April 2021 Newsletter

Introducing the 2019-20 #CivicSpark Annual Report! Fellows and staff come together for Mid-Year Retreat and Cesar Chavez Service Day activities. Also, meet some of our #Fellows and find out what they’ve been working on! Scroll through the image below or click here to access the links.

Naomi Lopez

Naomi Lopez was working for the County of Orange as an Affordable Housing Specialist in their Housing and Community Development Department. Her role was to push for affordable housing to be expanded throughout the region by taking a regional approach at a local and legislative level. The main responsibilities were project management and tracking, interpreting…

Emily Ontiveros

Emily Ontiveros is pursuing her Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico. She plans to focus her research on river restoration design through equitable, watershed-based approaches to stewardship. As a 2019-2020 CivicSpark Fellow, Emily served with the California Department of Water Resources in Sacramento. She worked within the Office of the Tribal…

Sam Ruderman

Sam currently works for Ascent Environmental in the Lake Tahoe region. As a Climate Change Analyst, he primarily works with local governments and other public agencies on climate mitigation and resiliency projects, which include greenhouse gas emissions inventories and forecasts, climate action plans, and climate adaptation plans. Sam strengthened his skills with these types of…

Lauren Mae Sugay

In 2019-2020, Lauren served as a Climate Fellow with the Butte County Department of Development Services to set up a framework that would allow community members and other stakeholders to collaborate for climate change adaptation and mitigation policies for the unincorporated areas of Butte County. There she focused heavily on close engagement with various community…

Skylar Johnson

Skylar is currently a Sustainability Specialist for UC Davis Student Housing and Dining Services where she manages sustainability education and engagement programs for Student Housing residents, and large waste-diversion initiatives during residence hall move-in and move-out.  Before joining UC Davis, she served as a CivicSpark fellow at the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. As…

Beautiful Nowhere Place

April Great Story by Ayelet Zamek, 2018-19 Central Coast Water Fellow Yellow. Orange. Another kind of orange. After a wet winter, driving down Highway 58 in April turns into an elementary-style exercise in knowing one’s colors. Purple. Blue. More yellow.  Even the most responsible divers, AAA cards tucked in the sun visor, would be distracted…

Katie Webster

Katie Webster joined the Local Government Commission (LGC) in 2019 as a Project Coordinator with the CivicSpark™ Operations Team. CivicSpark™ is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, which provides capacity-building support for local governments throughout California to address climate change. Prior to joining LGC, Katie was an Outreach Coordinator at GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar installer.…

Big Small Town

January Great Story by Andrew Wakelee, 2018-19 Central Coast Climate Fellow My hometown of Ventura is a big small town. When both sets of my Grandparents arrived here in the early 1960s from upstate New York and Ohio to find better weather and opportunities, Ventura was a rural town of a mere 20,000 people. Today…

Molly Marcussen

Molly Marcussen graduated from California State University, Chico with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Planning and Environmental Studies. She minored in Geography and earned a certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning. Molly began her career as a CivicSpark Climate Fellow in Butte County & the City of Chico…
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