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 leads the Ecology Center’s Farmers’ Market and Farm Fresh Choice produce stand operations, statewide Farmers’ Market Access and Equity programming, and 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 California Small Farm Conference. 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.
Madaly Alcala
Food & Farming Program Manager
Madaly Alcala
Food & Farming Program Manager
Madaly joined the Ecology Center in 2020. 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. Madaly comes to the Ecology Center after spending a couple of years working at the non-profit the Mindful Life Project. There she was able to focus on her social justice passion to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through Mindfulness Education to East Oakland and Richmond kiddos. Madaly has also worked on healthy food access and equity projects through the non-profit Fresh Approach; where she managed the operations and sales of a mobile farmers market truck that served Richmond/Antioch/San Pablo/East Oakland. She did similar work through the non-profit Mandela Marketplace where she sold fresh and local produce in Oakland. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley, where she studied Society and Environment, with an emphasis in Environment Justice and Sustainability. In her free time she likes to walk dogs, garden, cook, meditiate, dance, and flow!
Nina Scoville
Farmers' Market Manager
Nina Scoville
Farmers' Market Manager
Nina joined the Ecology Center in 2017. She is excited to bring together her passions for healthy foods, sustainable agriculture, education, and community outreach in her role as Market Manager. Nina attended culinary school and has worked in professional kitchens as a chef for over a decade. She also has experience teaching outdoor education, including homesteading and wilderness survival skills, to youth. Growing up a free range kid behind the redwood curtain, Nina now passes that same love for mother nature and getting dirty on to her daughter.
Amanda Gordon
Farmers' Market Operations Manager
Amanda Gordon
Farmers' Market Operations Manager
Amanda has been working at the intersection of sustainability and food justice for almost two decades. She has worked on and for farms in California and British Columbia; supported community water rights in Mexico; and supported the enhancement of SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets around the bay area. She has studied collectivity, restorative justice, and natural building and holds a certificate in permaculture design and mediation. Amanda is interested in discovering ways of advancing anti-capitalist praxis within a capitalist world and finding creative pathways to liberation for all people in all circumstances. Amanda, an avid re-user of objects (some call it hoarding), and has been with the Ecology Center since 2013.
Paul Stone
Farmers' Market Manager
Paul Stone
Farmers' Market Manager
Paul has been a leader in the natural foods movement for the past thirty years. Paul has served on the Farmers’ Market Community Advisory Committee for the past twenty years and has contributed significantly to the development of the vibrant local food movement in the Bay Area. Paul brings extensive experience to the Ecology Center from his positions as a pioneering Organic Produce Wholesaler and as a Distribution Manager for Westbrae Natural Foods and Whole Earth Access where he oversaw operations and more than fifty staff. You can find Paul at the Ecology Center booth at the Farmers’ Markets where he has managed day-to-day operations since 2012.
MC
Farmers' Market Manager
MC
Farmers' Market Manager
Staff since 2017, MC has extensive experience in community work and agriculture. Originally from Chicago, MC has run a community garden and food pantry, managed an urban farm, and operated farmers’ markets in food scarce neighborhoods. They have also “WWOOFED” throughout the nation and have a deep love for the outdoors. Outside of the Ecology Center, MC has a passion for making music. They have a leadership certificate from People’s Action, a national organizing and action institute, and a certificate in Permaculture design. MC holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jenna Fahle
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Manager
Jenna Fahle
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Manager
Jenna Fahle joined the Ecology Center in 2020 as the Farmers’ Market Access and Equity Program Manager. She is a Registered Dietitian and is passionate about promoting health and well-being through food system change. Jenna previously worked at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service where she collaborated with State agencies to implement child nutrition programs and increase procurement of local foods in the Summer Meals program. While at the USDA, she rotated at the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion where she supported the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Jenna has worked with several non-profits and hospitals on sustainable agriculture and health promotion including Urban Roots and the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas and the Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome, Alaska. Jenna received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking around the Bay area.
