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Autumn Bernstein, Director
Autumn is the founding Director of ClimatePlan and leads the organization’s statewide campaigns and coalition-building efforts.  She previously worked for Greenbelt Alliance and Sierra Nevada Alliance, where she led grassroots campaigns to advance sustainable urban planning, promote transit, build affordable housing, and protect natural resource lands throughout California.  Autumn graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Conservation Biology.  In 2010 she completed a fellowship with the German Marshall Fund’s Urban & Regional Policy Program, where she evaluated the success of regional sustainability initiatives in Italy, France and Germany. She is a fourth-generation Californian and lives in Oakland.
Email:  autumn “AT” climateplan “DOT” org


Carey Knecht, Associate Director

As the Associate Director for ClimatePlan, Carey works to increase the size and strength of its statewide network and mobilize coalition partners around key policy debates.  Before joining ClimatePlan, Carey served as Policy Director at Greenbelt Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes inclusive, climate-friendly cities and healthy natural areas across the diverse San Francisco Bay Area.  There, she led the Grow Smart Bay Area research, served as the advocate on selected campaigns, and provided policy support for campaigns and campaign prioritization. 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. She is on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Audubon Society.
Email:  carey “AT” climateplan “DOT” org


Chanell Fletcher, Policy Coordinator

Chanell supports ClimatePlan’s statewide campaigns by monitoring and tracking current issues, legislation, and state policy related to SB 375.  She also oversees ClimatePlan projects to track SCS implementation in key regions.  Recently, Chanell was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s internship program where she worked in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation analyzing the new transportation bill, MAP-21, and how it connects to states’ performance measures and overall funding needs.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in public administration from San Francisco State University.
Email:  chanell “AT” climateplan “DOT” org



Tina Hsu, Program Assistant

As Program Assistant, Tina splits her time between ClimatePlan and TransForm’s  Communications and Development team. Previously, she interned with 2 organizations, Urban Solutions in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC). During college, Tina was an organizer with the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles, and her experiences there inspired her interests in transportation issues and the many intersections between social justice and creating sustainable communities. Tina holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Scripps College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, being outdoors, critiquing pop culture, iPhonography, and graphic design.
Email: THsu “AT” transformca “DOT” org


Maya Wallace, Communications and Network Director

Maya joins ClimatePlan after nearly six years addressing government performance and accountability at the California State Auditor’s Office. Drawing from a diverse background in environmental science curriculum design, healthy community advocacy and nonprofit organizational development, Maya provides strategic communications support for regional campaigns, plans events and trainings, and will help lead ClimatePlan’s strategic planning and branding efforts in 2014. Maya has a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State. A self-proclaimed city wonk, Maya has worked on local political campaigns and advocates for safe bikeways and supportive and emergency housing in her adopted hometown of Sacramento.
Email: maya “AT” climateplanca “DOT” org


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