Director, Project Climate, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Ken spent eight years as a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council, focusing on climate, environment, and land use issues. Ken was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. From 2000 to 2006, He led the California Attorney General’s energy task force, investigating price and supply issues related to California’s energy crisis.
Eliza oversees and coordinates all day-to-day operations for GrizzlyCorps. Eliza worked for a youth development nonprofit, where she played a key role in advancing capacity building functions while working with staff, AmeriCorps members, external partners, donors, and volunteers to create and grow a sustainable and well-organized community-based organization. Eliza has worked in the nonprofit sector for the majority of her career in a range of roles. From leading trips in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Olympic National Parks to facilitating service learning trips in Costa Rica, Eliza has dedicated her career to engaging youth and young adults in service, civic action, and the environment.
Cayley has worked in food systems and agriculture across California and Alaska through farm work, research, operations, and policy initiatives. Recently, she graduated with a Master’s of Science from Oregon Health & Science University, where her research emphasized the intersection of climate change, social equity, and agri-food systems. She aims to advance the coordination of food system and climate change planning across disciplines to mitigate the reproduction of inequities by climate instability.
Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Jordan co-directs the Law of the Sea Institute at Berkeley Law, which facilitates expert research and commentary on critical ocean issues. Jordan’s work focuses on ensuring environmental laws and policies are based on the best information available, developed through inclusive and transparent processes, and implemented through adaptive and accountable systems. Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the California Ocean Protection Council on June 28, 2018. Jordan was the Co-Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute, where she concentrated on strengthening ocean and coastal governance at local and regional levels.
Hoping to translate theory into policy and practice, Michelle’s experience revolves around working directly with traditionally underserved individuals and communities of color to bridge the gap between lived experiences and policy that fails to reflect the complexities of society on a universal scale. She was a member of AmeriCorps NCCC, where she traveled around the country working in dedicated pursuit of localized projects with focuses on urban development, environmental conservation, disaster relief, and food insecurity in rural areas. Michelle has also spent time in Human Resources at the Department of Defense and has experience in social work at a small non-profit, which subsequently trained her in crisis de-escalation, conflict mediation, and trauma-informed care.