Stephanie Pincetl | Faculty Director
UCLA Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Stephanie Pincetl is Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability and Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. Dr. Pincetl conducts research on environmental policies and governance and analyzes how institutional rules construct how natural resources and energy are used to support human activities. She is expert in bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers across the biophysical and engineering sciences with the social sciences to address problems of complex urban systems and environmental management. Pincetl is the Faculty Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC). She was instrumental in making the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA its institutional home.
BIANCA JUARROS | graduate student researcher
lOS angeles regional collaborative for climate action and sustainability
Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Bianca moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where she majored in Society & Environment and minored in Public Policy. After graduating, Bianca worked at a resource recovery organization in San Francisco where she provided educational outreach to businesses and multifamily residences to promote effective waste management practices. She also spent nearly two years working in the Education Department at an Oakland-based environmental nonprofit that trains professionals about sustainable building practices in an effort to create efficient, healthy homes. Bianca is currently a student in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Environmental Analysis and Policy. She is interested in addressing urban and environmental issues through a policy and planning lens, and is especially interested in how cities can adapt in the wake of current environmental challenges, particularly climate change. In her free time, Bianca enjoys exploring the great outdoors, listening to live music and practicing calligraphy.
Michelle einstein | graduate student researcher
los angeles regional collaborative for climate action and sustainability
Michelle brings expertise in marketing and community outreach, supported by a background in environmental studies. She’s passionate about building equitable communities, especially through design and human behavior. In her role on the LARC team, Michelle focuses on communications and visual identity and assists with general operations. Michelle is currently a master’s candidate in urban planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in geography. She spent the last several years in Minneapolis working in nonprofit communications, and is excited to be back in her home-state of California. When she’s not in the office, Michelle is either in the kitchen, traveling, or enjoying the sunshine.
EMILY CARTER | CLIMATE ACTION ASSOCIATE
LOS ANGELES REGIONAL COLLABORATIVE FOR CLIMATE ACTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
Emily spends her time at the LARC focusing on logistical and administrative duties while also coordinating member meetings. Her primary interests include the environmental justice aspect of climate change, particularly how upcoming environmental advancements may impact the low income neighborhoods within LA County. Emily is a UC Los Angeles graduate with a BS in Biology and plans on attending graduate school for Urban Planning. Aside from her passion for environmental work, Emily is a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and greatly enjoys ballet and contemporary dance, as well as baking cookies.