Nicole Capretz, Founder and Executive Director
Named a New York Times Top 10 Californian of 2016, Nicole Capretz is an environmental attorney with 20 years of experience as an energy, equity and climate justice policy advisor for local governments and the nonprofit sector.
Nicole was the primary author of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking, legally binding 100% clean energy Climate Action Plan adopted in late 2015. Nicole has since played a pivotal role in helping other cities adopt similar 100% clean energy climate plans, and is a prominent advocate for Community Choice Energy in southern California.
Previously, Nicole served as the Associate Director for Green Energy/Green Jobs at Environmental Health Coalition, an environmental equity and justice organization in National City. She has also worked as an environmental and energy policy advisor for the San Diego City Council. Nicole’s duties as Founder and Executive Director of CAC include overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.
Nicole’s pioneering work on climate policy has earned her numerous accolades:
- Sullivan Solar Power - Solar Advocate of the Year (2017)
- New York Times Top 10 Californians of the Year (2016)
- “Voice of the Year” - Voice of San Diego (2016)
- “Voice of the Year” - Voice of San Diego (2015)
- “Best People of San Diego” - San Diego CityBeat (2016)
- “Bike Advocate of the Year” - San Diego County Bike Coalition (2016)
- “Leadership Award” - San Diego County Democratic Party (2016)
- Finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2016 San Diego Woman of the Year (2016)
- Finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 “Women Who Mean Business” Awards (2016)
- Newsmaker of the Year - East County Magazine (2015)
- Sierra Club San Diego “FEAT Award” (2015)
- First San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action “Making a Difference Award (2015)
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from UC Santa Barbara and her law degree from Vermont Law School. She commutes to work on her bike, loves live music and dreams of seeing more solar panels than transmission lines and more bike racks than parking lots.
Nicole M. Borunda, Director of Development
Nicole's mission is simple, too. As a native San Diegan, Nicole knows the unique challenges and incredible power of our diverse region – a coastal desert with the busiest border community in the world and host to nearly 35 million visitors each year – home to the several military bases, a 33-mile port, a booming biosciences industry, and the best beer, well, anywhere.
Nicole's mission is to stop climate change by starting in her own back yard.
Outside the office, chances are you'll catch Nicole on a bus or riding her bike. She doesn't own a car (transportation is the #1 contributor of GHG in San Diego County), but you can bet she has no trouble getting around town. Nicole is currently finishing her masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at University of San Diego, and when she's not at work or school, she's probably spending time with her gaggle of nieces and nephews. They are her eleven favorite reasons to fight for a 100% clean energy future.
A long time ago, Nicole double majored in psychology and English literature and minored in teaching at Bowdoin College. Before joining Climate Action Campaign, the best job she ever had was as Bowdoin's mascot - a polar bear. After graduation and a brief stint in teaching, Nicole began her work to help save the polar bears at Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). CSE is where Nicole first became a building science nerd, and if you bring it up, she'll talk to you about the benefits air sealing and insulation all day long. Most recently, Nicole worked as the Community Relations Manager for San Diego State University. She feels really fortunate to have spent most of her career with these hometown powerhouses.
Nicole's love of the environment and her hometown energizers her every key stroke, phone call and handshake. Please, reach out to Nicole to learn how you can get involved with Climate Action Campaign and support our mission to stop climate change.
Sophie Wolfram, Director of Programs
Sophie@climateactioncampaign.org - @SCWolfram
Sophie believes that social and economic justice and environmental protection are inherently linked and that the clear path forward is a just transition to a regenerative economy. As the Policy Advocate and Education Coordinator for Climate Action Campaign, Sophie tracks, analyzes, comments on, and organizes allies around policies related to our five fights. She also shares Climate Action Campaign’s vision with San Diego organizations and businesses and expands our network of allies to include a diverse cross-section of leaders across the region.
Sophie’s experience fighting for environmental protection spans nine years and include outreach, policy research, writing, and organizing in roles including Director of an Office of Sustainability student liaison program at Yale, Research Fellow at the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and Intern at Californians for Pesticide Reform and Missoula’s Community Food and Agriculture Coalition.Before returning to school in 2015, Sophie taught middle school math in the Mississippi Delta through Teach For America and at a charter school in Brooklyn, New York.
Sophie earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in May 2017. Her thesis research addressed environmental justice in Southeast San Francisco and the Imperial Valley. She earned her B.A. in History from Yale University in 2010.
When she’s not working, Sophie can often be found out exploring San Diego’s hiking trails and beaches or searching for the region’s best vegetarian tacos.
Sebastian Sarria, Clean Energy Fellow
Sebastian is committed to bringing about a better tomorrow for all San Diegans. As the Clean Energy Fellow with Climate Action Campaign, he focuses on ensuring the City achieves its 100% renewable energy goal by 2035. Through community advocacy and education, he works to ensure San Diego families benefit equitably in the transition to a clean energy future.
A native of Colombia, Sebastian was raised in Central Florida with strong immigrant values and now works non-stop to amplify voices from underserved and underrepresented communities. In addition, Sebastian has lived in Madrid, where he taught Spanish and most recently, he worked with the LeSar Development team to increase housing stock and address homelessness in San Diego.
Robin Ganahl, Clean Energy Advocate & Organizer
Robin's mission is to stop climate change to protect today's young people, including her two young daughters.
As Clean Energy Advocate & Organizer for Orange County, Robin leads a coalition of community members, businesses and elected leaders to bring cleaner, cheaper energy to Orange County.
With degrees in civil engineering and IT systems management, Robin has worked to preserve historic buildings in New York City, prepared environmental impact statements and feasibility studies, served as web content manager for Dean & DeLuca in Napa Valley, and managed complex IT projects for the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C..
A native of Kansas City, she moved to Orange County in 2013. She started the first California chapter of Mothers Out Front - mobilizing for a livable climate in 2016. She has served as Legislative Representative for the PTA at her daughters’ school and is also a Daisy Troop leader.
Living in Southern California with her young family inspired her to take up camping (because no rain!) and she tries to get out to beautiful campsites in Southern California with her family as often as possible and practice photography while she's out there.
Please reach out to Robin if you would like to learn how you can help Orange County transition to clean energy.