Meet the Staff

Andy Myers, Graphic Designer (he/him/his): From Orange County, Andy is a third-year student pursuing a dual degree in Anthropology and Media Studies and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Working in digital marketing and communications, his passions lie in understanding how social change can be achieved through various avenues of media and virtual community building. Andy also holds LGBTQ+ issues close to his heart, as well as his love for photography, tennis, and Beyonce.

Ashley Cowell, Solar Spring Break Team Leader (she/her/hers): Ashley is a third year student majoring in Environmental Science, with a passion for ecology. She loves being a part of SERC due to its community of amazing students and all the awesome work they do. She is super excited to be leading the Solar Spring Break program again this year. In her free time, you can find her reading, working out, taking care of all her plants, and spending time in nature.

Responsibilities: Solar Spring Break, Solar Energy and Environmental Justice in California DeCal

Brooke Chang, 3D Printing Researcher (She/Her/Hers): Brooke is a third-year student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. She is interested in creating sustainable engineering practices and using hands-on methods to blend her passion for sustainability with her interest in materials engineering. In her free time, Brooke enjoys painting, spending time with her friends and family, and exploring new parts of Berkeley.

Responsibilities: 3D Printer Filament Reclamation Project

Caitlin Cotter, BS@C InternCaitlin is a third year studying Environmental Economics and Policy and Data Science. She is from San Francisco, CA and loves its close proximity to Berkeley. Caitlin is passionate about the environment and finding action we can take for a more sustainable future and is excited to be involved in the SERC community. In her free time, Caitlin loves to bake Pinterest recipes, go outside, listen to Taylor Swift, and spend time with her friends!

Responsibilities: Building Sustainability @ Cal

Celine Yang, ASUC Student Union Green Team Associate (sher/her/hers): Celine is a current junior at UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Science and Society & Environment. A high school internship with her city’s municipal waste facility is what sparked her interest in zero waste. She is excited to take that passion to promote zero waste and help make change on the UC Berkeley campus! Celine is dedicated to learning more about how to facilitate effective environmental collaboration and problem-solving. Along with her work at SERC, Celine is the co-editor-in-chief of UC Berkeley’s first undergraduate academic environmental publication, and she conducts environmental research through the College of Natural Resources. When she is not working on a zero waste project, she can be found practicing on Lower Sproul with her university dance team or cooking up a new recipe.

Responsibilities: ASUC Student Union Green Team Programs

Colette Cosyn-Kang, Internal Operations Manager (she/her/hers): Colette is a fourth year studying Society & Environment and Political Economy. Previously SERC’s Events Associate, Colette is excited to continue supporting SERC’s community and wellness through her new role as Internal Operations Manager. In her free time she enjoys working out, reading, attending concerts, soaking up the sun, and having long conversations with friends :~)  

 Responsibilities: SERC Staff Integration & space management

Dante Gonzales (CNI Engagement Fellow):  Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Dante has found a home here in Berkeley. Entering his fourth year here in the College of Natural Resources, Dante is currently pursuing a double major in Society and Environment and Conservation and Resource Studies. First introduced to SERC through Solar Spring Break 2018, Dante has found his place as the new Carbon Neutrality Initiative Engagement Fellow. Passionate about environmental justice and promoting zero waste/carbon neutrality, Dante is excited to make change within both the UC Berkeley campus and its affiliated communities. In his free time, Dante enjoys hiking/backpacking, tennis, and listening to music. 

Responsibilities: CNI Engagement and outreach

Elizabeth Reyes, TGIF Program Associate (she/her/hers): Elizabeth Reyes is a fourth-year double-majoring in Society and Environment and Business Administration with a concentration in Justice and Sustainability. She is thrilled to be a part of the TGIF team another year and can’t wait to work with the SERC community and review all the new grant proposals! Elizabeth was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, where her interest in environmental justice and literacy began. During her time at Berkeley, Elizabeth has discovered her passion for policymaking and institutionalizing initiatives that uplift disenfranchised agricultural communities like her own. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, swimming, and cooking new plant-based recipes!

