Acterra Staff

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Lauren Weston – Executive Director Lauren has over a decade of leadership experience in several well-regarded nonprofits including the Breakthrough Collaborative and the Hiller Aviation Museum. Most recently, she was Director of Philanthropy for the West Coast Region at World Bicycle Relief. Originally from Northern California, Lauren is an alumna of New York University, where she received her master’s degree, and holds a bachelor’s from the University of California–Davis.

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Nicole Angiel — Business Partnerships for Sustainability Director Nicole brings a 360-degree view to the Business Environmental Awards program with experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton for several years, overseeing environmental regulatory and sustainability projects for USEPA and other federal and state agency clients. Earlier in her career, she managed local government solid and hazardous waste reduction programs in West Contra Costa County and worked directly with local businesses to guide them in reducing their environmental impact. She also developed innovative public outreach campaigns, including a school recycling awards program and the first regional Earth Day festival. Prior to joining Acterra in 2015, Nicole was the Development Director of a Bay Area nonprofit. Nicole has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.S. from University of Washington.

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Juli Calderone – Office Manager Juli has over a decade of experience in executive administration and operations management. She started her first business when she was 13, and since then has enjoyed working in a variety of industries, including janitorial and landscape management, retail, editing, and publishing. In 2015 she co-founded a small business with her husband. She loves organizing, creating lean systems and streamlined processes, and working with people. Non-professionally, she loves reading, reptiles, and backpacking all over the world with her husband Jack.

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Wendy Chou – Communications and Outreach Manager  Wendy has extensive experience in communications and outreach for academic institutions, nonprofits, and the private sector with a particular eye to bridging the gap between technical experts and grassroots activism. She also currently serves as newsletter editor at Citizens' Climate Lobby-San Mateo County. Wendy's background in ecosystem science and climate change includes a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley and a BA from Harvard.

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Judi Eichler — Creative Director, Contract  Judi is a graphic designer, jewelry, and textile artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For over 30 years, she has designed for some of the leaders in high tech such as Hewlett-Packard Company and Intuit; as well as several non profits such as Keplers Literary Foundation, Los Altos History Museum, and Acterra. Her hand crafted jewelry and textiles are sold in several stores and galleries throughout California.

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Ariane Erickson — Karl Knapp GoEV Program Manager  Ariane has worked in several different capacities during her tenure at Acterra. She currently manages Acterra’s new Karl Knapp Go EV Program, which seeks to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the Bay Area. Prior to this, she oversaw Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards from 2006 – 2015 and worked on various projects for Acterra’s Development and Energy programs. Prior to joining Acterra, Ariane was a program manager at the UCLA Alumni Association in Los Angeles.


Danielle Flanagan — Business Partnerships for Sustainability Associate  Danielle graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Environmental Studies. Passionate about the environment, she has interned for The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington Sea Grant, and Alliance for Climate Education.

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Iliana Nicholas — Climate Resilient Communities Program Associate Iliana was born and raised in East Palo Alto and is pursuing a masters degree in Urban Planning at San Jose State University. She is passionate about the environmental and social justice.

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Violet Saena — Resilient Communities Program Manager  Violet has served as an international climate change expert for over 10 years, being sought after to work with various groups in a wide range of Less Developed Countries (LDCs) to protect their communities from the impacts of climate change. For four years she worked as the Principal Climate Change Officer for the government of Samoa, supporting climate change policy improvements in her home country, and she has served as the liaison between Pacific islands and Caribbean nations to ensure regional coordination and support for small island states in international climate policies. Before joining Acterra, Violet served for several years with Sustainable Silicon Valley, leading research on sustainability issues and serving as the Project Manager for the East Palo Alto Net Positive Project, for which she wrote grants, project proposals and coordinated community outreach.   


Patti Sexton — Home Energy Advisor  Patti is Acterra’s residential energy efficiency expert. She provides support to participants in Acterra’s energy-saving programs, engages with local residents at community outreach events, makes presentations at workplaces, and trains volunteers about energy efficiency. Prior to joining Acterra in 2013, Patti worked at Ecology Action of Santa Cruz and the County of San Mateo. She also spent 15 years in computer and tablet technology product development. Patti is a BPI-trained Building Analyst (U.S. Building Performance Institute) and has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida. When not working on GHG reduction and energy efficiency projects, Patti is a Master Composter teaching backyard composting and vermicomposting at schools and community centers.

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Bethany Taylor — Development Manager  Bethany is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Environmental Studies. Before joining Acterra, Bethany worked in the energy sector, helping to carry out energy efficiency incentive programs in the Pacific Northwest and California. She has also interned with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, Green Seattle Partnership, and Mass Audubon, where her focus was outreach and environmental education.



Zoe Brownwood — Climate Resilient Communities Program Zoe is a rising sophomore at Stanford University, with academic interests in public policy and environmental justice. Zoe's work at Acterra will focus on deploying a new community climate change survey for East Palo Alto.

Cory Mason Gong — Climate Resilient Communities Program A double major in Psychology (with emphasis in Gerontology) and Environmental Studies, Cory is passionate about climate change education in the community and committed to the pursuit of sustainability in terms of lifestyles, community development, and architecture.

Maya Paulo — Climate Resilient Communities Program A public health major at San Jose State University with a minor in child development, Maya is enthusiastic about bringing health and development perspectives to Acterra and working with Bay Area communities and youth.