Q&A: A climate stalwart plots her next move 

By Robin Bravender | 05/13/2024 01:42 PM EDT

May Boeve is leaving 350.org after 13 years at its helm. She’s not sure what comes next. 

May Boeve

In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, attends the Divest-Invest news conference at The Paley Center for Media in New York. Amy Sussman/Divest-Invest via AP

May Boeve is not your stereotypical millennial job hopper.

Boeve (it rhymes with “movie,” she says) is now 40. She’s been leading the climate group 350.org since she was 27 after launching the organization with her Vermont college friends and climate activist Bill McKibben.

The upstart climate group stormed onto the scene, and Boeve led the outfit as it went to war against the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and as it launched a divestment campaign prodding cities, universities and others to withdraw their investments from fossil fuel companies. Boeve also headed the group during tough times: the covid-19 pandemic, staff layoffs and union negotiations that one organizer described as “incredibly contentious” at times.


Now, after 13 years at the group’s helm, Boeve is ready to hand over the reins. She’ll step down at the end of September, she announced in April.