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A strong team of industry experts.

Tackling the world's toughest resource challenges is the shared purpose that connects us as an organization - and transcends the bottom-line.

  • Abi Crouch

    Director of Human Resources 

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    Abi Crouch

    Director of Human Resources 

    As the Director of Human Resources, Abi helps manage and streamline HR functions for Ecology Action, including organizational development, employee training and development, DEI initiatives, compensation and benefits and retention strategies.
  • Anastassya 'Stassya' Zack

    Program Coordinator ll

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    Anastassya 'Stassya' Zack

    Program Coordinator ll

    As a program coordinator for youth programs, Stassya schedules, coordinates, and implements the Bike and Walk Smart programs in schools across Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara Counties. She loves to teach youth how to navigate their communities by bike and on foot safely. Stassya is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Environmental Studies and a BA in Anthropology.

  • Callie Matthews

    Program Coordinator ll

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    Callie Matthews

    Program Coordinator ll

    As a Program Coordinator and Youth Educator for Ecology Action’s youth programs, Callie plans and implements pedestrian and bicycle safety education as well as environmental education. Callie enjoys giving presentations, running Bike Rodeos, and collaborating with other community program staff. Callie is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and holds a BA in Psychology and Education. She commutes to work on her bike and enjoys gardening, rollerblading, and making jewelry in her free time.

  • Cynthia (Cyndie) Perez Torres 

    Landscape Installation Coordinator 

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    Cynthia (Cyndie) Perez Torres 

    Landscape Installation Coordinator 

    As Landscape Installation Coordinator for Ecology Action’s Climate Victory Gardens Program, Cyndie evaluates sites for water savings and stormwater infiltration potential, designs ecological landscape projects, and converts water-thirsty lawns to beautiful, drought-tolerant gardens. Cyndie is a certified Green Gardener, Qualified Water Efficient Landscape (QWEL) professional, and Cabrillo College Horticulture alumni, with a passion for all things plants.

  • Daniel Coley

    Technical Sales Manager

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    Daniel Coley

    Technical Sales Manager

  • Emily Peck

    Grants and Development Specialist

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    Emily Peck

    Grants and Development Specialist

    As the Grants and Development Specialist, Emily supports fundraising for the Community Programs teams which advance climate solutions for individuals and communities in sustainable transportation, water conservation and climate action. Emily focuses on securing grants and expanding the individual donor base to ensure Ecology Action’s initiatives have the long-term funds to continue making a positive impact. Emily is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Global Studies with an Economic Development emphasis.

  • Erin Hoben

    Corporate Compliance Manager

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    Erin Hoben

    Corporate Compliance Manager

    As Senior Corporate Compliance Manager for Ecology Action, Erin manages EA’s contracting process, insurance policies, risk mitigation, and regulatory filings. Erin is a Kentucky native, having graduated from the University of Kentucky. Erin also has a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

  • Jamie Alonzo

    Operations Director, Community Programs

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    Jamie Alonzo

    Operations Director, Community Programs

    As Community Programs Operations Director, Jamie supports the health and wellbeing of the Community Programs leadership and teams in our collective work to provide positive and impactful climate action pathways for our region’s communities while supporting the team’s strategic vision to expand program services and areas served. His portfolio includes planning, electric vehicles, water conservation, adult bike programming, youth programming, and the Community Action Campaign. Jamie holds a graduate degree in Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in ethology.

  • Jennifer Aguilera

    Advanced Accounts Payable Coordinator

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    Jennifer Aguilera

    Advanced Accounts Payable Coordinator

    As the Advanced Accounts Payable Coordinator, Jennifer will be helping the Finance team wrangle expense reports, invoices and credit card receipts as well as getting all those payments out to vendors.

  • John Peterson

    Vice President of Innovation

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    John Peterson

    Vice President of Innovation

    As Vice President of Innovation, John designs, directs and manages processes for innovation and strategy development that lead to new growth opportunities for the organization. John has been with Ecology Action since 2008, where he began his career as an Energy Efficiency Specialist.

  • Jordynn Dorado

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

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    Jordynn Dorado

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

    As a transportation justice coordinator, Jordynn works with the Ecology Action’s Electric Vehicle Equity team to promote EV education and provide 1:1 on assistance for community members in EA’s purchase guidance program. In addition to working with the EV Equity team, Jordynn has also been lucky enough to work with other departments, including Ecology Action’s Development department, the Water Division, and the Adult Bike team.

    Jordynn is a UC Santa Cruz alumni with a BA in Environmental Studies and Feminist Studies with a focus on representation and power.

  • Julie Petrak

    Program Manager

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    Julie Petrak

    Program Manager

    As a Construction Project Manager, Julie manages a suite of projects within our Energy team. Those projects include automatic door closers, HVAC & ARC and lighting upgrades. Julie is a graduate of East Carolina University and she recently obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

  • Matt Miller

    Program Specialist

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    Matt Miller

    Program Specialist

    As Sr. Program Specialist for Ecology Action’s adult bike team, Matt manages, plans and implements a suite of programs designed to promote and support biking for everyday trips in Santa Cruz County. These programs include Bike Month, UCSC – Slugbikelife, EA Sustainable Transportation Membership, Go Santa Cruz E-Bike Rebate Program, and bike commuter workshops with the City of Santa Cruz and the Regional Transportation Commission.
    Matt is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and holds a BA in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in natural history and environmental education.
  • Rachel Peterson

    Digital Marketing Manager

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    Rachel Peterson

    Digital Marketing Manager

    Rachel is a Midwest native with a West Coast vibe. She comes to Ecology Action with a depth of marketing experience and brings her skills for storytelling and social media to the marketing team. As the Digital Marketing Manager, Rachel is tasked with bringing the mission of Ecology Action alive on the web and in all communication efforts. Rachel finds her inspiration on two feet and is always searching for the best roads or trails to run.

  • Scott Farmer

    Director of Business Strategy

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    Scott Farmer

    Director of Business Strategy

    Scott coordinates with clients, utilities, and partners to develop innovative efficiency solutions that combine best-available project funding opportunities with expert installation, material sourcing, incentive administration and project management. Scott is a LEED Accredited Professional and a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BS in Natural Resources Planning & Design and a minor in Appropriate Technology.

  • Sebastien Garbe

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

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    Sebastien Garbe

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

    As a Transportation Justice Coordinator, Sebastien provides 1:1 EV purchase guidance to Central Coast residents, tables community events, and supports the EVs For Everyone Program through various capacity building projects. Sebastien is a graduate of Boston University and holds a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Acting. He is both trilingual and a triple threat, since he can speak English, French, and Chinese as well as act, sing, and dance!
  • Tari Neill

    Grant Accountant

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    Tari Neill

    Grant Accountant

  • Tatiana Burdiak

    Director of Marketing Strategy

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    Tatiana Burdiak

    Director of Marketing Strategy