After having grown up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and Orange County, interspersed with healthy doses of nature through frequent trips all over the United States, I graduated with a B.A. in History from U.C. Santa Cruz. I merged my twin passions of education and the environment shortly after college through various jobs as a naturalist and program coordinator, including an adventurous two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. I received a Teaching Credential and Masters in Education through a Peace Corps Fellowship at San Francisco State, and continued my work at several Bay Area environmental education organizations.
My work as a community organizer has been inspired by 350.org, the Transition Town movement and permaculture principles. I currently work on two projects that I created, the Nature’s Voices Project helps to empower youth to tell their stories about the environmental projects they are involved in; and the NorCal Community Resilience Network, a new initiative working to inspire citizen-led, localized, self-reliant and regenerative communities ready to withstand the shocks of climate change, economic instability and resource depletion with grace, joyfulness, compassion and integrity. The Network will serve as a hub that provides leadership development, communication tools, events, and project support to permaculture guilds, Transition Initiatives, and other community resilience groups and leaders working on small, but powerful projects like community gardens, Seed Swaps and Time Banks.
I currently live with my husband and daughter (pictured) in Berkeley, CA. I love nature, bicycling, gardening, music, outdoor adventures, traveling and hanging out with my wonderful community of amazing family and friends.
To read more about Susan’s Pollination Project Grant, click here.