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Meet the Team
The Environment Now team is made up of San Franciscans from a wide range of backgrounds, with a variety of work and life experiences, all sharing a passion for protecting the environment. Learn more about our staff below.
Camea has been a part of the Environment Now team since October 2013. Prior to that she worked at the San Francisco Conservation Corps educating the public about zero waste and sorting their refuse into the correct bins at public events. She was then referred to the Department of Environment where she plans to expand her knowledge about zero waste and learn everything she is able to learn about the environment. Camea hopes to use those skills to land a career with a waste management company or pursue an apprenticeship in landscaping so that she can continue to do her part in helping our environment.
Danielle joined the team in April of 2013, after working at Goodwill Industries. Her projects with SF Environment include Commercial Zero Waste, Green Apartments and Checkout Bag Outreach. She's passionate about educating her community and making it a better and safer place. In the future she plans to go back to school to obtain her BA in social work.
Jack joined the Environment Now program in October 2013. Prior to that Jack worked as a Public Service Trainee at the San Francisco Human Service Agency. Jack has participated in many different projects such as Green Apartments, Zero Waste Commercial, and the Chinatown Campaign. In the future, he would like to continue his career in the environmental field.
Lily started with Environment Now in October of 2013 after working for several years in customer service. Prior to that, she was a teacher in China. She now uses her customer service and teaching skills to help San Francisco accomplish the goal of Zero Waste. She promotes composting, recycling, and toxics reduction programs in businesses and apartment buildings throughout the city. In the future, she hopes to work in customer service.
Nasan has been with Environment Now since October 2013. His previous job was as a Zero Waste Events Specialist for the San Francisco Conservation Corps where he sorted materials as well as educated the public about recycling and composting at events such as Pink Saturday, Outside Lands, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Off the Grid and many more. At the Department of the Environment he helps businesses and residents understand the value of San Francisco's zero waste goals. He also works with the Toxics Reduction team to ensure harmful chemicals don't contaminate our soil and waterways. After SF Environment, Nasan wants to continue exploring various aspects of the expanding environmental field while working his way toward specializing in permaculture.
Nicole joined Environment Now in April of 2013. Previously a preschool teacher’s assistant, Nicole enjoys working with young people and gardening. In her role at SF Environment, Nicole focuses on helping businesses with their recycling and composting systems through the Commercial Zero Waste program. She loves learning about environmental issues and spreading the word to the people she meets.
Penelope came to Environment Now in October of 2013, after working for the San Francisco Maritime Historical National Park as a store manager and event planner for over 6 years. She has worked on projects such as the Checkout Bag Ordinance, the Textiles Initiative, Zero Waste Commercial, Zero Waste Residential, and the Healthy Nail Salon Program. Her goal is to continue working with the public and assisting communities throughout the city while going back to school to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Sergey started with Environment Now in October of 2013. He has a master’s degree in engineering from the Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications in Kazakhstan. He has worked for many years as an engineer in both the water treatment and the renewable energy sector. He now works on Zero Waste Commercial, Green Apartments, and Zero Waste Residential. In the future he wants to be a professional environmental specialist for solving energy efficient problems and also developing renewable technology.
Tina joined Environment Now in August of 2012 after graduating from Asian Neighborhood Design. She works on many projects such as Zero Waste and Energy Upgrade CA. After leaving Environment Now Tina hopes to continue her career in the Zero Waste field.
Veronica joined Environment Now in October of 2013. Prior to Environment Now she attended City College of San Francisco as a part-time student and worked as a cashier at a drug store. While working for the Department of the Environment, Veronica has had the chance to work with programs such as Zero Waste, Clean Air, and School Education. The knowledge she has taken from these projects has inspired her to return to college and pursue a career in the environmental field.
Yesenia is a graduate of Community Housing Partnership’s Recycling and Environmental Awareness Program, which she completed in March 2013. She joined the Environment Now program as an outreach associate in April of 2013 and has been a part of many different projects including Green Apartments, Residential Outreach and Commercial Zero Waste. In the future she hopes to work with children and teach them about caring for our Earth.
Environment Now Alumni at SF Environment
Raquel is the Used Motor Oil Recycling Program Associate for the SF Environment. Since January 2010 she has implemented person-to-person and community-based outreach efforts within the DIYer community. She exhibits exemplary, cultural-specific understanding of the Spanish-speaking Do-it-Yourselfer and Shade Tree Mechanic communities. Prior to joining Environment Now, she worked for 7 years as a store manager for Kragen Auto Parts, where she developed an inside perspective on collection center operations and overcoming communication barriers with the DIYer community.
Keith, a graduate of Asian Neighborhood Design, a pre-apprenticeship carpentry program with a focus on green building, came to Environment Now in January of 2012. He works on a variety of projects such as Energy Watch, Green Business, and several of the Zero Waste campaigns. In 2014, Keith joined SFE's Toxic Reduction team as the Green Business Aide. He helps businesses become Recognized Green Businesses by providing sustainability consulting and technical assistance.
San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.