Project Team


Climate Education Partners (CEP) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary collaboration of representatives from the University of San Diego, California State University San Marcos, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Francisco, The San Diego Foundation, and The Steve Alexander Group. This multipartner team brings together expertise in climate science, social psychology, law, policy, and communications.

Principal Investigators

michel boudriasMichel Boudrias, PhD, University of San Diego (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Boudrias is Chair and Professor of the Marine Science and Environmental Studies Department and Chair of the Sustainability Task Force at the University of San Diego. His research includes interdisciplinary projects combining marine ecology and marine chemistry. (Full Bio)

Mica EstradaMica Estrada, PhD, University of California San Francisco (Project Director and Co-PI)

Dr. Estrada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She earned her doctorate in Social Psychology from Harvard University. (Full Bio)

Sasha GershunovAlexander Gershunov, PhD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD (Co-PI)

Dr. Gershunov is a Research Meteorologist at the Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (CASPO) Division at SIO. His research focuses on interrelated aspects of weather, climate and society. (Full Bio)

Nilmini Silva-SendNilmini Silva-Send, PhD, University of San Diego (Co-PI)

Dr. Silva-Send is EPIC's Senior Policy Analyst and Adjunct Faculty at the School of Law, University of San Diego. Her policy work on energy and climate change focuses on local transportation energy use and costs of mitigation measures. (Full Bio)

Team Members

Steve AlexanderSteve Alexander, The Steve Alexander Group

Mr. Alexander is President of The Steve Alexander Group, experts in facilitation, coaching, media crises and communications strategies in public affairs with unique expertise in collaborative decision-making. (Full Bio) 

Lia BruceLia Bruce, University of San Diego (Communications Coordinator)

Ms. Bruce manages communications, video production, social media, digital content and assists with administrative work for CEP. Previously she worked for several film production companies in L.A. and received her B.A. in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in 2014. (Full Bio)

Christiana DeBenedictChristiana DeBenedict, MBA, University of San Diego (Assistant Director)

Ms. DeBenedict brings over eight years of experience managing multi-stakeholder projects, coordinating project teams, developing and implementing program and organizational strategy. (Full Bio)

Nicola HedgeNicola Hedge, MPIA, The San Diego Foundation

Ms. Hedge is Manager of the Climate Initiative at The San Diego Foundation. She leads implementation of Climate Initiative, working with nonprofits, business, donors, and government partners. (Full bio)

Mallory MorganMallory Morgan, The San Diego Foundation (Climate Fellow)

Mallory Morgan serves as the Climate Fellow at the San Diego Foundation. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Florida State University and a M.A.S. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Wes SchultzP. Wesley Schultz, PhD, California State University San Marcos

Dr. Schultz is Professor of Psychology at California State University San Marcos. Schultz's areas of expertise are social psychology and statistics. His current research interests are in the application of social psychology to help understand and solve social problems. (Full Bio)

Emily YoungLilibeth Watson, University of San Diego (Research Assistant)

Lilibeth Watson graduated from California State University San Marcos in 2014 with a BA in psychology. She currently supports the Climate Education Partners at USD as a research assistant helping coordinate projects, collect data and prepare reports. 

Emily YoungEmily Young, PhD, University of San Diego

Dr. Emily Young is the Executive Director for The Nonprofit Institute in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. She has spent over 20 years in various positions in philanthropy, as well as higher education. Prior to the University of San Diego, she served as Vice President of Community Impact at The San Diego Foundation, where she was first hired to build its Environment Program in 2000.

John YinZhi-Yong (John) Yin, PhD, University of San Diego

Dr. Yin is Professor of Marine Science and Environmental Studies at the University of San Diego. Yin's research focus is hydroclimatology, with special interests in recent and past climate variations and the impact on hydrological systems and water resources. (Full Bio)