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  • Wendy Sommer, Executive Director

    Phone: (510) 891-6500 Email:

    Wendy Sommer has been with StopWaste since 1991, serving a variety of roles. Wendy has created key policies and market transformation programs – many being firsts in California, such as construction and demolition debris recycling requirements, food scrap recycling, and green building.

    Wendy managed construction of the Agency’s headquarters, the first LEED Platinum renovation project in the nation. She began her role as Executive Director on January 1, 2016.

Staff Directory

Name Title
Wendy Sommer Executive Director
Pat Cabrera Administrative Services Director
Emily Alvarez Program Manager
Rachel Balsley Senior Program Manager
Cassie Bartholomew Program Manager
Jeff Becerra Communications Manager
Annalisa Belliss Program Services Specialist
Anna Borg Administrative Assistant
Maricelle Cardenas Program Services Specialists
Mike Cohen Information Systems Manager
Arielle Conway Program Services Specialist
Ben Cooper Program Manager
Arliss Dunn Clerk of the Board
Michelle Fay Program Manager
Tommy Fenster Program Services Specialist
Alma Freeman Program Manager
Nathan Greene Senior Administrative Assistant
Herb Hirschfeld Information Systems
Karen Kho Principal Program Manager
Miya Kitahara Program Manager
Elese Lebsack Program Manager
Justin Lehrer Senior Management Analyst
Jeffery Liang Senior Program Services Specialist
Audrey Lin Program Services Specialist
Candis Mary-Dauphin Program Manager
Jeanne Nader Program Manager
Anu Natarajan Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Manager
Jenny O’Brien Senior Administrative Assistant
Nisha Patel Management Analyst
Jeannie Pham Program Services Specialist
Shasta Phillips Program Manager
Robin Plutchok Program Manager
Lisa Pontecorvo Program Manager
Adrienne Ramirez Executive Assistant
Chris Ross Designer / Developer
Kelly Schoonmaker Program Manager
Jeanine Sidran Senior Program Services Specialist
Meri Soll Senior Program Manager
Meghan Starkey Senior Management Analyst
Angelina Vergara Program Manager
Jennifer West Program Manager