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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The BEC Board of Directors determines policies, procedures and regulations for the conduct of the organization, helps in raising funds to finance BEC and its programs, promotes BEC in the community, and monitors its organizational performance. Terms are three years running with the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) with a maximum of three consecutive terms (9 years).   

BEC Board

Job duties include attendance of at least half of the yearly board meetings, participation in at least one (1) committee, and volunteering at BEC special events.  Board members will have opportunities to understand and make a difference on local and regional issues that impact our air, water, land and people.  Only BEC members are eligible to serve on the Board or on Committees.

Every June at BEC we have our annual Board of Directors election. Members have the opportunity to vote for the individuals that will help lead BEC in the future. Members also have the opportunity to serve on the BEC Board!

If you are interested in being part of the BEC leadership team please submit a Board Member Application and your bio for the ballot. Our General Manager will be in touch with you once we have received your application. Voting will take place over two weeks, from Wednesday June, 1 to Wednesday June, 14. Most BEC members will receive a digital ballot via email, while our "analog" members will receive a paper ballot in the mail.

Any current BEC members interested in serving BEC are encouraged to apply.  For any questions about serving on the board call our office at (530) 891-6424.

If you are interested in serving on the BEC Board of Directors, please download and complete this Board Member Application form and submit by email to the BEC Board Chair.  If you have questions or would like to learn more about serving on the BEC board, please call and we'll be happy to discuss.

Meet our Current Board of Directors

Mark StemenChair
My environmental activism officially began in 1990 when, as a student at Chico State, I took an internship at the Butte Environmental Council. Since then, I have gone on to become a professor of environmental studies at Chico State, and Chair of the City of Chico’s Sustainability Task Force. I was BEC President and Board Chair from 2011-2018, and during that time I led a top to bottom review of the organization. Now, I want to return to the BEC Board to help lift up a new generation of environmental leaders in Chico and Butte County.

Scott GristCo-Chair

Scott Grist, BEC Board Member

Scott came to Chico in 2002 and quickly fell in love with all the natural areas that surround the community. While earning a degree in Geology at CSU Chico, he frequently went camping and backpacking in nearby wilderness areas. These adventures lead Scott to teaching and involvement in nature education and advocacy. He has designed outdoor programs for at-risk teens as a Counselor at the local Boy’s and Girl’s Club. He is trained in Wilderness Survival and holds local workshops teaching outdoor skills to adults. He leads regular Edible & Medicinal Plant Walks in Bidwell Park and currently works at the GRUB CSA farm growing local organic veggies for the community. He is inspired to contribute to a team that has over 40 years of environmental advocacy behind them.

Rebecca Holden, Secretary

I worked as Assistant Director at BEC until October 2017. I am dedicated to promoting waste-zero lifestyles and a cleaner environment. I  work at Recology as the Waste-Zero Specialist. I would like to add to the momentum that BEC has in our community. I believe in the mission and want to constructively insert my ideas and energy. BEC is a dynamic team of environmentally-minded community champions and I am honored to continue my service to this great organization as a Board member.

Jane Martin

Having known and worked with several of BEC's past and present leaders and board members, I have seen what it takes to the events and awesome projects BEC has led. I am passionate about protecting the environment and would like to teach and share that passion with others. I joined the board because, now more than ever, it's time to take stewardship of our home!

Bryce Goldstein

Bryce Goldstein spent her youth in Redding before attending Humboldt State University to study Environmental Science with a 
focus on Energy and Climate. She moved to Butte County to assist the City of Chico with implementing its Climate Action Plan goals as an AmeriCorps CivicSpark Fellow and since then has worked for BEC and a local transportation planning consulting firm. She is passionate about reshaping the way we live using sustainable planning, education, and activism to combat and prepare for climate change as well as create a more equitable society.

Jared Geiser

Jared Geiser represents the student body of California State University Chico Associated Students Sustainability Affairs Commissioner. He is studying geography with an emphasis on environmental studies and sustainability planning. The time he’s spent studying the Earth and humanity’s interactions with the natural world has opened his eyes to the severity of the environmental crises of the 21st century and has inspired him to become an advocate for sustainability within higher education institutions and society at large. Jared has obtained the UC California Naturalist Certification and continues to educate himself and others about ecology, humanity’s relationship with the natural world, and the sustainability issues of our time.

Eric Chisler

Eric Chisler lives in the Oak woodlands of Northern California near the banks of the Sacramento River in the homeland of the Mechoopda people. After several years of liminality—hitchhiking, community building, and environmental activism—he has settled back into his natural academic environment at the local university. A scholar, poet, and cultural activist, Eric considers himself a citizen of his place and time in dominant culture North America and labors at the challenges in living at the edge of its terror: belonging to place, revealing and healing ancestral trauma, and initiating the cultural intelligence necessary for village life.

Shyla Black

Shyla is Chico local that takes great pride in this area of the world. She is a Program Fellow at GRID Alternatives working to provide renewable energy to underserved communities.
Alongside renewable energy she is passionate about small scale farming, our local trees and watersheds, and would like bring her fervor and love of this land to assist BEC in all its conservation endeavors.

Maggie Scarpa

Maggie Scarpa is a recent graduate of CSU, Chico, studying environmental policy and planning for community resiliency in the midst of all of the environmental crises facing our community today. She has experience with environmental education and advocacy in the community and wants to further Butte Environmental Council's legacy as a fierce protector of the land, air and water in Butte County. She believes that there is no comnpromise in defense of Mother Earth. In her free time, you can find Maggie biking, upcycling and cooking zero-waste, plant based meals.  


Interested in serving on the BEC Board?

Board elections take place every June and any current BEC member is eligible to stand for office.  Vacancies may sometimes be available between elections, in which case an interested applicant could be appointed to the BEC Board before yearly election. Download and complete this Board Member Application and drop off for Board Chair, Mark Stemen at the BEC Office (313 Walnut Street, Suite 140, Chico CA).
Please call the BEC office at (530) 891-6424 to speak with our General Manager, Danielle Baxter for inquiries.