Our Team

There are many different ways we can take action.

AMARA IFEJI

Amara Ifeji is a recent graduate of the STEM Academy at Bangor High School, where she served as the president of the Stormwater Management and Research Team, a youth-driven water quality management group whose members have won state, national, and international awards for their water quality research projects. At her school, she worked to bring awareness to the climate crisis and recently co-organized a school-wide climate education initiative. Ifeji also founded the Minority Student Union at Bangor High School, creating a space that also included students “in the majority” and worked on developing cultural competence and finding places to spark change. This year she has been awarded Maine Environmental Education Association’s Student of the Year and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Healthy Food Champion.

ANIA WRIGHT

Ania Wright is a recent graduate at College of the Atlantic, and is serving as the Youth Representative to the Maine Climate Council. She is a founding member of the group Maine Youth for Climate Justice, which has been organizing youth from around the State of Maine to push for climate action on local, state, and national levels. She has also been involved in international climate politics, traveling to three UN climate conferences as a student delegate. 

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BENY

Ania Wright is a recent graduate at College of the Atlantic, and is serving as the Youth Representative to the Maine Climate Council. She is a founding member of the group Maine Youth for Climate Justice, which has been organizing youth from around the State of Maine to push for climate action on local, state, and national levels. She has also been involved in international climate politics, traveling to three UN climate conferences as a student delegate. 

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CHLOE MAXMIN

Chloe Maxmin is a co-founder of Changemakers and the youngest woman serving in the Maine House of Representatives. Raised in rural Maine, Chloe has been a climate activist for sixteen years. She founded the Climate Action Club at her Maine high school and attended Harvard College, where she co-founded Divest Harvard. Chloe has lived and worked in Maine since graduating college. She became the first Democrat to flip a rural Maine district in 2018. She is now running for State Senate against the highest ranking Republican in Maine.

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IJEOMA OBI

Ijeoma Obi is an 18 year old who resides in Bangor, Maine. She enjoys advocating for climate justice and looking at problems for their face value. Ijeoma can be found organizing, debating, working on a science project, or helping a friend. In her spare time Ijeoma enjoys volunteering, baking bread, and making friendship bracelets. Ijeoma wants to make a difference and in the next 4 years hopes to see herself through college at Columbia University and out there helping the world. From Racial Justice, Climate Justice, to Social Justice, Ijeoma truly cares about matters that affect all of us and is glad to be helping to make a difference.

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JOHAN SIFA

I’m Johan and I’m 17. I’ve just graduated from Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine. I’m mostly passionate about food justice and on top of that I’ve always been pro equality. Now that I’m growing, I’m realizing it’s also about equity. Each step I take is a step towards making the world a better place even if it’s just in my community. I play tennis, softball and volleyball and I also love to sing, ski, cook, dance. Lastly, I’ve been taught that “change is inevitable. Either you submit to it or influence it.” I’m blessed to be part of a team that influences change around them. 

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KOSIS IFEJI

Melissa Tian is a recent graduate of the Bangor High School STEM Academy and is driven
by her passion for exploring the intersection of science and society. She is a member of the
Stormwater Management and Research Team at her high school where she works to ensure
and inform the community about the health of local streams and rivers. Melissa has also won
national, state, and local science competitions with her individual research that looks at the
effects of prolonged nutrient deposition on mycorrhizal fungi. Her passion for community
awareness of the current climate crisis inspired her to co-organize a school-wide climate
education initiative and she was also awarded the Maine Environmental Education Association
Student of the Year Award in recognition of her work within the community. Melissa is also co-
chair of the Nature Based Education Consortium Climate Education Task Force working to
increase climate education for K-12 public schools in Maine. In the fall, Melissa will be attending
Yale University where she hopes to continue exploring her passion for science and the society.

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LUKE SANDERS-FLANDERS

Luke Sekera-Flanders is a senior at Fryeburg Academy. His experience with environmental justice work started at the age of 9, when he co-founded Community Water Justice in 2012 when the Nestle corporation was pursuing long-term mining control of his town's groundwater. CWJ is an organization dedicated to helping frontline communities in Maine fight water privatization and strengthen local protections. His water justice activism led him to be an action lead with the Maine hub of the Sunrise Movement, which is pushing for a Green New Deal and a just transition to the current climate and economic crisis. He is also a leader with Maine Youth for Climate Justice, Maine Environmental Changemakers Network, Seeds of Peace, and the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. Luke is also very interested in movement strategy and history, especially as it relates to social change.

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MELISSA TIAN

Melissa Tian is a recent graduate of the Bangor High School STEM Academy and is driven
by her passion for exploring the intersection of science and society. She is a member of the
Stormwater Management and Research Team at her high school where she works to ensure
and inform the community about the health of local streams and rivers. Melissa has also won
national, state, and local science competitions with her individual research that looks at the
effects of prolonged nutrient deposition on mycorrhizal fungi. Her passion for community
awareness of the current climate crisis inspired her to co-organize a school-wide climate
education initiative and she was also awarded the Maine Environmental Education Association
Student of the Year Award in recognition of her work within the community. Melissa is also co-
chair of the Nature Based Education Consortium Climate Education Task Force working to
increase climate education for K-12 public schools in Maine. In the fall, Melissa will be attending
Yale University where she hopes to continue exploring her passion for science and the society.

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PAIGE NYGAARD

Melissa Tian is a recent graduate of the Bangor High School STEM Academy and is driven
by her passion for exploring the intersection of science and society. She is a member of the
Stormwater Management and Research Team at her high school where she works to ensure
and inform the community about the health of local streams and rivers. Melissa has also won
national, state, and local science competitions with her individual research that looks at the
effects of prolonged nutrient deposition on mycorrhizal fungi. Her passion for community
awareness of the current climate crisis inspired her to co-organize a school-wide climate
education initiative and she was also awarded the Maine Environmental Education Association
Student of the Year Award in recognition of her work within the community. Melissa is also co-
chair of the Nature Based Education Consortium Climate Education Task Force working to
increase climate education for K-12 public schools in Maine. In the fall, Melissa will be attending
Yale University where she hopes to continue exploring her passion for science and the society.

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SAMAR

Siri Pierce is eighteen years old and a recent graduate of Casco Bay High School. She is the youth director of SolaRISE Portland, a collaboration of students, teachers, and community members advocating for solar energy in Portland Schools. Currently, SolaRISE Portland is working towards the development of a demonstration array at East End Community School which will be used as a tool to educate Portland students and the broader community about solar in schools and empower the next generation of environmental leaders. To learn more about SolaRISE Portland and explore resources on how to lead school solar campaigns, visit their website.

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SIRI PIERCE

Siri Pierce is eighteen years old and a recent graduate of Casco Bay High School. She is the youth director of SolaRISE Portland, a collaboration of students, teachers, and community members advocating for solar energy in Portland Schools. Currently, SolaRISE Portland is working towards the development of a demonstration array at East End Community School which will be used as a tool to educate Portland students and the broader community about solar in schools and empower the next generation of environmental leaders. To learn more about SolaRISE Portland and explore resources on how to lead school solar campaigns, visit their website.

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UMULKHAYR MOHAMED

Umulkhayr Mohamed is a rising senior at Deering High School in Portland, Maine. She goes by the nickname, Uma. This will be her first year with JustME for JustUS. She is interested in social and environmental issues with a focus on issues in Somalia and Ethiopia. She is passionate about politics and history, especially African history and politics.