Roger Sorkin - 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.
Nate Birnbaum - Co-Founder & Producer
Nate Birnbaum is an award-winning producer and co-founded ARP in 2017 after starting his career managing the release of The Burden (2015) and moving on to produce Tidewater (2017) and Current Revolution (2018). Nate has always been passionate about film, and has worked in environmental media since before graduating cum laude from American University in 2015, where he studied environmental policy and film, while also receiving a crash course as a programming intern at the Environmental Film Festival in The Nation’s Capital for three years. Prior to completing his studies, Nate lived in Colorado where he worked as a production and development assistant for The Story Group on their series Americans on the Frontlines of Climate Change. During this time, Nate also founded The Climate Studio, an independent project which uses photography to illustrate localized climate change and organize calls to action in communities. When he’s not helping to launch ARP, producing new films, or managing The Climate Studio, Nate is an avid photographer and adventurer with a serious affinity for anything that gets him deep into nature.
Alan Strasser - 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.
Elena Krieger - Science Advisor
Elena Krieger is the director of the Clean Energy Program at Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, a non-profit research institute in Oakland which works to bring science to energy policy. She researches strategies to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies while simultaneously realizing health, environment, equity and resilience benefits during the clean energy transition. Elena sits on the board of the Carbon Lighthouse Association, a carbon mitigation non-profit in San Francisco. She received her PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, where her research focused on energy storage for renewable resources, and she holds an AB in Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard University.
Hope Hall - Filmmaker, Cinematographer, and Photographer
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.
Ilyse Veron - Media Relations and Communications Strategist
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. Ilyse has connected ARP to academic & industry innovators, expanding the influence of screenings & engaging supporters with media & events. After mounting the ACSF Energy Visions Prize, which ‘The Burden’ won, Ilyse helped orchestrate the completed film’s global premiere at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival, win audience awards & secure recognition from NATO. She loves inspiring friends and colleagues with the ARP’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.
Ben Hillman - Graphic Designer & Animator
Ben Hillman helps ARP synthesize complex facts and figures into memorable graphic and animated representations. Ben is a filmmaker, designer, author and illustrator. His wide-ranging career has led him to work on creative projects across the media spectrum. He graduated with highest honors from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has written and directed award-winning independent short films screened in festivals around the world and broadcast on MTV, PBS, La Sept Arte and Kanal 4. Ben has created work for a range of projects from earthquake awareness for Goldman Sachs to animations for Spike Lee. He is also the creator of a popular series of pictorial science books for children published by Scholastic.
Nicole Scott - Creative Digital Strategist
Nicole Scott provides technical, creative, management, inbound marketing, and analytic skill sets to bolster online communications strategies from non-profits, start-ups, and small businesses to agencies with nationally recognized brands. She specializes in improving digital footprints online through search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), social media optimization (SMO), and social media marketing (SMM), as well as by other inbound marketing methods. She’s worked in the entertainment and media industry for over 15 years and currently works with American Resilience Project, as well as with Kontent Films in San Francisco, Bo Boudart Productions which has produced award winning documentaries such as, Islands of Life, Walking In Two Worlds, Paying The Price For Peace, and Accidental Activists. She was instrumental in helping an number of filmmakers with crowd sourced fundraising campaigns for Karen Everett of New Doc Editing for the film American Visionary: The Story of Barbara Marx Hubbard, and for Haydn Reiss of Zinc films for the documentary, Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy. Nicole received her B.A. degree in Cinema at San Francisco State University and is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society.
Briggs Mroz - Production Assistant
Briggs Mroz began as an ARP intern and now serves as a production assistant handling a range of tasks that include social media, editing, archival research, interviewing and more. Briggs graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University (’18) with a degree in Environmental Studies and Communication focusing on Media Production, and she is excited to put that degree to work with ARP. Her own student documentaries, Hope Works Here and The Mayor of Graterford, have been nominated for awards at the Social Justice Film Festival, Lancaster Film Festival, and the Reading International Film Festival. Briggs also works as a freelance production assistant on other film and commercial shoots to gain more experience in media production.