ABOUT
OUR PEOPLE

welcome to our team 

The Green Campus Action Plan is a committee of undergraduate students from all majors dedicated to pursuing and advancing sustainability on-campus through a variety of pathways, including advocacy, grants, and programs. Meet our 2021-2022 team below.

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Our application Process

Applications to apply open in the Summer Quarter.

We are currently recruiting committee members and interns*. All undergraduate students interested in joining are encouraged to apply and get involved!

 

The application deadline was on August 15th, 2021

*Paid position 

our 2021-2022 committee  

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Alondra Martinez Marquez

Vice President of Sustainability and Director of GCAP

Pronouns: She/Her 

Major: Environmental Engineering

 

Alondra plans to work at a company focused on air pollution control. She would like to work towards a zero-waste and carbon-neutral campus.  She is passionate about energy efficiency and educating others about ways to be more sustainable. renewable energy technology. 

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Cindy Pace

Policy Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Political Science (International Affairs), and Sustainability Studies 

Cindy is preparing for a career as an environmental lawyer and lobbyist. She is fascinated by the role that social constructs (like race, class, gender, etc.) in regards to both how we view the environment or our "ecological landscape," as well as environmental policy. She hopes to address environmental concerns on our campus by keeping in mind the unique struggles of ALL students.

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Hannah Renée O’Brien

Committee Member 

Pronouns: She/Her 

Major: Political Science, Law and Society

Minor: Philosophy

 

Hannah's main career goal is to attend a law school and become an attorney. She has not picked an emphasis yet but might go into immigration law or environmental law.

Two critical elements of her activism are protecting the environment and advocating for the disabled. These are the two issues that she is the most passionate about and integrates into her activism at every single level.

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 Katie Wen

Committee Member  

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Psychology

Katie plans to become a licensed therapist, hopefully working with adolescents or families.

She is passionate about normalizing lifestyles that prioritize sustainability over convenience.

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Purnima Qamar 

Intern

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Psychology

Purnima is preparing for a career as a clinical psychologist, focusing on communities who suffer from health disparities. She is deeply interested in research and advocacy.

Purnima wants to bridge the gap of mental health resources in communities ostracized from their homes due to environmental and social causes. She has completed a research project on the effect of air pollution on mental and physical health and continues to learn how communities in the Imperial Valley are challenged by air pollution.

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Guohang "Henry" Zhang

Intern

Pronouns: He/Him

Major: Theater, Film, and Digital Production

Henry is working towards a career as a professional video editor, commercial producer, and creating spontaneous and captivating content for the world to enjoy. He would love to utilize my video production skills to highlight and educate the major environmental and ecological complications such as food waste, energy pollution, causes and effects of over-population, and proper recycling.

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Valeria Velasco

Intern

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Sustainability Studies and Sociology

Valeria aims to work for a grassroots/non-profit organization or become a teacher. 

 

She wants to work in low income communities that don't have access to food, water, education, and help close this gap.

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Shraddha Bhonsle

Program Director 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: CMDB

Minor: Public Policy 

Shraddha is passionate about working towards a sustainable and 100% renewable energy-based campus. She is a strong advocate for protecting our planet's oceans and biodiversity through conservation and policy efforts. After graduation, Shraddha plans to pursue a career as a physician. 

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Ashley Perez

Vice Chair 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Sustainability Studies

Ashley hopes to work as a sustainability consultant in energy sourcing to encourage and regulate companies to transition to environmentally conscious business practices. 

 

She is most passionate about renewable energy sources. 

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Vidhya Kumaraswamy

Committee Member 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Biology 

Minor: Business Administration 

Vidhya is working towards pursuing a career in sustainability management. 

She is passionate about mindful consumption in terms of food and other use of our planet's natural resources. Additionally, she is interested in marine conservation by lessening pollutants and allowing ocean life to flourish. Vidhya wants to extend her personal efforts and contributions to sustainability to a larger-scale platform.

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Kennedy Lincoln

Committee Member  

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Environmental Engineering

Kennedy is studying to pursue a career in environmental engineering, focused on water issues in unserved communities.

She is passionate about ending Environmental Racism, helping save the planet, living a sustainability lifestyle and spreading awareness about environmental issues. Kennedy wants to work towards providing clean water in all parts of the world and leaving a positive impact in all facets of her life.

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Ellen Nguyen 

Intern

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Environmental Science

Ellen hopes to become either a chief sustainability officer or environmental scientist working for a government organization to address policy changes backed by science in order to uplift marginalized groups.

She wants to mainly work towards environmental justice initiatives that prioritize black, brown, and indigenous communities through targeting food insecurity, educational disparities, and urban planning. Ellen is also extremely passionate about sustainable fashion, the protection of garment workers in this industry, and the impacts of fast fashion on the environment.

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Sam Berdichevskiy

Intern

Pronouns: He/Him

Major: Public Policy 

(Environmental and Economic Policy)

Sam plans to pursue a career as an environmental policy analyst or researcher with an emphasis on sustainable water policy. 

 

He hopes to solve the global dilemma we are facing regarding the increase in water scarcity through the reformation of current unsustainable water-use practices currently in place in much of the world and advise on policies to preserve the fragile balance of the natural watershed.

2020-2021 GCAP Committee

Vanessa Gomez-Alvarado 

Vice President of Sustainability 

Green Campus Action Plan Director

Tori Kim 

Program Director 


Leo Ballesteros

ASUCR Senator and Committee Member 


Hannah Renée O’Brien

Policy Director 


Alondra Martinez
Vice Chair 

Barry Liu

ASUCR Senator and Committee Member 


Ariana Turner 

Committee Member 


Layvin Manghane
Committee Member 

Kennedy Lincoln
Committee Member 

Fadi Zaki
Committee Member, Finance


Cindy Pace
Committee Member 

Magdelene Lai
Intern

Purnima Qamar 
Intern


Leslie Rendon
Intern

2019-2020 GCAP Committee

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