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 and climate 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. She now serves on the San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Implementation Working Group, as well as the City of Solana Beach’s Climate Action Commission.
Nicole advocates for local and state renewable energy legislation, participates in state administrative proceedings, serves as an expert witness in state policy hearings and is a regular speaker at energy and climate conferences and hearings. Nicole’s duties as Executive Director of CAC include overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.
Previously, Nicole served as the Chair of San Diego’s Economic and Environmental Sustainability Task Force for three years while being the Associate Director for Green Energy/Green Jobs at Environmental Health Coalition, an environmental justice organization in National City, California. She has also worked as a policy advisor for the San Diego City Council.
Nicole’s work on San Diego’s Climate Action Plan earned her numerous accolades:
- 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.
Kayla Race, Director of Operations and Programs
Kayla loves to play outdoors, from the mountains to the waves, and she's willing to move mountains and make waves to protect those things, improve the way we live, and fight climate change with cutting-edge environmental policy, technology, and planning.
As Climate Action Campaign's Director of Operations and Programs, Kayla oversees financial and general operations, coordinates mission-critical programs to advance local climate policies and engage members, and helps clearly communicate complex issues and foster relationships with San Diego's movers and shakers.
From 2013 through 2015, Kayla served on the City of San Diego's Economic and Environmental Sustainability Task Force, advising the City on its Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining Climate Action Campaign, Kayla worked as a Policy Advocate on climate, energy, and Port issues at Environmental Health Coalition, a research analyst for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and a market researcher for an environmental remediation contractor. Raised in Massachusetts, Kayla earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College in 2008.
When she isn’t in the office, you’ll find Kayla bicycling, running, backpacking, skiing, volleyball-ing, surfing, playing board games, and baking cookies with her husband, friends, and cat, Bunny Bear. Kayla also volunteers as a Board Member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance and served as Co-Chair of its Leadership Institute to cultivate the region’s emerging progressive leaders. Kayla herself is a graduate of the leadership Institute and was recognized as one of San Diego County's 30 Under 30 Leaders in 2012 by Patch.com.
Carolina Rodriguez-Adjunta, Deputy Director of Operations and Programs
Carolina believes in combining the power of technology, politics, and research to combat climate change and protect those most afflicted by its impact.
Carolina studied biology and computer science at UC Berkeley where she earned her B.A. There, she cultivated her love for the natural world by digging deep into the basic building blocks of life, genetics, and learned the necessary tools to understand the rapidly evolving world of DNA sequencing through computer programming. She was a board member of the Berkeley Student Food Collective and participated in Oakland’s urban gardens, fostering discussions about food sovereignty and sustainability both on and off campus.
Carolina moved to California in 2010 from Venezuela. After having had the opportunity of exploring the natural wonders of South America, from the Galapagos to Angel Falls, Carolina continues to explore the outdoors hiking California’s state parks and surfing the chilly waves of the Pacific. She prefers to be outdoors getting energized by nature and the community around her.
Before joining Climate Action Campaign, Carolina worked in biotech as an engineer and volunteered her bilingual skills to political campaigns in San Diego’s South Bay. Carolina dreams of a clean San Diego sprinkled with urban gardens and mobilized by bikes, self-driving cars, and mass public transit. You might catch Carolina riding her bike through town on her way to a yoga class, on a coffee run, or towards a beach with volleyball nets.
Alicia Race, Community Choice Energy Coordinator
Alicia@climateactioncampaign.org - @AliciaMRace
Alicia brings her passion for civic engagement and love for the outdoors to the Climate Action Campaign as our Community Choice Energy Coordinator. Alicia builds community support for Community Choice Energy (CCE) through outreach and education across San Diego. She is eager for the City of San Diego to join the movement and adopt a CCE program--the path to 100% clean energy, local control, and the power of choice. Alicia also wants to ensure her newly adopted home of San Diego is a national leader, realizes environmental justice, and promotes clean air and healthy communities.
Alicia loves to camp and hike with her partner and their two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels named Hamlet and Henry. In addition to her work fighting to stop climate change, Alicia is a proud member of Run Women Run and the San Diego Leadership Alliance.
Prior to joining the Climate Action Campaign, Alicia was the Midwest Chapter Director for FWD.us where she worked closely with the Chicago tech and startup community to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. Alicia holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and Spanish from Northern Kentucky University.
Sophie Wolfram, Policy Advocate and Education Coordinator
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 is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where her work has focused on evaluating innovative solutions to environmental justice issues in Southeast San Francisco and the Imperial Valley. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale 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.