Our mission is to education, advocate and act to protect and enhance San Luis Obispo County natural resources
We promote resilient ecosystems and healthy lifestyles in San Luis Obispo. We envision a conscious community that understands and values the essential inter-dependencies of natural systems, human health, and the local community which actively takes responsibility for a healthy environment on quality of all life in San Luis Obispo County.
HISTORY OF ECOSLO
45 Years of ECOSLO
45th Anniversary Celebration
Mary Ciesinski, Executive Director of ECOSLO, is a motivated nonprofit professional with business background and experience in the tech industry. She is passionate about bringing sustainable organizational practices to nonprofits, elevating them to new levels of community engagement, which allows for operational growth in programs, services, and volunteer needs. Mary has a life-long love for and dedication to the environment, and is excited to lead and grow ECOSLO.
VIP Americorps Fellow 2017-2018
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board ChairFormerly the ECOSLO Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, Krista has moved from her staff position and has served on the Board of Directors for the past four years. Krista graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2014. Her favorite hiking trail is the Valencia Peak and favorite camping spot is on the Northern Coast at Patrick’s Point in Trinidad. Krista’s love for the outdoors and passion for the environment drew her to ECOSLO and continues to inspire her involvement on the board. Krista hopes to bring more people to the ECOSLO family and to make ECOSLO a bigger part of our community.
Board Vice ChairSean Murphy has been a SLO County resident since 1992. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for Ernie Ball Music Man in San Luis Obispo, and has a background in teaching and music. Sean feels that it is the responsibility of the residents of SLO County to take care of this beautiful area so that we, as well as future generations, can continue to enjoy all that it has to offer. He has been a board member since December 2015. Sean enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, making music, skateboarding, and attempting to make his two cats (Bill and Ted) internet famous.
Board SecretaryAlex Henige is a Cal Poly Landscape Architecture Alumni who has a deep interest in connecting communities back to their local landscapes as well as reducing consumer waste. As the founder of Reduce. Reuse. Grow. he hopes to see consumer’s waste awareness strengthen to better improve their consumption behavior change. Alex has served a board member with ECOSLO since December 2015.
Board TreasurerBio coming soon!
Board Member, Advocacy Committee ChairBill Bradlee joined the board in December 2015. Bill has been doing nonprofit environmental work for for over twenty years. He’s worked with and volunteered for many nonprofits and currently works with The Interfaith Power & Light campaign. Bill completed his Master of Environmental Studies degree at the Evergreen State College. In 2007 he bicycled across the United States giving talks on climate change along the way. Now he mostly bicycles to the ocean to visit with the shorebirds.
Board MemberBob Lavelle has been a member of ECOSLO for over twenty years. He became involved in environmental activism in the 70s as a member of the Abalone Alliance and worked to block Diablo Nuclear Power Plant from being built in Avila. His focus is on energy issues. Bob graduated from UCLA with a law degree and still maintains his membership in the California State Bar. Currently, Bob owns his own construction company, Lavelle Construction, and is a licensed General Contractor.
Board MemberChris is a longtime outdoorsman who grew up in San Diego County and has lived in San Luis Obispo County for nearly 15 years. In addition to obtaining BS and MS degrees in Natural Resources Management from Cal Poly SLO, he has worked for and volunteered with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, SLO County Parks, and UC Berkeley Forestry, as well as spent several years working in the hotels and restaurants in Yosemite. Chris has served as a SLO Stewards docent with ECOSLO since 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in December 2017.
A visitor to SLO since 2001, Dave and his wife Judy moved to SLO in 2015. Dave had spent his whole life living in New England and the Northeast. For most of his career, Dave was an attorney in Boston for the Massachusetts state prison system. Since moving to SLO, Dave has done volunteer work for the Family Care Network, the Food Bank, and is now coordinating a series of monthly presentations on current issues. He is also involved in a weekly discussion group and a weekly hiking group. Dave joined the ECOSLO Board of Directors as of January 2017. His passion for protecting the environment is tied to his love of outdoor adventure, including hiking and rafting the Americas and Asia.
Susan is an ecologist with more than 20 years of conservation biology experience on the central coast. She holds a doctorate in Biology from the UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests have focused on the ecology of amphibians and reptiles, effects of non-native species, and evolutionary biology. She served for five years on the executive board of the Central Coast Chapter of the Wildlife Society. She brings to ECOSLO’s Advocacy Committee experience in environmental review, mitigation, and compliance, necessary for review of project EIRs and other local development issues. She also assists ECOSLO’s Fundraising Committee with her interests in event planning. Susan resides on and manages a miniature horse ranch and ecological reserve in the La Panza Range of San Luis Obispo County.
We thank former board members for their service and dedication to ECOSLO:
Mike di Milo
John Ewan Liz
If you are a former board member of ECOSLO and your name is not listed, please let us know! You can contact us by phone or email – see our contact information below. Thank you for your service and dedication to protecting SLO County’s natural resources.
Office Location & Hours
Office Address: 1124 Nipomo St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Office Hours: Typically 9:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday and Noon-4pm, Friday
Call or Write
Phone: (805) 544-1777
P.O. Box 1014
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406