Lucy Asako Boltz
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator II
Lucy Asako Boltz
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator II
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.
Heidi Kleiner
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator II
Heidi Kleiner
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator II
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.
Jacqui VanLiew
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Associate
Jacqui VanLiew
Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Associate
Jacqui joined the Ecology Center in 2018 to support the Farmers’ Market EBT and Market Match programs. She hails from Vermont, where she served as an AmeriCorps Member, providing nutrition, cooking, gardening, and physical activity programming for teens. Jacqui worked as a Public Health Nutritionist at the Vermont Department of Health, educating clients in the WIC program about healthy eating and childhood development. She received a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont, which sparked her passion to work towards a more just and equitable food system. In her spare time, she enjoys watercolor painting, hiking in the woods, baking pies, and practicing acroyoga.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Giuliana Blasi
Youth Development Program Manager
Giuliana Blasi
Youth Development Program Manager
Staff since 2016, Giuliana leads the Youth Environmental Academy (YEA) and youth engagement strategies for the Ecology Center. She brings nearly a decade of experience working with teens and young adults through her previous roles in creative youth development programs at Destiny Arts in Oakland and Loco Bloco in San Francisco, where she served as director of programs. Giuliana is an alumni of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and participated in the CORO Youth Development Fellows Program in 2017. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Education from UC Berkeley, and is a certified instructor of the Roots of Success Environmental Literacy curriculum.
Marcel Ramos
Youth Development Program Coordinator
Marcel Ramos
Youth Development Program Coordinator
Marcel is a Berkeley native, and joined the Ecology Center in late 2018 to support the Berkeley Farm Stand. He attended Cornell University, where he studied environmental science and sustainability with a concentration in policy. He is an environmental steward with an interest in food accessibility, waste solutions, and pollinator advocacy, and has a strong passion for developing community-based solutions for environmental challenges. On weekends you can find Marcel tending his beehive and teaching beekeeping to members of the community.
Myisha Kemp
Youth Program Assistant
Myisha Kemp
Youth Program Assistant
Myisha began working at the Ecology Center in 2018 through YouthWorks and participated in the Youth Environmental Academy. Now she works as a youth intern year round, supporting Education and Engagement projects at the san Pablo office and the Food and Farming program. Myisha is also a founding staff member of the new Berkeley Farm Stand where she has dedicated her time and talents to make changes to help the stand grow. Myisha was a featured speaker at the Berkeley Food Policy Council event “High Five for Soda Taxes” in February 2019, acknowledging the work that was put into passing the Soda Tax. She also spoke at Ecology Center’s Annual Friendraiser Brunch encouraging donors to give a little bit more. She is a student at Berkeley City College studying Biology.
Eddie Barcenas
Youth Program Assistant
Eddie Barcenas
Youth Program Assistant
Eddie is a youth intern, he has worked with the Ecology Center since the Summer of 2017 when he was 14. He helped spread the word about “For Thirst Water First” to the people of Berkeley at events, Berkeley High School and youth cooking classes. Eddie has a thirst for knowledge and enjoys interacting with new people. He believes that all people aren’t inherently bad and that it's experiences in life that makes us into who we are.
Atl Benavides
Youth Program Assistant
Atl Benavides
Youth Program Assistant
Graduating from our Youth Environmental Academy (YEA) in the summer of 2019, Atl has since joined the Ecology Center team as a youth intern. During his time at YEA, Atl joined our Thirst Water First campaign; he engaged with the public at our Farmers’ Markets and events about the negative health impacts of sugary drinks. As a youth program assistant, Atl can be found helping out at our Farmers’ Markets, tabling events, or working on projects in our offices. Atl is also currently attending Berkeley High School and will graduate in the class of 2020.
