California Center for Sustainable Communities Research Team
Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives
Zoe has a Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA, with an emphasis in regional sustainability and climate action. She brings a diverse background with over a decade of experience in program development in the nonprofit, public and academic sectors to her role. Specifically she has expertise in greenhouse gas accounting, corporate and governmental environmental sustainability reporting, regional economic development, and social services. As Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Zoe coordinates the research efforts of multiple partners, assists in developing sustainable planning methodologies for practitioners and serves as a communication bridge between the center and external stakeholders at the local, regional and state levels. She currently manages the Regional Energy Baseline project which maps and analyzes building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in LA County for the past five years.
Undergraduate Research Associate, Water Governance in LA County
Paul is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Minor in Environmental Systems and Society at UCLA and anticipates graduating in 2016. He has past research experience studying the decay rates of FIB in marine environments. He has also served as a Water Action Research Team Leader under the IoES’s Education for Sustainable Living Program in which he helped save UCLA over 700,000 gallons of potable water each year through fixture audits and updates. He currently serves as the President of the Engineers Without Borders-UCLA Student Chapter and is a Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Civil & Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Fellow. At CCSC he is assisting with research interested in relationships between governance and the potential of water self-reliance in the region.
Former Web GIS Programmer, LA Energy Atlas
Rob has a Master’s degree in GIS from University of Denver and several years of experience working in spatial data production and GIS consulting. He has worked with a variety of public interest groups to create engaging websites, data architectures, and interactive maps that provide tools for decision support and communicate complex geospatial data to diverse audiences. At CCSC, Rob assisted in leading development of the LA Energy Atlas and data management efforts.
GIS Analyst, LA Energy Atlas
Hannah is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA Luskin School. At CCSC, Hannah primarily assists with GIS and data analysis for the Baselines Project. Her research interests include urban design, sustainability, and active transportation. Prior to joining the CCSC, Hannah worked as a project manager and GIS analyst for an environmental consulting firm based in Santa Monica, CA and as a planning and policy intern with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. She graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies and minor in Geospatial Information Systems & Technologies.
Former Project Manager
Kristen has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a Leaders in Sustainability Certification from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. As a graduate student, Kristen primarily focused on transportation policy and planning and worked on a project with LA County Metro to evaluate county-wide sustainability. At CCSC, Kristen assists in the Center’s communications and distribution of research to stakeholders, policymakers and other research centers. She also worked for the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and directed work with a Strategic Growth Council grant developing a LA County framework for climate action.
Senior Research Associate
Céline graduated with an MSc in Social Policy and Planning at the London School of Economics. She has a decade’s worth of experience in community activism and organizing, primarily around social justice issues in housing and urban planning. After working for the tenant organizing non-profit S.A.J.E. in South Los Angeles, she led a campaign to take over public housing under threat of demolition, to be run as a community land trust by the residents of a west London neighborhood. She currently serves as an assistant editor to the academic journal City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action and as a contributing member to the popular education organization, Dr. Pop.
Post Doctoral Researcher, Water Governance in LA County
Erik received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, where his research focused on urban water and environmental management. He also participated in the REACH IGERT interdisciplinary training program. Before returning to graduate school, he worked as an adjunct professor and leader for Earlham College’s study abroad program in Tanzania, a science policy analyst, a systems engineer for the U.N., and an intelligence analyst for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. At IoES, he is analyzing LA groundwater governance and using systems tools to assess future LA water schemes, as part of a larger set series of grant-funded initiatives.
Former Graduate Student Researcher, LA Energy Atlas
Thuy is a PhD student in the Computer Science department at UCLA. His research interest includes machine learning and its applications in natural language processing and data mining. Prior to his studentship at UCLA, he was working as a research engineer for the Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR in Singapore from 2006-2011. He holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from University of Sciences, Vietnam.