LEADERSHIP

Martin Bourque
Executive Director

Since 2000, Martin has led the Ecology Center, a community-based organization incorporated on Earth Day in 1970. Under Martin's leadership, the Ecology Center is leveraging local direct community service programs to have state and national impact. Martin has spearheaded innovative efforts such as creating a farmers' market industry group, pioneering electronic food stamp access and incentives at farmers' markets, and passing the nation's first Soda Tax. By linking local grassroots grit with highly competent program implementation, and increasingly effective policy advocacy, Martin has led the Ecology Center to become a high impact engine for change.

Martin's previous experience includes working as the Sustainable Agriculture Program Director for Food First, The Institute for Food and Development Policy where he helped build the international organic farming movement throughout the US, Caribbean, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Martin also edited Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba, a compilation of Cuban authors on organic farming, and co-founded Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) to reduce the worst pesticides in California through public education and regulatory reform.

Martin served as the National Director of Training for ALTERTEC Guatemala where he helped develop a Guatemalan non-profit from a small organization into a leading Central American force promoting farmer-led sustainable agriculture. Martin led Freirian-based curricula development, trained trainers, and organized Meso-American Campesino Congresses on Organic Farming, Permaculture, and Alternative Technologies. Additionally, Martin facilitated the development of a national Guatemalan organic certification program, MayaCert.

Martin has served on the Community Food and Justice Coalition Advisory Committee, The Grassroots Recycling Network Board and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board (StopWaste). Martin earned a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and Environmental Policy from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from UC San Diego.

Twitter: @MartinRBourque
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/martinbourque

OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

Deborah Beyea
Deputy Director
Deborah Beyea
Deputy Director
Staff since 2008, Debbie has developed the organization's infrastructure allowing the Ecology Center to grow and thrive. She contributes to strategic planning for the organization and oversees finance, HR, and operations. Debbie is responsible for safety and risk management, contract negotiation, and ensures legal compliance for Ecology Center activities at two facilities and several off-site locations. Previously, Debbie worked in management positions at government agencies including the Oakland Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the Denton Fire Department. Debbie earned a Master of Public Administration and B.A. degrees in International Studies and English from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Debbie holds Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR), and Certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Northern California Human Resources Management Association, and the American Society for Public Administration.
Jackie Yep
Administrative Services Manager
Jackie Yep
Administrative Services Manager
Jackie joined the Ecology Center in 2003 as a Financial Assistant and has steadily assumed increased responsibilities each year. Jackie manages payroll and benefits, and provides HR support to the Deputy Director and the Recycling Director, and all program staff. Previously, she worked in retail sales and management in settings ranging from small boutique shops to large department stores. Additionally, she is a very involved "scout mom" and school volunteer. Jackie attended City College of San Francisco.
Greg Morgan
Senior Accountant
Greg Morgan
Senior Accountant
Greg joined the Ecology Center in 2015 to help lead the accounting and finance programs. He earned his degree in Accounting and Finance from Chico State University and previously spent 4 years as a staff accountant at a milkshake company called f'real foods. Greg loves working for a team that is about sustaining a great environment which he loves to enjoy. In his free time he enjoys getting outside into nature, whether it's backpacking, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing, fishing or gardening.
Stephanie Saylor
Accounting Coordinator
Stephanie Saylor
Accounting Coordinator
As the Accounting and HR Admin, Stephanie supports both department heads. She studied accounting at Chabot College and has a diverse background in administration, purchasing and bookkeeping. Her passions are primarily artistic pursuits such as painting, gardening and crochet projects as well as being a proud mother and cat mom. She believes in being of service to her fellows and her local community, finding it fulfilling to be contributing to the Ecology Center's many initiatives. She recently received her CA state certification and launched her private practice "Mother Nurture Massage".

