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Carey Knecht, Director

Carey_Knecht_photo_web1As the Director of ClimatePlan, Carey works with network partners on state and regional policy to help California communities become more healthy, equitable, and sustainable. Before joining ClimatePlan, Carey served as Policy Director at Greenbelt Alliance, which advocates for equitable, sustainable cities and protected natural areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has researched and/or written six reports on city planning and land use. Carey received a Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley and studied environmental biology at Yale University.

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Chanell Fletcher, Associate Director

Chanell_Fletcher_photo_webAs the Associate Director of ClimatePlan, Chanell leads campaign and research efforts to achieve our network’s shared policy goals. Previously, as Senior California Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Chanell worked with state agencies and the state legislature to support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, especially in lower-income communities throughout California. Prior to that, Chanell was ClimatePlan’s Policy and Engagement Manager, supporting our statewide network and helping lead state and regional campaigns on transportation funding and regional planning. Chanell began her career as an intern in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, analyzing the federal transportation bill, MAP-21, connecting it to states’ performance and funding needs. Chanell received her Masters in Public Administration from San Francisco State University and studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Christopher Escárcega, Program AssociateChristopher_Escarcega_photo_web

Christopher supports ClimatePlan staff and partners, manages network meetings, and writes ClimatePlan’s popular Weekly email. Christopher was previously the executive assistant and board liaison for TransForm, which promotes excellent transportation choices for all Californians. There, Christopher supported strategic planning, board recruitment, and provided logistical and administrative support. Christopher has worked on several urban planning, conservation, and transportation projects, doing everything from GIS analysis to event logistics. Christopher earned a graduate certificate in environmental planning at Humboldt State University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. He is based in our Sacramento office.

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