Welcome Caroline and Mimi

Posted Jan 14, 2019, by Veronica Coptis


Caroline Boone and Mimi Wahid are MIT undergraduate students who are interning with CCJ this month. They are excited to learn more about the needs of coalfield communities and contribute to CCJ’s mission.

Mimi Wahid

Born and raised in Salisbury, North Carolina, Mimi Wahid is a sophomore at MIT where she is majoring in Urban Studies and Planning with a concentration in environmental justice. She is excited to intern with CCJ because she hopes to understand the impacts of resource extraction on Southwestern Pennsylvania’ communities, and learn from CCJ’s advocacy, organizing, and economic justice work. Coming from rural North Carolina, where she was surrounded by the impacts of environmental injustice, Mimi is passionate about advocating for marginalized communities and hopes that this internship will help prepare her for a career in environmental justice. Fun fact: I really enjoy quilting and knitting

Caroline Boone

Caroline Boone is from Columbia, Maryland and is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in renewable energy development from MIT. Growing up, she loved the Chesapeake Bay and all its tributaries and spent her time learning about resource management and preservation in its watershed. She is excited to intern with CCJ because she feels strongly about working directly on the community level and wants to get a better understanding of how CCJ works to interface with and advocate for the community. When not working, she enjoys running, cooking, and building.


  • 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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