Meet The Team

Our team consists of dedicated high school students from 15 Bay Area schools.

Executive Team
Northern California Chapter Members
Chicago Chapter Members

Amelyn Phang

Director of Marketing

Hi! My name is Amelyn and I’m a senior at Dublin High School. My interest in the climate crisis stemmed from an interest in science and the natural world. The more I learn about the world-wide environmental crisis, the more motivated I become to bring a change. By joining the Climate Youth Ambassador Program, I hope to contribute to the push for a more sustainable future. I strongly believe that awareness is the first step to a lasting change; educating students at an early age is just one step closer to creating the change. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, I am a member of my school’s Varsity Hip Hop dance team, Build Club, and my city’s Youth Mayor’s Council. In my free time, I also enjoy doodling, exploring cute cafes, and visiting beaches with my dog Q-tip!

Prati Mehta

Social Media Manager

Hi! My name is Prati, and I’m a sophomore at Evergreen Valley High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program after realizing how unaware the people around me are regarding global warming and similar environmental crises. I hope to spread my knowledge to others and educate them so that we can fight this major issue together. With everybody’s combined efforts, we can continue to call Earth our home and feel safe in our surroundings. Apart from being a Youth Ambassador, I am a Green Team member at my school, an officer for UNICEF, and an artist. I am proud to say that, as of one year now, I have been vegan.

Helen Deng

Education and Outreach Associate

Helen Deng is a senior at Archbishop Mitty High School, co-lead of Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strikes, and a member of the San Jose Climate Action Team. At school, she works through the Mitty Advocacy Project and the Green Team on environmental causes and other local social justice issues, as well as being an editor for the Monarch newspaper and running cross country. In her free time, you can find her biking to coffee shops, playing guitar, making smoothies, exploring nature, or trying to convince her parents to let her go to more concerts.

Archita Srinivasa

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Archita Srinivasa, and I’m a junior at Lynbrook High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I believe that it's important to spread awareness about the climate crisis and educate future generations about the environment. I’ve always been passionate about advocating for climate change, and I believe that it’s important to educate younger generations about this crisis in order to create a lasting impact on our society. Apart from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I'm also a dancer, a volunteer for my school’s California Scholarship Federation club, a math tutor, and a lead science teacher for a non-profit organization. In my free time, you can catch me binge-watching Netflix shows or dancing to random songs!

Gary Ding

Education and Outreach Associate

Hello! My name is Gary, and I’m a sophomore at the Harker School. I am passionate about resolving issues regarding our environment, especially by raising awareness to get more students involved. I believe that the collective power of people, regardless of our differences, has the ability to preserve our Earth for future generations. Other than being a Youth Ambassador, I am also a member of FTC and FRC robotics teams, as well as an officer in my school’s Green Team. Something unique about me is that I have an unusual obsession with IKEA and Zillow.

Danica Kubota

Education and Outreach Associate

Hey there! My name is Danica Kubota, and I am currently a sophomore at Presentation High School. When I was around six years old, my aunt took me to a bookstore and I spent the whole day reading there about our environment and climate change. I was greatly intrigued by the world and its many wonders, and as I grew older, I became more interested in protecting our planet and its many diverse ecosystems for generations to come. I strongly believe that educating others about our world and climate change will lead to more actions taken to help protect our planet, such as legislation, and because of this belief, I joined the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program. Apart from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I am part of Presentation’s environmental action club, SEAS, in addition to doing cross-country at Pres and dance outside of school. In addition to that, I also volunteer every Sunday to teach kids Vietnamese and play the piano.

Anita Chamraj

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi! My name is Anita and I’m a junior at Monta Vista High School. I am very passionate about making sure we have a clean environment to pass onto future generations and I am very interested in learning more about the impact climate change has on animals and their ecosystems. I believe that climate change will negatively impact our health as adults if we don’t take action now. I found out about the Climate Youth Ambassador Program through the Youth Climate Strike last fall. Outside of this program, I am also part of the Young American Policy Advocate’s environment group and Sunrise Silicon Valley. I love spending time with my dog and my family, including both of my super annoying brothers!

