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Butte Environmental Council Staff

Caitlin Dalby, General Manager

Having grown up in the Lake Almanor Basin near Lassen Volcanic National Park, Caitlin is an outdoor enthusiast and National Park geek. She completed her Master’s degree in Land Resources and Environmental Science in 2019 while teaching science full time in Chico. Caitlin brings 12 years of science teaching experience, much of which was spent in environmental education and stewardship in the Feather River watershed and Little Chico Creek. Her diverse background ranges from fisheries and recreation work with the USFS to researching California mountain lion population genetics while earning her BS in Biotechnology at UC Davis. Her passion lies in forest and watershed management and stewardship, with a holistic philosophy of sustainable best practices. She was recently elected to the Chico Unified School District’s Board of Trustees and envisions a bright and green future for our youngest generations. Ready to carry the torch for environmental and socioeconomic advocacy and education, Caitlin is proud and excited to join the BEC family.

Anna Isaacs, Business Manager

Anna brings ten years of experience in non-profit and business management to her role as Business Manager. She was first attracted to BEC because of the dedication of its Staff, Board Members, and community of volunteers and donors. In her position, she hopes to take care of the backend operations so that our community can have an effective platform to advocate for the land, air, and water. Previous to BEC, she led CoFED, a national non-profit that supports the leadership of young people to build food and land cooperatives. She holds a B.A. in Economic Development from The Evergreen State College, where she studied cooperative development in Venezuela, Peru, and across the Pacific Northwest.

Emily Donaldson, RARE Program Coordinator

Emily is an outdoor educator and outdoor enthusiast who is dedicated to environmental advocacy and stewardship. She is passionate about both sustainability and education, which is why she was so drawn to BEC and the position of RARE Program Coordinator. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and spent time abroad in Peru studying how humans have interacted with their natural environments throughout history.  Prior to BEC, she has worked as an outdoor educator, teaching river science and California history at Mother Lode River Center, and as an aide in special education with Chico Unified School District. Emily whole-heartedly believes in the power of connecting with people from all walks of life and working together to create a brighter future. She is a regular volunteer for another local nonprofit, Project S.A.V.E (Salvage All Valuable Equipment) for which she helps sort, package, and ship donated medical supplies to those in need. Emily has a profound connection to rivers and when she is not educating students about the 4 R’s, working in the BEC office, or volunteering, she can be found rafting, kayaking, or swimming in any one of California’s many beautiful watersheds.

BEC Interns and Volunteers


The constant support and collaboration we receive from our long-standing internship and volunteer programs allow us to continue the work we do at our fullest potential while offering community connection, work related skill building and environmental education.

Click here to learn more about how to BECome a BEC Intern or Volunteer.