Susan Stephenson, Executive Director
Susan serves as Executive Director of California Interfaith Power & Light and has been involved since helping to found the organization in 2000. Susan has also served as executive director of Interfaith Power & Light national where she helped design and develop the state affiliate model and climate programming for faith communities. She has been a climate leader in the state for more than two decades, having organized the California Global Warming Campaign in 1999 which resulted in several landmark legislative victories. Susan leads CIPL’s congregational climate resiliency work for which she was recognized in 2023 as an “Impact Warrior” by the Golden State Warriors (her favorite NBA team). Susan received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina. When not advancing climate solutions or helping green houses of worship, Susan can be spotted hiking in the Oakland hills or attending a music festival.
Gregory Stevens (they/them), 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.
William Morris (he/him),Clean Transportation Fellow
William is a climate activist located by a refinery in Torrance, CA. 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 Chair of the steering committee. He volunteers with The Climate Reality Project, is the founder and chair of the Los Angeles chapter’s Faith-based Communities Committee, sits on the steering committee of California Interfaith Power and Light, 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 Indonesia. 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 the BBC.
Laura Ullom-Minnich (she/hers), Intern
Laura serves as a climate justice advocate at California Interfaith Power & Light. She is currently in her first year of Mennonite Volunteer Service in San Franscisco. She has degrees in Biology and Environmental Science with an emphasis in natural history from Manchester University. In her free time she enjoys hiking and hopes to travel to every National and State Park at least once in her lifetime, birding, attending musicals, going thrifting, and trying new cuisines.
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.