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, and now serves as Southern California Director. She has two decades experience in the climate arena, starting with involvement at Holy Family Catholic Church, where she was Director of Community Services. Allis spearheaded the Los Angeles Catholic Environmental Ministry in 2008, and celebrated with the 2015 release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on Creation, Laudato si’. 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 Creation education into her recitals. Her latest recorded song, “You Think of Me”, can be found at bit.ly/YouThinkofMe, as well as a collection of Christmas music at bit.ly/AChristmasBlessing. Her CD “Resilient: Songs of Strength and Comfort” is due out late Summer 2022. She is a joyful member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a lay religious community.
Gregory Stevens (they/he), Northern California Director
Gregory is the newest member to join our staff and serves as the Northern California Director. As a former Baptist preacher, long time labor organizer, and interfaith community activist they bring a creative mix of skills to our team as we seek to strengthen multi-religious responses to climate change. Gregory grew up in Tampa/St.Petersburg Florida, where their love for crawling critters, furry felines, and old oak trees solidified into political and social activism for planetary healing. They have a BA in Religion and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida, a MDiv from Claremont School of Theology, and a MA in Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In their free time they enjoy overstuffed used bookstores, the smell and feel of giant Redwood Trees, watching documentaries about ancient cultures, and all things Unitarian Universalist.
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.