Staff & Board
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Andrea Necoechea

COMMUNITY LIAISON INTERN

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Danielle Wilkerson

ACTION AND EQUITY COORDINATOR

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Denika Tamayo

ACTION AND EQUITY COORDINATOR

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Jaidacyn Madrigal

MARKETING AND FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

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YOUTH4CLIMATE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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Maddie Chesebro

YOUTH V. OIL INTERN

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Masada Disenhouse

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Megan Phelps

YOUTH4CLIMATE COORDINATOR

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VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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Peter Sloan

CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR

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Sydney Chan

YOUTH4CLIMATE INTERN

Andrea Necoechea

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Chula Vista

Andrea Necoechea

Community Liaison Intern

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Chula Vista

Andrea is a high school senior at Hilltop High School & is the Community Liaison Intern for Youth4Climate’s Chula Vista Community Engagement Program. She is passionate about engaging with the community and working to find solutions which fit their interests and needs. Andrea leads her high school eco club, which allows students to collect food waste, rescue foods and either compost or donate them. She has helped mobilize and educate students on climate change and make everyday changes. Andrea is planning to attend Yale University in the fall of 2023 and hopes to further her climate work in New Haven. 

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Pronouns:She/Her
Hometown: Santee

Danielle Wilkerson

Justice and Equity Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: San Diego

Danielle advocates for marginalized communities experiencing environmental injustices with the SD350 team. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Development Studies, where she learned about the unequal impacts of global capitalism on exploited nations. This, along with witnessing racist police brutality, inspired her to co-founded a grassroots organization, East County BIPOC, in 2020. ECBIPOC is dedicated to intersectional activism through political advocacy, direct actions/protests, education, mutual aid and resource redistribution. She values getting involved on a local level by attending and hosting clean ups and tree planting events. She is excited to connect her love for the planet with her constant pursuit for equity, and continue this impactful work with SD350. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: San Diego

Denika Tamayo

Action and Equity Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: San Diego

Denika is passionate about building people-centered power and movements to drive social and political change. She currently serves as co-chair of the Legislative Committee for SD350, and navigates intersecting issues such as climate policy, public health, business investment, clean energy, workforce development, equity, and/or environmental justice. She enjoys engaging, motivating, and helping mobilize our volunteers. Prior to joining SD350, Denika has worked in public policy, advising, and supporting governments, convincing local, state, and federal governments to make meaningful and lasting solutions through a community co-creation process by attending roundtables, think tanks, through advocacy/activism efforts and lobbying. She is a first generation Mexican-American and graduated with a Master’s in International Relations from American University, School of International Service in Washington D.C. 


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Hometown: Everett, WA

Jaidacyn Madrigal

Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Everett, WA

Jaidacyn is passionate about building community and engaging supporters. She graduated from UC Sacramento with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, and a minor in Environmental Studies. Prior to working with SanDiego350, Jaidacyn raised funds, planned events, and designed marketing content as the Development Coordinator for an environmental nonprofit in Seattle, Washington. She cares deeply about environmental education. She gives presentations to high school classes, creates informative videos on social media, and reads the environmental children’s book she wrote to young students.

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Lexi Rueff

Youth4Climate Volunteer Coordinator

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Lexi works to understand the interests and skills of Y4C volunteers and get them engaged in the work. Lexi has been an enthusiastic part of Youth4Climate since 2020. Lexi graduated from Indiana University in 2017, where she majored in Spanish and Comparative Literature. She’s currently in a Sustainability Leadership masters program at Claremont Lincoln University. Lexi is passionate about the ocean and plastic pollution and is proud to be part of the youth-led climate movement!

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: El Cajon, CA

Maddie Chesebro

Youth v. Oil Intern

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: El Cajon, CA

Maddie coordinates the Youth v. Oil campaign, a part of Youth4Climate, which works with elected officials to pass legislation that encourages a just transition from oil reliance. She is currently a senior at Granite Hills High School, and is hoping to major in Environmental Policy/Sociology in college. Maddie runs her school’s Environmental and Social Justice Club and has co-led the 2022 Y4C Summit, along with her social media managing work. She is extremely passionate about making every voice heard and uplifted, and is excited for her future in climate related work.

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: New York City

Masada Disenhouse

Executive Director

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: New York City

Masada co-founded SanDiego350 in 2011. Masada is passionate about empowering people to organize, advocate, and build bold, intersectional grassroots campaigns and political power. Prior to SanDiego350, Masada worked for 350.org where she managed staff and programs to support the growth and development of the over 150 local 350 affiliates in 350’s U.S. network.

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: San Diego

Megan Phelps

Youth4Climate Coordinator

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: San Diego

Megan develops and leads SD350’s Youth4Climate Program for youth climate leaders. In spring of 2021, she graduated with high honors as a Regents Scholar from UC Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management. At UC Davis, she founded and led a climate action club, and she continues to pressure the administration to end its reliance on fossil fuels for energy. Megan also works at the Climate Psychology and Action Lab at UC San Diego, where she researches how to inspire collective action for climate justice.

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Barrio Logan

Paloma Cuautenango

Volunteer Coordinator

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Barrio Logan

Paloma is passionate about supporting volunteer efforts and developing our current and future leaders. Before working with SanDiego350, Paloma delivered DEI training for adults and youth community organizers, and worked on public policy and health efforts in San Diego and Santa Cruz. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Community Studies and Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Peter Sloan

Campaign Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Peter supports volunteer teams and campaigns across the organization and serves as a liaison to coalition partners. Peter brings several years’ experience organizing for climate justice. Prior to joining SD350, Peter helped organize the UC Green New Deal coalition. Before moving to San Diego, Peter was a field organizer working on endangered species protection, land use, border militarization, and coalition-building with immigration and civil liberties groups in Southern New Mexico. Peter is dedicated to empowering others and is excited to keep building the movement for climate justice here in San Diego, in this decade of the Green New Deal. 

