Xinci Tan, Member since 2018
In 2018 Zero Waste Sonoma hired me to lead SB 1383 implementation efforts. In addition, as the Organics Program Manager, I oversee contracts with the composting facilities who process our residential green bin material, organize compost giveaway events, promote educational programs for home/community composting, and manage several grants, among other things.
I am currently a member of the US Composting Council (USCC) Young Professionals’ Outreach Committee as well as the USCC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee. My experiences in both roles have been deeply satisfying because I get to connect people across the country by fostering relationships while bringing ideas to life. For example, I advocated for and helped to develop the USCC’s first scholarship program, launched in 2022, which pays for a portion or full cost of registration. The scholarship makes the conference more accessible to people who may not otherwise be able to attend.
I wish to take a more active role closer to home, here in the Bay Area, and run for the NCRA board. An active member of the NCRA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, I greatly enjoy the Zero Food Waste Forum webinars as well as the annual Recycling Updates. As a board member, I believe I can lend my skills to help improve programs and shape policy in our region while encouraging equity and access.
Alyssa Rice-Wilson, Member since 2017
Hello. My name is Alyssa Rice-Wilson, and I am running for a seat on the Board of Directors. I have been working in the recycling and Zero Waste industry since 1998. Over the past 25 years, I have been leading efforts towards Zero Waste in non-profits, local/regional government, and as an independent consultant. If you know me, you know that I am committed to the path of zero waste both in my professional and personal life. I would like to serve the NCRA membership on the Board through assisting with NCRA’s Recycling Update and other events, and encouraging others in the industry to join and participate in NCRA. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration on the NCRA Board.
Naama Brenner-Abramovitch, Member since 2017
I’m excited to announce my candidacy for the NCRA Board of Directors. Currently, I hold the position of Recycling Specialist at Napa Recycling, which has provided me with valuable insights into the recycling and compost industry.
For seven years, I’ve worked with both the private and public sectors, local communities, and environmental organizations to promote waste reduction, resource reuse, and effective recycling and composting programs. For the last three years, I’ve actively engaged with Napa Climate NOW!’s Waste Reduction Committee to advocate for a reusable foodware ordinance. Additionally, I served on the board of Feeding it Forward, a Napa-based food recovery organization, for three years.
As a NCRA member since 2017 and participant in the NCRA Membership Engagement and Activities Committee, I’ve organized the Recycling Update 2023 tour in Napa and helped organize the 2023 NCRA coastal cleanup and annual picnic.
My vision for NCRA is to foster collaboration, encourage knowledge sharing, and address challenges within our community. I believe NCRA’s pivotal role can facilitate dialogue and inspire meaningful actions. Furthermore, I’m enthusiastic about advocating for policies and regulations that promote waste reduction, creating a vibrant reuse infrastructure, and establishing zero waste.
I’m eager for the opportunity to contribute my expertise and passion to advance NCRA’s mission and create a lasting positive impact on our community and the environment.
Thank you for considering my candidacy!
Freddy Coronado-Barraza, Incumbent, Member since 2018
Esteemed NCRA members, my name is Freddy Coronado and I reside in San Francisco. For the past six years I have worked for San Francisco’s Environment Department as the Residential Zero Waste Specialist where I implement the City’s Zero Waste policies across the residential and multifamily sectors. My other duties include the launch of our Fix-It Clinic programming at SF Public Library and ensuring special events comply with our Zero Waste requirements.
My passion and career path has led me to gain tremendous Zero Waste experience, which includes working with property managers, residents, large refuse generators, event producers, and affordable housing properties. This is the career path I’ve always dreamed of and NCRA has taken me under its wings.
Since 2014, I have been an active member and advisor to NCRA’s youth branch, Zero Waste Youth USA and successfully assisted with the production of 10 annual Zero Waste Youth Convergences. Currently, I am a member of the Legislative and DEI committees. This year I am also honored to co-chair the Recycling Update program committee with my RU mentor, Rebecca Jewell.
If elected to serve I will ensure our organization continues to be a national treasure for Zero Waste advocates everywhere. I will promote and advance our DEI goals and strategies. And of course, continue the fast-forward and most up to date recycling and Zero Waste programming for the Recycling Update.
Devin Jackson, Incumbent, Member since 2020
I am a STEM/STEAM teacher, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, 2021 CCC Leadership in Sustainability Award Winner, Recycle SMART “green” educator, 2018 “Bronze” CA Green Ribbon School Award Winner, certified Climate Change educator with National Geographic Explorers, NASA GLOBE Educator, NOAA Ocean Guardian educator & Vice President of a K-8 environmental education non-profit called Outside the Box 925.
I have a strong connection and passion for nature, environmental sustainability, eco-literacy, water conservation, alternative energy, resource conservation, recycling, composting and other waste/landfill diversion practices, which are linked to the UN Climate Principles. I have been a member of NCRA for about three years.
NCRA has played an integral role in my pathway as an environmental sustainability coordinator to guide and support future Zero Waste schools and districts. I am the chair of the Zero Waste Schools committee and strong advocate/mentor of Zero Waste Youth.
I am looking forward to contributing to, supporting NCRA, chairing the Zero Waste Schools committee and mentoring/advocating Zero Waste Youth in new ways as my career expands with new opportunities unfolding.
If you feel I would bring value to the board, then please support me to be elected to the 2024 – 2026 NCRA Board.