Leila Shiblak

Leila Shiblak is the Northern California Regional Coordinator for the CivicSpark program. She began as a 2020-2021 CivicSpark fellow serving with the City of Rancho Cucamonga. Her project work involved developing the City’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan, a document that serves to provide policy and strategy recommendations to support the future of EVs. Leila…

Paulina Mejía

Paulina is a California native who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from Cal Poly Pomona and received a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Policy from UC Irvine. She served as a previous CivicSpark Fellow for the 2020-2021 service year with the City of Riverside working on COVID-19 Recovery…

Daniel Keim

Daniel moved to Los Angeles in September of 2019. Before then he grew up and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has gone through a couple of career changes (began his journey in education, then worked with youth), but most recently has enjoyed working in service with Americorps. He served as an Americorps VISTA from August…

Anne Shalamoff

Anne Shalamoff is a Regional Coordinator for the CivicSpark program on the National Service Team. Previously a CivicSpark Fellow herself, Anne worked to increase cross sectoral collaboration and environmental justice efforts by supporting the Inland Southern California Climate Collaborative (ISC3) and Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) programs through her service at Climate Resolve, a downtown…

April 2021 Newsletter

Introducing the 2019-20 #CivicSpark Annual Report! Fellows and staff come together for Mid-Year Retreat and Cesar Chavez Service Day activities. Also, meet some of our #Fellows and find out what they’ve been working on! Scroll through the image below or click here to access the links.

Amber Leavitt

Amber Leavitt is a Coastal Planner for the North Coast District of the California Coastal Commission, focusing on transportation projects as a Caltrans liaison. In this role she analyzes and permits transportation projects, ensuring minimal adverse environmental, visual, and public access impacts to the coast. As part of the transportation team, she also works on…

Serena Pelka

Serena Pelka is the Zero Waste Lead at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation where she provides environmental consulting services across the San Diego region and works to build a more connected and sustainable community through public education and outreach. Serena has worked in local government, at various non-profits, in academia, and with community and…

Rosa Maldonado

Rosa served as a 2019- 2020 CivicSpark Fellow with Compton Community College District (CCCD), in conjunction with the California Community Colleges–Chancellor’s Office to implement a historic statewide student housing project. As a Fellow, Rosa facilitated an Implementation Workgroup that met throughout her 11-month Fellowship. In addition to her key role in the Workgroup, she also…

Hannah Schanzer

Hannah Schanzer grew up in Chapel Hill North Carolina with a deep love for the environment and a passion for social justice. In 2019, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy with concentrations in Environmental Justice and Urban Sustainability. At Wash U, Hannah served as the Student…

Vanessa Shin

Raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Vanessa Shin moved to the Bay Area to study at Santa Clara University, where she received a B.S. in Environmental Science. While an undergraduate student, she enjoyed the opportunities to engage her campus community in sustainability, participate in community-based research, and explore environmental justice in various communities.  Vanessa served with the…
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