Changes at CCJ

Posted Mar 11, 2017, by Veronica Coptis

Dear Supporters,

I am writing to let you know that I am leaving my position as Executive Director at CCJ. I am incredibly proud of the work that we have accomplished over the last 5 years. Together, we have built power and amplified the voices of this community on issues around fossil fuel extraction and use in southwestern PA. I leave now knowing that we are strong, and that we will win. 

Leading the Center for Coalfield Justice has been among the greatest privileges of my life. It has been a true honor, and I thank you all for your time, dedication, and support. I am thrilled to announce that starting next week, Veronica Coptis will be our new Executive Director. I cannot think of anyone better positioned to lead CCJ, and I know you will all continue to do work to improve the quality of life for present and future residents of our region. 

I have accepted a job as Senior Campaign Representative for the Beyond Coal campaign of the Sierra Club, based out of Harrisburg, where I will be focusing on coal issues in and around the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. I will miss my friends and colleagues at CCJ a great deal, and I will miss working with many of you as often as I have been fortunate enough to do so. Although I will no longer be on staff at CCJ, I remain committed to its mission, and to all of the great work we are doing.

I wish I had the time to thank each of you individually. Please know that I appreciate all that you have given to CCJ during my time here. 

Thank you,



  • Veronica Coptis

    Veronica Coptis joined the CCJ staff in March 2013 as a Community Organizer and is now serving as the Executive Director. She grew up in western Greene County near the Bailey Mine Complex and currently lives in the eastern part of the county. Before joining the CCJ staff, Veronica served on the Board of Directors for CCJ and organized with Mountain Watershed Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University. She enjoys hiking and geocaching at Ryerson State Park and other areas around Greene County with her husband and daughters. Read more about Veronica in a New Yorker Magazine profile at https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/03/the-future-of-coal-country. Contact Veronica at veronica@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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