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Environmental Consumer Staff and Contributors

Nick Santos

Executive Director

Nick Santos is the founder and Executive Director of The Environmental Consumer, where he leads organizational planning, board development, outreach, staff management, and web programming. Nick is also a Junior Specialist at the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis where he develops GIS-based software and databases to help analyze and understand environmental impacts and indicators. In the past he has worked with the UC Sustaintable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), climate campaign 1Sky (now merged with 350.org), and the Sierra Nevada Alliance.

Kate Lin

Contributor and Program Development

Kate Lin is currently an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis, and is double-majoring in Environmental Science and Management & Community and Regional Development. Her interests include sustainable development, social justice, and better food systems. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in food, music, writing, reading, philosophy/musing, art, and enjoying nature.

Sarah Sugar


Sarah works as an Environmental Scientist at the California State Lands Commission, analyzing the environmental impacts of all sorts of project throughout the state, and has particular knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), underwater noise, and impacts in marine and aquatic environments. Her past experience relates to residential renewable energy policy, writing and teaching (and teaching writing), and washing and boxing organic carrots. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with an emphasis on political ecology and participatory action research. She’s toned down her sixth-grade dreams of "saving the rainforest," but still has major carbon guilt issues and frets something awful over the health of her heirloom tomato plants.

Joaquin Fraga


Joaquin Fraga graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis. He is interested in the sustainable viticulture, energy efficiency and project management. After working at Domaine Chandon, he spent time coaching soccer, traveling and working at Artesa winery in Napa. Joaquin is currently working on a long-term and design projects with The Environmental Consumer.

ThienVinh Nguyen


ThienVinh Nguyen (pronounced TIN-vin-Winn) is currently a Master's student in the Anthropology and Education program at Columbia University. She holds two Bachelor's degrees from UCLA—one in Geography, the other in Sociology—as well as a minor in Education Studies. ThienVinh's interests include environmental education campaigns and sustainability efforts concerning food systems. She likes riding her bike (with a basket in the front) to farmers' markets.

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Special thanks to Maria Iu for the design of our logo..