Responsibilities: The Green Initiative Fund

Gabrielle Amabyec, Environmental Justice Associate (she/her/hers): Gabrielle Ambayec is a third-year currently majoring in MEB: Environment & Human Health, with a minor in Global Poverty & Practice. Having come onto SERC Staff in 2019, she aims to continuously progress a framework of education within community spaces that centers and amplifies the problems, voices, and collective joy of marginalized peoples. Outside of work, Gabrielle enjoys long walks through the neighborhood, reading, and navigating the world as an everyday student/budding plant parent.

Responsibilities: My main responsibilities at SERC are to manage the available public resources on environmental justice on the SERC website, building upon the work of my predecessors Amanina Shofry and Andrea Luna who I look up to A LOT, and organize educational events on varying EJ topics underneath the Decolonize the Environment Workshop Series, funded by TGIF. Additionally, I manage some external relations by talking to interested partners both inside and outside of the Berkeley community, as well as help out with programming facilitated by other SERC Staff members!

Jed Lee (they/them) Community Organizer: Jed Lee is a Taiwanese and Chinese-Filipinx American student activist and artist. As a fourth year, Jed is majoring in Society and Environment and double minoring in Global Poverty and Practice and City Planning. Jed strongly believes that we can always look to nature to find inspiration for our interpersonal relationships, collective movements, and personal healing, and that there is always love, life and hope in this world. Jed loves hanging out, being outdoors, gardening, and exploring new food places! Jed also holds a major love for the ocean, sociology, writing, and hearing about other people’s stories.

Jessie McGinley, The Green Initiative Fund Program Associate (she/her/hers):

Jessie is a third year studying Society and Environment at UC Berkeley. Jessie’s passion for environmentalism stems from her time at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee canoeing on the Allegheny River, backpacking along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, and swimming in Deer Valley Lake. She grew up in the under-rated city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Go Steelers! Jessie has a wide array of work experience from being a Barista, Camp Counselor, Research Apprentice analyzing different countries’ climate policy structures, Federal Policy Intern at Carbon180, and TGIF Program Associate. She is extremely passionate about her sisterhood at AXO and loves to casework at The Suitcase Clinic. When she isn’t working or studying, you can probably spot Jessie at a concert, geo-caching around the city, hiking the Berkeley Firetrails, or watching That 70’s Show.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the TGIF Coordinator and the TGIF Team with the documentation of TGIF funded projects. Duties include reading project updates and reports, collecting project metrics, and following up with project leaders.
  • Work closely with grant applicants by reviewing applications, providing feedback on grant applications before grant deadlines, and holding info sessions and office hours for potential grant seekers. 
  • Assist with the publicity, marketing, and outreach of metrics, data, and project outcomes; Update project results on social media platforms and TGIF website. 
    • Participate in TGIF Committee meetings, workshops, and events; Participate in SERC related events and meetings.       
  • Provide recommendations for improving the TGIF program as a whole.

Josh Kay, TGIF Program Associate, (He/Him/His):Josh is a second year double majoring in Society & the Environment and Rhetoric. He’s passionate about leveraging the power of policy and law to bring tangible change and to help people across the world.  He’s worked with California’s State Lands Commission, the Berkeley Student Food Collective, and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Josh grew up in San Francisco, but his environmentalist beliefs stemmed from frequent family camping trips and from volunteer work at the San Francisco Zoo. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and baking, listening to podcasts, birdwatching, and juggling. He hopes to one day photograph the Great Horned Owls that live in the Berkeley Hills.

Kasia Baranek, BS@C Intern (she/her/hers): Kasia is a rising third year studying Sustainable Environmental Design with a minor in Data Science. Born and raised in Chicago, she loves public transportation and spending time on the lakefront. She is passionate about urban design and environmental justice and has spent her last two summers doing urban planning and outreach research for Commonwealth Edison. At Cal, Kasia is involved in the Polish community and serves as the Vice President of Engineers Without Borders. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, making music, and attending local farmer’s markets.

