Our Structure

The Stop the Frack Attack Network has several organizing bodies within its structure. The Network is lead by the Advisory Council, followed by a Steering Committee and working groups. We also have Member Groups that populate all of the structures of our Network. If you are interested in joining our Network you can do so here!

Advisory Council: The Stop the Frack Attack Advisory Council is a group of grassroots leaders who are impacted or soon to be impacted by fracking and actively working against it. The Council consists of a minimum of 9 members and a maximum of 15 members.

The Advisory Council defines an ‘impacted person’ as any individual directly impacted by fracking, anywhere along the process of extraction, from frac sand mining, to pipelines, to export and processing facilities, to those who are living near well pads. ‘Soon to be impacted’ is defined as people living on shale beds or other areas where the oil and gas industry is proposing or attempting to begin fracking.

Current members of the Advisory Council:

Jenny Lisak, Pennsylvania
Matia Vanderbilt, Maryland
Jill Wiener, New York
Robert Nehman, Iowa
Shane Davis, Colorado
Hope Taylor, North Carolina
Diane Pitcock, West Virgina
Paul Ferrazi, California
Kari Matsko, Ohio
John Fenton, Wyoming
Calvin Tillman, TX
Deb Thomas, Wyoming

Steering Committee: The Steering Committee is a group of local and national leaders who are actively engaged in both the Stop the Frack Attack Network and the broader fight against fracking and the destruction it brings to our communities.

STFA StructureThe Committee is the strategy hub, and brings all of the working groups, collaborative planning, active projects, and Network communications together. They are responsible for ensuring a quick and efficient flow of information between working groups, the Advisory Council and members. The Steering Committee is responsible for drafting plans and creating space for strategic discussions before issues or proposals are sent to the Advisory Council for a final decision.

They will develop the overall work plan for STFA, oversee implementation and make sure our collective work has the maximum strategic impact. The majority of the day-to-day decision-making will be driven by the Steering Committee and staff.

Current Members of the Steering Committee:

Lauren Pagel, Earthworks
Rachel Richardson, Environment America
Emily Wurth, Food and Water Watch
Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth
Ted Glick, Beyond Extreme Energy
Tracy Carlucio, Delaware River Keeper Network
David Braun, Californian’s Against Fracking
Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights
Justin Wasser, Sierra Club
Rose Braz, Center For Biological Diversity
Kathleen Sutcliffe, Earthjustice
Jen Krill, Earthworks

Working Groups:

The majority of ongoing work is done by working groups.  These working groups are formed around each year’s priorities  Currently there are working groups on Mid-Atlantic Pipeline Coordination, the National Conference and Action, and National Assessment Survey/Impacted Community Members Support Network.

Member Groups: A Member of the STFA network is defined as someone who agrees with the mission of STFA and, if able, pays dues to the Network. As stated in the mission of the Network, Member Groups will also actively attempt to not work against each other or publicly attack other Members Groups.

The Network operates with an anti-oppressive/Collective Liberation analysis since it is critical to the mission of the Network including reaching out purposefully and meaningfully to those who come from underrepresented or traditionally marginalized groups. The core reason for this is the belief in the equity of all people in the fight against dirty and unsafe fracking.


Robby Diesu

Robby has served as Stop the Frack Attack’s network coordinator since May 2012. He is responsible for managing the network’s day-to-day activities and implementing network actions. Robby oversees all of our communications, leads new member recruitment, and serves as the project manager for all major actions and campaigns.

Robby is a professional organizer, trainer, and strategist who specializes in mass mobilizations and direct actions for the environmental and labor movements. His efforts have brought tens of thousands of people to Washington, D.C. to protest fracking, corporate investment in coal, and the Keystone XL pipeline. As a strategy consultant at DC Action Lab, Robby has helped to develop and build the structure and process for the Stop the Frack Attack Network—the largest national network working against fracking. Before that, he worked for many years as a civilian ally with Iraq Veterans Against the War and is a member of Civilian-Soldier Alliance. Robby is a graduate of Catholic University and serves as Board Chair of the Washington Peace Center.