The Team

Graham Christensen

Phone: (402) 217-5217 
Email: graham@gcresolve.com

Founder and President

 Graham Christensen, from Oakland NE, has long believed that the farmer would have a critical role in reversing climate change with alternative energy and regenerative agriculture.  This belief led to a career dealing with environmental issues and green infrastructure development. Christensen also keeps it close to home and has been active in his family’s farm in northeast Nebraska his entire life, continuing a family tradition that first started in 1867.  For fun, Christensen likes to play baseball, listen to a wide array of amazing music, cook and eat local foods, and adventure to new places.

 

Laura Priest

Phone: (402) 871-9076 
Email: laura@gcresolve.com

Community Manager and Solar Assistant

 Laura Priest is a lifelong resident of Nebraska. She is a graduate of Westside High School in Omaha, and went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus in Geography and Planning at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Priest admittedly has a passion for protecting Nebraska’s air, land, and water, and is always eager to help those in often overlooked areas. She has helped to secure grant funding and low-interest financing for farms and small businesses across the state to produce their own clean, renewable energy. Laura has worked with local and federal agencies, and public power districts to implement policies related to improving the state of renewable energy in Nebraska. When not trying to save the planet, she enjoys hiking and cycling the trails in the area, and exploring hidden gems around the state.  

 

Edison McDonald

Phone: (402) 802-1109 

Email: edison@gcresolve.com

Development and Government Relations Director

 Edison McDonald is the Director of Development and Government Relations for GC Resolve.  He has led efforts on legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. His areas of expertise span from agricultural zoning laws, to renewable energy, to financing programs.  He also serves as the Executive Director of The Arc of Nebraska the leading Nebraska Disability Nonprofit for the last 60 years.  He is highly engaged in the community as shown by his involvement in Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light, Westminster Children Youth and Family Committee, Rotary, Young Non-Profit Professionals,NCCD, and the Nebraska Farmers Union.  He is continually inspired by his own family farm where he was taught to always care for the land because the land cares for us.

 

Laura Thomas

Phone: (402) 297-4126 
Email: laura2@gcresolve.com

Communications and Partnership Manager

 Laura grew up in rural Nebraska and has had the privilege to live, study and extensively travel nationally and globally. She is an international nonprofit and social impact sector researcher, consultant and director based in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Masters of Science in International Mission Driven Organizations from the SIT Graduate Institute (formerly named the School for International Training) in Brattleboro, Vermont. She is the Communications and Partnership Manager for GC Resolve and the senior advisor for the Nebraska World Affairs Council. She also serves as the Nebraska State Coordinator for the Midwest Agriculture, Environment, and Health research project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her greatest joy and most important role is raising her incredible five-year-old son Grayson. 

 

 

Matt Gregory

Phone: (402) 217-5897 
Email: matt@gcresolve.com

Energy Development Manager

 Matt Gregory, originally from Omaha and long-time resident of Lincoln, has been working on renewable energy and climate change with a number of organizations for over a decade, including with Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, Nebraska Chapter of the Sierra Club, Nebraskans for Peace, and Guardians of the Aquifer. He previously organized statewide efforts to promote the Husker Energy Plan, a statewide clean energy plan for Nebraska. He also was involved in the legal challenge to the Keystone XL pipeline, attended the COP 21 climate change negotiations in Paris, and the COP 15 negotiations in Copenhagen. Matt has also served as a Governor-appointed member of the Community Gardens Task Force and the Invasive Species Council. He previously taught English for eleven years, nine of them in Prague, Czech Republic. Until recently, he lived in the Hawley Hamlet, a community garden / urban farm in the heart of Lincoln and he still gardens there today.

 

Andrea Purdy

Phone: (308) 383-0767 
Email: andrea@gcresolve.com

Creative and Digital Manager

 Andrea was born and raised in Grand Island, NE and has spent the last 12 years in the Omaha area. She is passionate about her community and driven to advocate for social justice, support locally-sourced food, promote the arts, and represent the LGBTQAI+ family. She received her Masters of Arts in Sociology from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She is the Creative and Digital Manager for GC Resolve and has recently accepted the role of Associate Executive Director of The Food Bank of Siouxland in Sioux City, IA. She also serves as a board member of Earth Day Omaha. In her free time, Andrea enjoys performing in her Omaha-based band Field Club, spending time with her dog Henry, traveling, biking, concert-going, and all things home improvement and design.