Alishba Shabir
Youth Intern
Alishba Shabir
Youth Intern
Alishba took part in the Youth Environmental Academy throughout 2019. She contributed to spreading the word about the “For Thirst Water First” campaign, a movement which encourages folks to stay healthy and hydrated. Alishba has a passion for health and creating a thriving community, and she 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 Intern
Cydney Devine-Jones
Youth Intern
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. Now Cydney is a year long intern who is truly 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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Tineo
Education & Engagement Coordinator
Andrea Tineo
Education & Engagement Coordinator
Andrea joined the Ecology Center’s Education and Engagement team in 2019 and is passionate about sustainability and connecting communities to their environment. She grew up outside of Washington DC, and moved to California in 2018 to serve as an Americorps Member with the Sierra Nevada Alliance. While she restored and explored the Yuba watershed, she gained experience as a volunteer coordinator and outdoor educator. Andrea is the face of our resource center, and is happy to answer questions on a variety of environmental and sustainability related topics via our Helpdesk Hotline. Outside of the Ecology Center, you can find Andrea cooking, reading, or sailing at the Berkeley Marina. Andrea is fluent in Spanish and holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
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

Erika Evearitt
Development Director
Erika Evearitt
Development Director
Erika joined the Ecology center in 2018 as the Development Director for the organization spearheading all strategic goals around fundraising including institutional and government funding, corporate partnerships, communications strategy, membership development, board of directors support, and development related events. Erika brings a wealth of knowledge in the field having worked with major arts organizations for over 10 years in the realm of Development including AXIS Dance Company, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Benicia Ballet Theatre. At these organizations she helped to shape critical fundraising, programming and marketing initiatives that significantly stabilized and strengthened operational capacity. She is a graduate of NYU Steinhardt Master’s of Higher Education and the Professions program, and the University of Michigan’s Sports Management & Communication as well as Dance in Fine Arts programs. In her free time Erika enjoys dancing, taking yoga, and spending time with family.
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.

ON-CALL STAFF

Aimee Button
On-Call Program Associate
Aimee Button
On-Call Program Associate
Aimee is excited to join the Ecology Center as a Program Associate On-Call. The child of sweet potato farmers in California’s Central Valley, she is passionate about building just, accessible, and sustainable food systems for consumers, farmers, farm workers, and beyond. Her past experience includes urban farming and gardening and raising public-private investment in urban forestry in the San Joaquin Valley. Aimee is a recent graduate from Arizona State University, where she received her B.S. in Sociology minoring in Sustainability.
Jeanne Taylor
On-Call Program Associate
Jeanne Taylor
On-Call Program Associate
Staff since 2018, Jeanne Taylor has been working as an on-call associate at the Berkeley Farmer’s Markets. Growing up in Hawai’i and seeing the negative affects of climate change and corporate development on her home state pushed her to want to work in conservation and sustainability. Since receiving her B.A. in Conservation Science and Photography from NYU, she has been working remotely for Wildlife Conservation Society and traveling to explore different conservation methods and environmental issues in different global communities. After returning home to Hawai’i and working with local farmers and food movements, Jeanne found that the intersection of conservation and food is where her passions come together. She is excited to connect with people working within the food system here in Berkeley. Outside of the Ecology Center, Jeanne has a passion for cooking, gardening, and surfing, and also works with her roommates on their backyard pop-up restaurants.
Nizam Porter
On-Call Staff Associate
Nizam Porter
On-Call Staff Associate
Nizam joined the Ecology Center in February 2017 as a Youth Environmental Academy (YEA) scholar. Here, Nizam obtained skills of exceptional customer service, outreach, environmental literacy, and more. After graduating from YEA, Nizam has excelled through the jobs of being a Youth intern, Youth Program assistant, and now an On-Call staff at the Ecology Center who works in multiple areas of the non-profit organization. A Berkeley native, Nizam is passionate about building a strong, healthy, and mindful community. He especially enjoys educating his peers about diet-related health issues and global environmental obstacles. Nizam was featured all-around Berkeley and Oakland on buses and billboards as one of the faces of the Let’s Drink Water/Healthy Berkeley campaign. Nizam attends college where he is expanding his knowledge while continuing to support Ecology Center's mission.