The Community Environmental Council (CEC) has added three new staff members and one new board member, as the organization grows rapidly and works to deepen its capacity to respond regionally to the global climate crisis.

Returning to CEC’s Board of Directors as of July 1  is David N. Pellow, Dehlsen Chair and professor of environmental studies and director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at UCSB.

CEC’s Board of Directors is composed of 17 community leaders with diverse experience in business management, nonprofit governance and financial oversight.

“CEC is by far our region’s most effective advocate for building a resilient, equitable, just, verdant, sustainable, and thriving multispecies community, hands down,” said Pellow, who is enthusiastic about re-joining the board.

In recent months, CEC also brought in three new staff members who offer a diversity of knowledge and local experience. They are:

Gabriela Morales, Climate Justice fellow

Cristina Czochanski, Climate Programs associate

Dominique Aranda, Climate Programs associate

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