Pauline has served as Executive Director of I Love A Clean San Diego since 2006. In that time, Pauline has over doubled its staff and budget size to expand the organization’s reach further than ever before. In 2007, she led the creation of WasteFreeSD.org, an innovative recycling resource for community members. Through her leadership, now 60,000 San Diegans each year are engaged through countywide cleanups, and environmental education to preserve and enhance San Diego’s natural environment. Pauline’s combined business experience and environmental background complement her organizational work and additional community roles where she serves on several citizen and community groups related to water, energy, and sustainability issues. In 2014, she joined the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) board, and represented the Waste Management sector on the City of Chula Vista’s Climate Change Working Group. Because of her leadership, she was recently chosen as one of San Diego’s top “40 under 40,” by San Diego Metro magazine, SDBJ’s “Women Who Mean Business”, and the Union Tribune’s Top 6 Environmental Leaders. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with the environment she works so diligently to protect through running, yoga, shopping at farmers’ markets, and traveling.
Natalie Roberts-DeCarli oversees all ILACSD program implementation, giving input and strategy for program and organizational goals, partnerships, and fundraising. Ms. Roberts-DeCarli works with the development team on efforts to fund ILACSD events and programs, working with businesses, community groups, schools, and government agencies. Ms. Roberts-DeCarli serves on the Keep America Beautiful National Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Advisory Committee as well as their National Great American Cleanup Advisory Committee, where she lends her expertise about pollution prevention infrastructure and volunteerism to a network of non-profits across the country. Natalie received her degree from UC Irvine, majoring in Environmental Health Science and Policy with a minor in Education. Her longstanding tenure on the ILACSD team, professionalism, and her dedication to cooperation, teamwork, and partnerships made her a perfect fit for her new role as Senior Director of Operations.
Ann Hirsch leads ILACSD's finance department. She prepares financial and managerial accounting reports for ILACSD, including accounts payable and receivable, serves as our human resource representative and completes important administrative and bookkeeping-related services. Ann has been at ILACSD for more than 10 years. Her extensive background includes nearly 20 years of bookkeeping and administrative experience.
Lexi Ambrogi began as a program assistant four years ago and now serves as ILACSD's Director of Development. She leads the organization's fundraising initiatives, motivating individuals, corporations and foundations alike to invest in a clean San Diego. Lexi received her Master's degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, where she also studied journalism as an undergraduate. A transplant from the east coast, Lexi has worked with several environmental nonprofits to promote sustainable food systems and environmental stewardship. She is excited to promote the mission of environmental conservation as part of the ILACSD team.
Sam DeCapua is a transplant from Pennsylvania who attended Gannon University in Erie, PA for both undergraduate and graduate school. Sam brings with him a Master’s degree in Public Administration as well as experience working in both the government and nonprofit sectors. After working in the Republic of Georgia as a volunteer teacher, a social worker, and a political aide for the PA House of Representatives, Sam became drawn to causes that provide value to others. It is from this desire to be a part of something larger that motivated him to join the ILACSD team. When not working, Sam loves being at the beach and rooting on his beloved teams, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Penguins.
As ILACSD's Marketing Manager, Sarah Buchholz collaborates with the our hotline, education and community programs departments. She promotes the mission of the organization and local resources through our website, monthly newsletter and social media. Sarah has previously worked in a variety of nonprofit settings including: the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Outdoor Outreach and now, ILACSD! A San Diego transplant from Oregon, Sarah brings with her a degree in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon, a love for the outdoors and passion for protecting our environment. She is excited to learn more about environmental issues impacting San Diego and to share that knowledge with others as a member of the ILACSD team.
Erika Van Sickel is a San Diego native and ILACSD’s Administrative Assistant. She is excited to provide support to the ILACSD team and volunteers while promoting environmental stewardship. Erika received her degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara where she cultivated her passion for the ocean and environmental awareness. Erika is also fluent in Spanish and is eager to connect more of San Diego’s Spanish-speaking community to the environment through ILACSD. In her spare time, Erika enjoys going to the beach, traveling, hiking and running.
