The Alumni Committee was formed in Spring 2020 and works to increase avenues for alumni to engage with SERC staff and SERC programs. In addition to advising current SERC Staff, the Alumni Committee organizes Alumni events for graduates of UC Berkeley in the environmental field.
Allie Lalor graduated in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Science. During her time at SERC, she coordinated Earth Week 2017 and was involved in food waste and recovery with Cal Dining. Currently she is working at Grand Canyon National Park as a Fire Effects Monitor – researching the effects of managed fires on Ponderosa Pine forests. She is deeply interested in fire as an ecological process and has been researching fire history for the past 3 years in both New Mexico and Washington state. She aspires to go to grad school in the next few years with a focus on fire ecology in the Southwest. Allie is also interested in the intersection of science and social justice, identifying the ways in which western science upholds systems of oppression and how to instead practice just and equitable science. In her free time, she is an avid ceramicist and backpacker.
Jimmy Dunn is an avid SERC support and served as a TGIF Program Associate from 2014-2016. He is a twice alum of UC Berkeley, obtaining his Master of Information and Data Science in December 2019 and his B.S. in Environmental Sciences in 2016. He has a background in climate change mitigation and adaptation work, primarily in research, policy, and advocacy. Jimmy currently works as a Data Scientist at kWh Analytics, a solar data startup based in San Francisco. He is passionate about environmental justice and embedding equity into data science practices.
Kevin Ong graduated from Cal in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. During his time at UC Berkeley, he served as Staff Associate at SERC and Project Coordinator at Cal Zero Waste. He currently works as an Environmental Program Specialist at Recology.
Louis Spanias (Society & Environment, ’14) served as SERC’s Internal Director in 2013-14, during which he helped organize events for SERC and co-developed SERC’s mission, vision, and objectives with staff. After graduating from Cal, Louis earned his Master’s degree (Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy) from the University of Oxford in 2015, for which he wrote his dissertation on how climate science could support litigation against fossil fuel companies and governments on behalf of communities impacted by extreme weather events. Since 2016, Louis has worked in the sustainability field. He spent three years at Harvey Mudd College, building out and managing the school’s sustainability program. Louis is now an Energy and Sustainability consultant at Cumming Corporation, where he works on sustainability projects and programs for LA Metro and other clients. His projects cover sustainability planning and reporting, electric vehicle procurement and infrastructure development, and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and inventory management.
Neena Mohan (they/she) is a Program Associate at the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), working on equitable and just climate policy solutions. Neena grew up in a South Asian immigrant family in a small town in the High Desert of SoCal (the ancestral home and unceded territory of the Yuhaviatam / Maarenga’yam people). Neena studied Environmental Sciences, Conservation & Resources Studies, and LGBT Studies at UCB, where they were involved in queer/trans people of color and environmental justice organizing. She was the Conference Manager for the first ever Student of Color Environmental Conference at the university level in CA. Neena also interned with Earthjustice and National Parks Conservation Association, and was a Summer Associate at the Greenlining Institute. She was also a fellow at Alameda County’s Office of Sustainability. In their free time, Neena enjoys giving workshops on environmental issues, volunteering with social justice organizations, learning guitar, writing, and meditating.
In undergrad, Sarah studied Environmental Sciences and was a SERC blog writer, TGIF grant recipient as well as a leader in SOGA. After graduation, she worked for various non-profits in California and Massachusetts focused on public health and food access. Most recently, she worked as the Development & Horticulture Manager at a green roof company in Boston, MA. This fall, Sarah is returning to Berkeley for her Masters in City Planning and is eager to advance the movement towards an alternative regenerative economy with an emphasis on racial and gender justice.