Faculty & Staff

UEPI’s faculty and professional staff represent fields of environmental and public health, housing, urban planning, law, public policy, non-profit management, and more.

Staff work closely with the professors in the UEP academic department, and also collaborate with other college departments including the Center for Community Based Learning and Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement. Staff are housed at two different locations on campus, 1541 and 1882 Campus Road.

Sharon Cech

Sharon Cech

Program Director, UEPI
(323) 341-4807
Sharon Cech leads the CA Farm to School, Farm to WIC, and Regional Food Systems programs at UEPI. Her project work revolves around building a more equitable and sustainable food system that both...

J. Mijin Cha

Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
(323) 341-4047
Mijin Cha's research focuses on climate change, green economy, and the intersection of race, class, and the environment. Her writing has appeared in several outlets, including The American...
Sylvia Chico

Sylvia Chico

Senior Program Coordinator, UEP, UEPI
(323) 259-2991
Sylvia Chico joined Occidental College in 1992 working in the Facilities Management Department as the maintenance management supervisor and in 2000, transitioned to UEPI and the UEP department...
Professor Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics; Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy
(323) 259-2913
Peter Dreier has been involved in urban policy as a scholar, government official, reporter, and advocate for over 30 years. He writes widely on American politics and public policy, specializing...
Raquel Galarza

Raquel Galarza

Health Education Manager
(323) 341-5097
Raquel Galarza is the Health Education Manager for the LA Farm to School Initiative at UEPI. Her work focuses leading nutrition education initiatives in local community sites, as well as...
Robert Gottlieb

Robert Gottlieb

Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy, Emeritus; Founder, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute
(323) 259-2712
Robert Gottlieb’s research focus is on environmental and food justice, power and inequality, resource politics, alternative transportation, place-based development, global cities, and the...
Molly Greenberg

Molly Greenberg

Project Coordinator, Moving Forward Network
(732) 986-4840
Molly Greenberg (she/her) is the Project Coordinator with the Moving Forward Network. She helps to support the MFN organization and campaigns. The Network aims to build power with communities to...
Wendy Gutschow

Wendy Gutschow

Project Manager, Moving Forward Network
(323) 259-1407
As project manager for the Moving Forward Network at UEPI, Wendy helps manage day to day operations for the MFN. The Network links community-based organizations, scientists, environmental,...
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Amy Jarboe

Grants & Finance Manager, UEPI
(323) 259-1460
Amy Jarboe joined as the Grants & Finance Manager at UEPI in 2021.  She helps support the financial and compliance management of grants within UEPI.  Her responsibilities include pre and...
Candice Kim

Candice Kim

Project Director, Moving Forward Network
(213) 718-5785
Candice Kim is the Project Director of the Moving Forward Network located at UEPI. The network seeks to transform the global trade system by supporting the organizing, advocacy, education and...
Angelo Logan

Angelo Logan

Policy Director, Moving Forward Network
(323) 259-2759
Angelo Logan grew up in the City of Commerce and lives in Long Beach CA.  Angelo is the co-founder of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and has worked with a wide variety of...
Kelly Marie Martin

Kelly Martin

Special Projects Manager, Moving Forward Network
(323) 259-2991
Kelly Marie Martin has joined the Moving Forward Network staff as Special Projects Manager. She is an artist, musician, and nonprofit development professional - with over a decade of experience...
Martha Matsuoka

Martha Matsuoka

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy; Interim Director, CCBL
(323) 259-2971
Martha Matsuoka ’83 is the Executive Director of the Urban &  Environmental Policy Institute and an Associate Professor at Occidental College. She focuses her teaching and research on...

Seva Rodnyansky

Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
(323) 341-4051
Seva Rodnyansky’s research focuses on urban policy related to housing, transportation, residential mobility and neighborhood change. His teaching interests include quantitative data analysis,...
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Rosa Romero

Program Director, UEPI
(323) 341-5090
Rosa Romero is a Program Director at the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College. Rosa specializes in Farm to Preschool, Garden and Health curriculum development...
Bhavna Shamasunder

Bhavna Shamasunder

Department Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy
(323) 341-4695
Bhavna Shamasunder teaches and conducts research on issues related to environmental health and justice.  She is interested in how community-based organizations can leverage science to advance...