Karan Ireland is back for her third year as the lobby team coordinator. She was the past Program Director for Solar United Neighbors of West Virginia, a non-profit focused on increasing solar energy accessibility in West Virginia.
Karan was one of the original organizers of the local citizen response to the 2014 Elk River Chemical Leak and resulting water crisis, and is a steering committee member of Advocates for a Safe Water System. She serves on the board of West Virginia Citizen Action Group.
Karan just finished a term as a member of the Charleston City Council, having been elected to an at-large seat in May of 2015. She also serves as a member of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority’s board of commissioners.
Kayla Young is back for her second year as a lobbyist for the Environmental Council. She is a small business owner, and community organizer with Boss Babes WV across the state. Her educational background includes a degree in Political Science and Integrated Marketing, with a focus on social media marketing. She is a freelance copywriter. Kayla has worked on municipal, state, and federal campaigns, and is currently running for House of Delegates in the 35th District to focus on environmental rights, among other issues.