Responsibilities: Building Sustainability @ Cal

Kiana Kazemi, Leaflet Manager and Editor-in-Chief, (she/her): Kiana is a third year student studying Data Science with an emphasis in Environment, Resource Management and Society. Passionate about the intersections of technology, energy, and environmental justice Kiana has pursued a variety of programs and activities in these spaces and launched her own initiatives to bring attention to the injustices that exist in energy and tech. In her free time she enjoys spending time near the ocean swimming, surfing or picking up trash, and holding dinner parties for her friends with lots of authentic (and vegetarian!) Iranian food.

Maya RomaVermicomposting Co-Supervisor, (she/her): Maya is a second year student majoring in Math and hoping to minor in Spanish, Forestry, Earth and Planetary Science, or whatever else she can find. She loves environmental activism, especially grass roots and hands on, making vermicomposting a perfect project to work on. Maya is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spends her time playing on the Cal Women’s Ultimate team, at the gym, reading, and doing anything at all with friends.

Responsibilities: Vermicomposting project

Michelle Hernandez, E-Waste Operations Associate (she/her/hers):

Michelle is a fourth year majoring in Sustainable Environmental Design and double-minoring in City Planning and Conservation & Resource Studies (and maybe also Theater?). She is passionate about the intersections between design, sustainability, and society. Growing up in Oakland has taught her the importance of fighting for social change and how it is linked to environmentalism, and hopes to continue exploring these topics and their relation to urban design in college and beyond. Within SERC, Michelle works on piloting an on-campus e-waste collection system in order to make it easier for students to properly recycle their electronic waste. In her free time, she enjoys working on the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater, baking, drawing, and hiking.

Responsibilities: Ethical E-waste pilot project

Naseem Salim, Community Resilience Associate, (they/them): Naseem is a fourth year student majoring Public Health with a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. Their passion for environmental and community health is rooted in sharing wellness resources and facilitating community building for those with various intersecting marginalized identities. They have pursued a lot of their activism around empowering LGBTQ+ BIPOC and are also excited to expand their work by weaving in environmentalism and sustainability. Naseem was born in the Bay Area, though spent most of their childhood in Tehran, Iran. They have stayed in the Bay since 2012 and have been able to feel more at home by spending time with loved ones, biking, painting, being a home cook, and writing poetry. 

Sabina Mahavni ASUC Student Union Green Team Associate (she/her/hers): Sabina is going into her third year at Cal, majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. After participating in Solar Spring Break her freshman year, she joined the SERC staff as a Green Team Associate and is excited to continue in her position, advancing campus zero waste initiatives alongside her partner Celine. Sabina has always been passionate about plastic and food waste reduction at the policy level and personally through habits like bulk shopping, using reusable mesh produce bags, and saving vegetable scraps to make soup stock. In her spare time, Sabina loves hiking, traveling, baking tasty vegan desserts, and having sporadic dance parties with her housemates.

Responsibilities: ASUC Student Union Green Team programs

Samy Long, Social Marketing Associate (she/her/hers)Samantha Long is a fourth year double major Society and Environment and French. She is originally from Vacaville, California and has spent a lot of time in and around the Bay Area. Samantha is deeply interested in sustainable agricultural systems and food insecurity. Samantha was drawn to SERC because she saw the reach that the organization has on campus and feels she can make a big difference here. In her free time, Samantha works for the UC Berkeley radio station and enjoys going to concerts with her friends and riding her bike.

Responsibilities: SERC Social Media; Newsletter

Sarah Xu (Community Engagement Associate)Sarah Xu (she/her/hers) is a senior pursuing Environmental Economics and Policy with minors in Global Poverty and Practice and Asian American Studies. Interested in international environmental policy and clean energy policy, Sarah hopes to pursue environmental law in the future. In her free time, Sarah loves to explore the Bay Area by public transportation and drink copious amounts of coffee.

