Meet the Staff

SERC is a collaborative effort led by UC Berkeley career and student staff, student  organization affiliates, and TGIF projects.

SERC 2018-2019 Org Chart: 

Meet the 2018-2019 Staff: 


Andrea Luna (Environmental Justice Associate): Andrea Luna is a first-generation junior transfer student in the College of Natural Resources, majoring in Society and the Environment. She is originally from Southeast Los Angeles, where she experienced the intersections of environmental injustices that impact her community. She has worked with organizations in Los Angeles working towards environmental justice. She is passionate about environmental justice, food justice, and human health. In her free time, Andrea enjoys music, gardening, reading, hiking, and cooking vegan foods.
Environmental Justice resources; Decolonize the Environment workshop series

Andrew Chow (Solar Spring Break Team Lead): Andrew is a third year student majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Engineering. He is interested in both the technical and societal aspects of sustainability and is passionate about renewable energy technology, environmental justice, and resource management. At Cal, he is an undergraduate researcher for the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and is involved with clubs on campus like the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) and The Music Connection (TMC). Andrew was drawn to SERC through their support of environmental initiatives including zero waste and his participation in Solar Spring Break 2018. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Andrew’s favorite pastimes include fishing, cooking, basketball, playing music, and spending important time with loved ones.
Solar Spring Break

April You (Development Associate): April is a senior studying Environmental Economics and Policy. She is interested in resource management, the economics of aging, and basic needs security. In the past, she was involved in launching after-school programs and events for the youth of her city. At Cal, April is a member of the entomology club. In her free time, she loves finding new places to hike and tagging her friends in environmental memes.
ResponsibilitiesEnviromentorshipSERC Alumni Network; Fundraising & Grant Development; SERC Gala

Brian Gialketsis (TGIF Coordinator): Originally from Ventura County in Southern California, Brian Gialketsis (pronounced Gal-ket-sis) is excited to be serving as the Interim The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Coordinator. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a BA in Rhetoric and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies. At commencement, he was awarded the Rhetoric in Action Award for his work with Cal’s environmental sustainability community. One of his passions lies in bringing together environmental and social justice in a way that environmental programming becomes more accessible to those it has left out historically. In his free time, Brian enjoys anything outdoors, from the beach to the mountains, spending time at the park or hiking, attending live music, hammocking, reading, or visiting with family and friends.
Office Hours: 1-2pm Tuesdays, 102 Sproul Hall

Colette Cosyn (Events Associate): Colette is a third year student majoring in Society and Environment. Her love for Cal’s environmental community and events planning drew her to SERC, and she is excited to continue supporting sustainability initiatives on campus. Her favorite places include the Mojave Desert and Sequoia Forest. In her spare time, she is either listening to music, catching the sunset, or drawing on walls.
Earth Week; Travel Sponsorships; Event Sponsorships; Film series

Courtney McGuire (Vermicomposting Supervisor): Courtney is a third year student studying Integrative Biology. Born and raised in a rural area, she developed a love for the outdoors early in life and came to love environmentalism late in high school. Courtney is passionate about waste management and food systems and hopes to have a career in veterinary medicine. She loves working for SERC and being involved in the zero waste community on campus. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area, reading, and hiking.
Vermicomposting project 

Dante Gonzales (CNI Engagement Fellow): Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Dante has found a home here in Berkeley. Entering his third year here in the College of Natural Resources, Dante is currently pursuing a Society and Environment major and a double minor in Public Policy 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. 
CNI Engagement and outreach

Jed Lee (Community Organizer): Jed is a third year majoring in Society in Environment with a concentration in Justice and Sustainability, and is pursuing minors in Global Poverty and Practice, Food Systems, and City Planning. Actively involved in the Students of Color Environmental Collective and having interned in the Philippines this past summer, Jed has a clear passion for environmental and climate justice. Jed is on the California Triathlon Team and spends time swimming, biking, and running around Berkeley. Jed loves hanging out, being outdoors, watching TV, and exploring new food places! Also holds a major love for the ocean, sociology, writing, and hearing about other people’s stories.
 Community relations; Advocacy and action initiatives

