Josh McNeil, Executive Director
Josh McNeil founded Conservation Voters of PA in 2009. As Executive Director, he has built it into one of the Commonwealth’s leading advocacy organizations. In 2018, he chaired the convening of 26 environmental and conservation organizations that created Pennsylvania’s first Common Conservation Agenda - a shared blueprint for good environmental policy. Later that year, he led a green coalition that helped elect 29 new pro-environment officials to the state legislature - good people working to put that policy in place.
Since 2017, Josh has played a complementary role as Vice President for Civic Engagement for Conservation Voters of PA's strategic partner, PennFuture. Josh also proudly serves on the board of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. He is the elected co-chair of the Choose Clean Water Coalition.
Josh grew up in L.A. and Huntsville, AL. He studied history, sang badly, played percussion, and abused his own dignity performing sketch comedy at Yale. He, his brilliant wife and his perpetual-motion toddler listen to a lot of songs about trucks at their home in West Philly.
Primates have attacked Josh on four continents. His first paid job was keeping rogue chickens away from funerals with a pellet gun.
Molly Parzen, Assistant Director
Molly Parzen has served as the Assistant Director of Conservation Voters of PA since August 2018. Prior to that, she served as CVPA's Development Director for 7 years. Before working for CVPA, she served as a campaign manager and finance director for political campaigns in the greater Philadelphia area.
A proud graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Molly enjoys spending time with her cats, traveling, and explaining to people why Philadelphia is the greatest city in the world.
Katie Blume, Political Director
Katie Blume is the Political Director for Conservation Voters of PA. She has spent over twenty years as an organizer and advocate for many social justice issues, including electoral politics, having worked on local, county, and state legislative races. Prior to joining CVPA, Katie served as the Deputy Political & Organizing Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and she currently serves on her community's borough council. As the Political Director, Katie brings her diverse background in the nonprofit, private, and political sectors to work with elected officials and candidates to highlight the possibilities for progress in combating the climate crisis here in PA.
Katie is primarily based in Harrisburg, and lives with her husband and pets in Central Pennsylvania, where she gets to wake up every morning to gaze over one of Pennsylvania's best natural trout streams.
Jess Cadorette, Field Director
Jess Cadorette is the Field Director for Conservation Voters of PA; she leads our Field Team to mobilize volunteers and help build a pro-environment movement across Pennsylvania. Jess grew up right here in Pennsylvania, receiving her bachelor's degree in Communications from Neumann University. Her undergraduate research focused on environmental communications.
Prior to joining CVPA, she organized volunteers with PennEnvironment on their climate and clean energy team to build support for clean, renewable energy across the state of Pennsylvania. She also worked with and continues to stand alongside community activists as they work to prevent a dangerous pipeline from going through her local community in Chester County.
When she's not working to protect our environment, she's out enjoying it through hiking, kayaking, and walks with her dog.
Kristin Zilcosky, Director of Digital Engagement
Kristin Zilcosky is the Director of Digital Engagement for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. Kristin is spearheading an exciting program to protect the Delaware River Watershed, building a digital “megaphone,” a list of more than 90,000 email activists who will be educated and mobilized to support the work of the Watershed partner organizations.
Before launching this project, Kristin served as the Digital Director for NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington, D.C. Kristin joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in 1999 and led the organization’s online campaigns, including email marketing, mobile advocacy, and social media. Before joining the world of progressive politics, Kristin did historical research. Kristin hails from upstate New York and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a degree in American Studies.
Kai Mateo, Federal Climate Campaign Manager
Kai Mateo is the Federal Climate Campaign Manager for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, New York LCV, and Maryland LCV. He crafts strategy, liaises with the National League of Conservation Voters, and coordinates the state teams as they fight for strong federal climate legislation in Congress.
Before joining LCV, Kai worked as a Regional Relational Organizing Manager for the Democratic National Committee, where he was part of a team that built a groundbreaking, nationwide relational organizing program. Kai has extensive experience in political campaigns, community organizing, and grassroots capacity-building with a variety of organizations, including the Recovery Advocacy Project, the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People and Families Movement, the City of South Bend, the Leading Change Network, the Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative, and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Teaching Fellow for Professor Marshall Ganz. '
He is a graduate of Deep Springs College and Harvard College, where he was a Gardner Fellow and a Mellon Mays Fellow. Raised in San Diego, Kai now lives in Philadelphia.
Hillary Mohaupt, Social Media Strategist and Inclusion Manager
Hillary Mohaupt is the Social Media Strategist and Inclusion Manager for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. She’s spent over a decade helping small non-profit and cultural organizations tell their stories in print and online. A native of the Midwest, she enjoys exploring natural wonders across the US but prefers the restored prairies and woodlands of central Illinois. Hillary studied public history and the French resistance at Macalester College and the University of Delaware, and she holds an MFA in fiction from Pacific University in Oregon.
Eva Piatek, Digital Campaigns Manager
Eva Piatek is the Digital Campaigns Manager for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. A proud Philly native, Eva has been living less than a mile from the Delaware River her entire life, so working on a program that supports the work of Watershed partner organizations hits right at home with her.
