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Faye Christoforo

Co-Executive Director | Earlham College ’14 | She/Her 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.

Email: faye@postlandfill.org

Iyanu Corniel

Director of Partnerships | New College of Florida ’19 | She/Her 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.

Jensen Cowan

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.

Alex Freid

Senior Director of Atlas Consulting | University of New Hampshire ’13 | He/Him  

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.

Alex Gordon

Storytelling Intern | 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.

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Isabel Jenkins

Communications Director | University of Kentucky ’20 | She/Her Isabel is a Kentucky native who loves combining her passions for design, media, and intersectional environmentalism to creatively educate. Her studies and work center around media production, urban forestry, and community food systems. During undergrad, she wrote and designed for campus environmental publications and worked as a freelance designer / photographer / videographer. When she’s not behind a computer or camera, you can find Isabel tending to her garden, biking around town, and re-organizing her acorn collection.

Ramiro Murguia

Director of Events | University of South Carolina ’19 | He/Him 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.  

Yu-Shien Ni

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.

Ciara Williams

Co-Executive Director | Swarthmore College ’16 | She/Her  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.

Email: Ciara@postlandfill.org

Chelsea Williams

Campus Network Administrative Director | Temple University ‘18 | She/Her Chelsea studied Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Temple University. While in undergrad she worked with the office of sustainability in their Surplus program, organizing unused and underutilized furniture. She also was apart of the leadership team for the Geography and Urban Studies Undergraduate Department Organization. Upon graduation, she has been working for Temple Surplus as the Program coordinator helping them achieve their institutional goals to lower their carbon footprint. Through her education she has spoken at multiple local, and regional conferences. Chelsea is currently completing her Masters in Public Policy at Temple University, and exited to bring her knowledge of policy and the environment into this position.

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Jessica Zubia Calsada

Students of Zero Waste Storyteller PLANtern | University of California, Santa Cruz ’21 | She/Her 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.

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Natalie Li

Movement Tools PLANtern  | Wellesley College ’23 | She/Her 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.

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Sofia Mesa

Campus Contracts PLANtern | University of Miami ’22 | She/Her 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.

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Molly Thayer

Movement Tools PLANtern | Oberlin College ’21 | He/They/She Molly is a recycled textile artist / fashion designer and maker passionate about fostering cyclical resource streams and community knowledge. Molly recently graduated from Oberlin College with a major in Environmental Studies, focused in Innovative Community Recycling and Studio Art. At Oberlin, they were a member of the Resource Conservation Team, a student-run zero waste organization that redistributes a multitude of local resources such as clothing, compost, and food. They believe that creativity and expression are crucial elements to survival and community care in the anthropocene, and that our bodies hold radical and valuable knowledge. At PLAN, they hope to uplift the value of narrative data within movement tools by creating a template for student stakeholder interviews.

To see a list of past PLAN team members, click here.

Board of Directors

Aldrumesia "Dru" Baker

She/Her

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.

Reid Butler

Reid Butler

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.

He/Him

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

He/Him

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

They/Them

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).

Jen Jones

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 Kriva

She/Her

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

She/Her

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 Robertson

She/Her

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.

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