Rocky Kistner, Communications Associate, Washington, DC
I’ve spent more than 20 years as a journalist, working on investigative projects and stories for major print and broadcast media outlets. So I didn’t know what to expect when I started with NRDC’s communications staff on climate change issues in 2009. But I soon discovered that the same communication skills I used as a journalist easily transferred to the critical work NRDC is doing to push for comprehensive climate change legislation and new clean energy technologies and jobs. There really isn’t a more important job right now. All I have to do is look into the eyes of my two young daughters to know children everywhere are counting on us to get this right. Currently I’m working in our Gulf Resource Center in Buras, LA, near the tip of the bayou and ground zero of the BP oil catastrophe. Fishermen here were battered by Katrina and now are battling the worst maritime oil disaster in history. NRDC has put its money where its mouth is, working hand-in-hand with people on the Gulf coast frontlines to help fishing communities recover, implement stronger environmental protection laws, and rebuild the rapidly diminishing Mississippi wetlands that are the food source for the entire Gulf ecosystem. In my book, I couldn’t be working in a better place — or for a better group — to fight for a sustainable future.