Senior Operations Intern
Elyse is entering her fourth year at UC Berkeley as a Molecular Environmental Biology major. She has volunteered at many public outreach and education events with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, worked with the Alviso Boys and Girls Club in afterschool programs at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and is excited to continue encouraging members of the community to engage in the natural world with the coalition. She is president of the UC Berkeley Women’s Club Volleyball team and in her spare time enjoys hiking and reading.
Membership Coordinator Intern
Vanessa is a second-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.
Operations Coordinator Intern
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.
Monzerrat is studying Forestry and Natural Resources with a minor in Conservation Resource Studies at UC Berkeley and will graduate in May 2018. She has been involved in coordinating outreach events through the UC Sustainability Team. She is currently the merchandise coordinator for the UC Forestry Club, attended UC Berkeley’s Forestry Camp in summer 2016 (with her fellow Coalition member Camila) and did fieldwork in Panama through the Global Student Embassy in summer 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and sitting out in the sun with a good book.
Jenny has a deep-seated commitment to social and environmental justice. 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 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.
Communications and Advocacy Coordinator Intern
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 over three years as an Aquarist at SeaWorld San Diego gaining an immense amount of 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. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and Netflix binges.
Program Coordinator Intern
Giselle Vandrick is a third year double majoring in Ecosystem Management & Forestry and Society & Environment at UC Berkeley. She currently serves as the Pilipinx Community Liaison on campus and is involved with the UC Berkeley Forestry Club. She worked as an assistant forest technician in the Sierra Nevada for a summer and plans to pursue a career in environmental justice. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and talking about music.