As the Director of ClimatePlan, Chanell works with network partners on state and regional policy to help California communities become more healthy, equitable, and sustainable. 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. 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 Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University and studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Regional Engagement Coordinator
Christopher supports regional partners and coalitions working to advance sustainable, equitable communities; he provides campaign support and coordinates regional engagement efforts. Christopher also performs operations 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.
State Policy Associate
Ella works with ClimatePlan partners to reform state legislative and administrative policy for more sustainable, equitable land use and transportation. She brings experience as a planner at Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners, where she developed general and specific plans, as well as zoning code regulations for cities throughout California. She also worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through state land use and transportation policy as a Policy Associate with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ella received her Master's in City Planning from UC Berkeley and her Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.