Joyce Feng

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Joyce Feng, and I’m currently a senior at Lynbrook High School. I believe that youth are the future and teaching the next generation about preserving the environment will have a lasting impact. I hope to bring awareness to climate change and sustainability by being a part of SVCE’s Climate Youth Ambassadors Program. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, I like to be involved in our school government. I’m also a part of our school’s Acts of Random Kindness club, FBLA chapter, and Economics club.

Rishik Gandhasri

Education and Outreach Associate

Hello there! I’m Rishik Gandhasri, and I am a freshman at Silver Creek High School. From a young age, I have been very passionate about science and the environment. Through the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program, I hope to educate future generations about environmental issues, the importance of mitigating climate change, and inspire them to make themselves accountable. In my free time, I volunteer as a spelling bee and science coach, go biking, play the saxophone and piano, and have fun with my family.

Sanjana Gadaginmath

Education and Outreach Associate

I am currently a sophomore at Lynbrook High School. I enjoy playing field hockey, as well as doing art. I wanted to join this organization because of my immense passion for the current climate crisis and what we can do to stop it. The climate and this environment that we live in today is something that I truly want to preserve for the next generations, so that they can see the beauty of the world we currently live in. 

Abdullah Naveed

Education and Outreach Associate

I’m Abdullah, a senior at Lynbrook High School. I decided to join the Climate Youth Ambassador team because I strongly believe that we as humans have a responsibility to take care of the Earth and make it sustainable for ourselves and for future generations. I could find no better way to do my part than by educating others about climate change and inspiring them to make changes in their lifestyles to save our planet through my work as an Ambassador. Aside from my environmental efforts, I volunteer at a hospital and I am a committee member of a business accelerator startup. I also love to read and play cricket.

Kaushik Tota

Founder, Director of Operations and Content Development

My name is Kaushik, and I’m a junior at Saint Francis High School. I created the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I am passionate about solving the climate crisis, and I believe that awareness is fundamental in spurring on widespread adoption and advocacy for progressive climate policies at a local, nationwide, and global scale. I am very interested in renewable energy and data science, and I love teaching children as well. Aside from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I am a member of my school’s Science Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, and robotics teams.

Natasha Yen

Director of Newsletter

Hi! I’m Natasha, a senior at The Harker School in San Jose. I believe that as youth who are inheriting this beautiful Earth, we need to make sure it will not only be a safe and wonderful place for our generation to call home, but also for future generations. I think education about climate change is important in raising awareness about climate issues and solutions starting at a young age, which is why I became a Climate Youth Ambassador. Aside from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I am an officer on the Harker Green Team and Youth Activism club, and am passionate about advocating for environmental and social justice, as I believe that many social issues are intersectional. A fun fact about me is that I am a proud vegan (except for chocolate, I am working on that)!

Jonathan Ke

Director of Web Operations and Photography

Hello! My name is Jonathan, and I'm a senior at Leland High School. I became a Climate Youth Ambassador because I have always been interested in building a sustainable environment. I want to share my knowledge about the current climate crisis with others and raise awareness of these urging problems. I firmly believe that education is the key to bring change. It is important that we carry out our mission because the younger generation holds the future of the world. Aside from my work here as a Youth Ambassador, I am a member of the Youth Advisory Council at San Jose, and a photographer for Leland’s newspaper. I love photography. When I am not in school or volunteering, you can find me in the city with my camera, or maybe at home in front of my laptop editing photos.

Nathan Ngo

Education and Outreach Associate

Hello! My name is Khoa-Nathan Ngo and this year I will be a senior in the FUHSD College Now Program and currently studying Energy/Facilities Management and Sustainability to make buildings and society more energy efficient! I am passionate about the environment and nature and firmly believe that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our generation today. Luckily we are more socially conscious and politically active than any generation that came before us. To that end, I feel that one of the best ways to fight climate change is by equipping the youth of Silicon Valley with the knowledge and education surrounding environmental issues, to better provide us with the tools to affect positive change.

Mana Nagampalli

Education and Outreach Associate

Hello! My name is Mana Nagampalli. I am a senior at Homestead High School. I became a Climate Youth Ambassador because I feel that it is my responsibility to do something to protect Earth that is supporting us by providing us with essential resources. However, these resources are limited and unless we use them wisely, the future generations will not be able to appreciate Earth like us. I want to raise awareness about problems like climate change by educating the youth as we are the ones that have the power to bring change to our environment. Besides working here, I am a Regional Assistant of NorCal for a non-profit called BayReach, Activities Director for Science National Honors Society and I am involved in multiple volunteer organizations. If I am not working, you can find me playing the violin or dancing.

