About Us

Chapter Objectives:

  1. Support environmental professionals and students in a manner that serves to enhance, maintain, and protect the quality of the natural and built environment.
  2. Promote objective research and education based on the best available science for the benefit of the public and environmental professionals.
  3. Represent and connect environmental professionals and students across Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, using a variety of outreach and engagement techniques.
  4. Improve and advance the state of the art in communication, data collection, and methodologies for environmental analysis and planning.
  5. Improve public awareness and involvement in the environmental planning, analysis, and review process.
  6. Advocate for environmental justice and actively pursue strategies to improve access to the profession for all regardless of background.

Current Board Members:

Brandi Cummings
Lead Environmental Planner
SWCA Environmental Consultants

Vice President
Nicole West

Supervising Environmental Planner 

Rincon Consultants, Inc

Melissa Whittemore
Supervising Environmental Planner
Rincon Consultants

Haley Kolosieke
Associate Planner

Chapter Director
John Karamitsos
Santa Barbara County Legend

Ventura County Programs Representative
Morgan Vahradian
City of Ventura
Interpretive Outreach

Santa Barbara County Programs Representative
Travis Lee

San Luis Obispo County Programs Representative
Megan Knight
Environmental Planner
Rincon Consultants

Communications Director
Elizabeth Moreno
Senior Planner 
County of San Luis Obispo

Membership Director
Nicole West
Supervising Environmental Planner
Rincon Consultants

Legislative Liaison
Emily Creel
Principal Planning Team Lead
SWCA Environmental Consultants

Student Outreach Coordinator
Cassidy Bewley
Project Environmental Planner
SWCA Environmental Consultants

Member At Large
Jacqueline Protsman
Rohr Associate II

Bren School Advisor
David Parker
Director of Career Development
UCSB Bren School

Fundraising Chair
Open Position

Corporate Sponsor Chair
Open Position

Updated: March 15, 2023 by Elizabeth Moreno

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