Joelle Novey, Director
Joelle comes to IPL-DMV from one of our own congregations, Tikkun Leil Shabbat, an independent Jewish community in Washington DC which hosts speakers from social and environmental justice organizations, and regularly holds potlucks for over 150 people without the use of disposable tableware. Joelle grew up in Baltimore and attended Chizuk Amuno Congregation.
She is the co-author of Green and Just Celebrations, a purchasing guide that Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) distributes to local congregations for assisting families in making greener purchasing decisions around weddings and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations.
Most recently, Joelle worked at Green America, where she screened applicants to the Green Business Network and wrote dozens of articles about greener living for the organization’s newsletter and magazine.
Joelle brings a variety of interfaith experience to the religious diversity of IPL’s network. For more than a year, she counseled hospital patients of all backgrounds and led interfaith worship services through a chaplain training program at Washington Hospital Center.
Joelle is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University where she received a BA in Social Studies, and completed the coursework for a minor in the Study of Religion.
Jonathan Lacock-Nisly, Director of Faithful Advocacy
As Director of Faithful Advocacy, Jonathan connects religious communities in the region with environmental campaigns to expand clean energy, providing a distinctly moral response to the climate crisis. He also serves as the Federal Policy Associate for National Interfaith Power & Light, advocating for Creation and climate justice on Capitol Hill on behalf of the 40 state affiliates and over 20,000 congregations in the IPL network.
Jonathan grew up in small-town Ohio and is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where he studied Peacebuilding and Development, with minors in Political Studies and Economics. He comes to this work after several years as an affordable housing advocate with MANNA, Inc., where he saw firsthand the strain that shifting weather patterns is putting on communities in our region. He is a member of the 8th Day Faith Community, a Church of the Saviour congregation.
Jonathan feels called to this work in the spirit of the teachings of Menno Simons — the founder of the Mennonite church — that true evangelical faith clothes the naked, feeds the hungry, and comforts the sorrowful. Jonathan loves nothing more than biking to his community garden plot for a ripe heirloom tomato.
Laura File Long, Operations Manager
Laura grew up in southern West Virginia where coal was king — except, of course, in the small towns that had been decimated and abandoned after the mines dried up. However, it was not until her time at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she majored in History and Religious Studies, that she became invested in educating herself and others about social justice and environmental issues. Inspired by her Christian faith and the charge in Micah 6:8 to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God, Laura worked through WVWC’s Center for Community Engagement to create opportunities for awareness, education, and action.
Laura is committed to a future in faith-based social justice work. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn from and be a part of the IPL-DMV team. Laura and her husband, Dustin, are active members of Silver Spring United Methodist Church.
Noa grew up in the two concrete jungles of New York City and Chicago. It wasn’t until she arrived at the green-filled Northeastern Ohio campus of Oberlin College that she came to appreciate nature as something more than stretches of park or terrifying cockroaches. While there, Noa majored in Religion and Politics and found resonance between her religious studies and practice and the vast Ohio expanses. She facilitated interfaith and land-based dialogues between students and community members, lobbied Senator Sherrod Brown on issues targeted by the Green New Deal and the annexation of the West Bank, and explored the Oberlin food system through work with the Oberlin Food Hub.
Noa believes that religious systems of meaning and the communities formed around them are critical catalysts for political action. She feels committed to holding both her own Jewish community and other communities of faith accountable for their critical role in the work to prevent further climate catastrophe. She is excited to join IPL-DMV for her Avodah Service Corps year, and to act further on the Jewish responsibility of stewarding the earth as laid out in Bava Kama 50b.
Thank you, Interns & Volunteers!
Our work is made possible through the assistance of interns and other volunteers. Please contact us if you’d like to explore lending a hand to our work. Recent interns and volunteers for IPL include:
Maddie Smith, Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Catherine Goggins, Discipleship Year
Rachel Brustein, AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Elana Orbuch, AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Isabel Zeitz-Moskin, Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Clara Summers, Episcopal Service Corps
Elizabeth Stevens, Lutheran Volunteer Corps & Discipleship Year
Maria Langholz, Discipleship Year
Josef Lorentz, Lutheran Volunteer Corps & Discipleship Year
Sydney Gabrielle Alexander, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
Sophie DeMuth, The Bryn Mawr School
Julliane Osias, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
Sanha Ryoo, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
Gabby Resnick, Wesleyan University
Abi Rome, Volunteer for Energy Programs
Mike Fekula, Wesley Theological Seminary
Shahar Colt, Solar Congregations Organizer
Kanza Khan, Muslim Public Service Network Fellow
Shahar Colt, Solar Congregations Organizer
Meredith Hollingsworth, American University
Sara Emmerich, Beatitudes Fellow
Arif Karim, Muslim Public Service Network Fellow
Lukas Troetzer, American University
Jane Rutherford, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill
Hannah Donner, University of Rochester/Machon Kaplan
Robert Long, Harvard University
Avichai Ozur Bass, Charles E. Smith JDS/Har Shalom
Matthew Young, St. Lawrence University
Avery O’Brian, School Without Walls/Fabrangen West
Kelly Hardin, River Road Unitarian Universalist Church
Tamara L. Slater, University of Rochester
Aviva Birnkrant, Washington University in St. Louis/Congregation Beth El
Gina Gonzalez, Northwestern