Bernadette is committed to pushing the world’s governments to address the climate crisis as ambitiously and justly as possible—and empowering youth leaders to expand politicians’ ideas of what is possible! Bernadette is a PhD Astronomer who spent 12 years working at an International observatory in Chile before moving to Portland, Oregon and changing career paths to commit more time to climate activism. She currently teaches astronomy, physics and natural science at Portland State University and Portland Community College, and volunteers with the Portland chapters of 350, Extinction Rebellion and Climate Reality. She led the board of 350PDX through its formative years and helped establish it as a powerful voice for climate justice in the Pacific Northwest. Bernadette is fortunate to have called many places on this beautiful planet home, and honors the indigenous ethic to recognize and value the interconnectedness of all life.