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. As part of the ClimateX startup team, I focus on our connections with the MIT academic and research community, advise on climate change content, and co-host our video interviews and podcasts. This role builds on over a decade of online education development 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.