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

Cecilia Mejia, Earth Week Organizer (sher/her/hers): Cecilia is a fourth year student majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus in environmental justice. She grew up in Illinois where the midwest sparked her interest in the conservation of wildlife and green spaces, over time this interest has evolved into transforming these green spaces to include communities of color and embrace their cultures. She enjoys the overlap of environmental justice content and graphic design because it makes the content accessible to people who may not be interested in mainstream environmentalism. She is very excited to facilitate an online Earth Week and hopes that the virtual nature of the experience will create a welcoming environment for people who have yet to meet the SERC space. Outside of this, Cecilia enjoys spending time in the sun, playing games with friends and listening to true crime podcasts.

Responsibilities: 2021 Virtual Earth Week

Elizabeth Reyes, Lead 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: Public resources on EJ;  building upon the work of my predecessors Amanina Shofry and Andrea Luna; EJ events and workshops. 

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.

Jesica Sutandi, Renewable Energy Community Partnerships Associate (she/her/hers)

Jesica is pursuing a double degree in Conservation and Resource Studies and Data Science. She is interested in learning about environmental justice, policies to encourage development of renewable energy in the energy mix, and currently she is also learning about peatland restoration in Indonesia during her internship. She hopes to one day be able to communicate and encourage more environmentally-focused ideas and discussions in her hometown, Jakarta, where she was born and raised. While quarantined, she likes to sing, bake muffins, read and play her ukulele!

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:  TGIF Support and Coordinator

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.

Juan Garcia, Dean of Students Extern, (He/Him/His): Juan was born and raised in Los Angeles and his parents were immigrant Mexicans. He is a first generation college graduate, and he got his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, in Sociology (Class of 2008). He decided he wanted to stay in the area and work for UC Berkeley. He found a job on campus with the Graduate Student Services office doing support work for their Advising services. After working a few years in the Fellowships and Degrees units there, he decided he wanted to try a new office that also did counseling and advising services. He found a position at Career Center, got offered the job, and took it! He has been working at the Career Center since then. Some of his hobbies and passions include latin dancing (Bachata), strength training and social-economic justice organizing.

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/they): Maya is a third year student majoring in Mathematics and hoping to minor in Spanish and Computer Science. 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, Lead Zero Waste Policy & Outreach 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 Student Union Green Team Associate, and now as Lead Zero Waste Policy & Outreach Associate, she’s excited to continue implementing zero waste initiatives on a larger, campus-wide scale. Sabina has always been passionate about plastic and food waste reduction at the policy level and at the personal level 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.


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 Associate: Tina is a second-year, studying Molecular Environmental Biology, Psychology and Math. 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

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, Jacqueline 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, Celine Yang, 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