Oak_tree-xOur mission is to educate, 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.


45 Years of ECOSLO

45th Anniversary Celebration


Mary Ciesinski

Mary Ciesinski

Executive Director

Mary CiesinskiExecutive 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.

Kayla Huff

Kayla Huff

VIP Americorps Fellow 2017-2018

Kayla HuffVIP Americorps Fellow 2017-2018, recently moved to SLO to serve as a Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP) Americorps Member for ECOSLO. She was born and raised on the east coast in northeast Pennsylvania, and graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in General Biology in December 2016. Kayla has been dedicated to pursuing a career in environmental education in the nonprofit world, and hopes to bring her passion and efforts to SLO County to help raise environmental awareness through ECOSLO. She will focus on developing a high-impact volunteer infrastructure that supports and expands the three goals of ECOSLO; education, advocacy, and action. In her free time you can find her either exploring SLO, or relaxing and catching up on her favorite shows.


Krista Burke

Krista Burke

Board Chair

Formerly 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.
Alex Henige

Alex Henige

Board Secretary

Alex 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.

Darshan Hanson

Board Treasurer

Bio coming soon!
Dave Slade

Dave Slade

Board Member

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.

Bill Bradlee

Bill Bradlee

Board Member, Advocacy Committee Chair

Bill 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.
Susan Christopher

Susan Christopher

Board Member

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.

Chris Hamma

Chris Hamma

Board Member

Chris 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.
Andrea Biniskiewicz

Andrea Biniskiewicz

Board Member

Andrea is the former Social Media Strategist intern and current Marketing Committee Chair for ECOSLO. Her interest lies in increasing environmental awareness and community via digital media and valuable time spent outdoors. You can find her at a trailhead after work or enjoying the dog beach on the weekends!

Nicole Sisneros

Nicole Sisneros

Board Member

A California native, but a SLO transplant, Nicole moved to the area in July of 2013. Her passion for conservancy began during her childhood when she started writing letters to then-President Reagan regarding water recycling. Looking for ways to be involved in the community she calls home, Nicole joined the ECOSLO board in July 2018.
We thank former board members for their service and dedication to ECOSLO:

Jodee Bennett
Melody DeMeritt
Mike di Milo
John Ewan
Liz Scott-Graham
Nancy Graves
Deborah Hillyard
Richard Krejsa
Laura Grace
Pam Heatherington

Carolyn Huddleston
Geoff Land
Tim LaSalle
Bob Lavelle
Sandra Marshall
Jan Marx
Christine Mulholland
Sean Murphy
Allyson Nakasone
Jim Patterson

Sandra Sarrouf
Scott Secrest
Sandi Sigurdson
Noah Smukler
Chuck Tribbey
Pat Veesart
Dirk Walters
Mary White
Rosemary Wilvert
Cal Wilvert
Arlene Winn
Bob Wolf

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

Email: info@ecoslo.org


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1014

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

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