Staff/Faculty Directory


    Christof Bernau

  • Christof Bernau

    Farm Garden Manager
    christof@ucsc.edu
    (831) 459-3375

    Christof (he/his) has been involved with the Center for Agroecology since coming to Santa Cruz as an apprentice in 1994 and has been a staff member since 1999. Christof has extensive experience in nursery management, propagation, vegetables, and specialty cut flower production. He is especially interested in nutritionally dense crops, small-scale grain production, the cultivation of small fruits, and creating a learning/growing environment where everyone can thrive. He holds a BA in Asian history from Reed College and an MA in equity and social justice in adult education from San Francisco State University.


  • Ned Conwell

  • Chadwick Garden Assistant Manager
    econwell@ucsc.edu

  • Erin Foley

  • Erin Foley

    Editor & Communications Specialist
    eefoley@ucsc.edu
    (831) 713-9049

    Erin (she/her) earned a BA in world literature and cultural studies at UC Santa Cruz where she became interested in organic farming, gardening, and food systems issues through classes and internships at the campus farm and gardens. After graduating, she worked on farms in Santa Cruz County and abroad before deciding to pursue a career in communications. Although she has traded farm life for an office desk, she is happy to be involved with advancing a sustainable, just food system.


  • Tim Galarneau

  • Tim Galarneau

    Food Systems Education & Research Program Specialist
    tgalarne@ucsc.edu
    (831) 459-3248

    Tim (he/they) works as a Specialist for the University of California focusing on equity and student basic needs, farm to institution, and experiential education programs. He actively supports regional, statewide, and national efforts that intersect with food, social equity, and community development. Mr. Galarneau is a co-chair to the UC system-wide Basic Needs Initiative. In addition, he is a co-founder of Real Food Challenge and a board advisor to the national movement non-profit, Real Food Generation, advancing a student driven higher education effort to address equity and justice across the food system. Tim received his B.A. in Community Studies (with an emphasis and agroecology and social justice) and Intensive Psychology, while his M.S. focused in Food Systems and Society.


  • Francis Ge

  • Francis Ge

    Basic Needs Coordinator
    fmge@ucsc.edu
    (831) 247-0695

    As the Basic Needs Coordinator, Francis works with student and perennial staff to increase access to fresh, organic, culturally relevant produce on campus, sourced from the campus and local farms. Francis grew up in the Bay Area, did biology fieldwork and farming apprenticeships in college, and got a MA in Food Studies before coming to UCSC. Her favorite thing to grow is cable-trellised margold tomatoes! 

  • Heidi Harris

  • Heidi Harris

    Hay Barn Events Coordinator
    hharris2@ucsc.edu
    (831) 459-3762

    Being born and raised in the San Lorenzo Valley has given Heidi (she/her) a deep love and appreciation for nature and a keen awareness of how important it is that we take care of it. Heidi spent many years as a floral designer working on a variety of events, and as an obsessed flower lover and enthusiastic gardener, managing the Hay Barn events for the Center for Agroecology keeps her steeped in gratitude that she gets to work in such a beautiful place with such dedicated colleagues.


  • Jessica Lenth

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    Assistant Director of Finance, Planning, and General Operations
    jlenth@ucsc.edu

    Jessica's (she/her) background includes working as part of senior management for non-profits throughout the Bay Area, including Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGs), where she helped put gardens on under-resourced school campuses. Jessica holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She currently serves as the Board President for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, and in her spare time Jessica enjoys showing her partner all the best scenic hikes in Santa Cruz and tending to their garden.


  • Ann Lindsey

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    Grants Coordinator
    alindsey@ucsc.edu
    (831) 566-3779

    Ann (she/her) is a half-time staff member working remotely on grant proposals, reports, fundraising appeals, and other efforts to help bring in support for the Center’s programs, Farm, Garden, and staffing. Ann previously lived in Santa Cruz and worked with the Apprenticeship Program, but now lives in Anchorage, Alaska.


  • Mark Lipson

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    mdlipson@ucsc.edu
    (408) 497-3673

  • Orin Martin

  • Orin Martin

    Alan Chadwick Garden Manager
    orin@ucsc.edu

    Orin (he/him) has managed the Alan Chadwick Garden since 1977, and is an instructor for the Center's Apprenticeship Program as well as UCSC undergraduates through classes and internships. Orin also teaches workshops and writes extensively on horticultural topics for the general public. His special interests lie with fruit trees (stone, pome and evergreen), garlic, roses, the weather, and baseball.


  • Kellee Matsushita-Tseng

  • Kellee Matsushita-Tseng

    Farm Garden Assistant Manager
    kmmatsus@ucsc.edu
    (831) 459-3375

    Kellee (they/she) is a Yonsei, fourth generation queer Japanese-Chinese American, born and raised in Los Angeles. In LA, Kellee worked with community food security projects and worker rights campaigns to advocate for worker rights across the food system, before moving to Santa Cruz to pursue further training in agriculture. Kellee’s background is in anti-death penalty work, education, youth empowerment work, and community organizing. Kellee’s work focuses on building a movement towards seed sovereignty as a means of cultivating community health and working for collective liberation. Kellee serves on the board of directors at the National Young Farmers Coalition, and organizes with the Asian American Farmers Alliance.


