Coastal Fund Board of Directors and Staff 2021-22

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Board of Directors 2021-22

Ethan Estrada Board Member, Chair
Mykala Listorti Board Member, Vice Chair
Erika Chan Board Member, Undergraduate Representative
Emma Swanson Board Member, Undergraduate Representative
Anannya Deshmukh Board Member, Undergraduate Representative
Austen Apigo Board Member, Graduate Representative
Michaela (Kaley) Sten Board Member, Graduate Representative

Staff 2021-22

Sarah Siedschlag Advisor
Joelle CantoAdams Outreach and Education Coordinator

Visala Tallavarjula

Outreach and Education Coordinator
Carissa Stewart Administrative Assistant


Ethan Estrada

Ethan is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography. He is a first-gen college student, and was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Moving to the coast for school has been a blast, and he is loving every minute he spends in Goleta.

Erika Chan

Erika is a fourth year undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Growing up in Los Angeles, it would take an hour to get to the beach, so she is loving the opportunity now to walk down the street and explore the coastline. She has a deep appreciation for wildlife and hopes to pursue a career in habitat conservation and restoration. Because of her time at Your Children’s Trees, she is proud that she is able to plant a tree from start to finish. In her free time, you can find her biking around Goleta Beach, learning how to skate, or grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.

Mykala Listorti

Mykala is a third year pursuing aquatic biology at UCSB. She loves to explore and travel the world, so she wants to preserve the Earth in any way that she can. She has a particular passion for protecting the ocean, and she feels lucky to call the seaside UCSB community her home!

Anannya Deshmukh

Anannya is a second year student at UCSB, pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. She is very interested in multiple areas of the field, including environmental policy, geology, and water conservation, and hopes to explore the field as much as she can during her time at UCSB. Her passion for the earth stems from her love of traveling the world and hiking! When she isn’t working, you can always find Anannya gardening, swimming, or doodling in her bullet journal. 

Emma Swanson

Emma is a fourth year undergraduate pursuing a double major in Microbiology and Political Science. She is interested in a variety of different subjects, including environmental policy, political theory, and healthcare. She loves the California coast and feels so lucky to live so close to the ocean. In her free time, she enjoys making pottery and reading.

Austen Apigo

Austen is a seventh year Ph.D. Candidate in EEMB and studies the interactions between plants and their fungal symbionts. He has a passion for coding which has shaped his role as a graduate student mentor to the Data Analysis and Coding Club (DANC), an undergraduate coding club at UCSB. When he’s not in the lab or behind the computer, you can usually find Austen hanging out with his dog Gwen, tidepooling or baking up a treat to share with friends. 

Michaela (Kaley) Sten

Kaley is a second year PhD student in IGPMS where she studies coastal oceanography. When she was little, the Pacific stole one of her sister’s crocs only to return it a few days later, and she has been in love with the ocean ever since.  Kaley grew up in Seattle and misses the rain every day, but she decided to trade her rainboots for flipflops and spends a lot of time exploring the beach. When she’s not reading for fun or for class, you can often find Kaley doing crossword puzzles or playing with her cats.  

Sarah Siedschlag

Sarah serves as the staff advisor for several groups within Associated Students that focus on sustainability and the environment, including Coastal Fund. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2009 to pursue a master’s degree at the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and liked it so much she never left. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and posting pictures of her cat on the internet.

Joelle CantoAdams

Joelle is a third year Environmental Studies B.S. major, with a minor in Spatial Studies Science. Growing up in Northern California’s Sonoma County, she loves getting out into nature whether it’s reading on the river or hiking up in the mountains. At UCSB, you can find her swimming in the ocean or studying on one of the campus’s many lawns under the trees. Outside of her work with the Coastal Fund, Joelle is also involved with the EAB club and COPR, helping to protect this beautiful place we call home.

Visala Tallavarjula

Visala is a third year Environmental Studies major who is interested in going into environmental policy and law. Visala is passionate about writing and she wrote a piece for UCSB’s WORD Magazine last year about the buying back of the San Marcos Foothills, the history behind Santa Barbara’s trend of selling land to developers, and the Chumash community, their history, and their relationship with these pieces of land. In her free time, she loves to spend time in nature whenever she can, whether its hiking, camping, paddle boarding, or sailing.

Carissa Stewart

 Carissa is a third year at UCSB and is pursuing a bachelor of arts in communication and planning to double major in Theater. She has always loved the ocean, but really got interested in preserving the environment and our coast after taking an Advanced Placement class in environmental science. She is so happy to be able to do her part even as a non-stem student and feels so lucky to be living in beautiful Santa Barbara.

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