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.
Nicole M. Borunda, Director of Communications and 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.
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.