B.A. in English Literature with a GPA of 3.83, while working part time. Owned and operated retail store for 10 years in home state of MN. Property manager in the Bay Area of California For 15 years. Introduced recycling to each property managed. Managed high-rises in San Francisco to managing Retreat Centers in the Santa Cruz area. Hospice training and work. Project Open Hand, feeding the needy, and won the award from the City of SF for Small Business Recycler of the Year in 2005. Since retirement volunteer in environmental nonprofits, and recovered good health and the energy to work full time for the planet.
Demonstrated strong analytical and communication skills while leading teams in a collaborative environment.
Collaborative, passionate, motivating leader in Recycling, officially commended by colleagues for ingenuity and high professionalism and won CORY award.
Talented researcher specializing in financial and human resources departments. Offering self-motivated work ethic in both independent and collaborative team settings.
Personable individual with strong organization skills, ability to multitask and build relationships.
Adept at prioritizing conflicting business needs and deadlines.
Successful in working within collaborative environments. Effective at building productive relationships with patients, families, staff, clinicians and community organizations.
Collaborative and dedicated with a disciplined approach.
Committed Frontlines Climate Crisis Solutions Activist pursuing divesting from fossil fuels role utilizing five years of climate science research. Well-versed in presenting research and analysis to drive climate change policy. In-depth understanding of relevant local causes of climate accelerated Disasters. Locally 3 Climate-related Disasters in less than 3 years: 1) 2017 Oroville Dam Collapse forced 188K people to evacuate in less than 2 hours 2) 2018 Camp firestorms - devastated many communities not just Paradise 3) 2020 Bear/North Complex firestorms - ongoing dangerously unhealthy air - also while under Coronavirus Covid19 since March 2020.
Chico 350 Butte County educates on climate crisis and advocates for proven solutions locally - based on what's already working around world - such as delineated in book and Project Drawdown which cites top 100 global solutions.
July - August 2020 Grant work - Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) grant application, new CA program. Qualified as nonprofit community partner, new District 7 qualified as disadvantaged per state's definition and map of SB 535 disadvantaged communities. New District 7 is up to 91st percentile. CA appointed state - communities planning counselor for guidance, Arup. (https://www.arup.com/expertise/services/planning/town-planning. )I was able to get buy in from 2 Chico City COuncil (CCC) members including Vice Mayor who was inspired to write Chico Green New Deal, 3 Planning Commissioners, including Chair who was actually writing grant, and E.D. of BCAG (BCAG is an association of all local governments within Butte County. Its members include cities of Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville, Town of Paradise, and County of Butte.) All were willing to write Letters of Support. The only obstacle not overcome this year was obtaining buy-in from a city agency to sign on as sub applicant this year, so this grant work will be continued into 2021.
April 30 2020 - Applied and awarded $3K grant from Stop The Money Pipeline (STMP) & Rainforest Action Network (RAN) for mini grants to local coalition built since before declaring climate emergency. This coalition continues to support BIPOC-led focus on local climate crisis solutions, partnering with s/heroes already doing great work in Chico and Butte County CA:
https://tekchico.org, https://bclocalfood.org/ http://campfirerestorationproject.org/ https://www.regeneratingparadise.org/ ChicoDSA Mutual Aid, https://m.facebook.com/dsachico/photos/a.567347407125890/783563235504305/?type=3&source=48&__tn__=EH-Rhttps://www.shareable.net/the-response-resisting-covid-19-with-mutual-aid-in-chico-ca/
Sept 20, 2019 - Applied for and received a $3K grant from 350.org for Chico Joins Climate Global Strike - hosted 700 people in City Plaza for lunch rally - half were students from local high schools and colleges.
June 2019, Pressured CCC to go with Community Choice Aggregation, CCA - now known as Power Butte to pass. http://power.buttecounty.net/ CCA goes into effect 1/21. Accomplished goal of getting Sustainability Task Force (STF) elevated to new Climate Action Commission with dedicated staff and budget, first new commission formed in 20 years in Chico.
June 2019, PressuredCCC to go with Community Choice Aggregation (CCA ) - now known as Power Butte to pass. http://power.buttecounty.net/ CCA goes into effect 1/21. Accomplished goal of getting Sustainability Task Force (STF) elevated to new Climate Action Commission with dedicated staff and budget, first new commission formed in 20 years in Chico.
April 2, 2019 - Declaration of Climate Emergency Resolutions passed by Chico City Council (CCC) with vote of 5-1, with 1 absent. Due to climate emergency that night with flash floods, torrential rains and hail that night , one council member left early to go salvage small business inventory from flooded basement.
Sep 8, 2018 - Rise 4 Climate Jobs & Justice March and Rally in San Francisco (SF). Organized and awarded a $5K grant from 350.org to bring 54-seat passenger bus to SF for march and rally. Indigenous-led, Steering Council commissioned Mechoopda tribal member Ali Meders-Knight to design and produce a 40-foot image, "Weaving the Dream for Green" which we then painted on streets surrounding SF Civic Center, where March ended and Rally began. Hers was only 1 of 11 Indigenous designs, of 50 other murals painted on streets.
Became disabled at work. Forced into early retirement. Spent decade healing practicing spiritual path meditation, studying and practicing neuroplasticity , and caring for a special needs dog - until healed.
Developed standard operating procedures for all administrative employees.
Maintained computer and physical filing systems for 120 employees.
Received, screened and routed incoming calls.
Provided complete meeting support including preparing materials and taking notes.
Recruited, hired and conducted orientation training for qualified candidates for vacant and new positions.
Created reports and presentations for Health Care and Benefits, 403-B, Workers Compensation, Company Vehicle Accidents, and Staff Meetings.
Leveraged advanced skills and training to support operational needs of Finance and HR Departments.
Complied annual recommendations for end of fiscal year budgets, audits and CAL-OSHA Safety Requirements.
Created company's Employee Manual including training and development, Fire Safety Program, and upgraded recycling programs.
Reduced overhead by taking on more responsibility with creative and administrative projects.
Supported CFO through personal document management, calendar organization and collateral preparation for meetings.
Developed and administered annual budgets following analysis and research.
Protected company assets with strategic risk management approaches.
Improved overall financial reporting by streamlining control processes and reporting structures.
Recruited, hired, trained and supervised staff of 120 and implemented mentoring program that offered positive employee engagement.
Recent Volunteer Work:
2015-2016 Frack Free Butte County - We passed Measure E on 2016 which bans fracking in Butte County with 72% of the vote in a conservative area, working with Food & Water Watch
2016-2017 - Volunteer Protect California Food (from oil wastewater irrigating our food crops) and at Oil Money Out * People Power In.
2017-2018 GOTV Get out the vote volunteering.
2016-Present, Chico 350 Manager & Steering Committee
2017 collapse of the Oroville Dam where 188,000 people had to evacuate in less than 2 hours,
2018 world's worst disaster, the Paradise et. al. Camp firestorms, which killed at least 86 people and destroyed 14,000 homes made us a frontline climate disaster community with approximately 50,000 Paradise climate refugees now living in the Chico area.
2020 Covid 19 and Bear/North Complex firestorms keep our air quality at dangerously unhealthy
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