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Natalie Carter

Natalie Carter, Executive Director
Natalie has lived in Chico since she moved here as a child in 1991. Growing up in Chico, Natalie developed a deep-rooted connection to the environment and community.  She earned her degree in General Biology from CSU Chico in 2009. After graduating she gained a range of experiences working with a variety of seasonal research and environmental education programs. Since 2012 Natalie has worked for the Chico Certified Farmers Market (CCFM), helping to bring fresh locally grown food directly to the communities in our region. Working with the CCFM she prioritized building connections with the community by seeking out community partnerships, attending community meetings, and bringing improved customer services/experiences to the Farmers Markets. 
An active voice in her community, Natalie served as treasurer for the Honey Covered Bridge Association in 2013 and 2014, and has served on the Chico Natural Food Cooperative Board of Directors. She is eager to take on BEC’s legacy as a champion for the needs of our community, to defend its resources, and to make a meaningful difference as a representative for our land, air, and water. 
She is passionate about the environment and loves being in nature. She believes that passing her passion on to others is the best way to ensure our natural resources are protected for the future. 

Katie BeesonBusiness Manager

Katie came to BEC with a desire to be a part of a grassroots organization that effects positive change to combat the effects of climate change. Having a background in French from UC Santa Barbara, her experience with work in environmental sustainability comes simply from her personal passion for wildlife and from a personal desire to reduce her carbon footprint and waste production. As Business Manager, Katie's role is to assist the Executive Director in most everything, manage donor relations and fundraising campaigns, handle organizational finances and assist in event planning.
Katie's other passions include spending time with her animals (she has two cats and one dog), attending comic conventions, traveling the world, and Star Wars!

Bryce GoldsteinEnergy Conservation Program Coordinator for the North Valley Energy Watch Program

Bryce Goldstein Photo

Bryce grew up in Livermore and Redding, where she experienced the strained relationships between human development and environment. She chose to study Environmental Science with a focus on Energy & Climate at Humboldt State University to gain a better understanding of solutions to environmental issues, especially climate change. Bryce moved to Chico to put her knowledge to work as a CivicSpark Fellow with the City of Chico, where she addressed Climate Action Plan objectives centering on energy conservation. She worked alongside BEC to promote the North Valley Energy Watch Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Saving Toolkit program, and is excited to continue this work.

Bryce's other passions include biking, thrift shopping, growing food, and playing music - guitar, bass, banjo, accordion, drums, cowbell, and any other instrument she can get her hands on. When the BEC office is closed, you might find one of her punk bands playing at Naked Lounge downstairs.

Lexi Thornton, Program Coordinator for the Oak Restoration Project

Lexi has returned to her hometown of Chico to join BEC after graduating from CSU Monterey Bay with a B.S. in Environmental Science.  Being a part of an organization that directly influences positive  change in her hometown was exactly the kind of opportunity she was looking for after graduating. She is now the coordinator for both the Oak Restoration Program and the Community Gardens.  Her past experiences include internships for the Monterey Regional Waste Management District and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.  She will be continuing her education in the fall at CSU Chico by joining the Master's Program for Environmental Science, where she hopes to gain more experitise in restoration efforts that consider climate change projections.

Lexi's personal interests include any kind of arts and crafts, traveling, and her garden.

Angel Gomez, Program Coordinator for the Watershed Program Picture of Angel Gomez, Watershed Coordinator

Angel grew up in Chico and after living in a few different cities she decided to make Chico her permanent home. Her passion for the environment and it's protection started at age 15 and has grown since then. She was recently the market manager for the Chico Certified Farmers Market. Her passion to make positive changes in her community led her to Butte Environmental Council. She was previously on the board of directors for Butte Environmental Council as well as Chico Natural Foods. Angel's role as Watershed Coordinator is to advocate for and protect our local waters. She organizes creek cleanups and educates the community about water.
Outside of work Angel enjoys being an auntie to many, spending time with animals (and other people's animals), and riding her bike (often with her dog in the basket). 

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Carol Perkins, Water Policy Advocate
Carol is a local water resource advocate who recently completed her Master’s in Environmental Science with a focus on watersheds and surface and ground water geochemistry. Carol has an interest in sustainable policies and practices in agriculture, landscape, and development as they relate to water conservation and resource protection that drives her efforts over the last seven years as a water resource advocate. Carol has been instrumental in helping shape policy and activities in Butte County more founded in science.  Carol has worked with BEC as an independent contractor since 2008. 



Our team of interns also make up a valuable part of the BEC team each semester.  If you are interested in an internship with BEC, please contact our office or click here to learn more about our internship program and how you can get involved.