FOOD AND FARMING

Carle Brinkman
Food & Farming Program Director
Carle Brinkman
Food & Farming Program Director
Carle directs the Ecology Center's Berkeley Farmers' Market operations; statewide Farmers' Market Access & Equity and California Farmers' Market Alliance programming; and all food-related education, policy, and coalition building efforts. For five years, Carle managed the Market Match program, California's healthy food incentive program, which matches customers' federal nutrition assistance benefits, like CalFresh and WIC, at hundreds of farmers' markets across the state. Previously, Carle spent five years with the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) as a Regional Manager overseeing sixteen Certified Farmers' Markets in Alameda and San Joaquin counties. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Farming Association. Carle earned a B.F.A. in Art and a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon. She received a Permaculture Design Certificate, and attended two five-month leadership development trainings, the Ecology of Leadership, through the Regenerative Design Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her bees.
Rosio Almaguer Andrade
Food & Farming Program Manager
Rosio Almaguer Andrade
Food & Farming Program Manager
Rosio joined the Ecology Center in 2021. As the Food and Farming Program Manager, she supports and promotes the work of the California Alliance of Farmers Markets, as well as the Ecology Center's national work on nutrition incentive programs. Rosio comes to the Ecology Center after a decade of managing and developing youth and family support programs in the Bay Area and Central Coast. Rosio's values of social justice, community, healing, and growth are centered in her work. She looks forward to centering the stories and amplifying the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and people of color in our continued work to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay and beyond. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara, where she studied Chicanx Studies and Education. She will receive her Permaculture Design Certificate Spring 2021.
Heidi Kleiner
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Manager
Heidi Kleiner
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Manager
Heidi joined the Ecology Center in 2019. She first worked in food access as an AmeriCorps VISTA in southwest Virginia before moving to California to serve two more AmeriCorps terms with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, after which she was hired on as CalFresh Outreach Coordinator and later as Agency Relations Coordinator. She has volunteered with the Edible Schoolyard and Food First and is excited to continue her food systems work as part of the Ecology Center's Farmers' Market Access and Equity team. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from CSU East Bay and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco. She has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech and will complete a Masters in Public Health from San Francisco State in May 2020 where her research focuses on topics related to food justice and food sovereignty. In her free time, Heidi enjoys hiking, camping, and experimenting in the kitchen.
Daniel McChesney-Young
Farmers' Market Program Manager
Daniel McChesney-Young
Farmers' Market Program Manager
Daniel joined the Ecology Center in 2021. As Farmers’ Market Program Manager, he supports the farmers’ market staff and vendors and serves as a liaison between the program and multiple governmental and non-governmental agencies. Born and raised in Berkeley he holds a BA in Geography from UC Berkeley. A veteran of the foodservice industry and pizza olympian Daniel has a deep passion for food, farming, and seeing people eat well. He volunteers with Slow Food East Bay and currently serves as their treasurer. Outside of his love of all things food-related he enjoys sewing, blacksmithing, and winemaking.
Aimee Hutton
Farmers' Market Manager
Aimee Hutton
Farmers' Market Manager
Aimee has supported the Ecology Center's work in many ways through the years. She joined the Ecology Center in 2019 as a Program Associate On-Call, and then advanced to Farmers' Market Manager before stepping into the role of Food & Farming Program Coordinator in February of 2021 where she supported the CA Alliance of Farmers' Markets, the National Nutrition Incentive Hub, and a new Pilot that will integrate incentives onto the EBT card. In 2022 she returned to the Farmers' Market Program. The descendant of Japanese sweet potato farmers in California's Central Valley, Aimee seeks to honor the legacy of the immigrants and communities of color that is deeply intertwined in our food systems and food culture, both through her work and free time exploring new foods to cook and eat. Her past experience includes raising public-private investment in urban forestry and promoting urban farming and gardening in the San Joaquin Valley. Aimee attended Arizona State University, where she received a B.S. in Sociology minoring in Sustainability.
Frankie Wong
Farmers Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator
Frankie Wong
Farmers Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator
