Mission, Vision & Programs
The mission of CoolMom is to unite moms and families to make informed lifestyle choices, protect our climate and advocate for a healthy planet.
CoolMom's vision is a healthy planet for kids and families.
CoolMom programs create sustainable communities, one neighborhood at a time. We engage in accomplishing our mission through,
- carrying out sustainable programs, such as Walking School Buses, No-Idle campaigns, and reducing consumption
- spearheading and joining advocacy outreach
- organizing monthly neighborhood meetings-through our local community-based groups.
- engaging membership and larger constituency groups through website content, email campaigns, and social media
Cheri Cornell, J.D., Executive Director
Cheri loves to travel and feels an urgent need to see those places likely to change most in coming years. This used to mean cultural changes, but now means environmental changes too. While visiting Glacier National Park in the summer of 2014, Cheri learned that all the park’s glaciers are likely to be gone by 2030 due to climate change! That’s just one of the reasons Cheri feels strongly called to her position as Executive Director at CoolMom.
Cheri has worked as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel J. Evans, and has been steeped in political and public interest campaigns ever since. As a law student, she concentrated on environmental and resource management, writing a law review article on hydropower dams and the Clean Water Act. As a lawyer, Cheri litigated large Superfund cases. She also worked for Planned Parenthood, building coalitions on the issue of health care providers refusing to treat patients based on religious principles. Cheri has participated in all levels of non-profit work: employee, board member, board president and fundraising. A lot of fundraising.
As a mom, Cheri strongly believes that introducing sustainability at home and in our communities is the surest way to make our kids into good environmental stewards. She is proud to have once convinced her son to take shorter showers because it would help to save the sea turtles of the world.
Sylvia Moss, MNPL, Communications Manager
Sylvia is delighted to support CoolMom's communications efforts to create a better planet for our kids. She brings decades of combined experience in communications, education, public affairs and program/ project management to CoolMom’s team. As mom to a feisty 18-month-old, she hopes to show her son that even small acts of giving back can collectively bring about positive change, especially for the planet.
Sylvia's passion for the environment intersected with her love for animals many years ago with a small bird and a big topic--the threatened northern spotted owl and its dwindling old growth habitat. She eventually moved to Seattle where these interests became both a career and a community commitment. As Public Affairs Coordinator for PAWS, Sylvia developed wildlife education campaigns and lobbied for wildlife-friendly laws. In her spare time she helped PAWS rehabilitate native songbirds. As a People for Puget Sound volunteer activist, she lobbied for legislation to restore and protect Puget Sound's waters. As a Green Seattle Partnership volunteer forest steward, she happily got her hands (and knees) dirty, clearing invasive weeds and restoring native plants in Seattle's local parks.
With an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, a BA in English Writing from George Mason University, and Certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from the University of Washington, Sylvia hopes her passion and background will translate to engaging and inspiring others to act on climate for the sake of our planet, its animals, and all our children.
Kimberly Christensen, Car Seat Recycling Program Manager
Brooke Doyle, Car Seat Recycling Program Manager
Brooke is currently co-program managing the Car Seat Recycling for CoolMom, delivering educational and thought-provoking information to our members. Brooke began volunteering with CoolMom in 2008 as part of the North Seattle's CoolMom group and has been heavily involved in car seat recycling since 2009. Brooke's career has been dedicated to protecting the special interests of children through teaching, curriculum development, and working to ensure a healthy planet for their future.
To see our history from 2007 to 2009 go here