Stephanie Cadena is a regional environmental planner with the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG), located in her hometown of Southeast Los Angeles. Stephanie provides general planning support to the COG’s member cities in the areas of air quality/climate, housing & homelessness, and transportation. Prior to her current planning role, she served as a split CivicSpark Climate Fellow for the COG and the Gateway Cities Energy Leader Partnership, working on regional climate action planning and local energy efficiency projects. She began her career and interest in sustainability and environmental planning in the central coast, having completed a sustainability assessment for the City of Goleta. Her long term career goal is to engage in regional conservation planning for California’s most impacted wildlife and natural habitat areas. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys taking her dog to new parks in LA, volunteering to plant trees, and watching Disney movies.
Current Fellows can ask her about regional planning, working in Public Works, project management, working for various beneficiaries, general planning support, and climate investments.