  • Pam McLeod

  • Pam McLeod

    Apprenticeship and Short Course Coordinator
    pmcleod@ucsc.edu

    Pam (she/her) joined the Center for Agroecology in 2022 after leading Education and Inclusion efforts for a water-focused Engineering Research Center. She has also worked at Bay Area farmers' markets for over 15 years. She holds a BS from Manhattan College and an MS and PhD from Stanford University, all in Environmental Engineering. You're likely to find her supporting students as they navigate their journeys, coaching improvisational theater, or growing edible crops with awe and gratitude.


  • Joji Muramoto

  • Joji Muramoto

    Assistant Cooperative Extension Organic Production Specialist
    joji@ucsc.edu
    831-459-2178

    Joji (he/his) officially joined the Center for Agroecology in May 2019 when he was hired as the first organic agriculture dedicated specialist in the UC system. He is a soil scientist/agroecologist and responsible for research and extension in organic systems across the state. Since he came to UCSC in 1996, he has been working on fertility and soilborne disease management in organic strawberries and vegetables in coastal California. His current research focuses on nitrogen management in organic production, integrated soil health management, and sustainable organic agriculture and food systems in California. He received his B.S.(Ag.), M.S. (Ag.). and Ph.D. from Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan.

  • Damian Parr

  • Damian Parr

    Research & Education Coordinator
    dmparr@ucsc.edu
    (831) 359-8710

    Damian (he/him) focuses on experiential and transformational learning, curriculum design and program development, critical pedagogy, and participatory action research in higher education settings.

  • Jan Perez

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    Social Science Research & Education Specialist
    jperez@ucsc.edu

    (831) 459-3235

    Jan (she/her) has been with the Center for Agroecology since 2001, conducting academic and applied social issues research regarding fostering a more sustainable and just food system. Her current work focuses on utilizing participatory research, program evaluation and self-assessment in the interest of learning and critical reflection in order to foster social change and transformation for a more equitable and sustainable food system. She received her M.S. in adult education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


  • Stacy Philpott

  • Stacy Philpott

    Faculty Director
    Professor, Environmental Studies

    Alfred and Ruth Heller Chair in Agroecology
    sphilpot@ucsc.edu
    (831) 459-1549

    Stacy (she/her) is an agroecologist interested in community ecology, ecosystem services, urban agroecology, and interactions between agriculture, conservation, and farmer well-being. Stacy has worked for more than 20 years to understand how farm management and the landscapes surrounding farms influence diversity of insects, plants, and birds on farms, and the ecological interactions among species. She has worked in tropical agroforestry systems in Mexico and Indonesia, annual cropping systems in Nicaragua, and in urban agricultural systems in Michigan, Ohio, and California. She has written more than 140 research articles and book chapters.


  • Alex Roth

  • Alex Roth

    Community and Residential Life Coordinator
    algroth@ucsc.edu

    Alex (he/him) is a Black man who was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He received a B.S. in criminal justice from the University of Louisville. Before arriving at UCSC, he spent three years on the California coast working at Vida Verde Nature Education, a non-profit serving Black and Brown youth from the Bay Area. His background is in JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) work, youth education and dismantling systems of oppression. Alex’s work focuses on cultivating and facilitating a brave and supportive space for apprentices to live, work, and grow in. In his free time, you’ll find Alex lifting heavy weights, binge watching Netflix, soaking up the sun at the beach and eating lots of yummy food.


  • Brooks Schmitt

  • Brooks Schmitt

    Cowell Coffee Shop Food Supervisor
    jschmitt@ucsc.edu
    (707) 684-0237 (c)

    Brooks (he/him) is a UCSC alumnus who grew up in the tiny town of Boonville, California. During his tenure at UCSC, he worked in the Center for Agroecology Farm Garden and studied the Classics, with a focus on ancient fermentation practices and the momentum of knowledge across Western civilization. In 2010, he founded the Boonville Cider House, a nationally distributed hard apple cider brand. In 2015, following the company's sale, he started Bruxo Food Truck, a shapeshifting mobile culinary project based in Santa Cruz. Today, at the Center for Agroecology, he sets out to help address campus food insecurity, teach and learn about sustainable and culturally relevant foodways with campus partners, and frame the incredible produce that is grown on the Center's farm and gardens in as many unique ways as possible.


  • Dave Stimpson

  • Ag Technician
    dstimpso@ucsc,edu

    Dave (he/him) enjoys food production, preservation, preparation, and of course consumption of all he and his family make. 


  • Darryl Wong

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    Executive Director
    dgwong@ucsc.edu
    (831) 459-3604

    Darryl (he/him) helps manage the tractor cultivated fields at the Center for Agroecology, and coordinates faculty-led research trials and undergraduate/graduate student and Apprenticeship Program classes and projects. Before joining the Center in spring of 2013, Darryl co-owned and operated Freewheelin' Farm, a seven-acre, mixed vegetable operation that sold produce via CSA, Farmers’ Markets and direct to restaurants/grocery stores in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. In addition to his role at the Center for Agroecology, Darryl is concurrently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at UCSC where he is studying organic no-till vegetable production.


  • Kirstin Yogg

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    Field Production Site Manager
    kyogg@ucsc.edu
    (831) 588-1377

    Kirstin (she/her) first came to Santa Cruz in 2005 as an Apprentice in Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and joined the staff in 2015 to manage the tractor cultivated fields. Having owned an operated her own mixed vegetable farm in the Santa Cruz area, Kirstin is focused on the nuts and bolts of small scale vegetable production; healthy team management, crop production and post harvest handling for high quality nutrient dense food, and thoughtful community based marketing that works toward healthy food access for all. Kirstin is most excited to use her own farming skill and experience to help students develop the background and tools to vision and execute their own projects.