Pamela BehrsinAssociate Vice President, CNRAA Pamela Behrsin is the Vice President of Communications for MapLight, a research organization that tracks money's influence on politics in Congress and the California State Legislature. She oversees all aspects of the organization's editorial content including the design, analysis and publication of the organization's research findings. She also designs and executes MapLight's strategic communications programs. Pamela makes regular appearances in the news media speaking about the issue of money and politics. She teaches journalists how to track campaign finance data. She regularly participates in trainings for ethnic media reporters wanting to learn how to follow the money. MapLight has received several awards including James Madison Freedom of Information Award; Knight- Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism; and Library Journal - Best Free Reference.
Pamela has 23 years of communications experience in marketing communications, public relations, community outreach, and events and has integrated numerous innovative, high-impact communications programs across various media platforms into forward-thinking public, private and non-profit institutions. Prior to her communications and editorial and research experience, Pamela was a basketball coach in the Bay Area. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Society and Environment with a concentration in Global Environmental Politics from the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a High Impact Leadership Program at the Walter A. Haas School of Business and was a volunteer manager for the CAL Women's Basketball Team in 2010.
Stacey BabaPast President, CNRAAAfter graduating from CNR, Stacey spent over 30 years in product development and engineering management, developing new adhesives, polymers and transducer technology for medical application.
Now retired, Stacey spends her time as a community volunteer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) which supports over 150,000 members in Northern California. She also sits on the board for the NCGA Foundation, which administers the program, Youth on Course. Youth on Course (YOC) provides $5 green fees, paid internships, caddie programs and college scholarships for kids who need it most. The YOC participants have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by adults who have had professional success and can share valuable life skill information. Stacey also volunteers her time to support Girls Golf and the First Tee of Silicon Valley, programs that teach children life skills using golf as the primary activity. She is also an active member in the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and is a board member of the EWGA Foundation which support women who want to continue their professional education and college reentry programs. Stacey’s interest also include turf management and teaching sustainability practices in the management of urban recreation areas.
Stacey and her husband Jim are very generous donors at the College. Over the years they’ve touched the lives of many students through enrichment programs; such as CNR Field and Lab Experiences, SPUR, including travel funds that were sorely needed by undergraduates to complete their research projects or present at professional conventions, and CNR-specific tutoring programs designed to help undergraduate students succeed. We are very grateful for their generous commitment to the College. In a letter entitled “Field Trip Angels” Professor John Taylor expresses his gratitude to Stacey and Jim. “Tom Bruns and I both firmly believe that to truly learn biology, students must see the organisms in the field as well as in the lab. There is an added benefit; almost all of our current students have had an exclusively urban childhood and many of them have never hiked in the woods. We do everything we can on these trips to engender a desire to go back.”
Stacey and Jim provided seed funding for CNR Specific Tutoring in Chemistry. The first cohort of students who took the course unanimously agreed that the smaller study sessions with other CNR students helped them to succeed not only in their chemistry courses, but to have a stronger sense of community with people who had similar interests. Four years later, we continue to receive positive feedback from students who participate in this program.
Gil has been in public service since 2002, when he started as a Biological Sciences Environmental Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco. Since then, Gil has worked in many positions in the federal government, including as the United National Program Manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC and as a Biofuels Advisor to the Regional Administrator of the EPA Office in Kansas City. Gil currently works for the U.S. Department of the Interior at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he covers international Arctic issues. He is also a public speaker with The Call to Serve Speakers Bureau of the Partnership for Public Service and spends his spare time fishing, traveling, reading and thinking about how to make a positive difference in the world. Gil's career in science began as a research associate in a pesticide lab down at Oxford Tract on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Elizabeth ChanA proud immigrant from southern China, Elizabeth graduated from Cal in 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy, and a Minor in Chinese Language. She was extremely fortunate to have received the UC Berkeley Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship, which provided a full tuition to fund her education at Cal. The scholarship not only afforded her a world class education at no cost, but also gave her the freedom to concentrate on her interests in and outside of the classroom. As such, Elizabeth is excited about giving back to the university that has given her so much.
The common thread in her work over the last four and a half years has been to help accelerate a low carbon economy both in the US and China through environmental education and outreach, energy policy and regulation, and implementing the sustainability development agenda through different avenues: the university, start-ups, non-profits, a think tank, and most recently the local and state governments.
For example, she had the opportunity to study abroad in China and eventually got involved in the early stages of the China Dream Project with a 2008 Time Magazine Environmental Hero. The project seeks to reimagine prosperity and reshape consumerism in China, with the goal of catalyzing a new aspirational lifestyle that is innately sustainable for the emerging middle class in China. At Cal, she received the Chancellor's Green Fund Grant and an internship grant from the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability to fund her own sustainable lifestyle marketing campaign: “The Little Green Book,” a wikipedia guide for everything a Cal student needs to know about living green in Berkeley.
Currently, she is a City Hall Fellow with the City and County of San Francisco, helping to advance the City's sustainability goals. Additionally, she has had the pleasure to project manage a pro-bono consulting project to improve the District-wide energy savings program at the San Francisco Unified School District.
Kathy HartzellPast President, CNRAA City Council Member, City of Larkspur
Kathy graduated from CNR when it was a brand-new experimental major in the College of Agriculture, so that makes her the senior member of the Board! She majored jointly in Geography and CNR, and put her studies directly to work in planning with a non-profit environmental information organization, the County of Marin, the California Office of Planning and Research and the California Coastal Commission. While raising a family, she has served on the local school board, the city council, and the boards of a number of environmental and community minded-non profits. For a few years, she got to fulfill her love of textiles and sewing and costumed for a children’s theatre group. In her free time, she is an avid gardener, with a small orchard in West Marin and numerous planting beds for vegetables and ornamentals. She also creates her own stepping stones from pique assiette …..broken crockery and tiles. She and her husband have two children, a geographer son and daughter (CNR 2009) who is a resident in psychiatry.