Eliza Stokes, Advocacy & Communications Associate
As the new Advocacy & Communications Associate, Eliza works on MountainTrue’s campaign strategies, community organizing, and media. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Eliza graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2016 with a double major in Global Studies and Creative Writing. As a student she interned with Helpmate, Asheville’s domestic violence agency, and Nuestro Centro, Asheville’s grassroots Latino advocacy center. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on the power dynamics between Americans volunteering abroad in Latin America and the local communities they impact.
Eliza also brings a breadth of environmental organizing experience, including with Greenpeace Baltimore, The Baltimore Office of Sustainability, and Tar Sands Students, a student coalition that lobbied prominent government officials including Barack Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Undersecretary, Kerri-Ann Jones, to oppose the Keystone XL Pipepline.
Before coming to MountainTrue, Eliza was a freelance editor, a freelance writer for Mountain Xpress, and the Assistant Director of the Warren Wilson College Writing Studio. After a summer of traveling and farming in Montana and Wyoming, she is excited to be back in Asheville for the long haul, where there are ample opportunities to go rock climbing and listen to loud 90’s pop music on the highway.