Eva holds a master's degree in art history from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Scranton. She has worked for various art museums and nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area over the years, primarily specializing in digital marketing, social media, and communications. Though she has spent most of her professional career advocating for the arts, Eva has always been an avid environmental advocate at heart. Some of her hobbies include traveling, baking, gardening, biking, and reading.
Samantha Adamo, Social Media Assistant
Samantha Adamo is the Social Media Assistant at Conservation Voters of PA and NJ League of Conservation Voters. She also volunteers as the Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook Platform Development Intern at Plastic Tides, a non-profit that aims to empower others to live a plastic-free lifestyle. Samantha is currently pursuing her Masters of Sustainability Leadership degree at Arizona State University. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2019, where she majored in Marketing with a concentration in Digital Marketing and Analytics, and minored in Psychology. In her free time, Samantha also manages the social media and blog content for the Making a Mark Foundation, a charitable foundation based near her hometown at the Jersey Shore, which focuses on environmental change. She especially loves the beach and partaking in outdoor activities.
Michelle Giles, Policy Analyst
Michelle is the Policy Analyst for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. She gained a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a master’s degree in Political Science with a focus on environmental policy from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the CVPA team, Michelle worked as a research fellow for a Virginia-based political research firm and conducted advocacy work for a Florida land trust. In her free time, Michelle enjoys exploring the historic and natural areas Pennsylvania has to offer.
Michael Mehrazar, Field Manager
In his role as Field Manager, Michael works with citizens to play a more active role in conservation policy. He recruits, trains, and manages volunteers in central Pennsylvania to advocate for environmental issues. Michael is motivated by the desire to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality, safeguard its water supply, and fight against climate change.
Prior to joining Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Michael was a Field Organizer with For Our Future, where he recruited, trained, and managed a team of canvassers in Dauphin, York, and Cumberland counties.
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lock Haven University. While at Lock Haven University, he was Vice President of his environmental club, Speaker of his student government’s senate, and interned at the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
Michael enjoys playing and watching soccer, fiddling with computers, listening to podcasts, biking on trails, and all things Star Wars.
Maria Ocasio, Lehigh Valley Field Coordinator
Serving as the Lehigh Valley Field Coordinator, Maria is responsible for identifying, engaging, and mobilizing a strong base within the community to bring about change and awareness on environmental issues. In recruiting, training, and managing volunteers we will bring about a more energy efficient and sustainable Lehigh Valley.
Maria completed her Undergraduate Degree at DeSales University in Political Science and then went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy at Lehigh University. After college, Maria utilized her degree as a Field Organizer for several high-profile local and national campaigns, where Maria gained valuable insight and first-hand experience of the political system, and how to mobilize and inspire a community to help her candidate achieve success.
Recently, Maria transitioned out of the campaign world into government work and served as a census field manager for the U.S. Federal Census Bureau. Maria attributes a good deal of her achievements to the educational foundation Maria received during her time at DeSales. However, it was the support Maria received from her mentors and professors that has inspired her most meaningful work as an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College and a volunteer catechist at Sacred Heart Regional Church. It has become Maria’s lifelong mission to improve and better the lives of others and inspire them to pursue their own goals. Whether that be through environmental awareness, education, policy, or politics Maria truly believe that is her calling.
In her spare time Maria enjoys running, hiking, boxing, reading, and watching documentaries.
Donna Kohut, Upper Bucks Field Coordinator
As the Field Coordinator for Upper Bucks County, Donna engages with the community to identify and mobilize around local environmental issues. She recruits, trains, and manages volunteers for conservation projects and advocacy work so that we can progress towards a more equitable and sustainable Pennsylvania.
Donna holds a B.A. in Political Science and Writing from Moravian College and a M.A. in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she focused her studies on the history of social movements. Inspired by her academic studies to become an intentional agent of social and environmental justice, Donna completed two terms of service with the Student Conservation Association in Utah and California, one term with the California Conservation Corps in Yosemite National Park, and served for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Winooski, Vermont, supporting the local refugee resettlement program. Donna has been an active volunteer for the Sierra Club and PennFuture in the Lehigh Valley. She hopes to use her perspective as a volunteer and love of service to inform her organizing.
Most recently, Donna served as the Outdoor Program and Outreach Coordinator for L.L. Bean. In her spare time, Donna gets her kicks whitewater kayaking, backpacking, traveling, and reading dystopian literature.
Tom Sacino, Lower Bucks County Coordinator
Tom Sacino is the Lower Bucks Coordinator for Conservation Voters of PA.
Tom believes strongly in the idea that our democracies function better when we all get involved and that our environment is going to be the leading issue of the 21st century. In his role as a Field Coordinator, Tom looks to engage folks in Bucks County on local environmental issues and connect with our elected officials to create opportunities for constituents to show they want people prioritized over polluters.
Before joining the team, Tom graduated from La Salle University in 2019 with a degree in political science and history. While at La Salle, Tom worked on congressional, presidential and senatorial campaigns. Most recently he campaigned in Chester County with our strategic partner, Conservation Voters of PA in 2019 for the commissioners race. Additionally he served as an intern for the Mayor of Philadelphia's Office of Public Engagement and was the Student Body President his senior year.
When Tom isn’t out in the field, he’s probably checking out new museum exhibits, looking for a new book, finding a nice hiking trail, or playing his guitar.