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Pájaro Valley Climate Action

23 East Beach Street Suite 104

Watsonville

 

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P.O. Box 1252

Freedom, CA 95019

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Phone: +1 831-288-7755

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Advisory Board

Meet the Regeneration Advisory Board!

Francisco Estrada

Program Associate, Pájaro Valley Community Health Trust

Francisco Estrada is a native of the Pajaro Valley. After completing his graduate work at San Jose State University, Francisco spent the next few years working for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education helping to provide the youth in Watsonville with vocational opportunities through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant and the Sueños Program.

In his role as Program Associate with the Health Trust, he has worked to oversee two new health collaboratives focused on addressing the social determinants of health, as well as managing the grant making program. As a type-1 diabetic, Francisco is aware of the importance of promoting good health and bringing equity to the residents of the Pajaro Valley.

 

In his spare time, Francisco volunteers as a mentor for the Aztecas soccer program and teaches history at Hartnell College.

Anne Hayes

Director of Development, Western Region, Climate Central

Anne was most recently a Director of Development at UC Santa Cruz, where her portfolio was focused on donors to the Environmental Studies Department and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She recently led a campaign to endow the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History at UCSC, raising more than $3M. Earlier, she served the Institute of Marine Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Science Communication program, and the UCSC Natural Reserves.

 

Prior to her ten years at UCSC, Anne led programs and development efforts for environmental education organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout her career, Anne has also been a freelance writer and editor, primarily in the areas of ecology and natural history. 

 

Anne is married and lives in rural Santa Cruz County. 

Kirsten Liske

Vice President of Community Programs, Ecology Action

Kirsten is grateful to serve as the Vice President of Community Programs at Ecology Action, a kind, innovative nonprofit making the world a better place by helping people take action to reverse climate change and address water shortages. She lives and works in Santa Cruz, California, a seaside redwood haven that she could not leave after graduating with honors from UCSC, a college renowned for having the nation’s coolest mascot, the banana slug.

 

During Kirsten’s tenure at Ecology Action of Santa Cruz, the organization has experienced significant growth in size and breadth of program expertise, growing from a staff of 9 and a budget of $591,000 to a current staff of almost 100 and a budget $16 million. Kirsten’s contributions to Ecology Action are her ability to grow and establish new programs, build successful collaboratives, and manage high-performance teams. Kirsten enjoys taking long walks up big hills with heavy packs, diving in alpine lakes and playing with her nieces and nephews anywhere they want to play.

Kirsten Liske

Vice President of Community Programs, Ecology Action

Kirsten is grateful to serve as the Vice President of Community Programs at Ecology Action, a kind, innovative nonprofit making the world a better place by helping people take action to reverse climate change and address water shortages. She lives and works in Santa Cruz, California, a seaside redwood haven that she could not leave after graduating with honors from UCSC, a college renowned for having the nation’s coolest mascot, the banana slug.

 

During Kirsten’s tenure at Ecology Action of Santa Cruz, the organization has experienced significant growth in size and breadth of program expertise, growing from a staff of 9 and a budget of $591,000 to a current staff of almost 100 and a budget $16 million. Kirsten’s contributions to Ecology Action are her ability to grow and establish new programs, build successful collaboratives, and manage high-performance teams. Kirsten enjoys taking long walks up big hills with heavy packs, diving in alpine lakes and playing with her nieces and nephews anywhere they want to play.

Adam Scow 

Senior Strategist,

Public Water Now

Adam Scow resides in Watsonville and is currently a Senior Strategist for Public Water Now, a community-based organization working to win public ownership of the water system on the Monterey Peninsula. Adam was previously a Senior Consumer Advocate for Consumer Watchdog, where he worked on energy, privacy, and security issues.
 
For over 12 years Adam worked at Food & Water Watch where as California Director he oversaw successful campaigns to promote clean energy and protect California's water. During his tenure his team helped pass legislation to establish a human right to water in California and helped pass a bill led by the United Farm Workers to win overtime pay for farmworkers. Adam has worked for over a decade on the Central Coast and has supported and helped lead campaigns to ban fracking and stop water privatization in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties.

Nelly Vaquera-Boggs

Chief Negotiator, Pájaro Valley Federation of Teachers

Nelly grew up in Northern California, at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she gained a deep appreciation for the environment. She moved to Santa Cruz County to teach for Pajaro Valley Unified after receiving a Bilingual Teaching Credential in 2007and is grateful to live within reach of the beauty of the forest and the ocean.

 

Nelly incorporated the respect and appreciation of the environment into her lessons. She organized field trips for beach clean-ups and tide pool explorations with various local organizations for her students; the first beach experience for some students. Nelly has also participated in teacher training through the Monterey Bay Aquarium to bring ocean learning,  plastic pollution awareness, and prevention into her classroom. She has participated in Safe Ag Safe Schools and spoken at a public hearing asking for pesticide reform. 

 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and learning new ways to help combat climate change. 

Past and Founding Members of the Advisory Board

Maria Elena De La Garza

Executive Director, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County

Rebecca Garcia

Retired Principal and City Councilmember, Watsonville

Reverend Florentino Cordova

Former Pastor,

First Christian Church, Watsonville

Veronica Camberos,

Former Director of Programs, Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust

Patricia Ladron de Guevara

Senior Department Manager, (Retired  2015) Baskin School of Engineering, UCSC

 Francisco Rodriguez

Past President, Pajaro Valley 
Federation of Teachers