Staff and Interns
Co-Executive Director | Earlham College ’14 | She/Hers or They/Them Faye studied Sociology and Anthropology at Earlham College, where she was the founder of the EC Free Store and a leader in her school’s Responsible Energy Investment Campaign. In 2012 Faye did a study abroad program in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, Guatemala and Mexico, where she researched waste management systems.
Director of Partnerships | New College of Florida ’19 | She/Hers Iyanu recently graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in Environmental Studies. She is passionate about sustainable fashion and design, urban planning, and intersectional environmentalism. She was the President of the Council of Green Affairs as part of her school’s student government. She hopes to use her position at PLAN to move other college campuses toward inclusive Environmental reform in accordance with PLAN’s mission. In her free time, Iyanu is a performing artist, fashion stylist, and a dedicated member of her large Caribbean family.
Co-Director of Atlas Zero Waste Strategy | SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry ’19 | She/Hers or They/Them As an undergraduate student, Kayla studied Sustainable Energy Management with minors in Sustainable Construction and Management. In her free time on campus, she enjoyed performing waste audits, hosting recycling education and zero waste workshops, and helping the campus establish a compost contract. Her work with students on campus and teaching in the Syracuse City School District solidified her beliefs in collective action for progressive change. Kayla loves sunshine, community gardens, farmers markets and authentic conversation.
Director of Engagement | College of Charleston ‘19 | They/Them As an undergraduate student, Jensen studied Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, with an added concentration in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. They have worked with their school’s Office of Sustainability, both as a zero waste volunteer, helping to sort and divert items from the landfill during campus events, and most recently, as an intern working to establish more transparency within the office’s data collection. Jensen has also led an Alternative Break trip to Tennessee that focused on earth literacy and environmental justice. These experiences combine with Jensen’s passion for community care, access to education, and food justice. In their spare time, Jensen can be found writing spoken word or holding a dance party for one.
Senior Director of Atlas Consulting | University of New Hampshire ’13 | He/His
Alex is the founder of PLAN. He is also an activist and organizer who has been working to end waste since high school. Alex was a co-founder of UNH Trash 2 Treasure and has received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, the Udall Scholarship, and the Brower Youth Award for his work against waste.
Policy Research Associate | Eckerd College 2022 | She/Her Alex Gordon is a current Sophomore at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. She is most passionate about grassroots organizing around environmental and climate justice! Right now she is safe with her family in Houston, Texas. In her free time, she loves to read dystopian novels, walk her dog, and spend time at any beach.
Young Sarah Grguras
Campaign Director | University of Pittsburgh ’19 | They/Them Young graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a dual degree in environmental studies and ecology and evolution. While in undergrad, they organized on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign (check out Fossil Free Pitt on facebook), and worked as a Sustainability Program associate for the university. Young’s most recent involvement with the Beaver Cracker Plant in PA lead them to apply for the BFFP position, and they are excited to advocate for a brighter, plastic-free, future.
Communications Director | University of Kentucky ’20 | She/Hers
Director of Events | University of South Carolina ’19 | He/His Ramiro studied Marketing and Environmental Studies at the University of South Carolina, where he led an on campus organic permaculture farm. He takes the concepts of permaculture not only as a way of farming and growing food but as a way of living our daily lives. In his spare time Ramiro likes to play soccer, learn something new, or try new foods.
Co-Director of Atlas Zero Waste Strategy | UC Berkeley ‘19 | She/Her Yu-Shien studied Conservation & Resource Studies and Molecular Environmental Biology at UC Berkeley and interned for the Zero Waste Research Center, where she worked with campus businesses and student organizations on sustainability and zero waste initiatives. She is passionate about the intersection of zero waste with human health and environmental justice and is excited to bring her enthusiasm for circular design, food systems reform, and corporate social responsibility from her roles at the Berkeley Student Food Collective and Clif Bar. Outside the office, you can find Yu-Shien engaged in a positive feedback loop of eating/cooking/baking/drinking and climbing/hiking/biking/swimming.
Co-Executive Director | Swarthmore College ’16 | She/Hers Ciara is from Chester, PA, a frontline environmental justice community with a rich history (and present) of organizing. She studied Education and Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College. She was the Outreach and Engagement Manager with the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and is a collaborator with Mural Arts’ Trash Academy and Reconstruction Inc. Ciara’s work is centered around civic participation, history, building intergenerational coalitions, and the principles of environmental justice.
Jessica Zubia Calsada
Students of Zero Waste Storyteller PLANtern | University of California, Santa Cruz ’21 | She/Hers Jessica is a 22 year old digital content creator, environmental justice advocate, and a self proclaimed vegan chef. She recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she double majored in Community Studies and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Global Environmental Justice. On her platform, @plantawhisperer, Jessica strives to highlight the intersections of veganism, environmentalism, and liberation through artistic graphics and storytelling.
Movement Tools PLANtern | Wellesley College ’23 | She/Hers Natalie is a rising junior at Wellesley College studying History. She is passionate about researching environmental justice, theories of change, and histories informed by local knowledge and grassroots social movements. As a student on hiatus from school, she hopes to spend her time at PLAN learning from other student activists and brainstorming new sustainability initiatives for her own campus. In her free time, she enjoys running with friends, reading political theory, and trying out new banana bread recipes.