“Frankie” Felicia Wong joined the Ecology Center in 2022, continuing over a decade of work with nonprofits such as the Museum of Modern Art, The International Congress of Youth Voices, and the National Parks Service. Frankie is a San Francisco native and earned a BFA in photography from Parson’s School of Design and a BA in Psychology from Eugene Lang College. She remains dedicated to several mutual-aid projects that follow alternative living models rooted in food justice, ecological stewardship and #Landback. Frankie can be found rock climbing, petting a stranger’s dog, and working on her cabin and desert garden in the Eastern Sierra.
Lucy Asako Boltz
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator
Lucy Asako Boltz
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator
Lucy Asako Boltz joins the Ecology Center as a Farmers' Market Access and Equity Program Coordinator. She has experience in public humanities programming, grantmaking, farming, and community organizing for immigrant rights. She coordinates the Market Match program and works with the rest of the Farmers' Market Access and Equity team to make healthy food more accessible to low income communities across California and to build a stronger localized food system by connecting consumers to small and mid-sized farms. Lucy received a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz in fall of 2019. Previously she worked with California Humanities as a program staff member supporting state-wide grantmaking, public programming and evaluation. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Brown University and is interested in small-scale organic farming, food and seed sovereignty and all history talks at the Oakland Public Library/Oakland History Room.
Viviana Padilla
Farmers' Market Operations Manager
Viviana Padilla
Farmers' Market Operations Manager
Viviana began at the Ecology Center at the end of 2020 as an On-Call Program Associate before becoming a temporary Market Manager in March 2021. The descendant of Bracero Program farmworkers, and having worked on small farms both locally and abroad herself, she is deeply passionate about creating local food systems that are more compassionate, equitable, and inclusive. She is also an avid soil builder, and while pursuing her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Seattle University helped operate a commercial compost facility and further local community garden and permaculture projects. Outside the Ecology Center, you will probably find her working her way through Merritt College's Urban Agroecology Program, running, or rolling around in her garden's dirt.
Loren Norman
Farmers' Market Manager
Loren Norman
Farmers' Market Manager
Loren joined the Ecology Center as a market manager in 2022 after several years of working for various farms as a marketeer and field worker. Hailing from rural Plumas County, Loren learned to appreciate community care as a necessary component of personal and public life. During the height of the pandemic, Loren helped their fellow farm workers to navigate workplace safety and access resources not provided to them by their employers, and worked with mutual aid groups to distribute donated produce to underserved Bay Area communities. Having had their hand in every stage of the farm to table movement – from field, to market, to table – Loren is committed to strengthening the diverse and complex networks of connection that sustain the people who constitute our local food systems. They have a BA in Philosophy from Mills College, and outside of work, they enjoy cats and doing odd jobs at their friends’ organic plant nursery.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Dayana Michelle Rivas Pineda
Youth Intern
Dayana Michelle Rivas Pineda
Youth Intern
Dayana began working with the Ecology Center during summer 2020 through YouthWorks, and subsequently earned a role as a Youth Intern.Interns. During the summer she completed a project about the impact of discrimination and COVID19 on immigrants in our community. She is founding member of the Youth Farm Box project. Previously, Dayana has worked at BAHIA, Inc and Centro Vida as well. At 16 years old, she is always willing to work hard and strive to help others.
Alishba Shabir
Youth Program Assistant
Alishba Shabir
Youth Program Assistant
Alishba took part in the Youth Environmental Academy Spring and Summer 2019. She contributed to spreading the word about the “For Thirst Water First” campaign, a movement which encourages folks to stay healthy and hydrated. As a Youth Intern, Alishba became active with Zero Waste Youth USA and a core organizer of the Zero Waste Youth Convergence. She worked at the EcoStore and assisted at the Berkeley Farm Stand. She has a passion for zero waste, health and creating a thriving community, and takes pleasure in baking and cooking. She currently attends Berkeley High School and plans to attend university and med school in the future.
Cydney Devine-Jones
Youth Program Assistant
Cydney Devine-Jones
Youth Program Assistant
Cydney joined the Ecology Center in early January of 2019. As a Youth Environmental Academy scholar, Cydney got to participate in community outreach, farmer markets, multicultural cooking and workshops at the Ecology Center. As a Youth Intern, Cydney assisted at the Berkeley Farm Stand and collaborated with staff to update our Farmers' Market Finder. Cydney attends Oakland School of the Arts. She is a creative who is dedicated to educating the public about environmental and global health issues in our community.

