Rev. Susan Hendershot
Prior to becoming President of The Regeneration Project and Interfaith Power & Light, Susan served as the Executive Director at Iowa Interfaith Power & Light for seven years. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with an M. Div. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a B.A. from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. Prior to Iowa IPL, Susan served as a pastor in both Disciples of Christ and United Methodist congregations, focusing on social justice ministries. She also served as the first Heartland Field Organizer for the ONE Campaign on global poverty. Currently Susan serves as co-chair of the Executive Committee for the RE-AMP Steering Committee, a network of over 170 climate, energy, and environmental organizations throughout the Midwest. Susan believes that climate change is a moral issue, disproportionately impacting those who are most vulnerable in our world. She gets her motivation and inspiration from her two sons.
Susan oversees The Regeneration Project and its Interfaith Power & Light campaign. Susan has over 15 years experience developing and implementing issue-advocacy and electoral campaigns for environmental and other public interest organizations. Prior to joining The Regeneration Project, she served as vice president of the Oakland-based campaign consulting firm The Next Generation. Beginning in 1999, she organized and coordinated the California Global Warming Campaign, which implemented a proactive strategy resulting in several landmark legislative victories. She has been involved with California Interfaith Power & Light since its inception in 2000. Susan received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina. If you have a media inquiry, email Susan here. If you are on a deadline within 24 hours (weekdays), please call (415) 561-4891.
Sarah is the Development Manager for the Regeneration Project’s Interfaith Power & Light Campaign. She has eight years of experience working in non-profits and previously as the Development Coordinator at a Latin American solidarity organization, SHARE El Salvador. Sarah got her start in interfaith organizing during her year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps where she worked with the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of the East Bay. She is the leader of her congregation’s “Love our Neighbor Hub” where she organizes her congregation around environmental issues and workers’ rights. In her free time Sarah enjoys bicycling around the hills of Berkeley and Oakland.
National Organizing Director
Bill supports all of our state IPL affiliates and federal advocacy campaigns as national organizing director. Previously, he served as TRP’s managing director from July 2004 until March 2007. He brings with him a couple decades of experience in the nonprofit world. Bill and a climate scientist spent much of 2007 bicycling across the U.S. giving talks and doing media outreach around global warming. Bill previously worked for The League of Conservation Voters and The Union of Concerned Scientists. He completed his Master of Environmental Studies degree at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
In her role as Operations Manager, Suzanne oversees the day-to-day office administration, provides board support, assists with our state affiliates, and coordinates event planning and logistics, including the annual conference of state IPL leaders. Suzanne’s background is in environmental planning and management and she has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. She resides in Mill Valley, CA, with her husband and cat. In her spare time, she is active in her community and is past member of the Board of Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is an accomplished potter and enjoys gardening and hiking the hills of Marin County.
Kari Kiser Chinn
Community Engagement and Programs Manager
Kari is the Community Engagement and Programs Manager for Interfaith Power & Light. Kari has a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College and a Masters in Public Administration in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. Prior to IPL she worked at the National Parks Conservation Association to help protect our parks for future generations to enjoy. She has also worked in outdoor and environmental education in some beautiful places such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Russia, and Thailand. When not at work she can be found exploring new hiking trails, teaching food preservation classes, or working on one of her many art projects.
The Rev. Dr. Richard Cizik
Consultant for Government Affairs
The Rev. (Dr.) Richard Cizik is the President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a faith-based organization committed to an agenda that fosters values consistent with an open and free society. He served for ten years as Vice President for Governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, the top staff position of the organization, a post he left in 2008 after years of opposition by the Religious Right for speaking out on climate change. He is a pastor, teacher, activist and thinker, including on the role of religion and science, for which he was selected to “TIME 100.” He was named in 2015-16 a “Purpose Prize Fellow” by AARP.
Monet has 15 years of experience in financial management for for-profit and nonprofit organizations and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California since 1990. She has a BS degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. She has nearly completed a Masters degree in Geography/Resource Management also from San Francisco State University. While away from work, Monet enjoys hiking, tennis, and spending time with her family.
Renewable Energy/Special Projects
Gerald is the volunteer coordinating a variety of Renewable Energy products and projects at IPL as well as supporting CIPL with clean energy job development. He spent over 25 years providing business consulting services to companies in the transportation and energy industries, followed by 10 years with the California Community College system with responsibility for developing student and incumbent worker training programs in transportation and renewable energy. He has a BS in Aeronautics (RPI) and an MS in Engineering Management (Stanford). His favorite leisure activity is hiking and photographing diverse forest biomes.