Karina Garbesi is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Cal State East Bay, where she is the Vice Chair of the Academic Senate, Chair of the Senate Sustainability Committee, and Chair of the Climate Action Taskforce. Garbesi is also a founding member of the Board of Directions of We Care Solar, a Bay Area Non-profit which, in 2015, won the UN’s Sustainable Development Award. Her work has focused on issues at the nexus of energy, sustainability, and social justice. She has served on the faculty of San Jose State University and Cal State East Bay, as affiliated faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, as an independent consultant, and as a visiting scientist and program manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Garbesi founded and co-leads Cal State East Bay’s Social Impact Solar Program, a hands-on solar-education and social justice educational initiative, now replicated at five CSU campuses. She holds a Master’s and PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.