Meet the team behind JMJU's work!
Chloe Maxmin, hailing from rural Maine, is currently 29 years old and a Maine State Senator and an organizer for JustME for JustUS. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district. She is the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine State Senate. IG: @chloe.maxmin
Amara Ifeji is a 19-year old systems thinker and climate justice activist committed to advancing equitable access to the outdoors and climate justice education for ALL youth. Her barriers to access to environmental learning drove her to lead community science learning efforts for youth like herself and conduct internationally awarded climate change research. Through her role with the Maine Environmental Education Association, she strives to empower a network of over 400+ youth environmental activists in the Maine Environmental Changemakers and JustME for a JustUS networks. Amara also pushes for both state and federal environmental education policy reform through her roles with the Nature-Based Education Consortium and the Maine Climate Council Equity Subcommittee. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the 2021 National Geographic Young Explorer Award–one of only 24 youth in the world.
Kosi Ifeji is a high school junior, intersectional climate justice activist, and environmental steward from Bangor, Maine. Her passion for the environment led her to pursue citizen science efforts through her school's Stormwater Management and Research Team (SMART), which focuses on monitoring the health of the Penobscot watershed. Kosi shares her time as a Changemakers fellow, co-chairs the Nature-Based Education Consortium (NBEC) Climate Education Task Force, serves on the NBEC Steering Committee, and collaborates with the Maine Climate Table Intergen cohort. Kosi also advocates for policy and culture-based change in her school and local communities by addressing her school district's inequities. In her free time, Kosi loves to cook and bake for herself and others.
Laura Bither is a climate justice activist with a zeal for community-based change. She graduated from Wesleyan University with High Honors in Biology and Environmental Studies and a minor in African Studies. As an AmeriCorps VISTA in Chelsea, MA, she broadened her understanding of the need for intersectional justice in affordable housing, public benefits, and financial education. The pandemic brought her back to Maine where she has been thrilled to work within the rich network of collaborative community organizations. She spent her summer as a Community Organizer with Maine Environmental Changemakers before transitioning to her current role at JMJU. She currently shares her time with Preble Street Resource Center, where she loves to volunteer for the Culturally Appropriate Meals Program, and Maine Foodscapes as a Garden Mentor and Educator. Catch her competitively reading books, cooking for friends, and taking any excuse to get outside.