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Butte Environmental Council Staff

Danielle Baxter, General Manager

Danielle is a grass-roots community organizer and environmental event and program development professional from Chico, Ca. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, CSU Chico along with a Climate Protection Career Certificate, Bay Area-Skyline College. Her love and history with Butte Environmental Council began as a restoration program coordinator and event lead under Robyn DiFalco's leadership in 2015. Prior to stepping into the role of BEC's General Manager, Danielle co-created the Carriers of the New Story program designed to ignite and support young change makers using the Way of Council communication model. She bikepacked the Pacific Northwest exploring pedal-powered off grid events, trained in regenerative farming practices on the Big Island Hawaii, and worked with Butte College’s Sustainability Resource Center to develop internship programs for young professionals to access Green Workforce career opportunities. She is now Vice-Chair of the City of Chico Sustainability Task Force and integrates her experience and community connections to serve BEC's mission by expanding its regional support base and strengthening partnerships moving into a new era of climate leadership.

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.