Our Team

 

Matt Abularach-Macias

Matt Abularach-Macias
Matt Abularach-Macias is EnviroVoters' Campaigns and Organizing Manager. Originally focused in San Bernardino and Riverside, Matt has expanded to also work on our statewide organizing efforts. In this role, Matt has been able to build partnerships and amplify community concerns about the impacts of climate change, the local benefits from investments in clean energy, and the critical need to conserve and protect our environment. Outside of EnviroVoters, he chairs the Board of the Inland Region Equality Network an Inland Empire based LGBTQ Advocacy & Education Org. His work with EnviroVoters(EF) and IREN is an extension of his previous organizing on educational access, LGBT rights, and anti-racism issues. He got his start in the professional organizing and political world as a regional field director on the successful campaign to elect Pete Aguilar to US Congress. Prior, Matt graduated from UCLA with a degree in Chicana/o Studies. Contact Matt at: [email protected]
 

Veda Banerjee

Veda Banerjee
Veda Banerjee is EnviroVoters' Communications Director. She manages overall communications and marketing strategy, thought leadership, press relations, and digital marketing at EnviroVoters that impact bold climate policy. She has extensive experience in corporate communications, public-private partnerships, online marketing, and the ability to forge productive relationships with diverse stakeholders and build community. Prior to joining EnviroVoters, she worked at San Francisco Goodwill and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy managing media, digital marketing, and social media strategy. She has a graduate degree in journalism, public relations, and marketing, and been an invited speaker at SXSW, NTEN (Nonprofit Technology), and PR News Big 4 conferences. Contact Veda at [email protected]
 

Resa Barillas

Resa Barallis
Resa EnviroVoters' Inland Empire Regional Organizer. Resa is a former digital marketer, graphic designer, and musician. When she moved to the High Desert, she found herself in a community whose voice was unheard and saw a need for change. She utilized her mixed background and experience in organizational leadership to advocate & organize around youth issues, health equity, and environmental justice. She is a proud queer woman and a first-generation Salvadoran-American living in the city of Adelanto with her son, Cameron, and their 2 kittens, Stevie & Jett. She enjoys working on DIY & home improvement projects, audiobooks on long drives, family movie night, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends. Contact Resa at: [email protected]
 

Akira Brathwaite

Akira Brathwaite
Akira is EnviroVoters' Major Gifts Officer, working to connect our wonderful donors with our ground-breaking work. Deeply committed to sustainability, Akira has dedicated her career to the environmental movement, from building out the membership program at Rainforest Action Network, to helping rehabilitate endangered species with Orangutan Foundation International, to hitting the pavement with Greenpeace USA. Having graduated from Humboldt State University with studies in ecological restoration, environmental policy & planning, and sustainable economics, Akira has a strong understanding of the intersectionality of the issues we face and the urgency with which we must face them. When not sharing this passion with supporters, you can find Akira hiking through forests, baking ridiculous confections, reading sci-fi/fantasy, or cuddling with her cats. Contact Akira at: [email protected]
 

Tammy Chan

Tammy Chan
Tammy Chan is EnviroVoters' Finance Director. She has a multidisciplinary background, including over 13+ years in Finance and Informational Technology. Her passion is in making a difference by building out the operational foundation, business processes and systems for nonprofits to grow and become financially sustainable. She transitioned from the private sector and co-founded a nonprofit, Conversations for Good, that provides opportunities for ordinary people to help students and job seekers to share about their careers and provide mentorship. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and volunteering. Contact Tammy at: tammy[email protected]
 

Mary Creasman

Mary Creasman
Mary Creasman is California Environmental Voters’s (EnviroVoters) Chief Executive Officer. Since taking over EnviroVoters in 2018, Mary has focused the organization on building power to solve the climate crisis, advancing climate justice, and creating the global roadmap for action. Under her leadership, EnviroVoters has more than doubled in size, launching three new local league PAC entities to expand organizing efforts in battleground regions across the state. During the 2020 election cycle, EnviroVoters PAC entities and partners stopped Big Oil’s top three candidates from advancing in the primary election and unseated two anti-environmental state senators in the general election. In addition, EnviroVoters led efforts in 2020 to expand mail ballots to every voter, protect in-person and drop box polling options, and lower the voting age. While passing numerous climate policies statewide, EnviroVoters led an accountability effort to oust a pro-oil and gas Assembly Transportation Chair and ensured California’s congressional delegation delivered a historic win federally by securing permanent conservation funding through the Great American Outdoors Act. Prior to EnviroVoters, Mary served as the California Director of Government Affairs for The Trust for Public Land where she led the effort to pass the largest parks tax measure in the nation, spearheaded the state’s biggest single investment in underserved communities in California’s history, and created an urban greening program marking the first time green infrastructure was included in California’s climate policy. Mary has a long and successful track record of leading campaigns and initiatives at regional, statewide, and national levels as the Chief Strategy Officer of Green For All, the Associate Director of the Partnership for Children & Youth, and the Political and Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO Labor Council in Silicon Valley. She has advised organizations across the country as an organizational development and effectiveness consultant. Mary has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Politico, the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, and more.
 

