Each month we spotlight a WEN member, speaker or environmental leader to help our community learn about the careers of women in the environmental fields. Occasionally, we also feature nonprofit and other organizations that are engaging the Bay Area community on environmental issues. Nominate organizations, colleagues or friends for upcoming Spotlights by emailing WEN using our contact form. We check email regularly and will respond as soon as possible.

Debra Baida

Debra Baida is a life organizer and coach and the founder of Liberated Spaces. She helps overwhelmed and variously disorganized clients throughout the Bay Area and beyond make room in their lives [...]

Hannah Wells

Hannah Wells is fiercely committed to helping businesses to be a force for good. She is passionate about leveraging sustainability and storytelling to build employee and customer retention. She [...]

Melis Ökter

Melis Ökter is an environmental scientist and coastal planner aiding local governments in developing sea level rise and coastal hazard policies. Currently a coastal planner at Dudek, she helps [...]

Lisa Baldinger

Lisa Baldinger is the newest member of the East Bay Regional Park District’s (EBRPD) Government Affairs Team. She joined EBRPD in 2014 as a Social Media and Legislative Affairs Intern and is now [...]

Joyce Ganthavorn

Joyce Ganthavorn graduated from U.C. Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. She has worked on several environmental projects which includes reducing SFUSD’s water usage [...]

February 2018 Spotlight – Ruby Tumber

Ruby Tumber spends a lot of time at work, even when she's not in the office. That's because she works for the East Bay Regional Park District, the country's largest regional park system, and [...]

January 2018 Spotlight – Alison Brown

Alison Brown is a Bay Area-born environmentalist. Her identity was shaped in part by the ethos of the sustainability-minded culture that permeates California.

December 2017 Spotlight – Sandra Acevedo-Hanns

Sandra Acevedo-Hanns is the founder & CEO of iGreen Media Group. Today, Sandra’s commitment is to be known as one making a difference. Her passion to communicate with people has marked her path [...]

November 2017 Spotlight – Nicole Gaetjens

Nicole Gaetjens is a transplant from Hawaii working full-time as the Sustainability Coordinator at Mills College in Oakland, California. Her role includes a bit of everything – from supervising [...]

October 2017 Spotlight – Sandra Lupien

Sandra has two decades of diverse leadership experience in the non-profit and public sectors; she has also worked as a public radio news anchor, and as a theater performer, director, and [...]

September 2017 Spotlight – Jennifer Stern

Jennifer Stern is an Environmental Stewardship Analyst at the City of Oakland where she promotes environmental stewardship of Oakland’s public spaces and supports volunteers who have adopted [...]

August 2017 Spotlight – Ahna Kruzic

Ahna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural southern Iowa. Ahna has worked as researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more.