Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a body of students, alumni, professionals, and leaders who give developmental, fiscal support, and provide long-term continuity to CSSC.

Lauren Jabusch, Board Chair, Governance Committee Chair

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As the Chair of the Board of Directors, I manage staff, organize Board meetings, and mold the long-term vision for the organization. As the Chair of the Governance Committee, I guide CSSCers to write governing documents to reflect the organization we are and what we would like to become. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Biological Systems Engineering at UC Davis. I research next generation biofuels, specifically microalgae fuels as a Carbon Neutrality Research Fellow for UC Davis. From 2013-2015, I was a NSF RESOURCE fellow (http://gk-12-resource.ucdavis.edu/) where I taught science curriculum with a focus on renewable energy to Sacramento-area 6th graders. I now serve as a graduate mentor for the Sacramento Area Elementary MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) program. I was honored to receive the UC President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership for my work with CSSC and the Carbon Neutrality Initiative in 2016.

SCHOOL: UC Davis, BS 2011, MS 2016, Ph.D. Candidate expected graduation 2018

PAST ROLES: UC Davis Council Member (2008-2010), UC Davis TGIF campaign team (2009), ELSP statewide (2010) and UC Davis campus organizer (2008-2011), UC Davis Convergence Coordinator Spring 2011, Co-Chair of the Operating Team (2010-2011).

HOMETOWN: Newcastle, CA

CONTACT: lauren@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

Kyle Fischler, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Headshot CroppedAs CSSC’s Treasurer, I ensure that our organizational budgeting process reflects the goals, priorities, and vision of CSSC through the development and maintenance of our financial management systems. I work closely with the Development Director to maintain and create reports on CSSC’s assets for our organization and fiscal sponsors.

Society’s interaction with our environment has always fascinated me and working with CSSC allows me to affect change within and beyond California’s borders.  Effectively communicating environmental policies, science, and ideas to the general public is a challenge I enjoy tackling in hopes to create a more sustainable relationship between human-kind and the Earth.

SCHOOL: UC Santa Barbara, 2013

MAJOR: B.A. in Environmental Studies and Communication

OCCUPATION: Guide, Santa Barbara Adventure Company and Head Lifeguard, UCSB Aquatics Program

HOMETOWN: Camarillo, CA

CONTACT: kyle@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

Rajiv Narayan

 Rajiv Narayan HeadshotI aim to support the work of the CSSC from my background in media/communications, public engagement, and policy. Though my experience is largely in public health, I am interested in bridging issue and actor networks across disciplines, publics, and organizational spaces. To that end, I completed a graduate degree in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford in 2014 and a self-designed, interdisciplinary major of economics, philosophy, and anthropology at UC Davis in 2012.

SCHOOL: University of Oxford (2014); University of California-Davis (2012)

MAJOR: MSc. Medical Anthropology, BA Critical Economics

OCCUPATION: 
Contributing Curator, Upworthy
Associate, Close Concerns Inc.
Research Assistant, Social Policy Research Associates
Senior Fellow for Health Policy, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
Individual Behavior Coordinator, Campus Center for the Environment
HOMETOWN: Union City, CA

CONTACT: rajiv@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

Jaime Gonzalez, Programs Committee Chair

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As a passionate student activist for environmental and social justice I hope to channel my skills and my fervor for organizational development into elevating CSSC to new heights. As a member of programs committee I help support and administer the projects and programs incubated by our Development Committee.

I also regularly agitate on my campus and in my community with groups like CRC Students for a Sustainable Future, 350Sacramento, and the #CrunchNestleAlliance. I have plans to transfer to UC Davis as a Community and Regional Development student in Fall of 2017.

SCHOOL: Cosumnes River College, Grad date: 2019

PAST ROLES: Cosumnes River College Chapter Council Representative (2014-15). .

HOMETOWN: Sacramento, CA

CONTACT: jaime@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

Will Carlon

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I am an environmental attorney practicing in Northern California. My primary area of practice focuses on storm water issues arising under the Clean Water Act. I am committed to protecting human health and the environment by preventing the pollution and degradation of our nation’s water.

At the University of Oregon, I was heavily involved with Land Air Water, a student group focused on public interest environmental law. As one of the conference co-directors for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), I helped organize dozens of volunteers and hundreds of panelists in order to host thousands of attendees, including students, activists, attorneys, scientists, and concerned citizens. One of the goals of PIELC is to promote an exchange and advancement of ideas in order to address the most pressing environmental issues of our time. I am committed to continuing that exchange and advancement in my role as a board member of CSSC.

SCHOOL: B.A. UC Davis 2010; J.D. University of Oregon School of Law 2015

HOMETOWN: Chico, CA

CONTACT: will@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

Jessian Choy

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By day, I co-create laws and contracts at San Francisco Department of Environment for less-toxic, green products. I also make kits for Green Cities California to help anyone create policies and programs.

By night, I share fun and draconian tips and policies for an equitable, happy, healthy and green world. And I lead behavior change, negotiation and public speaking workshops to help your ideas thrive.

In 2001, few colleges had permanently funded campus greening student groups. So I co-led efforts to start an organization that resulted in UC Santa Cruz students voting for administrators to reduce climate change, and an annual green strategic planning summit with 55 students, faculty and administrators.

SCHOOL: UC Santa Cruz, B.A. in Legal Studies

CONTACT: jessian@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

Tessa Balboni

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On my college campus I was very active in the environmental community.  During my junior year I was the co-chair for the Environmental Affairs Board, the largest environmental group on campus. I supported twenty motivated officers on their environmental campaigns around the campus, which included hosting a CSSC convergence. As a student representative, I attended the Forward on Climate Change rally in Washington, DC which I found deeply motivating.  The following year I was an intern in the sustainability office and co-chair of a campus group aiming to ban single use plastics on campus.
Since graduating I have pursued a career in wildlife biology. I have worked for US Fish and Wildlife with the California Condor Recovery Program, conducted small mammal trapping and vegetation surveys to see the effects of grazing on wildlands, studied endangered Southern California Steelhead, and banded birds in Southern California to track their populations during this drought. Currently, I am employed by an environmental consulting firm as their staff scientist. I trust that my experiences in wildlife conservation and environmental activism will benefit CSSC and the students for which this coalition supports.

SCHOOL: UC Santa Barbara, 2014

HOMETOWN: Santa Cruz, CA

CONTACT: tessa@sustainabilitycoalition.org

One Comment

  1. Hi, Quentin,

    I love what you guys are doing. I grew up in San Jose and currently attending Georgia Tech.

    I’ve started a small experimental project, along the line of sustainability in actions. It is to promote FreeCycle movement on college campuses. This is a pretty low profile project, but could have major global impact if done right. We are talking about $B/year natural resource saved, and god how many tons of CO2 not emitted into the air, plus all those air, land and water pollutions prevented.

    I started with 4 schools in GA, and like to invite more schools to join. CA is certainly at the top of my list.

    I’m wondering if my little project fit well with what you are doing. If you also find it a fit, please help me to spread the words out among CA schools.

    Thanks.

    Amanda Hui

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