UC REGENTS - Key Persons

Aaron Maruzzo

Aaron Maruzzo is an MPH student in the Environmental Health Science department at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He joined UC Berkeley after three years of working as the Water Lab Analyst for the municipal water company in the U.S. territory, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, serving the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. He received his BA in Biology and Comparative Literature, and a concentration in Public Health from Williams College. Originally from the island of Saipan, he and his family moved to southern California where his lived experiences led to a commitment to reduce health inequities in overlooked communities. Currently, his research and advocacy focus on a class of emerging contaminants called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are ubiquitously detected in the water supplies in Guam and Saipan, and in various environmental media and consumer products. His planned project with the Safer Consumer Products program in the Department of Toxic Substances and Control will focus on developing a mechanism to daylight safer alternatives to PFAS treatments for carpets and rugs and plant fiber-based food packaging containing PFAS. "In my first semester at Cal, I worked on a team in Greener Solutions to identify greener alternatives to short-chain PFAS in molded fiber food packaging. The course exceeded all my expectations. As a public health student, I learned how environmental health scientists have a critical role in ensuring safety is a design constraint and in transforming the chemical market. The course exemplifies the scope of environmental health work from characterizing hazards from toxicity data, to articulating solutions and research needs that could benefit businesses, communities, and future generations.

Amanda Cattermole

Amanda Cattermole leads Cattermole Consulting, a consultancy that helps organisations develop chemical management, circular and sustainability strategies that result in safer products made in cleaner supply chains. Through her work, education and experience, she has significant expertise about hazardous chemicals and how they are used in textile and leather manufacturing. She works with a variety of stakeholders including NGO's, trade associations, governments, fortune 500 companies, small mission-based brands, foundations and consultancies. Amanda serves on the board of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley. She has a BSc. degree in Colour Chemistry from Leeds University and a MS degree in Textile Chemistry from UC Davis. Role: Board Member

Amanda Guan

Amanda Guan is a recent graduate from Cal with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and aminor in Public Policy. Currently, she has started interning with Sway making seaweed-based bioplastic packaging that are completely home compostable. She took Greener Solutions in Fall 2020, and even in a remote environment, it's been her favorite class at Cal. She was able to come up with solutions for biodegradable moisture barriers in paper packaging, and she appreciates that she was able to combine the technical parts from her materials science major with her own personal interests in sustainability. Role: Intern

Dr. Alastair Iles

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Poli
  • Department:
  • Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
Dr. Alastair Iles is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Division of Society & Environment. He is an environmental policy and social science scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of science, technology, and environment, predominantly around industrial chemicals and sustainable food systems. In the food and agriculture domain, Iles has researched and published in the areas of sustainable seafood, aquaculture sustainability standards, public policies for diversified farming systems, food retailer sustainability strategies, and consumer knowledge about food. He now emphasizes public policies for making transitions to a sustainable food system in particular, along with food sovereignty, farmer knowledge systems, and the connections between bio-based chemicals and agricultural production. Iles is also the Law and Policy Associate Director at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. He was a co-PI of the Berkeley IGERT Systems Approaches to Green Energy grant, a $4.1 million effort to expand green chemistry research at UC Berkeley. Iles was a co-founder of GoodGuide.com, a consumer information start-up that began at ESPM. Role: Board Member

Dr. Ann Blake

Job Titles:
  • Independent Consultant
  • Member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel
Dr. Ann Blake is an independent consultant with nearly 30 years of experience finding safer alternatives to industrial chemicals and materials in global manufacturing. Her work has included creating criteria for environmentally preferable purchasing, ecolabels and product rating systems as well as local, national and international chemicals policy reform. Clients include the Garfield Foundation's Cancer-Free Economy Network, In 2018, Dr. Blake worked with the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry advising Costco Wholesale, the second largest global retailer, on their chemicals management. Past clients have included San Francisco's Department of Environment, the Blue-Green Alliance, a US national strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations and IPEN (the International POPS Elimination Network), a global network of public interest NGOs. Dr. Blake's current work focuses on the intersection between climate adaptation, safer materials, and economic equity. Dr. Blake is a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel created by the California legislature to advise California EPA on the implementation of California's Safer Consumer Product regulations. Dr. Blake has created curriculum on green chemistry and alternatives assessment for the University of California Berkeley Extension Program and for the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She is a co-author of the BizNGO 2014 Plastics Scorecard, and of Perennial Industrial Crops: Green Chemistry and Carbon Sequestration, in the 2019 Springer Handbook of Ecomaterials. Prior to consulting, Dr. Blake worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous waste inspector and Pollution Prevention Coordinator. Dr. Blake has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and neural development from the University of Oregon. Role: Board Member

Dr. Billy Hart-Cooper

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
  • Engineer in the Byproducts Research Section at the Western Regional Research Center
  • Research
Dr. Billy Hart-Cooper is a Research Chemical Engineer in the Byproducts Research section at the Western Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Albany, California; co-instructor, Greener Solutions graduate course, and board member, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. Role: Board Member

Dr. Christine Rosen

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor at the Haas School of Business
  • Associate Professor at the Haas School of Business at the University
  • Department: Haas School of Business
  • Professor
Dr. Christine Rosen is an Associate Professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of CA Berkeley, where she teaches courses in American business history, sustainable business, political, economic, business, and societal strategies for fighting climate change while continuing to provide the benefits of modern energy systems in the developed world while extending those benefits to the people of the developing world. She is an Associate Director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, and on the Board of the Berkeley Faculty Association. Professor Rosen received her PhD in American History at Harvard University, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on the rebuilding of American cities after great fires. A faculty affiliate (and former Faculty Director) of UC Berkeley's American Studies Interdisciplinary Major Program, Chris is a disciplinary boundary spanner who is dedicated to team teaching and bringing multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on the study of the history and the current challenges of recognizing what modern society's environmental problems are, developing technical solutions for them, and then mobilizing the public and governmental support and economic resources needed to implement the solutions.

