Fighting for the Green New Deal on the Hill

Fighting for the Green New Deal on the Hill

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Oct. 8 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Oct. 8 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Fossil-fueled global warming is accelerating and we are all affected by the costs of our unequal, unjust, and toxic economic system. The US and the world need a Green New Deal to fight climate change and build prosperity and racial justice. Learn from progressive elected officials, activists, and Hill staffers about the fight against corporate interests and polluters to enact policies in line with the grand vision of the Green New Deal.


Brad Johnson


Brad Johnson is a climate strategist and communicator. He is the editor of Hill Heat, a climate politics and policy website. Previously Brad was the founding executive director of Climate Hawks Vote, a grassroots climate politics organization, campaign manager for Forecast the Facts, a grassroots climate advocacy organization, and editor for ThinkProgress Green at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Amherst College and master’s degree in geosciences from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. He is the co-author of Technomanifestos and the founder of

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Rep. Ro Khanna


Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his first term. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Budget and Armed Services committees and is a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Rep. Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in Silicon Valley to the nation and throughout the world. For each job created in the high-tech industry, another four jobs are created. The tech multiplier is even larger than the multiplier for U.S. manufacturing. Rep. Khanna will work to ensure the technology sector is at the forefront of U.S. economic policy and strive to provide opportunities to those our changing economy and technological revolution has left behind. To do so, the U.S. must implement policies that will not only create tech jobs in Silicon Valley but across America. This includes job training programs, economic development initiatives, re-wiring the U.S. labor market, and debt-free college to help working families prepare for the future.

Saul Levin

Saul Levin covers climate, labor, and Indigenous policy for Congresswoman Cori Bush. He organizes several climate-left organizing efforts on the inside on Capitol Hill. He previously covered climate and public lands policy for then-Congresswoman Deb Haaland, co-led Organizers for Radical Climate Action (ORCA), and led the Harvard Climate Leadership Program. He tweets @saaaauuull.

Lauren Maunus


Lauren Maunus, 22, is Sunrise Movement’s Legislative Manager. She grew up in south Florida where intensifying, climate change-fueled hurricanes threaten her community every year. Before moving to DC, Lauren was part of Sunrise’s 2018 electoral program in Michigan and a hub coordinator across Rhode Island. Now, she works to “organize” Congress and translate the power of the movement for a Green New Deal into meaningful legislation for her generation.

Hannah Vogel


Hannah Vogel works as a policy advisor on energy, environment, and climate issues for Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts. From 2016-2018, she worked on climate, energy, and health care for Representative Lloyd Doggett (TX-35). Prior to coming to the Hill, Hannah worked on climate strategy for Climate Nexus, coordinating messaging and outreach around the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 and the People’s Climate March in 2014, and as a clean air organizer in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.