)
Sonja Ling, Treasurer
Sonja Ling has worked in the Northwest as a policy advocate in renewable energy. The mother of two children, she first got involved with CoolMom in 2007 helping the co-founder launch the Magnolia group and develop the Walking School Bus program. Sonja remains active in projects related to the environment and is currently helping pilot collective giving in China with Global Women—Partners in Philanthropy. She received her MSc in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford, where she focused her research on the solar power market in Qinghai, China.
Jemae Hoffman, Board Member
Jemae cares deeply about our planet, people and prosperity. She has over 20 years of experience in working at the state, local, non profit, private and government level in transportation policy and management. Her focus is on making it easier to walk, bike and take transit to give people more transportation choices. Jemae is currently VIA Architecture and Planning’s Director for Livable Cities. Previously, she served as the City of Seattle’s Lead for Sustainable Transportation and Climate Change. One of her proudest accomplishments is starting the Seattle Summer Street’s program, opening up streets for people to celebrate community. Before coming to her job at the City, she was Executive Director of the Transportation Choices Coalition, a statewide non-profit advocacy group.
Jemae brings a special combination of skills in project management, public education and program evaluation to the projects she works on. Before her career in transportation, she was a consultant specializing in business recycling, building with resource efficient construction materials; and studying the structure and effectiveness of energy conservation programs. She also served as a management and marketing consultant for three years. In this role, she evaluated the feasibility of new product market introductions and studied their market structure and distribution channels. Jemae has also been very active with Seattle civic issues as a volunteer in numerous campaigns. She is a graduate of Cornell University.
Christine Tang, Board Member
Before moving to Seattle, Christine Tang served as the Director for the Office of Sustainability in the City of New Haven, CT, where she coordinated the city’s environmental performance improvement and sustainability efforts, especially with respect to energy efficiency & conservation, waste minimization and air quality. Before joining the city government, Christine worked in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, in Corporate Social Responsibility & sustainability consulting. Prior to that, Christine worked with state and federal officials on government policy issues related to pollution prevention, EPA's Strategic Plan development, and environmental health. In many of her projects, she collaborated with state associations, NGOs and other stakeholders on inter-organizational task forces.
Christine has a Master in Environmental Law from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. She also completed an Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Strategies to Create Business and Social Value.
Kristy Royce, Co-Founder
Kristy, one of CoolMom’s founders, hosted a party in 2007 that was the seed to what has become CoolMom. Royce invited friends to view the film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The conversation among the mothers present led to the launch of CoolMom. Having an atmospheric scientist as a stepfather, Kristy was well acquainted with the climate issue. As a mother of two daughters, she saw an urgent need to unite mothers to address the climate crisis and to advocate for future generations. The untouched, primal beauty of the world's remote places sparked a passion for environmentalism when working as staff on tourist expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Amazon. Kristy had the pleasure of living and working with the Amazonian Indians, the Machiguenga, in an effort to establish an eco lodge to help protect the great Amazonian rainforest. She co-founded ExpeditionTrips.com. She lives in Seattle, WA with her family and believes living an eco-friendly life is the most important thing we can do for our kids. Kristy held the role of Board President from April 2009 to September 2010 and was a Board member through May 2011.
Kirsten Bergstrom, Co-Founder
Kirsten is one of the Co-Founders of CoolMom. Kirsten is an active participant and founder of the first CoolMom Group, in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. She has strong personal ties to climate science community, with an atmospheric scientist and former climate modeler in the family. She is a proud mother of two. Prenatal yoga teacher, environmentalist and former project manager for foreign language software and websites. Kirsten is bilingual, fluent in Swedish and English and proficient in Spanish and German. She can often be seen walking her kids to school. Kirsten lives in Seattle, WA with her family. Kirsten was a Board member through September 2011.