Co-Founder & Producer
Nate Birnbaum wears numerous hats as American Resilience Project’s assistant director, sometimes all at once, including producer, director, writer, editor, and development strategist. Nate has been working in the environmental film world since before graduating cum laude from American University (’15), where he studied environmental policy and film production while also receiving a crash course in environmental film as a programming intern at the Environmental Film Festival in The Nation’s Capital, where he met Roger at the world premiere of The Burden.
Nate has worked as a development strategist and production assistant for The Story Group on their climate change series, and has also launched his own project, The Climate Studio, which uses photography to illustrate localized climate change challenges and organize community action events. In addition to film production, launching ARP, and his independent work, Nate is an avid photographer with a serious affinity for anything that gets him out of the house/office and into the natural world.
Founder & Executive Director
Roger Sorkin is an award-winning producer, writer and director specializing in the nexus between environment, energy and national security. He has been creating films and other media for a variety of NGO, government and nonprofit clients for over two decades. Roger is an alumnus of the U.S. Army War College’s National Security Seminar and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, where he also serves as a surrogate speaker for their Operation Free campaign.
He has served as a communications advisor to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, and he currently serves on the Climate and Security Working Group at the Center for Climate and Security. Roger began his career in broadcasting as the founding producer of a daily public affairs radio program in 1993, and then received a master of communication from Stanford University with a focus in documentary film before moving to Washington, DC, where his production company created films and videos for a range of nonprofit, government, and academic clients.
Policy Director & Stakeholder Liaison
Alan W. Strasser, formerly with the Mediation Institute and an environmental consultant to industry and EPA, is an attorney with over 25 years experience in environmental, health and safety regulatory and site-specific matters through positions in government, private sector, and NGOs. As an environmental and transportation attorney at the Department of Transportation (DOT), he advises on rulemaking, litigation, public-private partnerships, and dispute resolution. Alan has led efforts to address climate change adaptation for the White House, convened a negotiation for the Department of Energy on energy efficiency standards, and developed a partnership for DOT with the military and industry to address sea level rise impacts. He has moderated numerous dialogues and spoken widely on energy/environmental regulation and climate change. For the American Resilience Project, Alan co-created the story line for the documentary Tidewater (2017). He received his J.D. and M.A., Environmental Law and Policy (magna cum laude), from Vermont Law School.
Hope Hall is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer. Her short films have been selected for over 40 film festivals worldwide and have received numerous awards, including at Sundance. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA from Stanford, and is a proud graduate of the Independent Studio Program at the Whitney Museum. From May 2011 onward, she was President Obama's Principal Videographer at the White House in the Office of Digital Strategy, with both the position and the office being a creation of this President. After working on "By the People" by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, which followed then-Senator Obama's trajectory into candidacy, she joined the '08 campaign's now legendary New Media team as a staff filmmaker, telling the story from the campaign trail and making over 40 videos, and then the Presidential Transition Team to help draft the infrastructure for the first new media President. In addition to her work as a cinematographer for ARP, Hope helps determine our digital strategy.
Ilyse Veron is a seasoned, mission-focused and sector-spanning strategic leader who enables executives to distill & communicate complex ideas to stakeholder audiences. Her keen analytic skill and agility stem from an Emmy award-winning journalism career, spent mostly with the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Specializing in thought leadership, Ilyse has connected American Resilience Project to academic & industry innovators, expanding the influence of screenings & engaging supporters with media & events. After mounting the ACSF Energy Visions Prize, which The Burden’s sizzle reel won, Ilyse helped orchestrate the completed film’s global premiere at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, win audience awards & secure recognition from NATO. She loves inspiring friends and colleagues with the American Resilience Project’s uplifting message & developing its media partners like the feisty Moms Clean Air Force.
Ilyse earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale & a masters from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.