 Responsibilities: Community Engagement, Eco Leaders (formerly ECO), Student Org support

Sharon Daraphonhdeth (SERC Director): Sharon was born and raised in San Diego county, where she began her educational endeavors at her local community college. She is a proud first generation college graduate and daughter of Lao refugees. Her passions lies among working with students, by assisting them to develop, implement and lead innovative sustainability projects and initiatives. Sharon served as the TGIF & Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator from 2014-2017, and has been serving as the SERC Director since March 2017. Prior to UC Berkeley, Sharon worked as the Sustainability Strategist for the Associated Students Inc. at San Francisco State University. At her leisure, she enjoys live music, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones (especially her cat, Lucille). She also serves as a board member for Food Empowerment Project, a vegan food justice organization. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, is a certified Zero Waste Community Associate, and holds a certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from UC Berkeley Extension.

Contact: sdara@berkeley.edu

Sion Calabretta, Development Associate (She/Her/Hers): Sion is a senior majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She is passionate about using her voice and privilege to elevate those around her to live healthy safe lives. Specifically she wants to work in environmental justice and environmental health sciences, helping reduce marginalized communities exposure to pollutants and toxins. Her passion for the environment came from growing up in a small mountain town in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up immersed in the outdoors and in her father’s Italian kitchen. When not studying or working you can find Sion dancing with the Berkeley Ballet Company, hiking, skiing, cooking, doing yoga and having dance parties with friends. This is Sion’s first year working with SERC and she is incredibly excited to join the Serc family as the Development Associate.

Tamlyn Schafer, Vermicomposting Co-Supervisor (she/her/hers): Tamlyn is a third year student pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Sciences and Music, and a minor in Global Public Health. She has particular passions for sustainability, environmental justice, and environmental health sciences, and hopes that her work on the Zero Waste Team will increase awareness of environmental issues in her peers. In her spare time she loves to read, travel, attend concerts, and perform in a cappella and other music groups on campus.

Responsibilities: Vermicomposting project

Tess Gauthier, Carbon Neutrality Initiative Engagement Fellow (she/they): Tess is a third year Conservation and Resource Studies major focusing on environmental justice. She is grateful to have found a home within the sustainability community at Cal and is eager to help welcome more folks into the climate justice movement. Outside of SERC, Tess serves as Director of the ASUC Climate Action Department, is a member of the Protectors of Mauna Kea at UC Berkeley, and helps lead the UC Green New Deal campaign. Tess enjoys spending time with loved ones and being outside hiking, gardening, and splashing around in the waves – and she especially appreciates when she can do those two things together!

Responsibilities: Carbon Neutrality Initiative

Teresa Yu, TGIF & Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator (she/her/hers): Teresa is excited to be working as the The Green Initiative Fund Coordinator. Teresa was born and raised in San Francisco, California.  She recently graduated UC Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy and a minor in Public Policy. As a student at Cal, she worked as a TGIF Program Associate for two years and is eager to continue her work supporting TGIF projects. Teresa is passionate about supporting students in actualizing their environmental projects and initiatives, especially in this political climate. In her free time, Teresa enjoys rock climbing, drinking boba, and cooking (mostly vegetables!).

Tina Li, Academic & Professional Development AssociateFrom Los Angeles County, Tina is a second-year, studying Molecular Environmental Biology, Psychology and Applied Mathematics. She is passionate about wildlife conservation and creating a more sustainable future. Tina is super excited to join the SERC team as the Academic and Professional Development Associate and to work with the SERC community! In her free time, she enjoys watching investigation shows like Criminal Minds and Forensic Files, volunteering at the local aquarium/animal shelters, and horseback riding.

Responsibilities: Professional Development, Career Series, DeCal and Greener DeCal Fellowship

Victoria Ng, Plastics Recycling & Research Associate (she/her): Victoria is a rising junior studying Environmental Economics and Policy and Sustainable Environmental Design. Since coming to Berkeley, Victoria has had a chance to explore and expand her interest in environmental justice and sustainability. She has recently been working as a designer on the THIMBY 3.0 project with Sustainable Housing at Cal. She hopes to make meaningful contributions to solving the climate crisis and moving the environmental justice movement forward. In addition to fighting climate change, she enjoys coffee, painting, music, and yoga.