Jenny Chiu (Zero Waste Research Center Associate): Jenny is a third-year Environmental Sciences student with an intended minor in toxicology. She is interested in the intersections between the environment, industry, and society. Currently, she’s working on zero waste and e-waste, but welcomes any conversation around sustainability. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and loves its cultural diversity (and sometimes the weather). In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, baking at odd hours, and eating ice cream.
 Zero Waste Research Center; Ethical E-waste project

Jenny Rempert (Solar Spring Break Team Lead): Jenny is a third year student majoring in Sustainable Environmental Design. She is passionate about sustainable architecture and urbanism, green infrastructure, and renewable energy. When she began at Cal, she was focused on the design aspect of architecture, but became much more interested in sustainable environmental design through exposure to themes of sustainability in her classes and the culture of environmentalism in Berkeley. She participated in Solar Spring Break in 2018, and will co-lead the SSB team in 2019. In her free time she likes to create art, listen to music, go to concerts, and appreciate nature. Responsibilities: Solar Spring Break

Lauren Irie (3D Printing Researcher): Lauren is a third year student at UC Berkeley studying Chemistry. She is interested in renewable energy and sustainable materials and processing, specifically regarding polymeric materials. She is also passionate about advocating for women in STEM, and educating the public about zero waste culture. Born and raised in Torrance, CA, in her free time you can find her reading, playing basketball, thrifting, or making cool stuff at Jacobs hall. Responsibilities: 3D-Printing Reclamation Project

Maggie Li (Community Engagement Associate): Maggie Li is a third-year pursuing simultaneous degrees in Conservation & Resource Studies and Geography. She has spent many years working in student affairs leadership roles in the Global Environment Theme House, CalSO and GBO. She is passionate about communicating climate science and policy to and among different populations, focusing on the intersectionalities between social and environmental justice. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, rock climbing and trying new things (particularly new foods)! Responsibilities: Student Organization Advising; SERC Membership
Melissa Jaffe (Academic and Professional Development Associate): Melissa is a third-year majoring in Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management and Forestry and minoring in GIST. She spent her past summer at UC Berkeley’s Forestry Camp and is passionate about natural resource management. In her spare time Melissa loves to go mountain biking, hiking, and  read.  Responsibilities: Career Series; Green Jobs & Opportunities resources; DeCal Fellowships
Image may contain: Michelle Hernandez, smiling, ocean, sky, cloud, outdoor, water and natureMichelle Hernandez (E-waste Operations Associate): Michelle is a second year student majoring in Sustainable Environmental Design and double-minoring in Conservation & Resource Studies and Theater with a Technical Focus. She is passionate about the intersections between design, sustainability, and society. Growing up in Berkeley and Oakland has shown her the importance of social change and environmentalism and hopes to continue exploring these topics and their relation to urban design in college and beyond! In her free time, she loves working on the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater, baking, and hiking. Responsibilities: Ethical E-waste project
Nils Jepson (Blog Manager): Nils Jepson is a 4th year double majoring in English and Society and Environment. He’s particularly interested in how both subjects, writing and environmental justice, collide and complement one another. He strongly believes that clear communication is the key to good environmentalism and can’t wait to help get the ball rolling at SERC. While not on campus, Nils can usually be found reading fiction (nonfiction too, begrudgingly), attempting to walk the entire length of the west coast, and excitably waiting for ABBA to go on tour again.
Responsibilities: SERC Blog
Rebecca Harcourt (Plastics Recycling Associate):Rebecca is a third year student studying environmental economics and policy and data science. She is passionate about renewable energy technologies and natural resource management. At Cal, she writes articles for the Division of Data Science, where she gets to learn about the various ways data science is being used to solve social issues. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, and traveling to new places with her friends.
Responsibilities: Plastics recycling and research
Sara Amiri (Nature Village Director): Sara is a first generation junior transfer pursuing a degree in Economics. She is a Bay Area native with a passion for the environment and hopes to contribute to environmental sustainability, resource conservation, and zero waste culture at the University. When she’s not trying to minimize her carbon foot print, she loves hunting for cute stationary and spending time with her bunnies.
Responsibilities: Nature Village
Scott Silva (Zero Waste Research Center Lead Associate): Scott is a third year student studying Environmental Science and Forestry. He has worked with organizations in his hometown of Napa dealing with natural park management, resource conservation, and youth environmental education and stewardship. Scott is the VP of the Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society, where one of his greatest passions is leading hikes around the Bay Area. In addition to hiking, Scott enjoys mountain biking, playing and listening to music of all sorts, going to concerts, and learning about natural history and ecology. Scott also serves as the Environmental Coalition (ECO) Member Liaison. Scott’s goals in working toward environmental justice relate to his interest in waste management, water allocation, and conservation policy.
Zero Waste Research Center; Plastics recycling research facility

