Staff

LINDSEY BERGER

                       Executive Director                              Co-founder

                       Executive Director

                             Co-founder

Lindsey Berger is a co-founder of UnKoch My Campus. Lindsey has spearheaded UnKoch's lasting student leadership development at our most critical campuses, and built relationships with key allies, all while overseeing the campaign's financial well-being.

Prior to launching UnKoch, Lindsey spent four years running grassroots campaigns and training programs for students while working for Sierra Club and Greenpeace. 

Lindsey Berger graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Education.

Lindsey is available for campus inquiries, media requests, and all other questions.

Lindsey@unkochmycampus.org

Ralph Wilson

                       Senior Researcher

                            Co-Founder

Ralph Wilson is a co-founder of UnKoch My Campus. He currently studies academic and donor policy at universities, with a particular interest in corporate influence and academic independence.

Ralph is from Daleville, Alabama. He is an alumnus of Troy University and Florida State University with a research background in pure and applied mathematics, experimental physics, and electrical power systems. Broadly, Ralph is interested in complex systems, with an increasing focus on complex systems of political corruption.

Ralph co-founded the FSU Progress Coalition, a student group that has worked to expose and combat the corporatization of education since 2011. Additional interests include criminal justice reform, electoral reform, climate change denial, and money in politics. 

Ralph is available for research help, campus inquiries, media requests, and all other questions.

Ralph@unkochmycampus.org

CONNOR GIBSON

              Researcher, Greenpeace USA                                Co-founder

              Researcher, Greenpeace USA

                               Co-founder

Connor Gibson is a co-founder of UnKoch My Campus. He works for Greenpeace's Investigations team, with a focus on the political influence of polluting industries, their front groups, PR firms and political operatives. 

Connor's research on Koch Industries, particularly its support for attacks on climate change science and policy, led to campuses financed by Charles Koch. Students, alumni and faculty several universities periodically contacted Greenpeace with concerns from 2012 to 2013, catalyzing an effort to support and connect students on several campuses that eventually became UnKoch.

Connor joined Greenpeace USA in 2010 after completing and environmental studies degree at the University of Vermont. Connor, and his research, have appeared in a wide variety of media publications.

Connor is available to assist reporters, students, faculty, alumni, or anyone else with questions at connor.gibson@greenpeace.org

 

JERRY FUNT

Jerry is a researcher and organizer with UnKoch My Campus. He first got involved as a freshman at  Florida State University with Progress Coalition - a student group that helped found the UnKoch network. Originally involved in efforts to fight tuition increases and budget cuts, he quickly became involved with a variety of student-based issues such as transparency in education, open-source learning materials, and voting rights. Jerry studied both philosophy and economics at FSU, and his time spent in the department of economics gave him a first-hand perspective as to how the influence of donor money can influence the way a department teaches. He has been quoted about this experience in New Yorker author Jane Mayer’s 2016 book “Dark Money.” He can be contacted at jerryfunt@gmail.com.

 

SAMANTHA PARSONS

           Grassroots Campaign Strategist                                Co-founder

           Grassroots Campaign Strategist

                               Co-founder

Sam is a 2016 graduate of George Mason University where she majored in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and focused her studies on structures of violence and social movements. She co-founded UnKoch My Campus.

During her time in school, Sam co-founded Transparent GMU, a student campaign dedicated to making the university’s relationships with private donors open to the public. She co-founded GMU Student Power, a student organization focused on building power for accessible, diverse, and affordable higher education. Much of her time was further dedicated to student solidarity organizing for justice in Palestine, and empowering students to support adjunct organizing on campus 

Sam supported the growth of campaigns throughout the state of Virginia as a student, including the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition and the Virginia Student Power Network. 

Sam is available for organizing help, campus inquiries, media requests, and all other questions.

Sam can be reached at samantha@unkochmycampus.org