California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL) is governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of individuals representing faith-based organizations throughout California. The Board of Directors provides general oversight and guidance to the staff and helps deliver CIPL’s mission of environmental stewardship throughout the state.
Welcome to our three new Directors!
Eijun Linda Cutts, Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center
Eijun Linda Cutts came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained as a priest in 1975. She haslived at Tassajara and SFZC’s City Center, and has resided at Green Gulch Farm since 1993. In 1996 Linda received Dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson. After having served as Abbess of SF Zen Center from 2000 to 2007, she was appointed Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in 2010, and Central Abbess of SF Zen Center in 2014. She continues to teach and lead practice periods and retreats at Tassajara, Green Gulch, and elsewhere, and has been leading Yoga-Zen retreats and workshops for many years.
BIO Coming shortly…
David Chiu, Marketing & Communications Manager for The Braid
Current Board of Directors
Rabbi Marvin Goodman – Chairperson
Marvin Goodman was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological of America in 1975. He studied at the seminary after having earned his BA from Indiana University in 1970. From 1975-1988 he was the Executive Director of the Northern California Region of the United Synagogue of America as well as the Regional United Synagogue Youth Director. During that time, he was very instrumental in the development of Camp Arazim. From 1988-2007, he was the rabbi of Peninsula Sinai Congregation, a Conservative Congregation in Foster City, California. From 2007-2017 he was the Rabbi in Residence at the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation and the Executive Director of the Northern CA Board of Rabbis. Since retiring in 2017, he has been actively involved in a variety of Social Justice volunteer efforts.
His recent involvement includes being on the Board of Directors of CA Interfaith Power & Light, serving on the Board of Faith in Action Bay Area and serving on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury from 2019-2020. He became a San Mateo/SF County Master Gardener in the spring of 2018 and has expanded his home garden while helping the Master Gardeners to focus more on those in our society who are hungry for enough healthy food.
Katelyn Roedner-Sutter, California State Director, EDF
Katelyn Roedner Sutter is Senior Manager for U.S. Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, where she leads EDF’s climate work in California, as well as regulatory and legislative initiatives on climate across the Western United States. Katelyn’s focus is on advancing policies that establish and implement long-term greenhouse gas emission reductions and improve local air quality. Prior to joining EDF, Katelyn led the Diocese of Stockton’s environmental justice program where she worked with local and faith communities on climate, air quality, and land use issues.
Ector Olivares, Environmental Justice Program Manager, Catholic Charities – Catholic Diocese of Stockton
Ector grew up in Stockton but currently lives in Lodi. After high school, he served 6 years in the US Army where he was stationed in Missouri and South Korea. After his service, he attended San Joaquin Delta College where he received his AA in Criminal Justice. From there, he attended CSU Sacramento where he received his BS in Criminal Justice. He had worked for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office as a Victim Advocate for 10 years. Later, he worked at the Women’s Center- Youth and Family Services as the manager of the Safety Net program.
Throughout his career, Ector has had a strong passion to help those in our community who have been victimized, disenfranchised, and marginalized. During time off, he enjoys his family time and coaching youth baseball.
William Morris, Faith Organizer, GreenFaith
William is a climate activist located near a refinery in Torrance. He holds his degree in environmental science with an emphasis on ecological restoration and a minor in watershed management from Humboldt State University. William is a Faith Organizer with GreenFaith working on the People vs. Fossil Fuels campaign. He also works with Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) serving first as a field organizer and is now co-chair of the steering committee. He is founder and chair of the Creation Care Committee at Faith United Methodist Church, is part of the leadership team with Faiths4Future, and a member of the board at Circle Faith Future. William also has worked with faith organizations abroad spending time in Kenya, Chad and Mexico. He spends his time engaging with faith communities, schools, universities, and organizations around the topics of faith-based climate justice and education. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC News and BBC.