Group Environmental Council Provides 4 Ambassadors | Good for Santa Barbara

January 30, 2021
| 9:00 a.m.

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) has named four new members to its Partnership Council. They are Claire Fackler, Cooper Matthieson, Michelle Pickett and Holly Sherwin. The Partnership Council is comprised of a broad spectrum of community leaders who act as ambassadors to advocate, network, and promote on behalf of CEC.

Fackler is a national education liaison and national volunteer coordinator for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, where she has worked for the past 21 years to inspire ocean and climate literacy and conservation.

In 2018, she worked with CEC, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, and Adams Elementary School’s Ocean Guardian Ambassadors on the Skip the Straw campaign leading to these students being recognized with the Spirit of Santa Barbara Award from the city of Santa Barbara and the Environmental Stewards Award from Explore Ecology.

Fackler is a certified interpretive guide and trainer through the National Association for Interpretation and serves as co-chair of CEC’s Partnership Council.

Matthieson is a mechanical engineer at Apeel Sciences, working to reduce food waste globally and create a more just food supply chain. A native Santa Barbarian, he graduated from Columbia University and spent time in Charleston, South Carolina, where his passion for food, gardening, and agriculture took hold.

Matthieson volunteered at several school gardens before managing his own garden program for The Green Heart Project at Meeting Street Elementary School at Brentwood, teaching elementary school students about food, nutrition and the environment.

He moved back to Santa Barbara in 2017 to continue his work in the food system and advance food resiliency locally and beyond.

Pickett has been a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck for 22 years, providing counsel on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate, business, and tax law.

She is an advisor to corporations, partnerships and nonprofits, and has provided legal services to the philanthropic sector, counseling a variety of nonprofits and leveraging her business experience to provide best practices for continued governance and operational efficiency. Pickett serves as the director of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation.

Sherwin is a fine artist and member of the Santa Barbara Printmakers Society, Santa Barbara Art Association, and Nature Print Society. Her award-winning pieces have been juried into numerous local art shows. Throughout her career, she has worked in environmental education and recreation, blending her love for nature with her passion for creating fine art.

As a naturalist in Southwest Florida, Sherwin introduced classes in fish printing and nature photography. She serves on the advisory council at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and volunteers for several nonprofits.