I am a new resident of the Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento with deep knowledge and experience working with tribal communities. I find it important to be a part of the Sacramento Environmental Justice Collaborative Governance Committee (EJCGC) because of my belief in civic engagement to enact positive change for communities of color, especially as it relates to our environment. I look forward to seeing the big and small positive change(s) made possible by the diversity and commitment of fellow EJCGC members.
Hi my name is Shyenne Daniel. I recently graduated from Sacramento State studying Environmental Science. I have experience interning at the City of West Sacramento and the Environmental Protection Agency. I’m looking forward to working alongside the other members of this committee to provide real solutions that address environmental justice issues.
I am an environmental policy expert whose areas of practice involve the intersection of racial, social, economic, and environmental justice. I am a scientist-organizer committed to empowering working-class people through building community resilience and self-sufficiency. A 2018 Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) fellow, and member of myriad grassroots organizations in Sacramento, I believe that now is the key time to unlock collective power and capacity for transformative solutions. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy Analysis from Pomona College in 2013.
I am the founder and president of Aura Planning Inc., have 20 years of experience in transportation planning, project management, community engagement, urban planning, and design. I have initiated several projects for government, and community-based organizations which merged energy efficiency, community empowerment, and economic development in three countries: Iran, Canada, and the United States. I use efficient and replicable processes in promoting constructive changes by merging policies, partnerships, and community support.
Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I am a Sacramento native and grew up in East Sacramento. I graduated in June 2020 from UCSD studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. I believe that environmental justice work is transformative and destroys hierarchical systems of oppression that we live under. For that reason, I am excited to be a part of the EJCGC to learn more about environmental and transportation justice in Sacramento and to create meaningful change with my community!
I have spent a decade working on sustainability initiatives for companies, universities, public sector and local government. As HP's Climate Program Manager, I am responsible for climate strategy, sustainability reporting and employee engagement. I have an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a B.A. from U.C Davis in International Relations, History and Environmental Policy and Planning. I am a proud first-generation college graduate and am passionate about building an equitable just future for all.
I am passionate about increasing access to Sacramento’s green spaces as well as improving nutritional options and health for all Sacramentans. I currently work as a management analyst and project manager at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA). At SHRA, I manage the Sacramento Integrated Multimodal Place-Based Living project, as sustainable housing development. Before SHRA, I worked as a capital outlay specialist at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, where I collaborated with college sustainability and environmental justice leaders to develop a statewide Climate Change and Sustainability resolution and policy.
I am passionate about developing and implementing equitable policies and processes, training volunteers, and increasing community awareness regarding social justice issues at the local level. I received her education at California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies, Pan African concentration. I have been a resident of Sacramento for twenty years where I passionately advocate for racial equity and social justice, am an avid genealogist and enjoy writing essays, research papers, and short articles.
I am honored to be a member of the Sacramento Environmental Justice Collaborative Governance Committee (EJCGC) to which I bring experience in environmental justice advocacy and policy. I currently serve as the revenue and taxation representative for the League of California Cities and previously served as a policy consultant to California State Senator Connie M. Leyva where I focused my efforts on the passage of environmental justice measures such as SB 1000, SB 1072, and SB 210. I graduated from Pitzer College in 2014 with degrees in Political Studies and Sociology. I now proudly live in South Natomas and was born and raised in Northeast Los Angeles.
I am the founder and president of Uptown Studios - a full service marketing and design studio that strives to create a difference for the community in each and every campaign they work on. I lead by example and still use the same tag line from 1992 - “Designs for Social Change”. I am involved in many local community actions and campaigns - like the Sacramento “Mask Up” campaign and am a member of the Environmental Justice Coalition and serve on several advisory committees.
My name is Genice Smith. I am a freshman in High School with a vision for what the environmental governance committee could rectify in our region. I aspire that the Sacramento area could serve all communities with the new resources that are better for the environment. The vision I have is the significance of forming the proper foundation which is reinvesting in all communities so that fruit will be harvested in the long run.
I am a Sacramento-born-and-raised urban planner with experience in active transportation, environmental planning, and development review. Through my role on the Committee, I hope to ensure that City investments and climate action planning prioritize the communities most impacted by existing environmental harms. When not working, I would usually be found cooking beans, bike riding, or playing soccer (before the pandemic at least!). I live in South Land Park with my wife, daughter, and two cats.
Hello, my name is Starmesha Kirkwood, I am a sophomore at Sacramento City College. My major Administration in Justice, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Talking about Environmental Science is my passion, as we move forward to the next generation we have to find ways on sustaining the earth.
I was born and raised in Midtown Sacramento before moving to Eugene, Oregon in 2013 to work on my undergraduate degree in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon. After graduating in 2017, I returned to Sacramento and began work as a land use planner for Yolo County. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, exercising, practicing the piano, and doodling.