Executive Director & EcoNews Editor
A resident of Eureka since 2017, Caroline Griffith is an avid public meeting attendee and can often be found at City Council and Board of Supervisors meetings. When asked as a kid what she thought she might be when she was 35, her response was “environmental something”. That prediction was fairly accurate, as environmentalism has been a factor in much of the political work that she has done.
She is excited to highlight the intersections of environmentalism and social justice that are happening in Humboldt County.
Environmental Policy Advisor
Larry Glass is a life-long environmental advocate and former retail business owner for 40 years. He has served in various capacities on the NEC board for over 35 years – currently presiding as Board President and Executive Director, plus serving as the NEC’s forest advisor. Larry was elected to the Eureka City Council and served four years (2006-2010). His knowledge of local environmental issues and experience as a community leader proves a vital component of the NEC. Larry sits on the NEC’s Conservation, Personnel, Tech, Finance, Board Development and EcoNews Committees. Larry is also President and Executive Director of Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment (S.A.F.E.), Trinity County’s environmental voice since 1979. Larry is a resident of both Trinity and Humboldt County, giving him a unique perspective for both groups.
Carlrey Arroyo, Xicanx with Yoeme roots, has been a guest on Wiyot land since 2013. They received their B.A. in Environmental Studies from Humboldt State University with an emphasis on community organizing in 2017. As a community member, they have organized for land defense and water protection, racial justice, food equity, and mutual-aid networks. Carlrey is a farmer, an artist, and an active believer in the power of community.
Chelsea Pulliam moved to the North Coast in 2011 and graduated from H.S.U. with a degree in Environmental Education in 2015. Her time in Humboldt has cultivated a deep love for California’s unique landscapes, and a passion for sustainability. She is also passionate about direct-action activism, solutions journalism, environmental psychology, effective environmental communication, and graphic design.
Coastal Programs Coordinator
Ivy Munnerlyn moved to Humboldt County in 2019 to study Wildlife Biology at HSU and explore the beauty of the Northcoast. Her interests include botany, marine science, Indigenous natural resource knowledge, wildlife rehabilitation, and citizen science. These diverse interests came into focus during her time studying Biology at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA. Ivy has a deep sense of curiosity about and responsibility for the natural world and its human and non-human inhabitants. She is very excited for the opportunity to serve the Humboldt community as Coastal Programs Coordinator for the NEC!
Elena Bilheimer is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Journalism at HSU. In her studies she has mainly focused on the importance of incorporating social justice with environmental activism to work towards creating a more liberated and sustainable world. She is especially interested in learning more about how art, design, and writing can be used as tangible tools to promote activism. Her passions include being outside, camping, gardening, reading, design, and cooking. Elena is looking forward to being part of the NEC team and contributing to such an important Humboldt organization!
Local Policy Intern
Claudia Alfaro Hernandez is an Environmental Science & Management major at Cal Poly Humboldt, with an emphasis on Ecological Restoration. She moved to Humboldt County in 2020 from her hometown of Jurupa Valley, California in hopes of fully integrating herself within the Natural Resources community. Within her time in Humboldt County, Claudia has worked alongside organizations, such as Ciencia Para Todos & El Leñador, to find, educate, and empower the Latinx community. Her academic and community experiences have led to her self-advocacy for supplemental support services for low income & first-generation academic students.
EcoNews Journalism Intern
Steffi Puerto’s pronouns are she/her. Originally from Oakland, Ca Puerto made her way up to Humboldt County in 2019 to pursue her degree in Journalism and Critical, Race, Gender, and Sexuality at Cal Poly Humboldt. Puerto has been active in the bilingual student newspaper El Leñador reporting, writing, and working on public relations for the past 4 semesters. As well as working her first semester on the Lumberjack working as an equity editor. Puerto has a huge sense of love for community activism, social justice, and storytelling. After graduation, Puerto hopes to gain her master’s in videography and hopes to work in public relations. As well as one day be able to create her own multi-media publication for young students who are interested in intertwining social justice with journalism.
EcoNews Archive Intern
My name is Griselda Valdez. I am a first-generation student at Cal-Poly Humboldt. I am getting my degree in Environmental Science and Management with a concentration in Education and Interpretation, as well as pursuing a minor in Parks Administration. This summer, I am working with EcoNews as an archiving intern. I am excited to learn and grow. I love living in Humboldt and enjoy taking nature walks, biking, and baking and recently started looking for agates.