Staff Profiles

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Chanell Fletcher

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of ClimatePlan, Chanell oversees network partners and staff efforts’ on state and regional policy to help California communities become more healthy, equitable, and sustainable. Chanell has over 10 years of experience working on policy issues related to climate change, land use, and transportation. Chanell sits on the boards of the Planning and Conservation League and California Walks. Previously, as the organization’s Associate Director, Chanell led ClimatePlan’s policy campaigns. Prior to that, 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. 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 Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University and studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Christopher Escarcega

Christopher Escárcega

Network Engagement Manager

Christopher provides operational, administrative, and leadership support to encourage engagement, education, and collaboration between ClimatePlan's regional and state partners working to advance sustainable, equitable communities.  Christopher also performs strategic communications support and digital information management. He was previously the executive assistant and board liaison for TransForm. 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 graduate certificates in Environmental Planning and GIS/Remote Sensing at Humboldt State University, where he also received his Bachelor's degree. He is based in our Sacramento office.

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Nailah Pope Harden

Nailah Pope Harden

Policy Advocate

Nailah Pope Harden is ClimatePlan’s Policy Advocate. She provides analysis and advocacy on state policy, including state administrative policy, funding, and legislation as related to ClimatePlan’s mission and values. She comes to the position with years of community organizing experience that spans regional, state and national environmental justice campaigns. She advocates for equity, inclusion, and authenticity in all spaces.

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Amy Hartman

Amy Hartman

Policy Associate

Amy monitors and tracks regional and state policy impacting the way the state of California grows, while working with partners to advocate for the policy that brings about a more equitable, sustainable, and just California. Amy has worked in land use planning and conservation policy for the last five years. Previously, she oversaw a variety of land use campaigns in Solano County and throughout the Bay Area as a Regional Representative with Greenbelt Alliance. Before that, Amy served as Regional Field Director for the Nevada chapter of the League of Conservation Voters in Reno, Nevada. Originally from the East Coast, Amy earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and her Bachelors in Government/Politics and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, learning to raise chickens, teaching yoga and leading hikes around the Bay Area, and spends as much time as she can with her beloved Maine Coon cat, Stella.

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Nicole Cheng

Americorps CivicSpark Climate Fellow

As a CivicSpark Fellow, Nicole will join ClimatePlan for 11 months to assist with a new project: developing an action plan that will create a broader understanding of key water/land use integration issues among local governments and communities allies within the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, she worked on community engagement projects surrounding food insecurity in Colorado. Nicole is passionate about having conversations, listening, and collaborating on solutions to the complex issues that intersect equity, environment, and public health.

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