Responsibilities: Plastics Recycling & Research

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SERC Staff Alumni & Founders:

2019-2020 SERC Team: Serena Patel, Serena Patel, Jenny Chiu, Colette Cosyn, Shirley Sun, Dante Gonzales, Melissa Jaffe, Lauren Irie, Rebecca Harcourt, Michelle Hernandez, Ashley Cowell, Angelica Santos, Javueline Tooley, Sarah Xu, Samantha Long, Jesica Sutandi, Gabrielle Ambayex, Elizabeth Reyes, Jessie Mcginley, Elizabeth Rozmarynowska, Paloma Ledesma, Teresa Yu, Sabina Mahavni, Nonnie Coelho, Tamlyn Schafer, Tess Gauthier

2019 Fall Team: Courtney McGuire; Sara Amiri;

2018-2019 SERC Team:  Alejandra Marquez, Andrea Luna,Andrew Chow, April You, Claire Parkinson, Colette Cosyn, Courtney McGuire, Dante Gonzales, Elizabeth Reyes, Jed Lee, Jenny Chiu, Jenny Rempert, Jessica Mcginley, Jun Bin, Lauren Irie, Madeline Tucker, Maggie Li, Melissa Jaffe, Michelle Hernandez, Nils Jepson, Rebecca Harcourt, Sara Amiri, Scott Silva, Serena Patel, Shirley Sun, Teresa Yu, Valerie Yong, Victoria Bartoszewicz, Yu-Shien Ni, Zahira Chaudhry

2017-2018 SERC Team:  Amanina Shofry, Andrea Luna, Anna Michel, Anna Whitney, Anna Yip, Annakaren Ramirez, April You, Aubrey Hills, Claire Parkinson, Colette Cosyn, Courtney McGuire, Echo Sun, Jed Lee, Jenny Chiu, Jivna Punjavi, Kathleen McCully, Kristy Drutman, Isaias Hernandez, Nicole Panditi, Nonnie Coelho, Madeline Greene, Madeline Tucker, Maggie Li, Scott Silva, Sebastian Jintra-Cotilla, Serena Patel, Steven Chan, Tony Hall, Valerie Yong, Yu-Shien Ni

2016-2017 SERC Team: Eva Malis, Tara Singh, Pallavi Sherikar, Allie Lalor, Sharon Chen, Mary Thomasmeyer, Anna Michel, Amanina Shofry, Madeline Green, Madeline Tucker, Jared O’Shaughnessy, Anna Yip, Scott Silva, Nicole Panditi, Remya Shankar, Anna Whitney

2015-2016 SERC Team: Jeff Noven, Tara Singh, Gary Richmond, Lauren Murphy, Jimmy Dunn, Catriona Smyth, Claire Kaufman, Brooke Maushund, Eva Malis, Pallavi Sherikar, Andrew Huang, Brian Gialketsis, Scott Silva, Anna Yip

2014-2015 SERC Team: Roberta Giordano, Jeff Noven, Angie Shen, Hanna Morris, Morgan Stelly, Ryan Avery, Anna Yip, Gary Richmond, Jimmy Dunn, Lauren Murphy, Manon von Kaenel, Sam Klein, Claire Kaufman, Shannon Davis, Caitriona Smyth, Nick Burkett

2013-2014 SERC Team: Roberta Giordano, Louis Spanias, Magnolia Barrett, Hanna Morris, Phoebe Song, Angela Meese Shen, Angie Shen, Sam Klein, Qusai Bhaijeewala, Kristen Chen, Regina Clincy, Stella Kim, and Manon von Kaenel

2012-2013 SERC Team: Nolan Pack, Mauricio Castillo, Noah Puni, Katie Hoffman, Roberta Giordano, Omead Kohanteb, Justine Rembac, Zen Trenholm

SERC Director (2013-2017): Katherine H. Walsh

SERC Founders (2012): Nolan Pack, Mauricio Castillo, Noah Puni