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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
Tom Padia Deputy Executive Director
Pat Cabrera Administrative Services Director
Rachel Balsley Senior Program Manager
Cassie Bartholomew Program Manager
Jeff Becerra Communications Manager
Anna Borg Administrative Assistant
Arliss Dunn Supervising Executive Assistant
Teresa Eade Senior Program Manager
Judi Ettlinger Senior Program Manager
Michelle Fay Program Manager
Tommy Fenster Community Outreach Associate
Nathan Greene Senior Administrative Assistant
Todd High Financial Services Manager
Karen Kho Senior Program Manager
Miya Kitahara Program Manager
Heather Larson Program Manager
Elese Lebsack Program Manager
Justin Lehrer Senior Program Manager
Brian Mathews Senior Program Manager - Enforcement Officer
Candis Mary-Dauphin Program Manager
Roberta Miller Program Manager
Jeanne Nader Program Manager
Chinwe Omani-Venable Executive Assistant
Nisha Patel Accountant
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
Mark Spencer Senior Program Manager
Meghan Starkey Senior Program Manager
Angelina Vergara Program Manager
Angela Vivians Administrative Assistant
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