Meet the Team
The SSC team is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, while our Fellows and partner sites serve communities across California.
Jake Silver is dedicated to fighting the climate crisis through innovative and inclusive solutions. In 2018, he joined Sustainability Service Corps as the Deep Decarbonization Fellow for the City of Fremont where he helped to develop the City's updated climate action plan. After his term of service, Jake joined BACR to support the same program that helped launch his career in this field. He enjoys the opportunity to mentor Fellows and advance sustainability projects that benefit vulnerable communities.
Jake was born and raised in Connecticut and has a B.A. in Political Science and Sustainability from the University of Michigan.
Virginia Orman works as the Program Coordinator for Sustainability Service Corps. Virginia brings a wealth of experience in youth programming, community development, and program development. She served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, where she focused on college access, service learning, food justice, and farming. With her passion for sustainability and community empowerment, Virginia is eager to lead and support SSC Fellows in their efforts to combat climate change.
National Service Director
Adolfo Rivera has dedicated his professional life to work benefiting children and young leaders. He has been involved with AmeriCorps since he joined Bay Area Community Resources in 1995, and is currently serving as the Director of BACR's National Service Programs. In this role he supports 4 separate programs that recruit, train, supervise, and support over 175 AmeriCorps members every year working with over 60 schools and community based organizations in 6 Bay Area Counties.
Adolfo was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in Oakland with his wife Erin; their 3 children Emilia, Bella, and Antonio; and their dog Paisley.
Katherine Sue is thrilled to be part of the SSC team after serving in the 2022-23 cohort as the San Mateo County Office of Education's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Fellow. During her Fellowship, Katherine supported San Mateo County students and staff in advancing sustainable and climate-ready solutions in their schools, districts, and local communities. Katherine's professional background is in the K-12 education setting, where she taught and supported students at the elementary level for 10 years. Katherine looks forward to supporting SSC Fellows as they implement sustainability projects focused on environmental education, community outreach, and engagement.
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