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Jenn Cogley, Bayer Corporation
Jenn Cogley is the Deputy Director of Community Relations with Bayer Corporation. Prior to her position at Bayer, Jenn was the Sustainable Business Coordinator for the City of Berkeley, and focused on growing high tech industry in the city.

Marcos Gandara, Community Member
Marcos Gandara is an Oakland resident and has been a member of the Panoramic Hill Association since 2003, including four years as a Board member. Marcos has a BA in Pure Mathematics from the University of California and worked as an Engineering Assistant for the UC Physics Department and at LBNL while earning his undergraduate degree.

Julia Hatton, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Julia Hatton is Chief Executive Officer at Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, a greater Bay Area nonprofit working at the intersection of economy, environment, and equity, with a focus on job training and workforce development. Julia joined Rising Sun in 2012 and directed Rising Sun's programs for over five years before taking on the organization's policy and strategy work around equity, climate, and workforce in 2018. Julia acted as one of Rising Sun's interim Co-Executives for six months before assuming the role of CEO. Over the past fifteen years, Julia has worked across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, focusing on workforce and economic development and environmental justice. Immediately prior to Rising Sun, she designed and implemented the Connecticut Efficient Healthy Homes Initiative, which provided energy, health, and safety upgrades to low-income families statewide, while creating green jobs. Julia grew up in Chicago and is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in St. Louis. Today, Julia lives with her family in the East Bay.

Wendy Hillis, UC Berkeley
Wendy Hillis, AIA, is UC Berkeley's Campus Architect and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Capital Strategies. As Campus Architect, Wendy provides strategic and long range planning for the programming, design, and development of campus properties, including buildings, infrastructure, and landscape projects. She also leads UC Berkeley's architectural design review and works closely with external agencies on city and regional planning and development issues and initiatives. Wendy came to UC Berkeley from New Orleans where she most recently served as Tulane's University Architect since 2016. Prior to Tulane, Wendy served as the Campus Historic Preservation Architect at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, worked as a historic resources consultant to FEMA following Hurricane Katrina, and held positions in San Francisco and North Carolina focused on historic preservation. Wendy attained an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor's degree from UC Davis.

Eric Jung, Berkeley Community Fund-Alumni Association Leadership Council
Eric Jung was born in Berkeley, CA and attending Berkeley public schools his whole life. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley and Columbia University, and a former recipient of the Berkeley Community Fund's High Hopes Scholarship. He is a founding member of the Berkeley Community Fund's Alumni Association Leadership Council, and continues to work on educational equity and pathways for youth in Berkeley.

Alice La Pierre, Rebuilding Together East Bay-North
Alice La Pierre's background is in Building Science and Architecture. She has volunteered with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North (formerly, "Christmas in April") since 2009, and has served as Board President since 2014. She does life-saving home assessments for income-qualified clients, often discovering hazards such as malfunctioning gas appliances, which could be deadly. She has acted as House Captain for more than ten home repair projects, making repairs ranging from plumbing repairs and oak flooring replacements, to building new exterior decks and stairs.

Chris Lee-Egan, Community Member
Chris is a Berkeley resident and senior engineer with Google. When he's not spending time with his two young daughters, he does neighborhood organizing and advocacy both in a personal capacity and also with local organizations like Berkeley Neighbors for Housing and Climate Action and East Bay For Everyone, which he helped co-found.

Sarah Moore, City of Berkeley
Sarah Moore is a Sustainability Planner in the City of Berkeley's Office of Energy & Sustainable Development and a Berkeley resident. She works on implementation of Berkeley's Climate Action Plan with a specific focus on incorporating green and sustainable features into buildings and advancing the adoption of electric vehicles as a means of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation.

Beth Roessner, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
Beth Roessner joined the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce in February of 2020 as Director of Operations and now CEO. Prior to the Chamber, Beth was a licensed insurance agent working for State Farm. She is a Past President of Berkeley Rotary Club and still an active member, serving on its board of directors. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Richmond's free health clinic, Rotacare Richmond, which is part of the family of RotaCare Bay Area's free medical clinics. She has a B.A. in Art History from UMass Amherst and is originally from the East Coast. She's been in the Bay Area residing in El Cerrito since 2012.

Dione Rossiter, Science at Cal
Dione (Dee) Rossiter is a Science Communication, Engagement, and Outreach Specialist who has previously worked with non-profits, universities, government offices, and for-profit businesses to improve their science engagement efforts; this includes creating new and/or improving existing science communication, marketing, education, diversity, and outreach initiatives. Dee is currently the Executive Director for Science at Cal, a program that shares the excitement and relevance of UC Berkeley research with public audiences through lectures, street fairs, festivals, and more. She also works with scientists across campus to build sustainable and impactful science outreach collaborations with community and campus partners. Dee's previous positions include: Scientific Programs & Outreach Manager at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Director of the Mass Media Fellowship at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dee received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and her PhD from UC Santa Cruz, both in Earth & Planetary Sciences.

John Rudolph, Community Member
John Rudolph currently teaches courses in history and astronomy at Elite Educational Institute of San Ramon, and in public administration and transportation planning at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Kalie Sacco, Lawrence Hall of Science
Kalie is Chief of Staff at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley's public science center. In this role, she is a member of the Lawrence's Management Team and leads data-driven and cross-organizational projects that maximize the impact of The Lawrence. She also contributes to research, evaluation, and policy projects related to STEM learning in out-of-school environments. Before joining The Lawrence, Kalie was the Program & Community Manager for the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), a National Science Foundation-funded resource center for informal science education professionals and stakeholders. Prior to CAISE, she got her professional start at The Lawrence as a Research Assistant and membership manager for the Coalition for Science After School. She is an active member of several professional associations, including the California Association of Museums and the Association of Science and Technology Centers. She holds a Master's in Public Affairs from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor's in Anthropology and Classics from UC Berkeley.

Rich Sextro, Community Member
Rich Sextro is a long-time Berkeley resident and is a (2007) retiree from LBNL, where he studied the physics and chemistry of indoor air pollutants. He has been involved in the Lab's retiree organization, the Ex-Ls, and is chair of the UC Berkeley Retirement Center Policy Board.

Sherry Smith, Berkeley Community Scholars
Sherry Smith is the Executive Director of Berkeley Community Scholars (formerly the Berkeley Community Fund), which bridges the opportunity divide for Berkeley youth from lower income families by providing scholarships, connections and other support instrumental to success in college and beyond. An educational professional with more than 35 years' experience, Sherry has focused on school and college admission, financial aid, recruitment, organizational management, organizational change and school to college selection and matriculation. She is especially committed to serving the needs of the underserved, under-resourced and first-generation students navigating transitions from Kindergarten to graduate degrees.

Diz Swift, Community Member, Scientist
Diz Swift is a resident in Berkeley and a neighbor to Berkeley Lab. Diz has a PhD  in geology and has worked internationally in exploration and production. She served as a member of the Berkeley Public Works Commission, is Director of Natural Resources for the League of Women Voters of California and Co-Chair of the League of Women Voters U.S. Climate Interest Group.

Janet Tam, Noll & Tam Architects
Janet Tam, AIA, is a founding partner and CEO of Noll & Tam Architects in Berkeley, CA. She is a licensed architect, a LEED accredited professional, and holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.  Noll & Tam Architects is a 40-person firm that has been in practice for 25 years and focuses on the design of public and institutional projects that strive to make a visible and positive difference within their communities.