Welcome to the Tom's of Maine Incubator

Where change is what we make.

We’re working with five young BIPOC environmental leaders to help boost their inventive and inspiring solutions for a variety of climate change challenges. Our five Incubator Members are each receiving $20k in funding, mentorship and support from Tom’s of Maine to amplify their message. Follow along @toms_of_maine and see how these young people are working to change the world.

Meet the Members

Bodhi Patil, 20

As an ocean climate solutionist, and co-founder of Ocean Uprise, Bodhi is leading blue initiatives to transform Ocean Health and Human Health and spark Intergenerational Collaboration. He is also a marine educator recognized by the United Nations as an esteemed young ocean leader and an undergrad at the University of British Columbia.

Bodhi Patil
Wawa Gatheru

Wawa Gatheru, 24

The founder of Black Girl Environmentalist, an intergenerational community for Black girls, women, and non-binary environmentalists, Wawa is also a Rhodes scholar and was named one of Glamour’s College Women of the Year.

Sanjana Paul, 25

The co-founder of The Earth Hacks Foundation, Sanjana has worked with NASA, the Kapteyn-Murnane Lab in JILA at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Conservation X Labs. She is currently a researcher at MIT’s Senseable City Lab.

Sanjana Paul
Alexia Leclerq

Alexia Leclercq, 22

A grassroots environmental justice organizer from Austin, TX, Alexia is cofounder of both the Colorado River Conservancy and Start:Empowerment, a queer & BIPOC-led climate nonprofit. They’ve received the Brower Youth Award and the Jericho Activism Prize. 

Aliyah Collins, 24

Aliyah, a masters student at Harvard University, has been passionate about climate justice since a devastating tornado disproportionately affected Black residents at her undergrad. Since then, she’s helped communities across the country connect environmental justice to spiritual care.

Aliyah Collins