Our Team

Pauline Martinson
Executive Director

Pauline Martinson, Executive Director of ILACSDAs the organization’s Executive Director since 2006, Pauline has doubled its staff and budget size and expanded the organization’s reach further than ever before. A force of 30,000 San Diegans now participate in the organization’s inland and beach cleanups each year, and another 30,000 youth have been impacted by ILACSD’s engaging in-class education presentations, as well as programs that take them out of the classroom and into nature. Pauline’s leadership also led to the development of WasteFreeSD.org, an innovative resource for community members interested in recycling. Before she became Executive Director, Pauline was ILACSD’s Program Manager where she managed recycling and household hazardous waste education and outreach. She was recently chosen as one of San Diego’s top 40 under 40 by San Diego Metro magazine, is a participant of LEAD San Diego’s Impact Class of 2012, and holds a degree in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Pauline’s combined business experience and environmental background complement her organizational work and expand into a wide variety of other roles in the community. She sits on the Otay Valley Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee for Solid Waste, and San Diego’s Regional Sustainability Partnership.

Morgan Justice-Black
Director of Development and Marketing

Pauline Martinson, Executive Director of ILACSDA San Diego native, Morgan Justice-Black has been an integral part of the ILACSD team since joining the organization in 2006. As the Director of Development and Marketing, she is responsible for implementing comprehensive fundraising programs directed at individuals, jurisdictions, corporations and foundations. She also oversees all external communications for ILACSD, including public, government and media relations. Before becoming the Director of Development and Marketing, Morgan served as the Volunteer and Events Coordinator and Outreach Director for ILACSD, overseeing all of the organizations volunteer programs. Morgan is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Environmental Studies and Global Studies. She completed the LEAD San Diego Impact program in 2012 and is currently enrolled in the Fieldstone Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program. Morgan is very active in the San Diego community, spending much of her free time volunteering as the Community Council Director for the Junior League of San Diego. In this role, she advises on advocacy and community engagement matters directed at supporting transition age foster youth navigate independent adult life. She's also a member of Women Give San Diego and the Association of Fundraising Professionals - San Diego Chapter.

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Natalie Roberts
Director of Community Events

Natalie RobertsNatalie Roberts leads the Community Events Department by planning, developing and implementing annual countywide cleanup events Creek to Bay and Coastal Cleanup Day, monthly community cleanup events, and volunteer programs including Adopt-A-Beach and Storm Drain Stenciling. She works with more than 30,000 volunteers annually. Ms. Roberts also works with the development team on efforts to fund community events. She recruits local participation, by promoting stewardship and community pride among students, businesses and community groups. Ms. Roberts 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 experience at similar organizations, including the California Coastal Commission and current work at ILACSD has shaped Natalie into the ideal Director of Community Events at ILACSD.

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Ann Hirsch
Director of Finance

Ann Hirsch, Financial ManagerAnn 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.

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Samantha Russo
Director of Education

samSamantha oversees ILACSD’s educational outreach programs for children and adults in San Diego County. She visits local schools and community organizations to educate and inspire students to protect our local waterways and wildlife. Samantha previously worked for the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, providing hands-on watershed education for thousands of local youth. She graduated with distinction from San Diego State University, where she also earned her multiple subject teaching credential and ESL certificate. A San Diego native, Samantha is well-versed on the environmental issues facing the region and is passionate about sharing this important knowledge with others.

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Erika Bjorkquist
Education Coordinator

samErika loves being the education coordinator at ILACSD because it combines her passion for education and the environment. As education coordinator, she schedules and participates in educational programs throughout San Diego County. Her favorite part of the job is empowering students to take ownership of their communities and become environmental stewards. Erika utilized her degree in Environmental Science and Policy in various education settings in Oregon, Nevada, and New Jersey, and now back home in her home, San Diego. With the amazing weather here, most days you will find her outdoors, hiking, biking, or catching some rays.

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bethBrittany Fischer
Administrative Assistant

Brittany Fischer started out as an Outreach Intern to a Program Assistant and is now ILACSD’s full time Administrative Assistant. She has also assisted with events and giving Adopt-A-Beach presentations to local schools and businesses as well as working with other environmental groups. Brittany graduated in 2013 from California Lutheran University with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Sociology. As a San Diego native, she has a large passion for the environment and our oceans. You can usually find Brittany either in or around any of our San Diego beaches. Her favorite part about her position is being able to work with each of our departments as well as making a difference and contributing to ILACSD’s mission to conserve and enhance our environment.

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bethAmanda Griffis
Hotline Manager

As Hotline Manager, Amanda Griffis runs WasteFreeSD.org, ILACSD's recycling and hazardous waste hotline and online database. She supplies callers with useful information about where to recycle or properly dispose of anything from old railroad ties to used motor oil to bottles and cans. Amanda graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies. Amanda has a background with both environmental and nonprofit organizations in San Diego, in the past she has worked for WiLDCOAST, March of Dimes and Urban Corps of San Diego County.

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Emily Melear
Environmental Educator

Emily Melear, a graduate of Brigham Young University, first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant for our Education Department and now serves as an Environmental Educator. Emily has a diverse background with experience teaching youth of all ages through outdoor and traditional education with such organizations as the Girls Scouts, YMCA, and National Archives and Records Administration of Washington, D.C.. As an Environmental Educator, she spends her time traveling to schools all over San Diego County to share her passion for the environment and the ILACSD mission. She educates elementary through high school age students about sources of pollution and what they can do to protect our environment in hopes of inspiring new environmental stewards.

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bethLexi Ambrogi
Community Events Coordinator

Lexi Ambrogi began as a program assistant for ILACSD and now serves as ILACSD's Community Events Coordinator. She leads the volunteer recruitment process for cleanups and community events throughout San Diego County. 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 recent 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.

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bethBarbara Lopez
Program Assistant- Hotline

Barbara Lopez started as an outreach intern for ILACSD and currently serves as the program assistant for ILACSD’s recycling hotline, WasteFreeSD.org. She directs callers to recycling centers and hazardous waste facilities where residents can dispose of paint, old electronics, and much more. She is also able to assist any Spanish-speaking callers with their recycling questions. Barbara is a graduate of San Diego State University where she majored in Applied Mathematics, and is currently enrolled in the university’s Master’s program in Economics. As a native San Diegan, Barbara is familiar with the county’s environmental concerns and hopes to provide residents with information that will help them protect the local environment.

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Sarah Lott
Marketing Coordinator

As Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Lott collaborates with ILACSD’s development, education and community events 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.