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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.
Helen manages the Creek Monitoring and Wild Shorelines Programs 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.
Community Programs Manager
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.
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.
Paula brings her love of green and growing things to her role as Restoration Coordinator. Whether planting trees in urban environments or native California plants in bioswales, rain gardens or pollinator gardens, Paula takes pride in "greening" these spaces and providing a public benefit to all. As a fluent Spanish speaker, she particularly enjoys working in immigrant communities to educate on the myriad benefits of greening urban watersheds. Paula studied Anthropology at UC Davis and is a UCNR Certified California Naturalist and an NAI Certified Interpretive Guide. Paula lives in the San Pablo Creek Watershed.
Education and Community Programs Manager
Anne is passionate about connecting people with the natural environment through education and action. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College and spent several years in Claremont, CA designing and implementing sustainability programs for government and nonprofit organizations. A desire to return to her home region of the East Bay Area and gain further experience in environmental education led her to join The Watershed Project. A certified California Naturalist, Anne is thrilled to have found a role that combines her background in community engagement with environmental education. She enjoys tap dancing, playing piano, and hiking with her dog, River. Anne lives in the Walnut Creek Watershed.
Lead Environmental Educator
Olivia has a passion for getting youth outside, and learning about the natural world around them. She believes that through hands-on, placed-based environmental education we can give students the tools they need to become change-makers in their own communities. Having grown up in Michigan, surrounded by water, she feels a strong responsibility to protect water wherever she goes. In her role, Olivia is excited to leverage her service in AmeriCorps to recognize needs within a community, her B.A. in Social Relations and Policy to pull community partners together, and her teaching experience with NatureBridge to engage students in the science and wonder of the natural world. When not educating students, Olivia can likely be found rollerskating, baking a pie, or enjoying a hike with good friends.
Environmental Educator - BAYAC AmeriCorps
Dan is an aspiring land steward, who believes through outreach and education she can help youth and young adults grow awareness in environmental stewardship and the importance of protecting natural resources. She received a B.A. in Environmental and Urban Studies from Bard College, and most recently worked for her Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, as the Tribal Resource Response Specialist in the Department of Culture and Natural Resources. She loves community building, creative food projects, dancing, the beach, gift giving and so much more. One of Dan's favorite things is to go on adventures with her dog - shout out to her dog, Nora, for being so sweet and fun!
Water Quality and Citizen Science Associate
Sarah started as a Restoration and Water Quality Associate in October, 2018 shortly after her move to San Francisco. Sarah graduated with a bachelors of science from UC Santa Cruz where she studied Marine Biology. She is very passionate about field research and continuing her education in the environmental science field. Her desire to learn more about the non-profit world and love for citizen science brought her to The Watershed Project.
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 growing leader in her community, recently promoted to Outreach Coordinator to further her community organizing skills. She is actively part of the North Richmond Resident Leadership Team and has also been admitted to this years Urban Habitat Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute where she is learning equitable polices in regards Land Use, Transportation, Housing Justice and Environmental awareness.
Gabriela graduated from Vista High School. She was a volunteer throughout her Junior and Senior year she then joined The Watershed Project Green Collar Corps in order to learn more about the Environment in her community while also bringing some awareness and knowledge to it about the nature surrounding it. Gabriela She is currently attending Contra Costa College to study biotechnology. She lives in the Wildcat creek watershed.
Green Collar Corps
Haleema is a Green Collar Corps intern with a passion for plants. Her experience with nature has been like a moving pendulum. Her fondest memories are of watering and caring for plants in her suburban home and running wild in her Grandparent’s farming village. Her worst memories are of living in an area where neither trees nor plants existed in the human landscape. She firmly believes that nature enhances and beautifies life. By working with The Watershed Project she hopes to learn about and preserve our environment for the enjoyment of future generations.
Green Collar Corps
Gabriel, born and raised in the Bay Area, has seen how the daily lives of locals have impacted the environment. He believes that actions speak louder than words and hopes to bring awareness to the community by promoting sustainable practices while he implements zero waste and eco-friendly habits in his own life. For as long as he can remember, he has carried with him a passion for ocean conservation and feels greatly connected to marine life. He spends much of his time near or in the water. Whether he is swimming, kayaking, or scuba diving, he enjoys a number of outdoor aquatic activities. In the past, he has worked with UC Davis’ Bodega Bay marine biology laboratory. Recently, he organized a group with East Brother Beer to volunteer at the Coastal Cleanup, and that’s how he connected with The Watershed Project. Gabriel is currently in his last year at San Francisco State University working on his B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on sustainability.
Greening Urban Watersheds / Landscape Architect
Alto Deniz Ayhan
Water Quality Technician
Water Quality Technician