Melissa Chen

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi! I’m Melissa Chen, a rising senior at Lynbrook. I like reading and creative writing, and I write for my school newspaper. I have researched, read about and written occasionally about climate change in the past, so as I was looking for more ways to make differences in my community, I knew combating and spreading awareness about climate change was an issue I personally cared about and wanted to support. The more recent increase in youth advocating for the climate inspired me to find a way to take action as well. I’m excited to be learning more, teaching and working with others as a Climate Youth Ambassador.

Romy Yang

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi! My name is Romy Yang and I am a sophomore at Evergreen Valley High School. I wanted to join the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program because I wanted to make a difference on Earth regarding climate change, pollution, and other major environmental issues. It is important to keep our home safe and clean, so from joining, I wish to learn ways to help myself and others to take action and spread awareness. Aside from being a member of Climate Youth Ambassadors, I am in the school’s orchestra and I enjoy helping kids with reading and homework. In my free time, I love cooking and watching Netflix! 

Navya Manjunath

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi! My name is Navya Manjunath and I’m a sophomore at Evergreen Valley High School. I wanted to be a part of the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program because I realized the severity of global warming, and how many people failed to recognize it. I hope to do my part to spread awareness about this environmental crisis, and educate others to make a change in their lives. Our planet only has a few years left before irreversible damage is made, and through urging others to make an improvement, I believe we can work together to fight this crisis. Apart from being a member of Climate Youth Ambassadors, I am an officer for Forevergreen and Interact at my highschool, and I tutor kids in math!

Ella Siruno

Education and Outreach Associate

Hey everyone! My name is Ella, and I’m currently a sophomore at Evergreen Valley High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I really wanted to spread awareness about climate change after realizing how poor our environment has become over time. In this program, I hope to meet new people and assist others in understanding the true severity of climate change. Some fun facts about me are that I have a dog named Appa, and I am also an officer for the ForeverGreen club at my school.

Mira Nagampalli

Education and Outreach Associate

Hello! my name is Mira Nagampalli and I’m a freshman at Homestead High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassadors program as I feel the need to give our future generations a world that is clean and one that we can call home. With the way we are using the environment’s recourses, that seems close to impossible. That’s why I wanted to take the initiative to help out with this cause and make our world a better place. Apart from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I also play badminton, chess, Science for Change and am part of the TILE non-profit organization. Something unique about me is that I am a strict vegetarian and speak 4 different languages. I can’t wait to learn more about our environment and teach others as well!

Alyson Nguyen

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi everyone! My name is Alyson Nguyen and I am a sophomore at Evergreen Valley High School. I wanted to join the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program because I am devoted to spreading awareness for action on the earth’s climate crisis. As I am trying to do so myself, I hope to educate and encourage others to make small changes in their lives for the better of our environment. Aside from this, I am an officer of my school’s environment club, Forevergreen, and I love playing piano! 

Angela Young

Education and Outreach Associate

Hey guys! I’m Angela Young, a sophomore at Evergreen Valley Highschool. As the world warms, extreme weather events such as the rise of sea levels, the extinction of animals, and the increase of droughts are becoming more serious issues. I would like to help bring awareness of these problems and help educate people to help improve our planet. By advocating for topics regarding climate change, I hope more people can take part of this and make a change for our future together. Aside from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I am the secretary of my local library’s volunteer program, and I also make cards thanking  healthcare workers! 

Anandita Pandey

Education and Outreach Associate

Hey there, my name is Anandita Pandey and I’m a senior at Wilcox High School. Ever since I went backpacking a few summers ago, I started to see all of us as an integral part of nature  and the planet. By diving deeper into learning about our resources and ecosystems, I recognize the immense need to protect and cherish our home. I hope with Climate Youth Ambassadors we can bring the same education and awareness to the rest of our community, especially the youth. I am also a part of my school’s ASB, president of our Interact Club, and a member on our cross country and track and field teams. When I’m not doing any of these, I’m probably hanging out with friends, listening to music, or sleeping.  