Emily Nelson, a graduate of Brigham Young University, first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant for our Education Department and now oversees the department as the Education Manager. Emily has a diverse background with experience teaching youth of all ages through outdoor and informal education with such organizations as Girls Scouts San Diego, the YMCA, and National Archives and Records Administration of Washington, D.C.. As the Education Manager, she spends her time collaborating with schools across San Diego County to ignite a spark in the next generation of environmental stewards. Under Emily's leadership, the education department engages elementary through high school age students in hands-on activities that connect them to nature and inspire them to protect our environment.
As an Education Specialist at ILACSD, Grace Matteson enjoys sharing her love of the ocean with students and inspiring environmental stewardship. Grace studied Marine Biology at UCLA, where she cultivated her passion for the ocean and conservation. While studying at UCLA, Grace tested water quality in the Santa Monica Mountain Watershed, studied environmental impacts on eelgrass beds, and went on a research trip to Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Most recently, Grace refined her teaching techniques as a Naturalist at Camp SEA Lab Outdoor School. In her free time, you can find Grace running, cooking, and SCUBA diving.
Becca Jaffe, one of ILACSD's Education Specialists, travels throughout San Diego county empowering students to take action to protect watersheds and the ocean. The inspiration for such a role in education came from previous experiences teaching in North Carolina, New York, Virginia, and California. These experiences teaching along with her educational background, a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University, provide Becca the skills to excite and inform students about their environment. Becca is excited to work with ILACSD to provide students with the knowledge to make a positive difference in their environment and their lives.
Moriah Saldaña first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant in the community events department in 2013 and brings with her a diverse background in community engagement and city planning. As the Community Programs Manager, Moriah organizes community outreach events, as well as community based and countywide cleanups to engage coastal and inland communities. Moriah has a Bachelor's degree in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. In this position, she is excited to work with the thousands of participants that volunteer for ILACSD’s events every year and she is particularly interested in encouraging more people to switch out their single-use plastic items for more sustainable alternatives.
Lauren Short is a recent Boston transplant who became interested in ILACSD after seeing our logo on a Clean Beach Coalition poster in Mission Beach. Lauren has a degree in environmental studies, and she’s most looking forward to connecting with San Diegans about recycling—at her last job, she successfully initiated a recycling incentive program for her coworkers.
Anais Rodriguez first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant, primarily working on the Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste hotline and database, WasteFreeSD.org. Now, as the Recycling Programs Manager, she leads all Waste Free SD activities and other county-wide recycling programs. Anais is a graduate from Humboldt State University where she received a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. Her prior experience includes working for the Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus program as a Project Coordinator at Humboldt State University. She hopes that her enthusiastic energy will help promote responsible recycling practices to hotline callers and the community. In her spare time, Anais enjoys going to Zumba and roller skating.
Leila DeSilva is the Recycling Call Center Assistant for ILACSD and one of the newest members of the team! In her role, Leila assists San Diego County residents with questions about recycling and Household Hazardous Waste through our call center and recycling database, WasteFreeSD.org. She recently graduated from San Diego State University where she received a degree in Sustainability and studied Recreation Administration. Her experience with the Community Engagement for Sustainable Cities allowed her the opportunity to work on San Diego River water quality enhancement for the City of Santee and a land use analysis proposal for the City of National City. She also teaches after-school science programs to youth throughout the county with Mad Science. Leila became inspired by the unique landscape of San Diego; from the desert to the ocean, she strives to protect the very environment that she loves to explore! Rain or shine, she loves backpacking, reading, gardening, and practicing yoga.
Vince Rivas is a recent UC Santa Cruz grad with a long history of engagement with environmental organizations, including working as a program assistant intern with Ecology Action. He’s currently doing some volunteer field work for the San Diego Habitat Conservancy, and in his spare time he’s working to start an organization with a mission to turn beach volleyball players into environmental stewards.
Angelica Truong is in SDSU’s MPA program and works part-time for the County of San Diego conducting research for the Climate Action Plan, LEED Neighborhood Development and other sustainability projects. Angelica is passionate about sustainable development and has a background in urban and regional planning. She’ll also be assisting with our recycling hotline!