Serena Patel (Green Team Associate): Serena is entering her third year, pursuing a degree in Energy Engineering and a minor in Energy and Resources. She was introduced to SERC through Solar Spring Break 2017 and was co-lead for the following year in Salinas. Her interests include renewable energy technology, energy access, environmental justice, and zero waste culture. In her free time, she can be found running to catch a sunset, climbing a tree, or cooking vegetarian/vegan meals!
Responsibilities: ASUC Student Union zero waste and sustainability initiatives 

Sharon - Color - 01Sharon 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:;

Shirley Sun (Graphic Designer): Shirley is a Junior at UC Berkeley, studying MCB Biochemistry and minoring in Nutritional Science. She is interested in nature preservation and environmental sustainability, and she is especially passionate about promoting sustainable living. She was born and raised in San Jose, and she loves the diverse culture that it has. In her free time, she enjoys art, rock climbing, reading, and exploring new restaurants.

Responsibilities: Graph Design for all SERC programs, events, and services

Teresa Yu (Lead TGIF Program Associate): Teresa is a senior majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice and Public Policy. She’s sad that this will be her last year at SERC and at Cal and wishes she could stay at Cal forever. She’s especially interested in public policy as it pertains to marginalized communities, grassroots movements, and how food can act as a tool and platform for political activism. Outside of school, she enjoys reading random Wikipedia pages, cooking (mostly vegetables), bouldering sometimes, and is currently on a quest to find the best sourdough in San Francisco. Responsibilities:TGIF support

Valerie Yong (Vermicomposting Associate): Valerie is a second-year majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in City Planning. She is interested in environmental policy in developing countries and living a zero waste lifestyle. Valerie is pumped to start her second semester working on the Vermicomposting project! From Santa Monica, her favorite pastimes include relaxing on the beach, scouting out food spots, and listening to music.
 Vermicomposting project

Yu-Shien Ni (Green Team Associate): Yu-Shien is a senior from Los Angeles studying Conservation & Resource Studies and Molecular Environmental Biology. In addition to environmental health and zero waste, she is also passionate about reading, the ocean, live music, and kombucha. In her spare time, she can be found splashing around in the pool, on a pastry hike, hanging from a climbing wall, on the Berkeley Student Food Collective Board, on a horse riding for the Cal Equestrian team, or digging through trash for work-related reasons. Yu-Shien is excited to continue working with the Student Union and other collaborators to green our campus!
Responsibilities: ASUC Student Union zero waste and sustainability initiatives

Zahira Chaudhry (Social Marketing Associate): Zahira is a Bay Area native and a 4th year transfer student studying Environmental Science and Society and Environment with a concentration in soil-carbon sequestration. She is interested in combining climate justice activism with the arts. Zahira is also the Assistant Social Media Editor for the Daily Californian, a member of at the Students of Color Environmental Collective and a creative team member for BARE magazine. In her free time Zahira can be found reading or working on her different photography projects.
Responsibilities: Social marketing platforms & newsletter


SERC Alumni & Founders:

2018 Fall SERC Team: Madeline Tucker; Alejandra Marquez

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