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 and MS in Biological Systems Engineering at UC Davis. I research next generation biofuels, specifically microalgae fuels. I am also NSF RESOURCE fellow (http://gk-12-resource.ucdavis.edu/) where I teach science curriculum with a focus on renewable energy to 6th graders and I help coordinate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Girls at UC Davis. 

SCHOOL: UC Davis, BS 2011 and presently for MS and Ph.D.

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

 

Sam Gross

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I am focusing my studies on the planning and engineering of efficient, equitable, and accessible public transportation. I am also focusing on bicycle mass transit integration and the last mile concept.

I plan on returning to San Francisco to improve the infrastructure of the region and to improve the quality of life in our communities.

I am dedicated to improving our higher education system, which is why I sit on the Board of Directors for the California Student Sustainability Coalition. By providing students and administrators with an understanding of the 3 E’s of Sustainability: Equity, Ecology, and Economy, we can improve the education system. The goal of this is to improve the lives and communities of current and future generations.

SCHOOL:

B.S. Environmental Management, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2011.

Master of City & Regional Planning and Master of Science in Engineering Candidate at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Emphasis in Transportation
Expected graduation June 2015

PAST ROLES: Cal Poly Council Rep, Power Shift Trainer

HOMETOWN: Greenbrae, California

Contact: sam@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

 

Eric Recchia

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I support the CSSC through fundraising and organizational development.

PAST ROLES: Move to Amend Co-Coordinator, Council Representative

SCHOOL: Humboldt State University, 2013

MAJOR: Sustainable Development & Economics

OTHER OCCUPATIONS:Campus Center for Appropriate Technology

HOMETOWN:Arcata, CA

 

David Shaw, Programs Committee Chair

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I support organizational learning and evolution through my role as a member of the Board of Directors. I believe a better world is possible, and that through finding common ground and taking shared practical action we may create a thriving, just, and sustainable future that works for all life. The students of the California Student Sustainability Coalition are at the leading edge of this great turning toward justice and sustainability, a generation united and awake to the urgent need for transforming our society and our relationships with the more than human world. I will do all that I can to support their activism, learning, and the development of life long friendships.

SCHOOL: B.A. Community Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 2004. M.S. EcoSocial Design, Gaia University, 2008. 

OCCUPATIONS: 

Faculty and Co-Founder of the Common Ground Center, UC Santa Cruz

Permaculture Design Instructor, Regenerative Design Institute

Facilitator

HOMETOWN: Santa Cruz, CA

CONTACT: daveshawlistens [at] gmail [dot] com

 

Julie Castro

Bio Pic julieI join the CSSC community for the first time as a board member, and hope to add to the organization’s ability to empower students and unite their initiatives. I am a Master’s student in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at UCLA. I am focusing my research on water resource management systems, and the city as an ecosystem. As a Rosenfield Fellow, I work for the Los Angeles Council for Watershed Health on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership for the Los Angeles River, and the Indicators for Watershed Health for the Los Angeles River Watershed.

SCHOOL: 
B.A., UC Santa Barbara, 2010
M.U.R.P., UCLA, 2014

MAJOR:  Masters Urban and Regional Planning Program , B.A. Global and International Studies

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA

CONTACT: Julie [at] sustainabilitycoalition [dot] org

 

Victoria Carranza, Development Committee Chair

CSSC Profile VictoriaI support the Development Committee by recruiting students, alumni, and Board members who aim to develop and maintain internal and external connections with our expanding programs and campaigns. I work closely with the Development Director, the Finance Committee, and the Programs Committee. I track and update our progress in meeting goals of our strategic plan, seeking input from multiple stakeholder groups within the organization, and support fundraising efforts. I believe these students are and will be the leading-edge to social and environmental change as we know it. I serve as a mentor to students as I have been involved as a student activist, community organizer, local and national environmental policy adviser, participatory action planner and facilitator, and project designer for systems involving waste management, watershed assessment, and community gardens. I currently am self-employed providing technical support to implement youth-driven green infrastructure for compost and edible landscaping in K-12 schools and serve as an environmental design consultant.

SCHOOL: 
B.S. Natural Resources Management and Community Planning, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2012. Conflict Resolution Certification Program, Creative Mediation, San Luis Obispo, 2014. Permaculture Design Certification, Living Mandala, 2014.

Occupations:  Fellowship, One Cool Earth, Environmental Designer, Community Organizer

HOMETOWN:  Arroyo Grande, CA

PAST ROLES: Executive Committee, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club (2013-2014), Cal Poly TGIF campaign team (2011), Cal Poly Campus Organizer (2010-2012), Cal Poly Convergence Planning Team (Spring 2012).

CONTACT:  victoria [at] sustainabilitycoalition [dot] 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

 

Corie Radka

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Corie Radka is the campus organizer at UC Berkeley for the California Public Interest Research Group, a student directed non-profit. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received a BA in Zoology and Environmental Science.
After graduation, Corie co-authored a research paper, “Effect of Localizing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Nutrition”, which was published in Environmental Science and Technology. This launched her career into education and organizing work where she began specializing in the intersectionality of powerful special interests, environmental crisis, institutional racism, and health. Corie has worked all along the west coast from Alaska to Orange County and now she is teaching a class about community organizing and managing 4 campaigns ranging from the CA drought to getting big money out of politics. 

SCHOOL: UC Santa Barbara, BS 2010 Environmental Science and Zoology

PAST ROLES: UC Santa Barbara Council Member (2009-2010), UC Santa Barbara EAB External Affairs (2008-2010), UCSB Convergence Coordinator Fall 2010, Co-Chair of the Operating Team (2010-2011) .

HOMETOWN: Westminster, CA

CONTACT: corie@sustainabilitycoalition.org

 

David Shugar

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David graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a major in Applied Physics and his thesis research focused on renewable energy. At UCSC, David was active in the Education for Sustainable Living Program, serving as an organizer for two years and facilitating a student led section on the topic: Coalition Building for a Sustainable Future. David also worked in the UCSC Sustainability Office and was the student coordinator for the Provost Sustainability Internship Program. David was also President of the Brain, Mind and Consciousness Society, which hosted the conference GROW: Global Roots of Wellness; focusing on the intersection of cognitive science and sustainability. Outside of UCSC, David has had multiple jobs within the solar industry and has volunteered with the Sierra Club. Currently, David is an Energy Program Associate at As You Sow, focusing on socially responsible investing, shareholder advocacy and supporting the fossil fuel divestment movement. 

SCHOOL: UCSC, Spring 2014

PAST ROLES: Served as the Council Rep for UC Santa Cruz (Fall 2012 – Summer 2013) and the Council Co-Chair (Summer 2013 – Summer 2014). Also began the UCSC Fossil Free chapter and was involved with the UC Fossil Free Campaign (Spring 2013 – Summer 2014). Was also local coordinator for PowerShift Convergence outreach (Fall 2013). .

CONTACT: david@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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