Our Staff

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Dominika Parry, PhD


Dominika Parry is the founding President of 2CMississippi. She is an environmental economist, professionally and personally passionate about climate change.  Dominika established 2C Mississippi to promote a bipartisan, science-based dialog and action on climate change in Mississippi.  Dominika received her PhD in 2003 from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she also trained as a Postdoctoral Associate, working on valuation of air pollution damages.  She spent most of her career in academia as an Assistant Professor at the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at University of Kentucky, and a Researcher at the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for federally and state owned land management. 

Since moving to Mississippi, in 2013, Dominika became an Independent Consultant in Environmental Economics and Policy working on a variety of projects including local support for Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Vicksburg, MS and publishing a report on the Economic Impact Analysis of the Lower Mississippi River.  In 2016, Dominika founded a Jackson Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.  Currently, she is both the Jackson Chapter Leader as well as a pro-bono State Coordinator for CCL in Mississippi leading local efforts in support of federal climate change regulations.  

Dominika received also a BA/MS in Sociology from Warsaw University in Poland and completed two years of PhD work in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She was a Research Fellow at the Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Warsaw University conducting  international valuation studies on eutrophication in the Baltic Sea; endangerment of Polish wetlands; and protection of lynx population in the Carpathian Mountains.  In the summer of 1999, she participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.  She worked there on costing standard harmonization in the European Union.

Dominika is a native of Poland, but after 25 years of moving across the US, she and her family chose Mississippi as their forever home.  She lives with her two sons, husband, two dogs, nine fish, hermit crab and an occasional toad in Ridgeland Mississippi. 

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Aphrodite "Dita" McCarthy

Aphrodite "Dita" McCarthy

Regional Coordinator of Education, MS Gulf Coast

Regional Coordinator of Education, MS Gulf Coast

Aphrodite “Dita” McCarthy is an attorney and has spent her legal career working in the field of
civil rights enforcement in the governmental and nonprofit sectors. A passionate advocate of
environmental sustainability, since moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2001, she has co-
founded and managed two local food advocacy nonprofit organizations, two all local foods
farmers markets, and was a founding member of the Mississippi Food Policy Council. Raised in
Mississippi, she obtained her BA and MA from Ole Miss and Juris Doctor from Tulane University. Prior to
moving to obtaining her law degree, Dita pursued a PhD in French Literature and taught French
in elementary, secondary, and college programs in Mississippi and in Louisiana. She enjoys
spending her free time working in her large organic vegetable garden and, along with her
husband, tending their four-acre wildlife habitat at their home where they host a large variety of
native and migratory birds.

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Bruce Northridge

Program Coordinator, MS Gulf Coast

Bruce Northridge is a retired Navy scientist with a decades-long history of supporting environmental groups in Mississippi. Bruce graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1976 and from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1988. He contributed to the Navy’s knowledge and understanding of the oceans for 40 years. He served as Executive Officer for a Navy Oceanographic Survey Unit aboard the USNS Bowditch in the 1970s. He did oceanographic research with the Naval Research Lab in the 1980s. Then he served on the
Admiral’s staff at Stennis Space Center and at the Pentagon in the 90s and 00s. After retiring from Government service, Bruce formed his own consulting firm – Northridge Educational and Technical Services, LLC. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of New Orleans. He has lectured on Climate Change in classrooms across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and up in Jackson at Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has participated in Climate Change conferences in Wash DC, at Georgia State to the east and the University of Houston to the west. In 2017, Bruce assumed duties as
Group Leader for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). In his
spare time, Bruce has continued to enjoy classroom experiences as a substitute teacher in the Bay
St Louis – Pass Christian area schools.