CCI's Team



Jeff Creque
Director of Rangeland and
Agroecosystem Management


Torri Estrada
Executive Director and Director of Policy


Lynette Niebrugge
Associate Director of Education and Training


Jonathan Wachter
Lead Soil
Scientist

Alexandria Miranda
San Joaquin Valley
Regional Hub Coordinator

Noah Link
San Joaquin Valley
Carbon Farm Planner

Carbon Cycle Institute
245 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Board of Directors

CCI is transitioning its founding board into a sustaining Board of Directors. We are honored to be working with our Board to continue to grow and refine CCI’s governance and leadership.


Rebecca Burgess
Board President
Executive Director of Fibershed


Richard Schorske
Founder and Executive Director of EV Alliance


Aleka Seville
Founder and Principal at Collective Strategies Consulting, LLC

Jeff Creque
Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Management
Email: jcreque@carboncycle.org


Dr. Jeff Creque is a co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and the Carbon Cycle Institute,  where he serves as Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Management.  Jeff provides senior leadership on carbon farming and land management, informed by thirty-five years of applied experience and theoretical training. He is an agricultural and rangeland consultant and a Natural Resources Conservation Service certified nutrient management planning specialist and technical service provider. Jeff’s organizational affiliations include: Founding Board Member, Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture (Marin); Co-Founder, Bolinas-Stinson Beach Resource Recovery Project; Agricultural Director, Apple Tree International; Co-Founder, West Marin Compost Coalition. Jeff 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
Executive Director and Director of Policy
Email: testrada@carboncycle.org


Torri Estrada is Executive Director at the Carbon Cycle Institute and directs its policy and climate justice work. Torri has worked to advance solutions to social and environmental justice, climate, and environmental issues for over thirty years.  Previously, Torri was 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, managing its environmental justice and civil rights portfolios.  Torri was the co-founder and a senior policy fellow with the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water; Torri served as Program Director at Urban Habitat and directed its Brownfields and Community Revitalization Project and co-developed its Leadership Development Program. Torri holds an MS in Environmental Sociology and Policy (with environmental justice emphasis) 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.

Lynette Niebrugge
Associate Director of Education and Training
Email: lniebrugge@carboncycle.org


Lynette Niebrugge is the Lead in Carbon Farm Planning, Training and Education at the Carbon Cycle Institute where she focuses on building the capacity of land managers and agricultural conservation planners to conduct carbon farm planning and implementation. In partnership with Fibershed, Lynette is working to assist in developing an approach and implementable strategy for small farm carbon farm planning and implementation, including support on developing land-owner education. Lynette received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and her Masters degree in Soil Science from California State Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo. She held a forestry position within the United States Forest Service for several years before joining the Marin Resource Conservation District in 2011 where she focused on education and implementation of carbon farming. She is a founding member of the Marin Carbon Project, a regional coalition of ranchers, land managers and government agencies devoted to supporting agriculture as a solution to climate change.


Jonathan Wachter
Lead Soil Scientist
Email: jwachter@carboncycle.org

Dr. Jonathan Wachter is the Lead Soil Scientist at the Carbon Cycle Institute, where he works to advance the understanding of soil carbon and its interdependence with agricultural management practices. Previously, Jonathan worked at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, a member of the Marin Carbon Project, where he ran the organization’s climate programs designing climate-beneficial projects on farms and ranches and developing county-wide climate strategies for working lands. Jonathan’s background is in soil health research, agricultural policy, and environmental education. He holds a PhD in soil science from Washington State University.

Alexandria Miranda
San Joaquin Valley Regional Hub Coordinator
Email: amiranda@carboncycle.org

Alexandria is a first generation farmer, educator, and agricultural conservationist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from California State University, Fresno and has used her education within agriculture since 2012, from promoting and managing farmers markets, to leading nutrition education programs to providing technical assistance to farmers. She has worked with Resource Conservation Districts, building relationships with farmers, partnerships and programs since 2015 as an Agricultural

 Conservationist and Educational Outreach Coordinator. She is currently a board member for the East Stanislaus RCD and owns and operates Hen and Harvest Farm, a small regenerative farm of pasture-raised and rotationally grazed sheep, chickens and ducks in Turlock, California.

Noah Link
Carbon Farm Planner, San Joaquin Valley
Email: nlink@carboncycle.org

 Noah Link joined CCI in 2023 as Carbon Farm Planner for the San Joaquin Valley, where he works with cotton producers throughout the region to plan and implement a range of carbon farming practices. He works closely with the Regional Hub Coordinator and Fibershed to address local needs and support regional efforts around soil health and climate action. Noah previously worked with the San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington on fire & climate resilience, biochar, and forest carbon through ecological restoration, and has years of experience working with local food systems and sustainable agriculture as the co-founder of a large urban farm in Detroit, Michigan. He holds an M.S. in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics and a certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management from Michigan State University.


Rebecca Burgess
Board President
Executive Director Of Fibershed

Rebecca has over a decade of  experience writing and implementing hands-on curriculum that focuses on the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has taught at Westminster College, Harvard University, and has created workshops for a range of NGOs and corporations. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America. She has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.

Richard Schorske
Founder and Executive Director of EV Alliance


Richard is the Founder and Executive Director of EV Alliance, a public/private partnership to accelerate the mass adoption of Electric Vehicles in key regional markets in California. In this capacity, Richard developed a $4M “Bay Area EV Corridor Project” to provide hundreds of public EV charging stations throughout the region. He also co-founded the Bay Area EV Strategic Council to drive EV-friendly policies in Bay Area jurisdictions with key cross-sector leadership, including Mayors, CEOs of key business associations and EV-related industries, utilities, regional agencies, and NGOs. Previously, Richard was the founder and CEO of the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership, a collaboration of 11 municipalities within the County of Marin and key public agencies dedicated to advancing countywide GHG reduction targets aligned to California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Richard has considerable experience in workforce development and public education and holds a BA in History from Wesleyan University.

Aleka Seville
Founder and Principal at Collective Strategies Consulting, LLC


Aleka Seville is Founder and Principal at Collective Strategies Consulting, LLC. Collective Strategies is dedicated to supporting collaborative decision making that leads to bold action to strengthen our communities, reverse climate change, and build the resilience necessary to achieve improved quality of life for all. Aleka helps clients assess needs, understand barriers, and develop strategies to advance climate change solutions and community resilience. As an Advisor to the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), Aleka serves the nine Bay Area counties by supporting strategic planning and regional coordination efforts across BayREN programs and services. She has consulted for nonprofits, foundations, and local, regional, and federal government agencies, and has specific interest and expertise in the value of cross-sector collaboration to leverage scarce resources, align goals and implement strategic policy solutions. Aleka has worked with multiple Bay Area regional agencies and stakeholders and has deep knowledge of the unique climate and governance challenges facing the region. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz.