CCI’s Team

Dr. Jeff Creque

Dr. Jeff Creque is co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and a Director at the Carbon Cycle Institute, where he provides senior leadership on carbon farming and land management. He brings thirty years of applied experience and theoretical training to the task of informing and facilitating the goals of the Marin Carbon Project. He is an agricultural and rangeland consultant and Natural Resources Conservation Service certified nutrient management planning specialist. In addition, he has many organizational affiliations including: Founding Board Member, Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture (Marin); Co-Founder, Bolinas-Stinson Beach Compost Project; Agricultural Director, Apple Tree International; and Co-Founder, West Marin Compost Coalition. Dr. Creque holds a PhD in Rangeland Ecology from Utah State University, and is a California State Board of Forestry Certified Professional in Rangeland Management.

Torri Estrada

Torri Estrada is Executive Director at CCI and directs its policy and climate justice work. Torri has worked with non-profit, community-based, and public institutions to advance solutions to social and environmental justice, climate, and environmental issues for over twenty years.  Previously, Torri was the program director at the Marin Community Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s environmental grantmaking program and climate change initiative.  He was also a program officer at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, where he managed its environmental justice, media reform, reproductive rights, and civil rights portfolios.  Torri was the co-founder and a senior policy fellow with the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water; served as Director of the Latino Issues Forum’s Environment and Sustainable Development Program; and was a Program Director at Urban Habitat, where Torri managed the Brownfields and Community Revitalization Project and co-developed its Leadership Development Program. Torri holds an MS in Environmental Sociology and Policy (with an emphasis on environmental justice) from the University of Michigan, and a joint BS/BA degree in Environmental Science and Policy and Ecological Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.


Pelayo Alvarez works as a Director of Outreach and Partnerships for the Carbon Cycle Institute where he builds partnerships and engages organizations and private landowners in sustainable science-based solutions to climate change (carbon farming). Pelayo has experience working with the ranching community, government agencies, academia and other stakeholders on rangeland conservation initiatives including the development of programs to incentivize good stewardship practices on rangelands. Before working with CCI Pelayo was the Conservation Program Director for the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition where he coordinated research and outreach activities. Pelayo also teaches Rangeland Ecology and Management at American River College in Sacramento. His previous work experience includes positions at Defenders of Wildlife in Sacramento, UC Davis, The World Bank and The Nature Conservancy in Washington DC. He has a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from Universidad de Leon (Spain) a Master’s degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University and a PhD in Ecology from UC Davis.


Strategic Partners:

CCI works closely with Fibershed on several key programs related to carbon farming and regenerative agriculture.