Mrudula Chodavarapu

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Mrudula Chodavarapu, and I am a junior at Presentation High School. I have always been interested in environmental science and preserving the environment; since the people that Climate Youth Ambassadors aim to reach out to are children and the Ambassadors’ presentations will have a lasting impact on them, we have a greater likelihood of preserving the environment and the resources and creatures that are present on Earth today. Being a Climate Youth Ambassador allows me to do my part and help others do their parts in protecting everything on our planet today. Outside of being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I am also in my school’s choir, play the ukulele and violin, and volunteer almost every weekend.

Pranay Tiru

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Pranay Tiru and I am a senior at Lynbrook High School. My passion for the environmental crisis stems from the fact that people are not as aware of the situation as they should be. By joining the youth ambassador program, I want to spread awareness to the issue in the hopes that people will take action upon understanding the true extent of the crisis, or, at the very least, a larger conversation will spark. Aside from my participation in this program, I am also a Boy Scout, a member of my school’s FBLA Chapter, and a volunteer for the Red Cross Club. Additionally, I play the piano and am part of a MATE ROV robotics team.

Abdulrahman Naveed

Education and Outreach Associate

Hello! My name is Abdulrahman Naveed, a sophomore at Lynbrook High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I  believe that the climate crisis is a very serious topic that needs to be addressed to everyone around the world. I want to educate people about climate change in hopes that they will take action against climate change and rebuild our planet. Aside from my work as a Climate Yout Ambassador, I am a part of our school’s DECA team, and I love to bike and play sports.

Aditya Manikonda

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Aditya Manikonda, and I am a junior at Lynbrook High School. Ever since I was a kid, I would always love to go out and explore nature. But as I learned more about the climate crisis, I started to become worried for our future. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I wanted to not only share my concerns, but also show younger generations that it is never too late to save our planet. I believe that younger generations are the key to our future and if they are uneducated about our climate crisis, we will never implement change. Aside from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I run on my school’s cross country and track and field teams, compete with my school’s Original Oratory team, and volunteer at both the Calabazas and West Valley libraries. I am also the secretary/treasurer of Sunnyvale’s Youth Public Policy Institute and an avid Super Smash Bros player.

Anika Khandavalli

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Anika Khandavalli, and I am a junior at Fremont High School. I believe that the youth are the only people that will accomplish anything that will better their future, which is why teaching the younger generations about taking care of our environment is crucial for our future. Educating them and others will create a lasting impact on our environment and our society for the better. I hope to accomplish this and instill a need to act within the younger generations through the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program. Along with this, I am a part of the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike, am a passionate photographer, and participate in other clubs at school.

Adarsh Ambati

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi, I am Adarsh Ambati. I am a high school student at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. Through the Climate Youth Ambassador Program, I hope to combine my interests in protecting the environment and social policy to help better my community.  My interest in the environment originated from participating in science fairs and conducting projects in biology and computer science. Furthermore, I am passionate about volunteering in science-related activities such as teaching STEM to impoverished girls in India as well as to the children at a local homeless shelter. I am also a member of a local community DIY lab, and my volunteering activities include teaching wet lab classes like PCR and Gel Electrophoresis to middle and high school students. Being a member of the San Jose District 10 Youth Advisory Council, I also understand the importance of effective policy in combating societal issues such as climate change. I also enjoy taking photographs of nature

Trisha Patnaik

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi I’m Trisha Patnaik and I am a senior at Bolingbrook High School in Illinois. I was glad to be a part of the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I feel that as a citizen of my planet, I must take some responsibility in teaching youth about the scarcity of resources that are on our planet to preserve Earth’s resources for decades to come. I believe that as youth, we need to make sure Earth is not only a safe and wonderful place for my generation to call home, but also for future generations. I believe that raising awareness about climate issues and its solutions is very important to drive the change making process and essentially making our planet a better place for all of us. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, I am one of the National founding members of the Young Changemakers of NorthSouth Foundation. Recently, I led my team of 20 young changemakers nationally to raise about $80,000 in 4-months in various campaigns to supply learning devices to underserved students nationally during these challenging times. Through these experiences, I have come to develop a passion in entrepreneurship to help initiate innovation and changes by social entrepreneurship for the betterment of our planet. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy the change making process and I am part of multiple volunteering organizations. I am a double-sport athlete (golf and badminton) and in my spare time and play piano and love to sing classical music. 

Tejas Patnaik

Education and Outreach Associate

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