Zero Waste Manager for the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What's your background and how did you become interested in sustainability?
I grew up in San Diego when it was lots of wide open fields and beaches. I played there, spent lots of time camping with my family. I saw over time the places change and turn into freeways, strip malls, and crowded beaches. It was a juxtaposition of nature, space, and freedom colliding with too many people and scarcer resources.
It didn’t click with me until the end of my college career. I had some college friends who were getting interested in the environment. They started a small environmental nonprofit, where they picked up neighbors’ recyclables for free and dropped them off at a recycling center. After college, I went to work for a manufacturing firm to get experience and make money, but I kept in touch with these friends over the years.