Dr. Marty Mulvihill - CEO, Founder

Job Titles:
  • Co - Founder
  • Managing Partner
  • Advisor at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
Dr. Marty Mulvihill is the co-founder and a managing partner in Safer Made, a mission-driven venture capital fund investing company and technologies that reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals. Safer Made invests in teams that bring safer products and technologies to market, tell a unique story, have the potential to change their sectors, and protect our health and natural world. Marty's experience as a chemist showed him that safer product solutions already exist and need attention and capital to get to market. Marty is also an advisor at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, which he helped create and where he served as the initial Executive Director from 2010-2015. Marty has helped develop technologies that help provide access to clean drinking water and the creation of safer chemicals and materials based on biological feedstocks. He has developed safer chemicals and materials for the personal care, construction, electronics, and textile industries. Marty Mulvihill received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemistry. Role: Board Member

Dr. Meg Schwarzman

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
  • Physician
  • Physician and Environmental Health Scientist in UC Berkeley 's School of Public Health
Dr. Meg Schwarzman is a physician and Environmental Health Scientist in UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. She also serves as Associate Director of Health and Environment for the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. Her research and teaching focuses on environmental contributors to breast cancer, chemicals policy, and strategies for applying environmental health knowledge to the design and selection of safer materials. Dr. Schwarzman also trains Family Medicine residents in reproductive health care. After studying history at Haverford College, Dr. Schwarzman earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded the Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence. She earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Role: Board Member

Dr. Sara Beckman

Job Titles:
  • Department: Haas School of Business
Dr. Sara Beckman has spent her years as a boundary spanner at UC Berkeley where she has held faculty appointments in both the Haas School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She served as Chief Learning Officer for the newly formed Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation and facilitated the creation of a multi-disciplinary Certificate in Design Innovation. She teaches courses such as Collaborative Innovation which integrates Art Practice, Theater and Dance Performance Studies and Business perspectives on both collaboration and innovation. Sara's research focuses on the pedagogy of teaching design and on the role of diversity on design and innovation teams for which she developed a Teaming with Diversity curriculum that is being used in classes in engineering, biological sciences, humanities and business courses at UC Berkeley as well as at a local high school. She has published case studies on design for sustainability, design roadmapping, and leveraging design approaches in sales processes. Sara directs the Product Management Program for the Berkeley Center for Executive Education, serving over 350 product managers from around the world each year and works with a wide variety of companies teaching and helping them implement design and innovation practices. In her time at UC Berkeley, she has received three Distinguished Teaching Awards at Haas, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2018 the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty. Before joining UC Berkeley, Sara worked in the Operations Management Services group at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and ran the Change Management Team at Hewlett-Packard. Sara received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and an MS in Statistics from Stanford University. Role: Board Member

Edmund (Ned) Antell

Job Titles:
  • Student in Environmental Engineering in Lisa Alvarez
Edmund (Ned) Antell is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering in Lisa Alvarez-Cohen's lab. He studies PFAS transformation and destruction, as well as PFAS source apportionment and chemical fingerprinting. As a result of the work done and connections made during Greener Solutions, he has also been working with a carpet recycler- XT Green to develop a method to remove PFAS from carpet fiber during their recycling process.

Kimberly Hazard

Job Titles:
  • Student in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Teaching and Outreach Program Manager
Kimberly Hazard is a PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences. Her research focuses on exposures in early childhood environments. She is part of the instructional team for the Fall Greener Solutions graduate course, providing student teams with coaching on hazard assessment. She also supports other BCGC interns and conducts outreach for BCGC's Greener Partnerships program. Role: Instructor

Mia Wesselkamper

Job Titles:
  • Undergraduate Associate
Mia is an undergraduate student studying Bioengineering and Business Administration through the Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology (M.E.T.) program. She is a current undergraduate researcher in the Keasling Lab and her interests include applying biomimicry, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering to create sustainable solutions. As an intern for BCGC, Mia assists BCGC staff with outreach objectives and facilitation of the Greener Solutions program. Read more about Mia Wesselkamper

Minerva Teli

Minerva Teli is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Engineering program at UC Berkeley. She studies materials for water treatment under Prof. Baoxia Mi and holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Northeastern University. She is interested in exploring applications of green chemistry in water treatment systems. Minerva is working with the Washington State Department of Ecology to identify and assess food packaging products in the US market that use potentially safer alternatives to PFAS.

Sophia Steffens

Job Titles:
  • Greener Solutions Co - Lecturer & Curriculum Development
Sophia is a PhD Chemistry student specializing in environmental fate of PFAS as well as PFAS treatment technologies. As a veteran of Greener Solutions 2018, she is a staunch supporter of the program and the way it bridges academia and industry to inspire creative, green chemistry solutions to some of the tough realities we are facing in terms of chemical safety. Outside of the lab, Sophia enjoys visiting Oakland coffee shops, running, and surfing in the cold Pacific.