Andrew Escamilla

Andrew Escamilla
Andrew Escamilla is EnviroVoters' Regional Organizer. Andrew supports EnviroVoters' Organizing work in Fresno and other parts of the Central Valley. Originally focused on building equity and organizing students and families in California K-12 schools, Andrew will continue to Organize marginalized communities, ensuring their voices are centered and uplifted in the climate crisis movement. Andrew in his role as the Regional Organizer will help shape the public narrative, educate lawmakers, cultivate environmental and environmental justice leaders, drive policy change, and expand regional partnerships and action in the Central Valley. He graduated from Fresno State University with an M.A. in Education with the option in Higher Education Leadership. He is passionate about higher education access and equity for all, making sure front line communities are at the forefront of solutions when it comes to climate change, and the solutions put forth. When not working, you can find him enjoying the outdoors, family time, supporting his partner Mayra, and enjoying their little pupper, Appa. Contact Andrew at: [email protected]
 

Elise Fandrich

Elise Fandrich
Elise Fandrich is the Policy Affairs Associate at EnviroVoters. In this role, she engages in policy research and supports the Legislative Affairs Manager in advocating for bold climate policy at the state level. In addition to supporting legislative action, Elise participates in state agency processes around climate policies as well as state efforts to advance nature-based solutions to climate change on natural and working lands throughout the state. After attending law school in the Pacific Northwest, Elise returned to her home state of California where she volunteered extensively on local and state climate initiatives. Elise is motivated to work on climate change to tackle air pollution, preserve biodiversity, and ensure everyone has access to nature and greenspace. Contact Elise at: [email protected]
 

Ainslie Faust

Ainslie Faust
Ainslie Faust is EnviroVoters' Administrative Assistant. She has many years experience in the yoga world where she served as Executive Administrator at USA Yoga Federation, a nonprofit that organized and promoted yoga as a sport. A life-long learner, Ainslie used a feminist methodology in her PhD dissertation, focusing on the need for a feminist cosmology in the genesis of female artists. Living in Los Angeles, Ainslie loves combining astrology with activism, reading mysteries and literary fiction, and practicing meditation and yoga. Contact Ainslie at: [email protected]
 

Shanil Jiwani

Shanil Jiwani
Shanil Jiwani is EnviroVoters' Senior Philanthropy Officer. Prior to joining EnviroVoters, Shanil worked for the Democratic Governors Association, where he cultivated the organization’s fundraising and new donor programs while raising millions of dollars during the 2020 election cycle. Shanil’s political fundraising experience stems from his work with Hillary for America, Center for American Progress, and the GW Annual Giving Program. In addition, Shanil volunteered to organize Muslim and Asian American & Pacific Islander voters with Ismailis Rise Up and Texas AAPIs for Biden. Shanil graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Political Communication and a minor in Sociology. Contact Shanil at: [email protected]
 

Ameen Khan

Ameen Khan
Ameen Khan has worked for three members of Congress, including serving as Senator Barbara Boxer’s Director for Central & Eastern California for a decade. He has also worked for NextGen America. He is a graduate of UC Davis, where he earned B.A.s in Political Science and Sociology. Outside of work, he enjoys the company of family and friends, reading, hiking, and supporting his favorite sports teams. Contact Ameen at: [email protected]
 

Jonathan Kuperberg

Jonathan Kuperberg
Jonathan Kuperberg is EnviroVoters' Email and Web Manager. He has extensive experience running email programs, websites, digital strategy, and messaging for nonprofits and political campaigns. He previously served as Email Director for the Jon Ossoff for Senate campaign, raising tens of millions of dollars to flip the Senate in 2020, and also ran the expansive email program at Need to Impeach. He has worked on dozens of ballot measure campaigns in California and throughout the country, including passing Ranked Choice Voting in New York City in 2019. Jonathan grew up in California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He enjoys cooking, reading, and writing. Contact Jonathan at: [email protected]
 

Annquenetta Lawrence

Annquenetta Lawrence
Annquenetta Lawrence is EnviroVoters' Administration & HR Senior Manager. She brings with her experience in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. Annquenetta has over 25 years of experience in providing comprehensive executive support and has particular strengths in office organization, project management, and computer proficiency. Previously, Annquenetta served as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of Partnership for Children & Youth and was later promoted to the Administrative Manager. A native of California, Annquenetta resides in the City of Oakland with her daughter, grandson, and poodle. Contact Annquenetta at: [email protected]
 

Lucas Lineback

Lucas Lineback
Lucas Lineback is EnviroVoters' Data Services Manager. He’s worked at EnviroVoters since 2008. His work focuses on database administration; data management and analysis; grassroots fundraising program management, with a focus on phone canvassing, direct mail and online fundraising; coding and targeting for communications; general data support for the organization, and copyediting. Lucas grew up in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism. Outside of EnviroVoters, he enjoys teaching and training Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. Contact Lucas at: [email protected]
 

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons
Sarah Lyons is EnviroVoters' Development Associate, making sure donor info is up-to-date and where it should be, and helping with any questions or queries our members have. Sarah has been at EnviroVoters since 2011, and working in the nonprofit world since graduating from Radford University in 2005. Contact Sarah at: [email protected]
 

Aaron McCall

Aaron McCall
Aaron McCall is EnviroVoters' Federal Advocacy Coordinator. For the first time in a decade, we have a chance to pass strong federal climate legislation; and Aaron will be EnviroVoters' primary climate and clean energy advocate to congressmembers and will ensure we do everything we can to meet this moment with California leading the way. Aaron got his start as a young grassroots activist based out of Orange County, California serving as the chairman of Indivisible OC 48 in California’s 48th congressional district! Aaron works actively in Orange County to advance conservation and climate action and was the 2019 OC League of Conservation Voters Activist of the Year. Before becoming an “accidental activist” Aaron was a cognitive psychology student, earning a BA in Psychology from UC Irvine, and an MSc in Psychiatric Research from King’s College London in the UK. When Aaron isn’t building power with young people as the OCYD Political Director, he is tweeting about Star Trek and Grey’s Anatomy. Contact Aaron at: [email protected]
 

Sean McManus

Sean McManus
Sean is EnviroVoters' Director of Philanthropy. He has spent his professional career working and volunteering within causes that he is passionate about—the arts, the LGBTQ+ community, education and, most recently, the environment. Prior to joining EnviroVoters, Sean dedicated more than two decades to supporting independent filmmakers and building the audience for their work as the Director of External Affairs at the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project, as the Development Director, Senior Director and Co-President of Film Independent and as the Director of Major Gifts at the American Film Institute. He has also served in various development roles at the USC School of Engineering, as a Board Member of The Trevor Project, including two terms as Chairman of the Board, and as a fundraising volunteer for the Point Foundation. Sean is a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business where he earned BSBA and MBA degrees. Contact Sean at: [email protected] or 323.939.6797
 

Melissa Romero

Melissa Romero
Melissa Romero is EnviroVoters' Legislative Affairs Manager. In this role, Melissa represents the organization in the state’s capitol, lobbying for strong environmental policies and working with partner organizations on advancing priority legislation. Her work includes tracking and prioritizing legislation, representing EnviroVoters on a variety of coalitions and networks, working with state legislators and their staff, and being the organization’s voice in the capitol. Prior to EnviroVoters, Melissa worked with Californians Against Waste on advancing waste reduction and recycling legislation and at Cal State Long Beach, Associated Students Inc. advocating for sustainability and zero waste policies and practices on campus. Melissa’s interest in policy began with an interest in environmental sciences and developed with strong sense of urgency to address the need to shift away from fossil fuel use and other extractive industry practices. Contact Melissa at: [email protected]
 

Samuel Sukaton

Samuel Sukaton
Samuel Sukaton is EnviroVoters' Redistricting Coordinator. EnviroVoters believes that clean air and water and healthy people depend on clean government and a healthy democracy. To that end, Samuel encourages state and municipal redistricters to draw fair lines and ensures that California's environmental justice majority is represented in the electoral districts of the 2030s. To this end, he organizes EnviroVoters' work before the California Citizens Redistricting Commission and EnviroVoters' redistricting work in partnership with other groups, public officials, and consultants. Samuel returns to EnviroVoters after campaigning with PICO California and the Million Voters Project, and managing Senator Bernie Sanders's 2020 primary victory in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Previously, he worked with EnviroVoters on the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, the Sierra Club on keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and with various community, labor, and environmental justice outfits across Southern California. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in San Bernardino, Samuel holds a BA in history from UCLA. Off the clock, Samuel writes, plays saxophone, sings, and is an historian and American vernacular dancer. Contact Samuel at: [email protected]
 

Mike Young

Mike Young
Mike Young is EnviroVoters' Political and Organizing Director. He has been with the organization since 2005. He has served as Political & Organizing Director since 2018. He has extensive experience working with key political and grassroots community partners to build strategic relationships that have helped both identify and support environmental leaders, as well as hold legislators accountable to their community’s concerns. Heavily engaged with EnviroVoters' sister local leagues, Mike served as a board member and officer of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, and is currently a board member on the League of Conservation Voters San Diego. He also played a key role in the development of a new Central Coast League of Conservation Voters. Mike is a graduate of Pepperdine University, and he earned B.A.s in Political Science and Philosophy, as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Contact Mike at: [email protected]

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