ZERO WASTE AND RECYCLING

Daniel Maher
Recycling Program Manager
Daniel Maher
Recycling Program Manager
On staff since 2005, Daniel leads the Ecology Center's Zero Waste and Recycling programs. Daniel oversees the Curbside Recycling Program that collects recycling from over 30,000 residences throughout Berkeley each week! Additionally, Daniel oversees customer service and manages general operations for the recycling program. Daniel works with Education and Engagement program to deliver high quality information to the public, and leads our efforts on Zero Waste legislative advocacy. Daniel brings over 15 years of experience in the resource recovery field. Daniel comes to the Ecology Center from Tri-CED, another recycling non-profit, where he worked as a sorter, driver, manager and broker. He is an expert in all aspects of the recycling process, ranging from customer education, waste reduction, collection, recovery, processing, and market development. Daniel also provides tours to engage both youth and the general public interested in learning about the benefits of source reduction and recycling.
Salvador Avalos
Curbside Recycling Driver
Salvador Avalos
Curbside Recycling Driver
Salvador has more than twenty years of experience working in the resource and recycling field. He came to the Ecology Center in 2005 after working for the Community Conservation Center for 14 years. Salvador enjoys going out five days a week to keep the recycling exchange moving and to serve the greater community.
Hahns Cook
Curbside Recycling Driver
Hahns Cook
Curbside Recycling Driver
Staff since 2007, Hahns came to the Ecology Center after working as a delivery driver for a meat distribution company. Hahns joined the Ecology Center for better pay and hours, but stayed for the camaraderie.
Ben Mah
Curbside Recycling Driver
Ben Mah
Curbside Recycling Driver
Ben joined the Ecology Center in 2001 after working as an airport transportation driver. Ben is committed to serving the residents of Berkeley and is grateful that his job has provided the financial means to send his children to college.
Miguel Navarro
Curbside Recycling Driver
Miguel Navarro
Curbside Recycling Driver
Miguel began working for the Ecology Center in 2007. He began his career in recycling after his work within the demolition industry ended due to economic decline. Miguel appreciates the stability that the Ecology Center provides.
Encarnacion Rivera
Curbside Recycling Driver
Encarnacion Rivera
Curbside Recycling Driver
Since 2007, Encarnacion has been a dedicated member of the recycling team. Five days a week he looks forward to reducing the amount of waste in Berkeley.
Jonathan Valencia
Curbside Recycling Driver
Jonathan Valencia
Curbside Recycling Driver
Before joining the Ecology Center in 2016, Jonathan worked at the Community Conservation Center for nearly three years. He pursued truck driving school to secure a Class A license so he could transition to driving large trucks. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys going to lowrider car shows.
Reyes Sandoval
Curbside Recycling Driver
Reyes Sandoval
Curbside Recycling Driver
Reyes joined the Ecology Center in 2001 after working for Tomra Pacific. Reyes takes pride in contributing to preservation of the environment by moving Berkeley closer to Zero Waste.
Wenqi Zhang
Curbside Recycling Driver
Wenqi Zhang
Curbside Recycling Driver
Wen joined the Ecology Center in 2016. He brings several years of experience operating large trucks from his previous work as a mailman in San Francisco.
Milad Jalali
Curbside Recycling Driver
Milad Jalali
Curbside Recycling Driver
Milad started working at Ecology Center in 2018. He enjoys his job at the Ecology Center, Berkeley's great weather and residents. In his off hours he enjoys spending time with his family and working out at the gym.
Marco Silva
Curbside Recycling Driver
Marco Silva
Curbside Recycling Driver
Marco has worked in the Berkeley recycling community for the past 11 years. First at Berkeley Recycling Center and currently at the Ecology Center. When he's not working, he loves spending time with his family.
Abraham Lerma
Curbside Recycling Driver
Abraham Lerma
Curbside Recycling Driver
Abraham has served with Ecology Center since 2018 and enjoys quality time with my son watching sports.
Ignacio Zulueta
Customer Service Representative
Ignacio Zulueta
Customer Service Representative
Staff since 2015, Ignacio supports the Ecology Center's Recycling Center help desk. Ignacio is passionate about sparking community dialogue and cultural interconnection. He brings several years of experience in education and environmental and personal resiliency within the nonprofit arena. In addition to his work with the Ecology Center, Ignacio works with the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland and serves as a teen playwriting teacher at the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, a resident playwright at PlayGroundSF, and an associate artist at AlterTheater.

EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT

Denaya Shorter
Community Engagement Program Director
Denaya Shorter
Community Engagement Program Director
Joining the team in 2020, Denaya oversees community engagement programming for the Ecology Center's store and public resource center, engagement & education programs, and EcoHouse. She leads and supports programming focusing on Climate Action through our Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, and Zero Waste Education that supports our curbside recycling program. Denaya brings with her rich experience in education and engagement including having worked as the Recycling Education & Outreach Coordinator for Waste Management, Urban Food Systems Program Associate for the City of Seattle, Communications Journalist with National Audubon, and Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. She earned an M.A. Ed. in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle and a B.S. in Biology and Ecology from CSU, Fresno. Denaya is passionate about environmental and social justice, education and community building. A Bay Area native, she is excited to be back home serving her community and working together to build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for all.
Sandra Kozma-Kennedy
Store Program Manager
Sandra Kozma-Kennedy
Store Program Manager
Sandra joined the Ecology Center in April of 2018, and brings with her an immense passion for the environment, sustainability and conservation. With a strong background in operations and management, she is an ambassador of change, constantly promoting growth and awareness of the dynamic role sustainability plays in our present and our future. As a Bay Area native, she has seen the community shift around her, and is inspired to continue to be an integral part of work being done locally to cultivate environmental stewardship. Sandra is an active volunteer for multiple organizations on her free time, and enjoys spending weekends at her community garden.
Jessica Mitchell
Education & Engagement Program Manager
Jessica Mitchell
Education & Engagement Program Manager
Jessica joined the Ecology Center in 2021. As Education and Engagement Program Coordinator, she supports with our Help Desk, BASIL seed library, and other educational programming. Prior to coming to the Ecology Center, Jessica spent time working with non-profits in fields ranging from renewable energy and workforce development to legal aid. She holds a bachelor's degree in urban and environmental policy from Occidental College. Outside of work, she likes growing veggies and making textile arts.   
McNeilly Fieweger
Education & Engagement Program Coordinator
McNeilly Fieweger
Education & Engagement Program Coordinator
McNeilly is the Education and Engagement Program Coordinator at the Ecology Center. McNeilly joined the Ecology Center team in 2022 where they support the Helpdesk, BASIL Seed library, EcoCenter’s Blog, and Ecology Center events. McNeilly aspires to help others cultivate relationships between themselves, their environment and their community. Prior to working at the Ecology Center, McNeilly worked in zero waste facilitation through event greening, waste auditing, and waste characterization studies, while achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Willamette University. In her free time, McNeilly loves riding around all the many bike trails in the East Bay, and cooking for friends and neighbors.
Russell Harvey
Store Associate
Russell Harvey
Store Associate
Staff since 2008, Russell helps manage the Ecology Center's store that specializes in top quality, environmentally-safe products for the home. Russell buys an array of products for the store which include recycled, colored glass products, gardening supplies and books. Russell provides deep and accurate product information to customers and helps them find solutions to their environmental challenges. Russell was raised on a five-acre avocado orchard in Orange County and is a highly skilled gardener. As such, he is regularly called upon to share his knowledge of gardening with customers and community members. Russell brings seventeen years of experience to the Ecology Center from his position as the lead Technical and Scientific Buyer at the late, great Cody's Books. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Psychology from UC Berkeley.
James Hosley
Education & Engagement Program Associate
James Hosley
Education & Engagement Program Associate
James joined the Ecology Center in 2002 as a volunteer with the Farm Fresh Choice Program and worked in the Farmers' Market program for a few years. He currently supports the Education and Engagement team by researching key issues that are of concern among the local community. James regularly gathers information that addresses questions from the public such as, "How will new USDA pesticide spray policies affect my health?", "How long will it take for my new mattress to out-gas?", and "Is it safe to use recycled metal in my garden beds?" James brings several years of experience as a laborer in organic agriculture and as produce manager for the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. James has traveled extensively through Central and South America, living for over a year in Bahia, Brazil.

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Cynthia Murdough
Events Program Coordinator
Cynthia Murdough
Events Program Coordinator
Cynthia has over 25 years of experience in mission focused non-profit environments. Her career began as the owner of one of the first independent coffee houses in Contra Costa County in 1980. During that time, she partnered with a local non-profit to hire people with severe intellectual disabilities and continued to become a strong advocate for this population. She was the founder of a performing non-profit dance company comprised of both intellectually and physically challenged and professional dancers. She has worked in non-profit development and event planning for Special Olympics and Diablo Light Opera Company. More recently, she was the CEO of the Martinez Chamber of Commerce, which is where she has lived for over 40 year. Working as the Events Coordinator for the Ecology Center has brought to her a great passion and respect for the environment and our planet. In her spare time she writes, backpacks, bikes and takes voice lessons.
Sachiko Omo Hanks
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Sachiko Omo Hanks
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Sachiko Omo-Hanks joins Ecology Center in 2019 as the marketing and communications coordinator.
Mariana Hamilton-Atkins
Administrative Coordinator
Mariana Hamilton-Atkins
Administrative Coordinator
Mariana began working with the Ecology Center in 2019 as first a temporary Administrative Coordinator which later became permanent.  Mariana has an extensive background in working in the nonprofit sector with a primary focus in administration and clinical work. She received her BA in Psychology at Hampton University and her MS in Clinical Psychology, LPCC, at CA's own Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. Mariana has since developed and found much enjoyment in process and platform development within the Ecology Center. Her favorite past times are working in her own small business, playing with her dog, Bear, doing virtual DJ spins for her coworkers + friends, and tending to EC's community worm bin in the office.