Staff

Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs

Director

j.mulholland-beahrs@berkeley.edu 

Jenny (she/her/hers) 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.

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.

 

Elyse Fitzsimons

Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity Liaison

Elyse (she/her/hers) is in 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 Cal Women’s Club Volleyball team and in her spare time enjoys hiking and reading.

 

Vanessa Garcia

Membership Coordinator 

Vanessa (she/her/hers) 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.

 

 

 

 

Dylan Kennedy

Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC) Mentorship Program Coordinator

Dylan Kennedy (they/them/theirs) is studying Society & Environment at UC Berkeley, minoring in Global Poverty & Practice. Their field of focus is diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the outdoors and environmental education, having come from an outdoor leadership background in Scouting and beginning to recognize and incorporate frames of environmental justice into their education and community building. On campus they are a member of the Students of Color Environmental Collective and the Cal Women’s Rugby team. Dylan loves to spend time exploring new places, making art, and running away into the wilderness.

 

Jed Lee

Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC) Mentorship Program Coordinator

Jed (they/them/theirs) 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 (she/her/hers) is a third year-undergraduate studying Ecosystems Management and Forestry (B.S)  and Geography (B.A.). She aspires to combine her passion for environmental stewardship with her interest in earth systems to help people better care for their natural resources. She is involved in research with the UC Berkeley Fire Science Laboratory, specifically studying the interactions between fire, fuels, and vegetation in Sierran forests. Outside the classroom, Katie dedicates her time to leading the Bucking Bears, UC Berkeley’s Logging Sports Team and being an active member of Berkeley’s Forestry Club. In her free time, Katie enjoys golfing, gardening, and a long walk in the woods. 

 

Sarah Naameh

Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC) Mentorship Program Coordinator

Sarah (she/her/hers) is in her second year at UC Berkeley, hoping to find the marriage of environmental and data sciences in the pursuit of sustainability by majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies and minoring in Data Science. She is deeply interested in water resource management and the potential of new or underutilized water sources to combat scarcity in the Middle East. Sarah’s time is mainly divided between schoolwork, the Students of Color Environmental Collective, the Middle East and North African recruitment and retention center, and handling Waste Reduction in her co-op. In her free time, she drinks tea religiously, loves hiking, biking, and tennis, and exploring the still unfamiliar Bay Area.

 

Rhonie Roggers

Communications and Development Coordinator

Rhonie (she/her/hers) 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. 
 

Former Student Staff Members

Sahar Afrakhan

Rebecca Coates-Maldoon

Paola Flores

Ellie Householder

Natalie Keltner-McNeil​

Daniel Lopez

Monzerrat Loza

Rico Perales

Emily Sheppard

Camila Quintana del Carpio 

Giselle Vandrick