Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs


Jenny has a deep-seated commitment to social and environmental justice. Along with many partners, she founded the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition with the belief that cross-sector partners must work together if we’re going to achieve the equity and inclusion that’s necessary for everyone to realize their full potential as well as the long-term protection of our planet. Since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Jenny's career has been focused on increasing equity for marginalized communities. She taught elementary school for four years in the Mississippi Delta and in Surrey, England. She was the Education Manager for the NGO Akanksha in Pune, India and was a staff coach, trainer and designer at Teach for America for five years. Jenny was co-chair of Education Outreach for UC Berkeley’s Science for Parks, Parks for Science summit, which led to the founding of the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition in summer 2015. She serves on the Bay Area committee for the Trust for Public Land and formerly served on the board of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and the Candlestick Park State Recreation Area Interpretive Planning Advisory Committee. In her free time, Jenny enjoys yoga and exploring the outdoors with her husband and their two young children.

Emily Sheppard

Development Coordinator

Emily graduated class of 2018 from San Diego State University with a degree in Sustainability and and a minor in Geology. In 2016, Emily developed a fascination for Geology and interned at the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. She discovered her passion for youth engagement and outdoor recreation during her work as a swim instructor at the El Cerrito Community Center. After eight years as an instructor, she is additionally working as a Recreation Assistant. During university, she served on the campaign committee for the Enviro-Business Society. Emily began to feel the power of collective impact as she collaborated with other “green clubs” on campus to maximize collaboration and student engagement. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, swimming, and listening to podcasts.


Student Staff

Kelly Chang

Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC) Mentorship Program Coordinator

Kelly Chang (she/her/hers) is in her fourth year as a student at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is studying Society and Environment with a concentration in Justice and Sustainability, and minoring in Sustainable Environmental Design. Outside of classes, she is involved in leadership development for orientation leaders and spends her time working as a research assistant on the political ecology of honeybee decline to understand the relationship between policy, beekeepers, and agricultural industries in California. Kelly also dedicates her time to creating community and actively organizing with her peers in the Students of Color Environmental Collective, where the group focuses on social and environmental justice issues on and off campus. In her spare time, she likes to practice photography, engage in digital storytelling, and garden.


Vanessa Garcia

Membership Coordinator 

Vanessa is a third-year environmental science major looking to double major in environmental economics and policy. She is from Southern California where she helped facilitate community events through local organizations. Vanessa is eager to aid the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition in any way she can. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing outdoors and solving puzzles.






Natalie Keltner-Mcneil

Richmond Outdoors Coalition Coordinator

Natalie is a third year transfer student at UC Berkeley from Berkeley, California. She is majoring in Society and Environment with a focus on Justice and Sustainability. Outside of academics and working for the coalition, Natalie enjoys rock-climbing, hiking, watercoloring, and hanging out with other womxn in her co-op. Her bucket list items include hiking the John Muir Trail, being able to maintain a handstand, and learning a third language. She hopes to find a career that merges her interests in ethnobotany, human wellness, and sustainable living practices, while also giving her enough time off to travel to at least one new country a year. She remains naively optimistic about this.  

Jed Lee

Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC) Mentorship Program Coordinator

Jed is a third-year majoring in Society in Environment with a concentration in Justice and Sustainability and is pursuing minors in Global Poverty and Practice, Food Systems, and City Planning. Actively involved in the Students of Color Environmental Collective and having interned in the Philippines this past summer, Jed has a clear passion for environmental and climate justice. Jed is on the California Triathlon Team and spends time swimming, biking, and running around Berkeley. Jed loves hanging out, being outdoors, watching TV, and exploring new food places! Also holds a major love for the ocean, sociology, writing, and hearing about other people's stories.


Katie Low

Operations Coordinator

Katie is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Ecosystems Management and Forestry and minoring in Food Systems. She has worked with Breathe California to ensure access to clean air and improve lung health. She is involved with UC Berkeley’s Forestry Club and is co-captain of the logging sports team. She believes access to the outdoors is a right and not a privilege. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking, golfing, and going to concerts.



Rhonie Roggers

Communications and Development Coordinator

Rhonie is now a senior in the 18-19 school year and is majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies. She transferred to UCB in Fall 2017 from Grossmont College in her hometown of San Diego, CA. She worked for almost four years as an Aquarist at SeaWorld San Diego where she gained knowledge and experience in marine rescue, conservation efforts, marine science, and marine animal biology. She believes that "connections create conservationists" and is excited to help more people connect to nature through the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition.