The Team

The Green Initiative Fund “Team” is the day-to-day staff that runs the whole TGIF program. The team is made up of a TGIF Coordinator (staff person) and TGIF Program Associates (student staff). TGIF also has a Committee and Project Leaders (grantees who implement TGIF funded projects).

The TGIF & Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator

The TGIF & Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator manages The Green Initiative Fund, UC Berkeley’s student-fee based campus sustainability fund. TGIF’s Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and promoting the fall and spring TGIF Grant application processes, advising and supporting TGIF’s Committee during grant selection, documenting TGIF as a program, tracking the progress of TGIF-funded projects, advising TGIF project leaders, and providing consultation on green fund best practices to other colleges and universities.

TGIF Coordinator

Brian Gialketsis

Originally from Ventura County in Southern California, Brian Gialketsis (pronounced Gal-ket-sis) is excited to be serving as The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Coordinator. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a BA in Rhetoric and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies. At commencement, he was awarded the Rhetoric in Action Award for his work with Cal's environmental sustainability community. One of his passions lies in bringing together environmental and social justice in a way that environmental programming becomes more accessible to those it has left out historically. In his free time, Brian enjoys anything outdoors, from the beach to the mountains, spending time at the park or hiking, attending live music, hammocking, reading, visiting with family and friends, and relaxing with his cat named Winston. Brian also oversees Nature Village (NV) and sits on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) and Zero Waste Working Group. 


SERC Director; Former TGIF Coordinator

Sharon Daraphonhdeth

Sharon was born and raised in San Diego county, where she began her educational endeavors at Palomar College. She currently oversees the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), including a team of over 20 student staff. Her passions lies among working with students by assisting them to develop, implement and lead innovative sustainability projects and initiatives. At her leisure, she enjoys live music, cooking and spending time with her loved ones (especially her cat, Lucille). She also serves as a board member for a vegan food justice non-profit in her spare time. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University.


TGIF Program Associates

The TGIF Program Associates internship program first began in February 2013. The TGIF Program Associates assist the TGIF Coordinator with the documentation of TGIF-funded projects. Duties include recording and calculating both quantitative and qualitative sustainability metrics produced by these projects and involve reading project updates, reports, and interviewing project leaders. The TGIF Program Associates also assist TGIF’s Coordinator with displaying and publicizing these metrics through new and innovative ways, including blog posts, articles, videos, and social media. Meet the TGIF Program Associates below!

Program Associate Lead

Teresa Yu

Teresa is a senior majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice and Public Policy. She’s sad that this will be her last year at SERC and at Cal and wishes she could stay at Cal forever. She’s especially interested in public policy as it pertains to marginalized communities, grassroots movements, and how food can act as a tool and platform for political activism. Outside of school, she enjoys reading random Wikipedia pages, cooking (mostly vegetables), bouldering sometimes, and is currently on a quest to find the best sourdough in San Francisco. 

Program Associate

Jessie McGinley

Jessie is a first-year student studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Conservation and Resource Studies. She is from Pittsburgh and can't wait to explore the West Coast during her time here at Cal. She is most passionate about analyzing the intersections of biological and social sciences through ecology and environmental justice. In her spare time, she loves to hike, camp, go to concerts, geocache, and celebrate Halloween year-round.

Program Associate

Elizabeth Reyes

Elizabeth Reyes is a second year studying Environmental Economics and Policy with a possible minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. She is super excited to be joining the TGIF team this upcoming semester as well as working with the entire SERC community! During Elizabeth’s time at Cal, she has discovered her passion for providing environmental literacy to underprivileged schools and helping implement environment based K-12 curriculum! Outside of Cal, Elizabeth enjoys binging Game of Thrones, attempting to stay fit (emphasis on "attempting"), and sustaining her latte obsession – the honey oat latte from 1951 is currently ranked #1!

Former TGIF Staff: 

Coordinator

  • 2010-2013 – Katherine Walsh
  • 2008-2010 – Nicole Leung

Program Associates

  • 2016-2019 – Madeline Tucker
  • 2016-2018 – Madeline Green; Jared O’Shaughnessy
  • 2015-2016 – Jimmy Dunn; Lauren Murphy; Brian Gialketsis
  • 2014-2015 – Caitriona Smyth; Jimmy Dunn; Lauren Murphy
  • 2013-2014 – Claire Kaufman; Kareem Hammoud

Mission

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley’s negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.