Environmental Caucus Chair: Casey Pease, UMass Amherst

Born in Pittsfield, MA and raised in the small town of Worthington, Casey is proud to call the Berkshires home. His family's local involvement led him to develop an early interest in politics and public policy. This interest deepened during his time in the Gateway Regional School District, where Casey was an active student leader and a witness to the challenges faced by our communities and teachers in educating the next generation. Working for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, Casey was its youngest full-time staffer and is now the campaign manager for State Senate candidate Andrea Harrington. He studies Political Science and Community Engagement at UMass Amherst and looks forward to devoting himself to a career in public service after graduation. Off the campaign trail, Casey serves as a volunteer firefighter and enjoys hiking, camping, and generally being a nerd.

Environmental Caucus Vice Chair: Gil Haven, Clark University

Though born and Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gil Haven is currently a sophomore at Clark University studying Environmental Science & Policy. Having grown up in a household of activists, it didn’t take long for Gil to catch the bug. ‘Future world changer’ was practically written on his birth certificate. His love for politics and policy can be credited to his parents, his 12th grade AP Government class, and Aaron Sorkin. In the spring of his senior year in high school, Gil quit the baseball team to get in on the ground floor of Jim Kenney’s successful Philadelphia Mayoral Campaign-- he replaced the balls for calls and the bats for doors to knock, all the while learning the intricacy of the campaigning process. Gil is excited to join the CDM team, and is looking forward to all the amazing experiences to be had and all the change that can be made through this position.

Environmental Caucus Legislative Chair: Lilly Strieder, Wellesley

Lilly Strieder is pleased to be back in environmental politics after her internship last summer at the Environmental Voter Project. A Tampa, Florida native, Lilly began her political life as the youngest accepted fellow and intern at the headquarters of Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. Since that exciting election night, she has worked as a class organizer, as well as the blog manager and editor of Wellesley Students for Hillary. She also held a fellowship on the campaign. When not working in the political sphere, Ms. Strieder is an English Major at Wellesley College, where she recently won the department's top prize for writing, and is completing the Environmental Sustainability Certificate Program. Her commitment to sustainability goes deep, as during her high school years she was selected to lead a team of students to Thailand, China, and Laos to help make their schools more environmentally sustainable. A trained ballet dancer, she danced professionally for many years and now is with Harvard Ballet Company. Her other credits include writing, stage managing, performing, choreographing, and interning at the famed Second City in Chicago, in addition to other theatres both there and in Boston.


The Environmental Caucus is here to secure a greener and more energy efficient future for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Massachusetts is already a leader in energy efficiency and this caucus engages college students, community members, and elected officials to further that progress.

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Governor Baker, Prioritize Environmental Justice

Governor Baker, Prioritize Environmental Justice

Dear Governor Baker, As you know, on November 25 of last year Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an Executive Order #552 on Environmental Justice which decrees that state agencies designate resources to protect the health, safety and environment for the most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth. It recognizes that low-income communities, communities of color and communities with limited E ...

College Dems of MA Becomes The First State Federation of the College Democrats of America to Endorse the People's Climate March

College Dems of MA Becomes The First State Federation of the College Democrats of America to Endorse ...

The College Democrats of Massachusetts (CDM) have announced their intent to participate as an organization in the Peoples' Climate March. Through a vote taken this week, they became the first state federation of the College Democrats of America to endorse the People’s Climate March in an official capacity. The Peoples' Climate March, set to occur on Sunday, September 21st, will be the largest ...

CDM Creates Statewide Caucus System & Appoints Leadership

CDM Creates Statewide Caucus System & Appoints Leadership

The College Democrats of Massachusetts has launched it's caucus system, that aims to enable chapters to unite with progressive student organizations on campus. Leaders have be appointed to Black, Enivironmental, LGBT and Women's caucuces. This year, one of the most significant changes made by the College Democrats of America has been the launching of the new Caucus system. At it’s heart, the De ...


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