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.
Emily Nelson, a graduate of Brigham Young University, first joined ILACSD as an Environmental Educator and now oversees the Education department as the Director of Education. Emily has a diverse background with experience teaching youth of all ages through outdoor and informal education with such organizations as Girls Scouts San Diego, the YMCA, and the National Archives and Records Administration of Washington, D.C.. Under Emily’s leadership, the education department engages K-Adult students in hands-on activities that connect them to nature and inspire them to protect our environment. Emily believes deeply in the power of small, simple, sustained actions towards a greater good. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking, camping, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with family.
Lauren, a native New Yorker, moved out to San Diego after a lifelong dream of living in California. She has always valued resource conservation and living a minimalistic lifestyle. Lauren deeply respects and values nature, animals, and the connection of all living things. She enjoys working closely with San Diegan’s every day, giving them the knowledge, power, and ability to make impactful choices in their own and others’ lives. When she is not in the office, you can find her outside hiking, collecting houseplants, and traveling to as many National Parks as possible.
San Diego has been Ian’s adopted home for 20 years and he has his feet firmly planted in the sand of Pacific Beach. Ian has spent his entire career, since graduating from San Jose State University in marketing communications, expanding his experience in marketing, media relations and corporate partnerships. His past roles include public relations director for a major sporting event producer; communications manager for Mayor Cheryl Cox at the city of Chula Vista; and, marketing director for a large clean energy nonprofit. Ian joined I Love A Clean San Diego to help develop its marketing and fundraising activities, and to apply his passion for the environment and his affection for nonprofit work at an organization that truly serves the communities of San Diego County. Ian is a surfer and has traveled and lived throughout Europe, which took him to the Swiss Alps for his love of skiing and snowboarding. The glacier in Switzerland he used to ski on is now completely melted.
Molly hails from Carlsbad with a deep enthusiasm for inspiring change in others through environmental education; highlighting that small changes in everyday life can have big impacts. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Administration. While in school, Molly held a variety of internships, including the San Diego Zoo Safari Park College Relations Program, City of San Diego Think Blue Program, and our very own Community Programs Department. Starting out as an Environmental Educator, she now works as the Youth Education Manager where she oversees our K-12 classroom presentations and other youth education efforts throughout San Diego County. Outside of work, Molly enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, exploring local bike paths and finding new breakfast spots.
Valerie is from Escondido, and grew up hiking and exploring San Diego County. She received her B.S. in Conservation Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, with a concentration in Oceanography and Marine Science. Her background is in non-profit work, and Valerie has worked with the Surfrider Foundation, the International Marine Mammal Project, and KIDS for the BAY. She loves working with students and teachers to help others become passionate about their environment! Outside of work, Valerie loves cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Brooke is from Chula Vista and she has a passion for her coastal community’s health and irreplaceable marine ecosystems. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems with an emphasis on Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. While in college, she interned at a local municipality’s stormwater division monitoring local beach water quality where she continued to fall in love with marine science. She graduated from the University of Redlands with a Master in Business Administration while working in the environmental compliance field. Her experience spans waste, wastewater, and stormwater management. Outside of work, she volunteers with several organizations in the San Diego community and can be found drawing, vermicomposting, or spending time outdoors soaking up the San Diego sunshine.
Nik is a lifelong San Diegan with a strong connection to environmental stewardship. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara, he spent years working with organizations like the San Diego Oceans Foundation and the San Diego Canyonlands while earning his Master in City Planning from San Diego State University. Nik’s background in regional planning and environmental policy compliment his experience in communications and public outreach. After working for a few years with local government agencies, the City of San Diego’s Water Conservation Department, and SANDAG, he is excited to be back working with his first love, environmental activism. When he’s not organizing volunteer events, you can find him experimenting with food, exploring the craft beer scene, and running.
