James & Julie
James and Julie

James & Julie
Cat Nelson

Our People

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Gandhi

Co-founders

Action 2030’s co-founders, Dr. Joshua Muldavin and Dr. Alex Westlake, have between them 40 years of experience assessing China’s development policies, with particular strengths in rural development, energy, and environment. Building upon this experience through engagement with diverse networks of policy-oriented thinkers and actors, the institute will provide innovative forums for exploring new policy ideas, perspectives, and solutions.

Dr. Joshua Muldavin is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Action 2030 Institute, while Dr. Alex Westlake chairs the Advisory Committee.

Team Members

Diedie Weng is the Project Manager for the Action 2030 Institute. A filmaker and community coordinator, she is currently working to develop community-based farmer to farmer film projects. She was a lead organizer for our recent International Workshop and Film Series on Sustainable Food and Agriculture (March 2010, Beijing). Contact Diedie at .

Cat Nelson is the International Project and Research Coordinator for the Action 2030 Institute. She works on a range of projects from the research work in the Eastern Himalayas to the organization of the International Workshop and Film Series on Sustainable Food and Agriculture. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she is concerned particularly with food and agriculture studies as examined through an interdisciplinary lens. Contact Cat at .

James George is the Communications Director for the Action 2030 Institute. He maintains the Action 2030 website, manages the creation of multimedia presentations, and researches and reports on climate change. James is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a major in international development of agriculture and health. Contact James at .

Julie M. Klinger was the International Projects Coordinator for the Action 2030 Institute and the China Projects Coordinator for the Muldavin Research Group.  She is involved in the planning and research work in the Eastern Himalayas of China as well as the initiatives under the ALARODA policy and research area.  A speaker of five languages, she is interested in the politics of the international development discourse and how matters of (mis)translation are played out on the land and populations of far-flung locales. Julie is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. Contact Julie at .

Qiuwan Zhao is a Research Assistant for the Action 2030 Institute. She is involved in the research work of the Eastern Himalayas of China Project for the Muldavin Research Group. Qiuwan is an M.A. candidate at University of San Diego, majoring in Peace and Justice Studies. She is a graduate of Xiamen University and Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. Contact Qiuwan at .

Dr. Dale Jiajun Wen was a Senior Scientist writing and reporting for the Action 2030 Institute during 2009 and 2010. She has published in English, Chinese, German and Spanish on issues including China and globalization, development, and international policy. She was a coordinating lead author for ESAP region (East and south Asia and pacific islands) of the UN report International Assessment of Agriculture Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development. Coming from an ethnic minority group in China, she is interested in rural development, education and ecology. Dale is a graduate of both the University of Science and Technology of China and the California Institute of Technology. Contact Dale at .

Alex & Joshua
Alex and Joshua

D Wen
Diedie Weng

Qiuwan & Julie
Qiuwan and Julie