RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Vera Petrovic
Research Assistant

Vera Petrovic is a junior at Lawrence High School, in Lawrence, Kansas. She has previously been involved with the Rising Voices Youth Climate Initiative, and has fostered a love for environmental preservation and social justice since a young age. Outside of her environmental engagement, Vera participates in debate, student council, and Habitat for Humanity. In the future, she hopes to study environmental sociology and psychology, with a focus in the historical trauma that has impacted indigenous communities.

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Amanda Pantoja
Research Assistant

Amanda Pantoja is a fourth year Environmental Studies and Chicana/o Studies major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles where her love for building strong communities and helping others first ignited. Growing up surrounded by polluting industrial facilities also made her cognizant of the environmental injustices imposed on communities of color. As a young adult, Amanda was a youth organizer with Communities for a Better Environment and actively worked to empower her community. Amanda has continued to join groups and organizations that fight for the wellbeing of people and the environment. She currently works with Food and Water Watch as a student organizer on a campaign to ban new oil wells in Santa Barbara County. She feels strongly about promoting a holistic relationship with the Earth so that we have clean air, clean water, and clean soil for generations to come.

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Hannah Ornellas
Research Assistant

I am a fourth-year environmental studies major at UCSB. I am currently the Community Resident Director for Isla Vista Tenants Unit a grassroots organization that works on educating the diverse community of Isla Vista to ensure that tenants know their rights. I work on community outreach programs and make sure all groups of the community are included by ensuring that necessary services are provided such as translation services.  I am really interested in changing how we develop our cities. I want to work in Urban Planning, and help to build more resilient, sustainable, and humane communities. I'm interested in learning more about fighting climate change on a local, city-wide level. Moving forward, our development needs to be more inclusive and actively fight to slow down the progression of climate change.

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Danyelle Mason
Research Assistant

Danyelle Mason is an environmental studies major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After working in the hospitality industry, she has developed a passion for people. This combined with her education at UCSB has created an interest in the intersection between environmental justice and social justice issues. She is driven to foster synergistic relationships between people and their environments, creating a new perception of Earth as something to take care of, rather than something to master. Danyelle hopes to increase awareness of the issues we face as a global society and play a role in crafting innovative solutions to solve them. In the future, she aspires to travel and work on sustainability projects that empower local communities.

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Julia Feldman
Research Assistant

Julia Feldman is a fourth year Environmental Studies major at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She is a Dean's Honors student and also working towards a certificate in Technology Management. After working for UCSB Adventure Programs and Health and Wellness for two years, she began working with UCSB Sustainability on programs such as PACES Green Certification and the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. She is fascinated by the concepts of industrial ecology and circular economies, and hopes to combine her passion of protecting the environment to industries such as fashion to help clean up their practices. Her goal is to one day start her own line of sustainable clothing and make conscious consumerism accessible for all. In the meantime, she works closely with an organization called the Isla Vista Trading Post (IVTP) to recycle clothes, extending their lifetimes, and providing free pop up thrift shops in her college community. In her free time, Julia loves to write music and is the lead singer of a band in LA called BNTLY. After graduation, Julia hopes to obtain her masters in Sustainable Business Management.

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Jessica Clegg
Research Assistant

My name is Jessica Rose Clegg and I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara. I am working towards an environmental studies Bachelor of Arts degree, with an emphasis in anthropology. After I graduate, I am interested in pursuing a master’s in public health degree. I am interested in environmental justice, climate justice, and food justice. I recently finished my Division I collegiate soccer career after 17 years of playing. I was born and raised in San Diego, California along with my five brothers and sisters, and I recently became an aunt of two beautiful baby girls. Some of my interests include: running, hiking, traveling, swimming in the ocean, beach volleyball, reading, art, and cooking.

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Sarah Billings
Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Sarah Billings and I'm a fourth year undergraduate student at UCSB. I'm originally from the South Bay Area and I love currently living in Isla Vista, CA! I am double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies and planning to graduate this year. I hope to combine my love of the outdoors with my love of current events and policy in the field of environmental law and/or nonprofit work in the field. I am most passionate about making a difference in any way I can, which is why I'm so excited to be a part of this organization! Also, in my free time I enjoy snowboarding, basketball, stand up paddle boarding, and cooking with friends.

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Paige Atkinson
Research Assistant

Paige Atkinson is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Environmental Studies with a certificate in Peace Corp Prep. When she’s not in class, Paige spends time working with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration on native habitat preservation and education. She is also a student facilitator with the Kids in Nature program, which brings ecological and environmental education to local schools. Paige is passionate about understanding and cultivating connections between people and the environment, while striving for a more environmentally conscious society. She is excited to be a member of the LiKEN team to help promote a more socially and environmentally sustainable future.

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