Campus Contracts PLANtern | University of Miami ’22 | She/Hers Sofia is a current undergrad double majoring in English and Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami. Sofia is passionate about circular models and community led solutions to mitigate the intersectional problems of waste. Sofia works as the internship director for Miami based nonprofit Debris Free Oceans. On campus, Sofia has served as the Head of Food Sustainability and Chair of her university’s environmental agency, ECO. Through this role Sofia eliminated single use plastics at a campus restaurant and increased plant based food options across campus. She also serves as the founding Sustainability Director for her university’s free thrift swap and student organization, UThrift. During her free time Sofia loves to take care of her plant children and upcycle jewelry from old pieces.
Board of Directors
Aldrumesia "Dru" Baker
Dru is a community-engaged researcher, environmental geologist, and empowerer of Women+, that has worked with communities of color in Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Africatown, AL on critical issues related to Environmental Justice and community empowerment. While she graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Geology, her transformation began while tackling issues affecting communities of color in Milwaukee. This sparked Dru to go from collaborating with communities of color in Milwaukee to improve food access, to partnering with Africatown to alleviate environmental racism and Big Oil, to organizing PLAN’s own SZW18. The trajectory of Dru’s academic and professional career has prepared her for a lifetime of ensuring the needs of communities. Dru is now eager to utilize her Applied Positive Psychology (University of Pennsylvania) expertise to coach non-profit leaders, environmentally and culturally sustainable organizations, and Women+ to ensure their rights to fearless authenticity.
Board Treasurer | He/Him
Reid is a CPA and has a strategic planning practice in Portsmouth, NH. Prior to focusing on his strategic planning practice, Reid led audit and consulting engagements for major not-for-profits and hospitals. Reid has a passion for the unique world of not-for-profit finance and brings his extensive knowledge as a CPA and finance professional to the board. He holds a bachelor’s and masters degree in accounting from the University of New Hampshire. He also currently serves on the board of Great Bay Kids, an early childhood education not-for-profit.
Colby Gamester, Esq.
Colby Gamester is the sole practitioner of Gamester Law Office in Portsmouth, NH, joining the PLAN Board after years of service on local United Way and City Planning Boards. In addition to those, Colby has spent many years developing leaders in the NH Seacoast through Leadership Seacoast. Gamester is an alum of both the University of New Hampshire (Political Science and Economics) and New England School of Law (JD). Colby brings his breadth of board and legal experience to help the team navigate legal affairs as growth leads to new strategic opportunities.
Joe Van Gombos
Joe graduated from UNH in 2012 with a BA in Political Science. During his undergraduate years, Van Gombos was an inaugural Carsey Social Innovation Intern, a Senior Research & Marketing Intern with the business school’s Green Launching Pad, and worked with numerous student groups motivated by concepts in sustainability through a collective known as the UNH Climate Action Network.
Since graduating, he has held a Business Development role with a local medical device product development firm, and today works as an Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator for a small utility in NH and MA. While working to assist small commercial, industrial, and municipal facilities reduce their energy usage, Joe is also back at the University of New Hampshire in pursuit of an MBA.
C. Forest Gluys
Cate Gluys is a Maryland-based nonprofit development professional and a longtime environmentalist. Originally from southwest Michigan, Cate graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Social Relations and Policy, focusing on housing policy for unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness. They are a dedicated houseplant enthusiast, an aspiring hobby farmer, and a proponent of community-supported agriculture initiatives. They are currently the Development and Special Events Fellow at Food Recovery Network (FRN).
Board Chair | She/Her
Jen Jones brings 9 years of experience to PLAN, working in sustainability at institutions of higher education. She currently serves as the Sustainability Coordinator at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Jen attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL for her BS in Biology and has a MS in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. Jen has a passion for dance and is a hip hop instructor in her free time.
Audrey is a Circular Economy zealot and PLAN groupie from way back. After founding one of the first move-out programs advised by PLAN, Audrey became the first Student Rep on the Board, then a summer intern, and eventually PLAN’s full-time Director of Partnerships. Now back on the Board, Audrey is a full-time MBA student in Sustainable Solutions and Seattle resident. She spends her free time taking long walks and playing lots and lots of board games.
Jane Patton is a Senior Campaigner with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and a co-founder of No Waste Louisiana. Since 2011, Jane has been working with communities to address inequality, mitigate harm, and increase justice. Her work focuses primarily on global policy regarding the full life cycle of plastics.
Marla is a full time employee of the College of Charleston, where she has worked primarily in a HR capacity. She has an Master’s of Public Administration degree and is currently working on research focused on inclusionary practices for minority employees. Marla has 5+ years of experience conducting diversity education workshops and believes that intentional meaningful connections are the way by which social justice work can be actualized.
Yusi Wang Turell
Yusi served as founding co-director of the University of New Hamsphire’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate researching how social entrepreneurs affect public policy in order to grow their impact. Prior to joining UNH in 2011, Yusi led new initiatives and national program growth at Citizen Schools and worked as a strategy consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation. Yusi holds degrees from Princeton University and from the University of Sussex through a British Marshall Scholarship. When she is not traveling to play Ultimate Frisbee, Yusi enjoys Seacoast living with her husband David and their two sons.