Peyton Black, She/Her, Operations and Grant Program Director

Peyton Black is originally from New Jersey and moved to Maine in 2018. She holds a BA from College of Charleston in South Carolina. Before joining the Momentum Conservation team, Peyton worked at The Telling Room as Program and Volunteer Manager for five years. Peyton is passionate about environmental and social justice here in Maine and is excited to continue her mission-driven work in this new role. In her spare time, Peyton likes playing and coaching field hockey, working her way through her reading list (preferably sitting by a body of water), and taking her three-legged rescue dog Sawyer on adventures.


Cameron Brewer, He/His, Development and Communications Director

Cameron Brewer is a nonprofit organizer, educator, and performer with nearly a decade of experience in progressive politics and community organizing. Originally from Oklahoma, Cameron served in leadership roles with several justice advocacy groups, including as the Vice President of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City and an At-Large Executive Member of the ACLU of Oklahoma’s Board of Directors. Previously, Cameron served as the Communication Manager for SPACE Gallery, helping to coordinate their 20th anniversary celebration. Cameron firmly believes in community-led and intersectional approaches to social justice advocacy. Cameron enjoys cooking, writing, and reading science fiction in his spare time.

Jessica Burton, She/Her, Executive Director

Jess Burton is a weaver, connecting people, ideas, and resources to build a better world  As the founding Executive Director of Momentum Conservation, she continues to learn and grow and seek ways to seed justice here. Jess grew up in New York City, ancestral land of the Lenape, and was born with an innate connection to nature and to being outside. She lives on Peaks Island with her husband Ponch Membreño, her daughters, and 2 dogs. Jess loves big ideas and is re-learning how to imagine that which has not existed yet.

Red Fong, They/Them, Relearning Place Program Manager

Red Fong is a facilitator, convenor, and changemaker hailing from traditional Nipmuc Territory in rural Massachusetts. Their love for the land and place stems from early experiences with an outdoors-oriented family. Their work with systems change focuses on community relationships with local environments, and decolonial/queer approaches to conservation and places an emphasis on relationship building, incorporating emotional processing into workflows, and dreaming into the future. These days, their time outside is spent running with friends, road biking, and taking hammock naps.


Doreen Johnston, She/Her, Program Manager

Doreen Johnston has a natural flair for creativity and brings a playful and out-of-the-box mindset to our collective sustainability efforts. Her journey unfolds as a mosaic of diverse experiences, beginning with a foundation in education, leading to innovative work rooted in the dynamic landscape of system integrators. From there her love of the outdoors inspired a move to Maine, where she put down roots, and connected with the environmental non-profit sector. From cultivating impactful partnerships and collaborative projects to providing essential support services for environmental organizations, she strives to transform obstacles into stepping stones for meaningful progress. In her free time, you will catch her enjoying life’s gems – laughter with friends and family, and adventures with her husband and furry sidekick. 

Summer Associates

Liz Barrow, She/Her, 2024 Summer Associate 

Liz Barrow is a rising senior at Bates College from Winchester, Massachusetts. She is a double Environmental Studies and Studio Art major. She recently studied urban design while abroad in Copenhagen, and is very interested in how to use conservation to design an equitable and just future. Her three favorite colors are purple, green and yellow, and she loves to draw, write and paint. She also loves to bike, hike, snowboard, and photosynthesize.

Myla McLain, She/Her, 2024 Summer Associate 

From North Yarmouth, Maine, Myla McLain is a recent graduate of Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she studied Environmental Studies and Peace and Justice Studies. She is passionate about using experiential education and earth sciences to support environmental justice, whether teaching on farms or analyzing compost in the lab. In her free time, Myla loves to ski, mountain bike, run, and explore new places. In her post-grad life, she is enjoying having the time to cook and read good books! She is currently recommending A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

Board Members

Andrea Berry, President: Wild Seed Project

Chelsey Berlin: Eastern Trail Alliance

Andrew Mackie: Scarborough Land Trust

Danielle Olson: Maine Farmland Trust

John Spencer, Treasurer: Oceanside Conservation Trust