Susan Stephenson, Executive Director
Susan oversees The Regeneration Project and California Interfaith Power and Light. Susan has over two decades of experience developing and implementing issue-advocacy and electoral campaigns for environmental and other public interest organizations. Prior to joining The Regeneration Project, she served as vice president of the Oakland-based campaign consulting firm The Next Generation. Beginning in 1999, she organized and coordinated the California Global Warming Campaign, which implemented a proactive strategy resulting in several landmark legislative victories. She has been involved with California Interfaith Power and Light since its inception in 2000. Susan received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina.
Allis Druffel, Southern California Director
Allis joined CIPL in 2009 as Southern California Outreach Director. She brings with her a wealth of experience working in the faith community, having been Director of Community Services for Holy Family Church in South Pasadena. She is the former chair of the Los Angeles Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace. Allis is a classical singer and holds a Master in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland, as well as a Master degree in Pastoral Ministries from Santa Clara University. In addition to climate change work, she continues to sing, often combining nature themes and environmental education with 18th and 19th century songs.
Liore Milgrom-Gartner, Northern California Director
Liore inspires and supports communities of faith in taking bold and just action to address the climate crisis. She comes to CIPL from the San Francisco Department of the Environment where she managed programs and policies to encourage people to walk, bike, take transit and carpool. Before her return to California, she mobilized the Jewish community to advocate for strong climate policy and to green their synagogues and homes. She earned her MPS in Environmental Economics and BS in Environmental Science, both from Cornell University. While away from the office, Liore can be spotted with her family at myriad farmers markets, gardening at home or biking around San Francisco.
Gerald Bernstein, Renewable Energy/Special Projects
Gerald is the volunteer coordinating a variety of congregational energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at CIPL. He spent over 25 years providing business consulting services to companies in the transportation and energy industries, followed by 10 years with the California Community College system with responsibility for developing student and incumbent worker training programs in transportation and renewable energy. He has a BS in Aeronautics (RPI) and an MS in Engineering Management (Stanford). His favorite leisure activity is hiking and photographing diverse forest biomes.
Ashaki Scott, Office Manager and Program Assistant
In her roles, Ashaki oversees the day-to-day office administration, provides board support, assists with our state affiliates, and coordinates event planning and logistics. She has a BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from U.C. Davis. Ashaki previously worked as a Program Manager for Climate Careers at Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, and her first job was the Science Instructor at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), where she served for four years. Additionally, she served as a small group leader within her college fellowship during undergraduate, and has a special passion to empower collegiate ministries to take bold action in the fight for environmental justice. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, outreach, and loves discovering new memes.
Kathryn Spradley, Westmont Fellow
Kathryn is a third year biology major at Westmont College, who is thrilled to be interning at CIPL this fall! She loves that CIPL works with groups of different faiths to educate and encourage acts towards sustainability. She has a passion for discovery and learning about the life sciences and our environment, and hopes to pursue a career in education. She also loves music, and has been involved in instrumental music for over 10 years, playing saxophone and clarinet in multiple ensembles, including the Westmont Orchestra. Kathryn has experience serving as a youth group leader for high school students, and loves to be involved in her church communities. Grateful to have grown up in her hometown of Santa Barbara, she loves spending time outdoors at the beach or going for a hike with her dog!
Shayna is a passionate land and food advocate who enjoys building communities around faith, food, and action. She is determined to create more sustainable and just food systems that nourish both land and people. Shayna is grateful to live in Moishe House, which allows her to engage with the Jewish community through creative and inclusive programs. She received a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she took a special interest in sustainable agriculture. This gave her the privilege to work on farms around the world, which has strengthened her connection to the earth. Shayna is inspired to protect the environment and communities built around it. Aside from work, you can find her biking through Marin and cooking meals with delicious produce found at local farmer’s markets!