Pronouns: She/They
Hometown: San Diego

Sydney Chan

Youth4Climate Intern

 

Pronouns: She/They
Hometown: San Diego

Sydney is the Youth4Climate intern and a junior at Canyon Crest Academy. As a young person involved in the movement, they aim to urge their peers to finding their voices and taking action. During her time as the Youth4Climate intern, she’ll onboard members and plan events & actions. By channeling community power into organization, they hope to create an impact within climate activism and its further intersections. 

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Anita Martinez

BOARD MEMBER

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BOARD TREASURER

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BOARD MEMBER

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BOARD MEMBER

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BOARD PRESIDENT

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BOARD MEMBER

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BOARD MEMBER

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SECRETARY

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BOARD MEMBER

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BOARD MEMBER

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Toshi Ishihara

BOARD MEMBER

Masada Disenhouse

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER

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Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: San Diego

Anita Martinez

Board Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: San Diego

 Anita joined the Board in 2022. She is a member of SD350’s JEDI team and she has helped create Climate Justice workshops. Her work with SD350 is driven by a passion for environmental justice and for taking necessary action to mitigate climate change now and for future generations. Environmental justice is at the heart of her work.  Anita retired from Grossmont College where she worked in the Career Technical Education & Workforce Development division. She was also co-chair of the Professional Development Committee. Anita also serves as VP of the American Federation of Teachers Retiree Chapter.

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Bill Wellhouse

Board Treasurer

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Bill joined the Board in 2019 after serving on SanDiego350’s Steering Committee and doing a lot of the work to keep the organization running smoothly, including budget, insurance, our policy manual, and supporting our teams. Before he retired, Bill directed two charter schools and gained a great deal of experience with non-profit issues.

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Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: San Diego

Jim Miller

Board Member

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: San Diego

Jim joined the Board in 2019. He is a native San Diegan and holds an MFA in fiction from SDSU and a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. Miller is the co-author of the local history Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See as well as the author of the novels Drift, Flash,  Last Days in Ocean Beach, and other works.  He teaches at San Diego City College and is a Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931 and Chair of the SD Labor, Environmental, and Community Coalition.

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Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: City Heights, San Diego

Joshua Piedra

Board Member

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: City Heights, San Diego

Joshua joined the Board in 2021. From a young age, growing up in an immigrant working-class family, Joshua learned the importance of community. His lived experiences have shaped his values of empathy, compassion, and justice. Personally, he is committed to empowering his community as a grassroots organizer and advocate for public policy that centers on social and racial equity. Professionally, he was recently hired as a political organizer supporting working families throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: San Diego

Joyce Lane

Board President

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: San Diego

Joyce joined the Board in 2018. She served as a team leader on the Public Policy Team for more than four years. She has been a member of several other non-profit boards in San Diego and is passionate in her concern for the planet and doing what she can to make the world a better place.

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Hometown: San Diego

Keala Minna-Choe

Board Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: San Diego

Keala joined the board in 2022. As a youth, she believes that helping fight our current climate crisis is the best way to help preserve her future. Keala is active in SanDiego350’s Youth4Climate program and helps to lead the Youth v. Oil team, which is working to phase out fossil fuels and advocate for a just transition to renewable energy.  Keala is currently a high school student at Canyon Crest Academy. 

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Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Los Angeles

Max Lebovitz

Board Member

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Los Angeles

Max joined the board in 2021 after serving as the Monthly Meeting Coordinator since joining SanDiego350 in 2018. His focus is on helping bring awareness to important climate-related issues through education, outreach, and event organization. For his professional career, Max runs marketing for a local sports technology company.

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Paul Vachal

Board Secretary

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Paul joined the Board in 2020. He started volunteering with SD350 in 2017 because as Thich Nhat Hanh said, “We don’t have to sink into despair about global warming, we can act.” Paul is a co-lead of the Action! Team and a member of the Raise the Alarm Team. Before he retired, Paul worked in the software industry.

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Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Los Angeles

Rebecca Rojas

Board Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Los Angeles

Rebecca joined the Board in 2019. She started volunteering with SD350 in 2012 because she wanted to be part of building a social movement that would fight for climate justice. By day she works as an attorney advocating for the rights of seamen injured onboard vessels and victims who have been seriously injured in accidents.

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Sonja Robinson

Board Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: 

Sonja joined the Board in 2021. She has worked with San Diego 350 for several years to support our environment and communities. She’s been recognized by her community, CAC, and legislators for her climate advocacy work. Becoming the first chair of the Environmental Climate Justice Committee NAACP San Diego, she helped protect net-energy-metering at FERC. Sonja has an internet radio show, S.U.N (Sustainable Urban Network) addressing environmental justice.

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Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown:  Isesaki, Japan

Toshi Ishihara

Board Member

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Isesaki, Japan

Toshi joined the Board in 2019. Since 2018, he has been volunteering for transportation and climate justice as a member of the Public Policy Team. Before he retired, he held multiple managerial positions responsible for technology and organizational development.

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: New York City

Masada Disenhouse

Executive Director – Ex Officio Board Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: New York City

Masada is a founding member of SanDiego350. She has organized San Diego’s largest climate mobilizations and is passionate about empowering people to organize, advocate, campaign and build grassroots political power together. Prior to SanDiego350, Masada worked for 350.org where she managed staff and programs to support the growth and development of the over 150 local 350 affiliates in 350’s U.S. network.