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.
As Director of Philanthropy, Michael Johnson oversees the development and marketing departments for I Love A Clean San Diego. Michael got his first taste of the non-profit world when, along with his wife and son, they started the Burrito Boyz in 2010. His passion for helping the community lead to his decision to join the San Diego Rescue Mission where he spent over three years as the VP of Development. According to Michael, he was thrilled to see the newly created position at I Love a Clean San Diego where he could bring his experience and desire to help San Diego’s environment!
Originally from a small town in southern Louisiana, Janelle Hickey has loved every moment of living in San Diego since she moved here in 2011. Having spent much of her youth just outside Sequoia National Park in California, Janelle developed a deep love for nature and understanding of the importance of protecting our precious resources. A graduate of Portland State University, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. With the City of Portland’s dedication to innovative conservation and sustainability, she was inspired to do her part to make the world a better place for all. Before starting at ILACSD, Janelle spent significant time working and volunteering for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), women’s rights organizations, and serving in the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities of San Diego. She’s currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of San Diego School on Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). In her free time, she loves exploring our National Parks, taking in the beauty of San Diego’s many museums, and spending time at the beach.
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.
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. 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 call center and database, WasteFreeSD.org. Now, as the Recycling Programs Manager, she leads all WasteFreeSD.org activities and other county-wide recycling programs. Anais is a graduate of 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 in San Diego County. In her spare time, Anais enjoys spending time with her two cats, Jake and Dashiki.
Becca Kuntz joined ILACSD as Marketing Coordinator in 2017. She graduated from Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a degree in Communication in 2012. Since relocating from Indianapolis to San Diego, she has worked with various nonprofits in the area in community engagement, outreach, and advocacy roles. Becca loves to spend her time playing beach volleyball, cycling, and hiking.
Carly Keen is the Administrative Assistant at ILACSD. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Panama as a Sustainable Agriculture Systems volunteer from 2012-2014, and is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Prior to her role at ILACSD, Carly was the Membership and Communications Coordinator for the Industrial Environmental Association, where she learned the efforts manufacturers make to comply with the rigorous environmental standards here in California. An avid beach cleaner and volunteer, she is excited to support the organization’s mission inside and outside the office.
Katie graduated from the University of San Diego in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in Environmental Studies. With a background in humanities and prior experience teaching environmental science and naturalist courses in the San Diego area, Katie possesses a strong background in environmental awareness, knowledge, and dedication. Her passion is to protect the environment through education and to help connect people to the outdoors by creating active positive experiences and community involvement. When Katie isn’t in the office or out teaching she is riding horses, attending live music, cooking in her tiny kitchen, and adding houseplants to her ever growing collection.
Alaine Ibarreche is a San Diego native and one of ILACSD’s Education Specialists. Alaine assists with the development, planning, and delivery of multiple environmentally focused programs and events. She also builds relationships with teachers and schools around the county to grow ILACSD’s presence. Alaine received her degree in Marine Science from the University of San Diego and comes to ILACSD with a background in marine research and education through work with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Disney Animal Programs, and the San Diego Zoo. She hopes to encourage San Diegans, particularly Spanish speakers, to make mindful choices and understand the impact they have on our environment and oceans. In her spare time, Alaine enjoys traveling (with 20 countries under her belt), hiking, and scuba diving.
Nik is a lifelong San Diegan with a strong connection to environmental stewardship. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara, he spent years working with organizations like the San Diego Oceans Foundation and the San Diego Canyonlands while earning his Master in City Planning from San Diego State University. Nik’s background in regional planning and environmental policy compliment his experience in communications and public outreach. After working for a few years with local government agencies, the City of San Diego’s Water Conservation department, and SANDAG, he is excited to be back working with his first love, environmental activism. When he’s not organizing volunteer events, you can find him experimenting with food, exploring the craft beer scene, and running.
Marina is a San Diego native with experience in waste management and climate science education. While earning her BS in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara, she served as the Student Coordinator of Operations for the campus’ recycling program. Marina has also worked with Zero Waste San Diego as an intern, helping to facilitate the local FixIt Clinics. Most recently, she has been a program lead at the Climate Science Alliance, where she helped lead the Climate Kids educational program. Outside of work, Marina can be found surfing, playing sports, and volunteering at beach cleanups.
Margaux is one of I Love A Clean San Diego’s Education Specialist. Margaux joined the team after relocating to San Diego from the East Coast, where she taught middle and high school science and math for 5 years in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. She earned her BS in Biological Anthropology and Global Health at Emory University. Margaux is an avid rower and currently coaches a local crew team. When not on the water, she can be found shopping at farmer’s markets and exploring San Diego with her dog.
Jasmine graduated from SDSU with a degree in Sustainability and a minor in Geography with an emphasis in Regional & Urban Analysis. During her time at SDSU, Jasmine participated in various sustainability projects, which included neighborhood park improvements in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico as well as a research report on the functional zones of National City, CA. Her past experience includes working at San Diego Canyonlands and DeLorenzo International.
Brenna McCarty is an Outreach Assistant with I Love A Clean San Diego. She is a UCLA graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. Her experience as Women’s Leadership Director for a student-run philanthropic organization has led her to pursue non-profit work with ILACSD. Brenna is a strong believer in community engagement, and is thrilled to share her love of nature and passion for conservation with others. She also works for Junior Achievement of San Diego County, bringing financial literacy programs to high school students.
Layah is an Outreach Assistant for I Love A Clean San Diego and is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Management and Global Business. She is passionate about the environment and believes in doing her part to live a zero-waste lifestyle. Layah advocates for ILACSD programs around San Diego County and serves as a member on the Young Adult Advisory Board for the environmental non-profit Plant With Purpose. In her free time, Layah enjoys trying new recipes, rock-climbing, traveling, and playing classical guitar.
Nicky Kullback is an Outreach Assistant for I Love A Clean San Diego. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Recreation Administration with an Emphasis in Sustainable Tourism Management. She is passionate about educating San Diego on the importance of sustainability and how to achieve zero waste goals. Nicky loves spending her time at the beach with her dog, traveling, and spending quality time with her family and friends.