Pauline has served as Executive Director of I Love A Clean San Diego since 2006. In that time, Pauline has over doubled its staff and budget size to expand the organization’s reach further than ever before. In 2007, she led the creation of WasteFreeSD.org, an innovative recycling resource for community members. Through her leadership, now 60,000 San Diegans each year are engaged through countywide cleanups, and environmental education to preserve and enhance San Diego’s natural environment. Pauline’s combined business experience and environmental background complement her organizational work and additional community roles where she serves on several citizen and community groups related to water, energy, and sustainability issues. In 2014, she joined the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) board, and represented the Waste Management sector on the City of Chula Vista’s Climate Change Working Group. Because of her leadership, she was recently chosen as one of San Diego’s top “40 under 40,” by San Diego Metro magazine, SDBJ’s “Women Who Mean Business”, and the Union Tribune’s Top 6 Environmental Leaders. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with the environment she works so diligently to protect through running, yoga, shopping at farmers’ markets, and traveling.
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Natalie Roberts-DeCarli oversees all ILACSD program implementation, giving input and strategy for program and organizational goals, partnerships, and fundraising. Ms. Roberts-DeCarli works with the development team on efforts to fund ILACSD events and programs, working with businesses, community groups, schools, and government agencies. Ms. Roberts-DeCarli serves on the Keep America Beautiful National Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Advisory Committee as well as their National Great American Cleanup Advisory Committee, where she lends her expertise about pollution prevention infrastructure and volunteerism to a network of non-profits across the country. Natalie received her degree from UC Irvine, majoring in Environmental Health Science and Policy with a minor in Education. Her longstanding tenure on the ILACSD team, professionalism, and her dedication to cooperation, teamwork, and partnerships made her a perfect fit for her new role as Senior Director of Operations.
Ann Hirsch leads ILACSD's finance department. She prepares financial and managerial accounting reports for ILACSD, including accounts payable and receivable, serves as our human resource representative and completes important administrative and bookkeeping-related services. Ann has been at ILACSD for more than 10 years. Her extensive background includes nearly 20 years of bookkeeping and administrative experience.
Sam DeCapua is a transplant from Pennsylvania who attended Gannon University in Erie, PA for both undergraduate and graduate school. Sam brings with him a Master’s degree in Public Administration as well as experience working in both the government and nonprofit sectors. After working in the Republic of Georgia as a volunteer teacher, a social worker, and a political aide for the PA House of Representatives, Sam became drawn to causes that provide value to others. It is from this desire to be a part of something larger that motivated him to join the ILACSD team. When not working, Sam loves being at the beach and rooting on his beloved teams, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Penguins.heck back soon for Sam's bio!
Brittany Fischer started out as an Outreach Intern to a Program Assistant and is now ILACSD’s full time Administrative Assistant. She has also assisted with events and giving Adopt-A-Beach presentations to local schools and businesses as well as working with other environmental groups. Brittany graduated in 2013 from California Lutheran University with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Sociology. As a San Diego native, she has a large passion for the environment and our oceans. You can usually find Brittany either in or around any of our San Diego beaches. Her favorite part about her position is being able to work with each of our departments as well as making a difference and contributing to ILACSD’s mission to conserve and enhance our environment.
Emily Nelson, a graduate of Brigham Young University, first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant for our Education Department and now serves as an Environmental Educator. Emily has a diverse background with experience teaching youth of all ages through outdoor and traditional education with such organizations as the Girls Scouts, YMCA, and National Archives and Records Administration of Washington, D.C.. As an the Education Manager, she spends her time traveling to schools all over San Diego County to share her passion for the environment and the ILACSD mission. She educates elementary through high school age students about sources of pollution and what they can do to protect our environment in hopes of inspiring new environmental stewards.
As an Education Specialist at ILACSD, Grace Matteson enjoys sharing her love of the ocean with students and inspiring environmental stewardship. Grace studied Marine Biology at UCLA, where she cultivated her passion for the ocean and conservation. While studying at UCLA, Grace tested water quality in the Santa Monica Mountain Watershed, studied environmental impacts on eelgrass beds, and went on a research trip to Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Most recently, Grace refined her teaching techniques as a Naturalist at Camp SEA Lab Outdoor School. In her free time, you can find Grace running, cooking, and SCUBA diving.
Lexi Ambrogi began as a program assistant for ILACSD and now serves as ILACSD's Community Program Manager. She leads the volunteer recruitment process for cleanups and community events throughout San Diego County. Lexi received her master's degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, where she also studied journalism as an undergraduate. A transplant from the east coast, Lexi has worked with several environmental nonprofits to promote sustainable food systems and environmental stewardship. She is excited to promote the mission of environmental conservation as part of the ILACSD team.
Moriah Saldaña first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant in the community events department in 2013 and brings with her a diverse background in community engagement and city planning. As the Community Programs Coordinator, Moriah organizes community outreach events, as well as community based and countywide cleanups to engage coastal and inland communities. During her time with ILACSD, she has continued to work closely with our Community Program Manager, Lexi Ambrogi. Moriah has a Bachelor's degree in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. In this position, she is excited to work with the thousands of participants that volunteer for ILACSD’s events every year and she is particularly interested in encouraging more people to switch out their single use plastic items for more sustainable alternatives.
Anais Rodriguez first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant, primarily working on the Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste hotline and database, WasteFreeSD.org. Now, as the Recycling Programs Manager, she leads all Waste Free SD activities and other county-wide recycling programs. Anais is a graduate from Humboldt State University where she received a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. Her prior experience includes working for the Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus program as a Project Coordinator at Humboldt State University. She hopes that her enthusiastic energy will help promote responsible recycling practices to hotline callers and the community. In her spare time, Anais enjoys going to Zumba and roller skating.
As Development and Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Lott-Buchholz collaborates with ILACSD’s hotline, education and community programs departments. She promotes the mission of the organization and local resources through our website, monthly newsletter and social media. Sarah has previously worked in a variety of nonprofit settings including: the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Outdoor Outreach and now, ILACSD! A San Diego transplant from Oregon, Sarah brings with her a degree in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon, a love for the outdoors and passion for protecting our environment. She is excited to learn more about environmental issues impacting San Diego and to share that knowledge with others as a member of the ILACSD team.
Lauren Short is a recent Boston transplant who became interested in ILACSD after seeing our logo on a Clean Beach Coalition poster in Mission Beach. Lauren has a degree in environmental studies, and she’s most looking forward to connecting with San Diegans about recycling—at her last job, she successfully initiated a recycling incentive program for her coworkers.
Vince Rivas is a recent UC Santa Cruz grad with a long history of engagement with environmental organizations, including working as a program assistant intern with Ecology Action. He’s currently doing some volunteer field work for the San Diego Habitat Conservancy, and in his spare time he’s working to start an organization with a mission to turn beach volleyball players into environmental stewards.
Pia’s combined marketing experience and environmental background makes her a great addition to ILACSD as a Program Assistant. Since joining the team eariler this year in 2015, she has engaged and educated the community about ILACSD’s programs at such events as the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering and the Girls Scouts’ Earth Day Expo. Before joining ILACSD, Pia worked for such organizations as The Water Conservation Garden of El Cajon and The San Diego Museum of Art.
Angelica Truong is in SDSU’s MPA program and works part-time for the County of San Diego conducting research for the Climate Action Plan, LEED Neighborhood Development and other sustainability projects. Angelica is passionate about sustainable development and has a background in urban and regional planning. She’ll also be assisting with our recycling hotline!