Climate First: Replacing Oil & Gas

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Staff

Our Staff

Shannon Simpson

Executive Director

Shannon recently moved to California from Boulder, Colorado where she managed the operations of a small nonprofit focused on sustainable agriculture and community building. She joined CFROG in November 2021 as Executive Director. With a master’s degree in environmental policy, Shannon has spent over twenty years in governmental affairs, program management, and natural resource policy as a liaison bridging the communication gap between scientific and technical data and making sound policy decisions.

As the legislative coordinator with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program she led the drafting of an Administration bill to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and worked across NOAA and the executive branch to submit a bill to Congress on behalf of the President. In addition, she put her skills at coalition building to use as co-chair of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Steering Committee working to protect coral reefs in U.S. waters. With her interest and expertise in organization management, Shannon, after 11 years with NOAA, joined a team of four at the University of Colorado at Boulder to design a brand new professional master’s degree program in environment and sustainability to help shape the environmental leaders of tomorrow. 

Having spent the last ten years in the Rocky Mountains, Shannon is looking forward to coastal living. She is an avid runner, hiker, and cyclist and is excited to explore the Central Coast.

Haley Ehlers

Program Manager

Haley Ehlers, an Oregon native, recently joined the CFROG team as the Program Manager and is happy to be back on the West Coast. She is currently a graduate student in the Applied Community and Economic Development program in Political Science at Illinois State University.

Haley completed her undergraduate studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing and a minor in nonprofit leadership in 2016. She served as a community economic development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Timor-Leste from 2016 to 2018 and worked alongside a rural savings and loan cooperative. State-side, she worked in resource development at the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.

Haley can’t wait to explore Ventura’s outdoors, craft breweries, and find the perfect reading spot on the beach.

Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate

Outreach Coordinator

Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate recently joined CFROG as the organization’s Community Organizer. He is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. 

Throughout his undergraduate career, Eduardo spent his time as an AVID tutor for high school and middle school students. He moved to Washington, D.C., where he finished the final quarter of his undergraduate career and interned for the National Education Association. 

After graduating in December, Eduardo continued his life on the East Coast and has since interned at D.C-based communications firm, CLS Strategies, and Abel Communications in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Eduardo recently moved back to Oxnard and joined CFROG in August. When not working, you can find him listening to music, which can be anything from Mariachi to K-Pop, or spending time with his cat, Riggly.