Nathan McKenzie, Program Manager

Nathan McKenzie leads SEI’s green housing sector and manages programs addressing workforce development and municipal sustainability. His work focuses on: energy and water efficiency and solar energy for affordable housing; municipal sustainability policy and planning; career development for emerging climate professionals; and educational programs engaging youth in sustainability audits of schools and homes.

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Jake Pollack, Program Manager

Jake’s primary focus at SEI is on higher education and post-graduate workforce development. He manages programs that train students and professionals in the fields of climate resilience, campus sustainability, and community-based applied learning programs.

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Sophia Zug, Program Manager

Sophia is a technical education specialist at SEI, focused on topics such as electricity, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Throughout California, Sophia manages energy conservation competitions and leads energy audits at schools. She supports work around energy and water use tracking for school districts.

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Liz Fitzpatrick, Project Coordinator

Liz is based in San Diego and as a technical education specialist, works on the Energize Schools, Energize Colleges, and Climate Corps programs in Southern California. She directly supports high school and college students, teachers, faculty, interns, and Fellows to create leaders in the new green energy workforce.

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Hope Zabronsky, Project Coordinator

Hope supports K-College educational programming at SEI. She also assists with Climate Corps recruitment, trainings, communications, and targeted outreach to ensure that Fellows receive the necessary tools to advance their careers in the sustainability field.

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Casey Fritz, Associate Project Coordinator

Casey supports the K-12 education programs at SEI, including Energize Schools and Zero Waste Marin. She supports energy and sustainability curriculum planning and implementation at high schools across California; project manages the Zero Waste Marin program and Zero Waste Schools San Pablo programs for SEI; and is part of the grant writing and development team.

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Petrut Ababei, Associate Project Coordinator

Petrut joined the team to assist with the K-12 sustainability education efforts and provide support for the Climate Corps program. He has a background in classroom instruction and is passionate about integrated solutions to climate change induced challenges.

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Courtney Leader, Nonprofit Leadership Fellow

Courtney supports K-college educational programming at SEI, including Energize Schools and Marin Zero Waste.  At SEI, she is able to combine her past work in environmental education and her knowledge-base in sustainable building design to teach, empower and engage in schools and communities.   

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In Memoriam

SEI is deeply saddened to announce that we have lost one of our most cherished staff members, Mildred Church Dandridge, who had been with SEI since its inception in 1997.

Mildred was fundamental to the forming of SEI and helped write one of the first SEI grants in 1999. She acted as SEI’s Education Program Director until 2007, working with countless schools and engaging youth in their communities. She worked diligently to build SEI programs, where she engaged elementary through high school students to be part of the climate solution. She taught high school students to assess small business energy use, developed a year-long suite of curriculum scaffolding climate instruction for 4th and 5th graders. She worked with countless districts to use their facilities as a teaching tool, helping reduce energy use in schools through student and staff behavior change. Though she “retired” in 2007, she still remained a member of the SEI team and ran our Building Operators Certification Program and helped launch The School of Environmental Leadership (SEL). Mildred wrote key curriculum for both SEI and The SEL and assisted in laying the foundation for curriculum to receive University of California A-G approval for The SEL, as well as obtaining college credit for the courses. Throughout these contributions, Mildred sought ways to help train young people to take a clearly defined environmental leadership role in their communities.

To honor Mildred’s legacy, The SEL will be renaming the Senior Scholarship to the Mildred Church Dandridge Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded each year to a MarinSEL senior who exemplifies the joy, spirit, empathy, and selflessness that Mildred showed everyday, as well as their deep commitment to the environment. This scholarship will go toward furthering the recipient’s education at the college or university level. If you would like to support the Mildred Church Dandridge Memorial Scholarship, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.

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