Carly is a native Southern Californian, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama ’12-’14), and Geographic Information Systems Certificate holder from San Diego Mesa College. She has dual B.A. degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish from UC Santa Barbara, and has been working in the environmental field ever since, including working in multiple roles at I Love A Clean San Diego as the Administrative Assistant (May-November 2017), Community Programs Coordinator (November 2017-December 2020), and now ArcGIS Specialist (February 2021-present). As the ArcGIS Specialist at I Love A Clean San Diego, Carly develops all of the maps and dashboards found on the Impact Hub, which keeps the community connected to the data illustrating the tremendous impacts the organization has on our environment and waterways throughout the county. When Carly isn’t crafting cartographic creations at I Love A Clean San Diego, she is a full-time GIS Analyst at Environmental Science Associates, and can be found cooking heirloom beans and soaking up the sun in the great outdoors in her free time.
Heather is a native San Diegan who appreciates the diverse beauty of the local landscape and has a passion for examining the human experience through all forms of communication. She has a diverse educational background with a B.A. in Linguistics and an MBA from the University of San Diego with a concentration in international business. Heather’s professional experience focuses on local non-profit community outreach and engagement. At I Love A Clean San Diego, she supports the marketing and communications of educational and community engagement programs as the Marketing Coordinator. She also supports the philanthropy and fundraising activities of the organization.
Priscilla is the Waste Recovery Coordinator for I Love A Clean San Diego. A native San Diegan, she started her zero waste journey in an astronomy class when the teacher challenged her students to “buy less things” as one action to solve climate change. She hopes to inspire others to see that less can be more. She enjoys spending time with her family camping, hiking, reading, and trying new vegan recipes.
Amy Unruh is originally from the Bay Area and went to school at Sonoma State where she studied conservation/restoration (Bachelors) and biology (minor). In college, she interned with the Sonoma Land Trust, leading walks that focus on native raptors and wildflowers, as well as leading invasive species removal efforts. After graduating, she spent 1.5 years living in Vietnam, where she taught English and volunteered doing beach cleanups, and teaching about animal welfare and conservation. After returning, Amy worked with San Diego Floating Lab, which focused on teaching grade school students about ocean life and conservation. She also worked (and continues to work) with Family Camp At Yosemite, leading nature walks, teaching about native plants and animals, creating programing, and leading the Guest Experience team. In her free time she loves doing anything outside – going to beach, hiking, reading, and studying plant taxonomy!
Vanessa earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Humboldt State University. After college, she served as an AmeriCorps at Friends of the Dunes in Arcata, California. During her time at this non-profit organization, she developed a passion for the conservation and protection of natural resources and watersheds. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and bird watching.
Rowan graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Law and Human Rights and Spanish. During her time at the University, she worked on the school’s Urban Farm where she learned the ins and outs of organic farming and sustainable living. Before joining ILACSD she worked as an Assistant Farm Educator at Coastal Roots Farm where she supported the education department with Farm Camp, programs, and events. Prior to moving to San Diego she lived in Portland, Oregon where she worked for The Multnomah Athletic Club as the Athletic Engagement Fitness and Wellness Lead. After college she lived and worked in Australia for a year!
Rowan loves swimming, traveling, going to concerts, educating kids and building relationships with others.
Michelle grew up in Los Angeles and made her way to San Diego for graduate school in inorganic chemistry. She has a Master’s Degree in chemistry and worked for 5 years with a solar energy research center based at Caltech as their Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity. She loves teaching students of all ages about science and particularly how we can live more sustainably to protect the planet. As an extension of that passion for sustainability and zero-waste living, Michelle also has her own home organizing business where she helps people be more mindful of their consumption habits and how to take better care of their belongings.
Maren grew up in Chicago and made her way out to California to study at the University of San Diego, where she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and minors in Political Science and Sociology. She loves traveling, and both prior to and during college took any chance she could get to study or volunteer abroad. Some of her favorite projects she has worked on include implementing invasive species control plans in New Zealand and Fiji, and increasing access to clean water for rural villages in Cambodia through building water filters out of natural materials. She is passionate about sustainable food systems, holistic wellness, and living a zero-waste lifestyle. Outside of work, she can often be found doing acro yoga and aerial arts, going camping, enjoying concerts, and cooking vegan meals for friends and family.