Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Elena Christopoulos, President of the Board
Elena is a Queen’s University educated scientist, communications and sustainability expert, political advisor and passionate environmentalist. She is a Certified Sustainability (CSR-P) Practitioner and “walks the talk.” Her depth of technical expertise is only surpassed by her ability to build relationships between people and motivate groups to achieve project goals.
She divides her time between the US, Canada and Europe working on diverse alternative energy programs, clean tech projects and political campaigns. In early 2000, she implemented the first urban turbine in North America located in downtown Toronto, Canada. She brought the first urban turbine to Southern California for the Los Angeles Community College District as an Energy Program Manager for a $6 billion bond program.
She is the President of the Board of Directors for the Green Chamber of Commerce and a Technical and Consular Advisor for E3NYC. She also is an avid surfer, saxophone player, and marathon runner. She speaks French, Italian, Greek and German.
Gregory L. Chan, Development Chair
Gregory L. Chan is the Senior Community Affairs Officer for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Mr. Chan has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of public affairs and has represented the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, the New Jersey Council of Churches, the Presbyterian Church as well as several organizations in San Francisco and in Asia. Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Community Organizing from California State University at San Diego, a Master’s in Divinity and Communications from Princeton and San Francisco Theological Seminaries and a Master’s in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
Greg currently sits on the Boards of the Alameda County Taxpayers’ Association, the West Contra Costa County Council of Industries and the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. He previously sat on the Boards of the International Association of Public Participation, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and the served as the Chairman of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce. He is an avid lover of fine dining, jazz, baseball and political history.
Sandra Stewart, Marketing Chair
Sandra Stewart co-founded Thinkshift Communications, a San Francisco–based Certified B Corporation that combines deep knowledge of sustainability with broad communications expertise. Thinkshift melds creativity and practicality to create strategic marketing programs that help sustainability-oriented enterprises succeed.
Sandra loves anything involving brainstorming, watching ideas become realities, and pushing comfort zones (her own included). A zealous pursuer of the perfect word, she serves as Think shift’s informal editorial director. She also has a passion for public policy and (unrelated) a reasonable-size collection of primitive weapons.
Marjorie Jones, Treasurer
Marjorie’s byline describes her the best, “Doing the debits & credits for those who make a difference.” She is focused on tax preparation and bookkeeping assistance for non-profit and local community businesses. She is an Enrolled Agent (tax professional), with a private practice specializing in tax exempt and small businesses. Marjorie is delighted that her business is attracting many agencies and companies in the forefront of green technology that will indeed “make a difference” in our world.
Nestor Mejia, Education Chair
Nestor has over sixteen years of diversified upper management and executive experience with emphasis in environmental remediation, hazardous waste management, safety quality standards development, sustainability initiatives, renewable energy, governmental affairs, business development, construction and environmental risk mitigation. In addition, Nestor has directed Environment, Health & Safety programs for educational institution, large science research laboratories and government installations in the United States and overseas.
Nestor is a passionate entrepreneur who has founded and managed his own environmental consulting and services businesses operating in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. Nestor has served in the board of directors at a Contra Costa based non-profit charitable organization focusing in social responsibility. Nestor have been engaged to initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on safety, energy conservation, greening, renewable energy and global warming among several other topics, activities and new social benefit initiatives. Nestor has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with emphasis in Solar Energy, a Professional Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management, a Master’s in Business Administration with emphasis in Operations and Sustainability and a Doctorate in Environmental Science with emphasis in Climate Variability and Carbon Economy.
Judith Sissener, Political Advocacy Chair
Judith has more than 30 years of executive level entrepreneurial experience including CEO positions at five highly successful NGOs, and co-founder of three others both for-profit and non-profit. She has served on the boards of directors of diverse organizations including the YMCA, Ventura Homeless Coalition Task Force, and the Illinois Arts Alliance, among others. Her award-winning leadership positions include CEO of a multimillion dollar non-profit that provided literacy education, job-skills development and job placement to the chronically unemployed; founder and director of a free adult literacy program; and creator of an innovative, entrepreneurial collaborative teen training/work program with Ben & Jerry’s.
Judith was appointed Adjunct Professor of Engineering Technology at Golden West College where she co-developed an industry-leading graphics program for fabric design. As Principal of her consultancy, Judith created innovative multi-sector business structures, fundraising and marketing strategies that resulted in significant major funding for organizations in the arts, social service, education, science/research, and child health/safety. She earned simultaneous degrees in Political Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois.