Lucas Oshun- Executive Director Born and raised in Sebastopol California, Lucas Oshun graduated from University of California Santa Cruz in 2007 with degrees in Community Studies and Politics with a focus on International Relations. During his studies he interned at Global Kids in NYC, where he learned about the importance of discussion based workshop education, and international relations education for high school students. He has traveled extensively in South East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America. Grateful for having had the opportunity to experience different cultures and to travel internationally, Lucas believes strongly in providing travel, cultural immersion and grassroots organizing opportunities to young people. Lucas speaks English and Spanish. Contact Luke at email@example.com
Mallory Bressler- Managing Director Originally from Lafayette California, Mallory graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with degrees in Sociology and Political Science, with a focus on education and social change. Following her undergraduate career, Mallory enrolled in the National Teaching Fellowship program with Citizen Schools through which she received her Masters in Education and became the Campus Director of an extended learning day program in Boston, MA. Following her three years with Citizen Schools, Mallory became an education consultant working with non-profits around the country training young educators, developing curriculum and increasing non-profit capacity. Mallory speaks English and Spanish. Contact Mallory at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Katz– Director of Operations Rachel has two decades of experience working with non-profits that she brings to GSE. In 1996, shortly after graduation from Stanford University, Rachel co-founded and lived 18 years at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, in Missouri, before moving to Oakland, CA. While in Missouri, she earned her Master’s Degree in biology studying birds and land management. She has applied her organizational super powers to grow organizations such as The Mosaic Project and EOS International. She has traveled extensively in Central America and worked in Nicaragua with EOS. Rachel speaks English and Spanish. Contact Rachel at email@example.com
Kate Crigler– Communications and Development Manager From West Sonoma County, Kate graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2008 with a degree in Anthropology. Her love of cultural exploration has inspired her to travel, work and study in China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, and in Tanzania, Nicaragua and Ecuador with GSE. Prior to her work with GSE Kate worked with Outer Voices (a Sonoma County based non-profit broadcasting stories of grassroots women leaders through radio documentaries) and created a pilot curriculum that linked the documentaries with standard high school lessons. Kate also worked in the administrative department of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Sonoma County, and developed an art curriculum at TOIT elementary school in Bhaktaphur, Nepal. Kate speaks English and conversational French. Contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrissy Orangio – Contra Costa County Program Coordinator Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Chrissy graduated from Elon University 2009 with a degree in Environmental Science and International Studies, with a focus on society. Following her undergraduate career, Chrissy became an AmeriCorps Leader for Montana Campus Corps, a program to support college student volunteers across the state of Montana. After completing her year with AmeriCorps, Chrissy received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at University of Cape Town in South Africa where she earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental and Geographic Sciences. While in Cape Town, Chrissy volunteered with several non-profits that built community gardens in schools in townships (extremely poor, underdeveloped areas on the outskirts of the city). She has lead exchange trips to South Africa and recently worked with GSE in Nicaragua. Chrissy speaks English and Spanish. Contact Chrissy at email@example.com
Jonathan Kaufman – Marin Program Coordinator Born in Boston, Jonathan graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Environmental Studies. His passion for local food has led him from farm work in rural Ohio, to directing a team working to increase food access in inner city Cleveland, to working as a sous-chef at a local/organic café. He’s lived in Ecuador and led service trips throughout the US as well as El Salvador, and Nicaragua. He believes strongly in the empowerment offered by small-scale agriculture and intercultural exchanges. Jonathan speaks Spanish and English. Contact Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Coyne – Campus Rep Coordinator Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sean recently graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering. Sean has proven himself as a passionate leader and communicator as a Campus Representative with GSE. In conjunction with his leadership experience, Sean has gained applied skills in sustainable construction and has a thorough understanding of environmental infrastructure process and design. Sean loves physics, astronomy, exploring, and his dog, Korra. Contact Sean at email@example.com.