Our member-led organization is supported by the dedicated staff of Better Future Project, a 501(c)3 tax-­exempt nonprofit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Our members are represented on the Better Future Project Board, are involved in staff hiring decisions, and work closely in partnership with staff.

Better Future Project (BFP) funds the work of 350 Mass and provides staff support to 350 Mass. This includes staff to support campaigns, legislative efforts, communications and outreach, training, organizing support, as well as fundraising and the overall operations and growth of the network.

Our Current Staff


Alan Palm, Executive Director - Better Future Project
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alanpalmstaffpic.jpgBorn and raised in Massachusetts with roots in Nova Scotia, Alan has been working for the past decade to educate and activate the public, especially young people, to fight for climate justice. In 2007, Alan co-founded a sustainability education organization that traveled to 46 states aboard vegetable oil and solar powered school buses, presenting at schools and supporting the youth climate movement. In 2009, Alan joined ACE: Alliance for Climate Education where he led a team that presented to nearly half a million high school students throughout New England, and trained dozens of youth to lead campaigns for issues like Fossil Fuel Divestment and 100% Renewable Energy. After completing Marshall Ganz’s semester long course, “Organizing: People, Power, Change,” Alan joined the BFP team in 2017 as the Director of Organizing for 350 Mass.


Sam Payne, Digital Development Manager & Communications Specialist - 350 Mass & Better Future Project
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Cabell EamesSam is a life long Massachusetts resident. Born and raised in Brookline, Sam became familiar with greater Massachusetts when he attended college at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires and when he worked on Bob Massie's 2018 run for Governor. Since graduating with a double major in Political Science and Psychology, Sam has worked on multiple progressive campaigns and as a digital communications contractor for several local businesses. If we lived in a just, sustainable world, Sam would likely be focusing on art— he is an avid reader and writer, and has recently thrown himself into music production. Sam feels a tremendous responsibility to translate his privilege into a better future for all.

Evan Bell, Director of Organizing - Better Future Project
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Venson ShihOriginally from Connecticut, Evan cut his teeth in organizing in the fossil fuel divestment movement as an undergraduate at Tufts University. Evan joined Students for a Just and Stable Future, devising retreats and direct actions. As an intern for Better Future Project, he staffed the Climate Summer Program and supported renewable energy campaigns. After moving away from the Boston area, Evan led trainings with the Sierra Club and the Powershift Network, organized with SEIU 32BJ on the airports campaign, and mentored student leaders from New York City at the Posse Foundation. Evan is dedicated to building stronger communities founded in justice. Outside of organizing, he enjoys reading, basketball, and bad horror movies.

Dan Zackin, Legislative Coordinator - 350 Mass
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Dan ZackinDan was born and raised in Connecticut before moving to Somerville for college. As an undergraduate at Tufts University Dan joined the Sunrise Movement and Tufts Climate Action, fighting for fossil fuel divestment on campus and climate justice statewide. During his time with the Sunrise Movement, he supported and led a broad range of organizing work from direct action to legislative advocacy. Dan went on to work on several progressive campaigns, including Ed Markey’s 2020 reelection campaign and Yvonne Spicer’s mayoral campaign in Framingham. Once we build a just and habitable world, Dan plans on retiring from political work to focus on hiking, cross country skiing, and baking.

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