I’ve come to believe that our collective response to climate change is the defining issue of this generation. And so, finding solutions together is firmly and permanently in my thoughts and actions. I’m honored to be part of the ClimateX startup team, where I focus on connecting ClimateX to the MIT academic and research community, and advise on content and strategy as one of the team’s climate change subject experts. This role builds on over a decade working across campus with MIT OpenCourseWare, where I’m site curator and a publication manager. My climate inspirations are many: the wakeup call of Bill McKibben's 2012 Rolling Stone article "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math;" my two young-adult kids, and frequent trail running and hiking; Rebecca Solnit’s book “Hope in the Dark,” and the students of Fossil Free MIT. Coming from a Midwestern farm family, I feel particularly close to food and agriculture, and how climate change plays in the US heartland.