The SanDiego350 Steering Committee supports SD350’s mission statement, provides continuity between monthly membership meetings, guides and supports activities of SD350, works with members to develop a dynamic vision for the organization, and tries to ensure that we are optimally engaging our greatest resource – our members. The current steering committee members are below. Steering Committee members serve one year terms (current terms end February 2018). The organization’s policies are in the password-protected SanDiego350 internal web pages. Members may request access by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Steering Committee member I will strive to help SanDiego350 operate smoothly, continuing to grow in size and influence in order to bring about the positive changes in climate policy that we need. The organization needs to continue to develop as one where new volunteers can become productive/effective within a short space of time while, at the same time, understanding how they fit into the fabric of the organization and how the organization works with our allies. I have been an active member of SanDiego350 since its formation in late 2011 and this is my second time serving on its Steering Committee. I’m currently a member of (and the Steering Committee liaison to) the Public Policy Team. I’m also a member of our Digital Committee and help out with our organization’s media-related work. I hail from Dublin, Ireland but have lived in San Diego since 1999. In my professional life, I work as a Geographic Information Systems Specialist for a Water District.
I’ve been an active member of SanDiego350 since 2013 including serving as a Steering Committee member last year (2016). By being an engaged member I can play a much bigger role in addressing climate change than just reducing my own footprint. We can go faster alone but farther together! For several years I was a co-lead for the Fracking team, helping to organize public educational outreach events and anti-fracking rallies in Oakland and Sacramento. I’ve been active helping to support other SD350 activities such as rallies; phone banking; being a media spokesperson at events; giving talks related to climate change; commenting at city council meetings; writing letters-to-the-editor and blogs. In my professional life I am the senior director of environmental sustainability at a Fortune 500 company – so I bring a perspective from inside the “belly of the corporate beast”. As we grow our organization and movement, the Steering Committee plays a vital role in overseeing and implementing our organization’s vision and strategy; supporting and developing teams, committees and membership; managing our paid staff; and ensuring that we are fiscally strong. I believe that as a member of the Steering Committee, with my experience and passion, I can help contribute to our organization’s success.
Since I joined SanDiego350 in October 2013, I’ve enjoyed organizing several events for SanDiego350, including Orientation Chats, a 2014 workshop for young climate activists, the 2016 post-election event, and social events including a camping trip and a holiday party. I was also privileged to serve as Bridge Committee leader from 2015-2017. Professionally, I am an innovator for a global public health and safety company that creates and administers certifications to help consumers make purchasing decisions aligned with their values. In SanDiego350, I have been consistently impressed by and proud of our dedicated members and accomplishments. At this crucial point in our movement, I am eager to serve on the Steering Committee to help build a brighter climate future in San Diego.
As a member of the SD350 Steering Committee since March 2016, I have been privileged to participate in many of the executive decisions necessary to keep SD350 running smoothly. Together with my colleagues on the committee I have also helped complete the background work on such matters as budget, insurance, the policy manual, and supporting our teams. I care deeply about the dangers of human caused climate change and believe that SD350 is well-situated to organize and lead the local movement through its strong leadership volunteers, cadre of members, and the coalitions it has built with local environmental, social justice, and faith organizations. Before I retired, I directed two charter schools and gained a great deal of experience with non-profit issues, as well as working with budgets, policy development, a board of directors, and personnel issues. I enjoy using the experience I have gained to serve on the Steering Committee.Google+