Juliana became the Executive Director for The Watershed Project in January 2015, after serving as the Deputy Director for three years. Before taking the executive role Juliana managed the Watershed Project's Community Programs. Prior to joining the Watershed Project back in 2008, Juliana was the Watershed Coordinator for the San Pablo Watershed Neighbors and Education Society - SPAWNERS and a founding member of Groundwork Richmond. She holds a PhD in Geography from Kings College London and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York. Juliana is originally from Colombia, where she worked on watershed planning and policy development for the Andes of South Western Colombia. Juliana has a passion for community based projects and believes the importance of education and community based stewardship. Juliana lives with her husband and her two children in the Baxter Creek Watershed.
Public Programs Manager
Martha has over 20 years of experience teaching environmental education and leading community engagement projects. In addition to working at The Watershed Project , she teaches Environmental Studies classes at Merritt College in Oakland, including creek restoration and wildlife gardening. Previously she was a naturalist at the Shorebird Nature Center in Berkeley, where she led field trips for school classes related to the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Estuary. Martha has a degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University. She serves on the steering committee of SPAWNERS, her local watershed group, and is a longtime resident of the San Pablo Creek Watershed.
Wild Shorelines Manager
Helen manages the Wild Shorelines Program for The Watershed Project, and is also the Watershed Coordinator for SPAWNERS. Helen grew up on the Central Coast of California and studied marine biology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She went on to manage a research lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she investigated the impacts of nanomaterials on aquatic food webs. While the work was fascinating, what she really wanted to do was get outside and work with nonprofits. She moved to the Bay Area in 2013 to achieve that goal, and has since worked with San Francisco Baykeeper, Friends of Five Creeks, and Friends of Sausal Creek, as well as The Watershed Project and SPAWNERS. Helen lives in the Strawberry Creek Watershed.
Paula became involved with The Watershed Project through her interest in researching trash in local streams. She led the Richmond data collection effort for the Taking out the Trash Project and is currently the Project Coordinator for the Waste Matters Project, an environmental education program that involves students in hands-on actions to reduce their environmental footprint, such as composting lunch scraps and working in the school garden. Paula has an M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University and also holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. She gets her kicks from playing soccer and fiddling in baroque orchestras and ensembles. She lives in the Potter Creek Watershed but prefers hiking in her old 'hood, the Lion Creek Watershed.
Phaela is a science and environmental educator and curriculum developer with many years of experience working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently, Phaela developed science curriculum with UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. She has a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Reed College and a Masters in Environmental Education from Prescott College. Phaela is thrilled to be engaging students in exploration, appreciation and understanding of their local watersheds. She enjoys camping, kayaking, wildlife watching and traveling to new and far away places with her family. Phaela lives in the Strawberry Creek Watershed.
Greening Urban Watersheds Program Manager
Kat is a rainwater catchment specialist with experience developing programs to strengthen urban stormwater infrastructure with rainwater harvesting and LID strategies for the San Francisco Unified School District, the City of San Francisco and the City of Oakland. She is inspired by activities that bring people together to enliven their communities and strives to build bridges between civic agencies and grassroots environmentalism. Kat brings these skills to The Watershed Project as a Program Manager for the Greening Urban Watersheds Initiative, implementing projects that green the city of Richmond. She holds an MA in Organic Architecture from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.
Greening Urban Watersheds Coordinator
Jesse specializes in green infrastructure projects at The Watershed Project and is the organization’s in-house arborist. A Wisconsin native, in 2013 Jesse moved to Los Angeles 2013 where he taught environmental science and got his start implementing urban forestry projects. He has since worked with a diversity of local residents, cities and volunteers to plant hundreds of trees in Southern California and the Bay Area. Jesse lives in the Codornices Creek Watershed.
Development and Communications Associate
Lauren is a recent University of California, Berkeley graduate with a B.S. from the College of Natural Resources, and a former The Watershed Project summer intern. She is excited to stay on with TWP and to continue making her community more sustainable. In her free time, she can be found traveling, reading, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of the SF Bay Area. Lauren lives in the Sausal Creek Watershed.
Sharon brings a strong interest in environmental issues to The Watershed Project, especially as they impact the Bay Area. She has volunteered with local creek groups, adopted a creek site to take care of, and is a member of Golden Gate Audubon. Sharon has a Montessori Early Childhood Degree and a Masters in Counseling, and has worked in San Pablo as a therapist and an outreach coordinator. Sharon is particularly interested in introducing students and their communities to urban greening sites, using them as outdoor classrooms to teach about nature and stewardship. Sharon lives in the Cerrito Creek Watershed.
Educator, Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellow
Nikki is a Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellow with The Watershed Project, supporting the education department with curriculum and evaluation development and teaching. Nikki earned her B.A. in environmental studies, biology and earth sciences from UC Santa Cruz and her M.S. in environmental education and program evaluation from University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. She enjoys hiking in the Marin Headlands among redwoods and jumping into the ocean. Nikki lives in the Codornices Creek Watershed.
Green Collar Corps
Brian, native to El Cerrito, enjoys being in the water any chance he gets. He especially likes to swim in the ocean. A talented artist, Brian can often be found drawing. He aspires to become a professional artist one day. As part of the Green Collar Corps, he loves to see how plants can transform an entire landscape and loves being a part of this process. Brian lives in the Cerrito Creek Watershed.
Green Collar Corps
Sara graduated from Richmond High School, and was a part of Earth Team's internship program. She joined The Watershed Project Green Collar Corps as a way of giving back to the community. Sara is currently a Contra Costa College student and lives in the Wildcat Creek Watershed.
Green Collar Corps
A junior in college, Luis hopes to become a marine biologist. For now, he's enjoying planting and cultivating our rain gardens and bioswales and working in our onsite native plant nursery. He loves seeing the steady progress of our projects as they grow. Luis lives in the Wildcat Creek watershed.
Development Director (Acting)
Greening Urban Watersheds / Landscape Architect