California Program Director
About Elyane Stefanick
Elyane Stefanick (pronoun: she) is CLF’s California Program Director. Prior to joining CLF, she worked at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she managed grant portfolios aimed to conserve the ecological integrity of the western U.S. and Canada and to mitigate climate change by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. While at Hewlett, Elyane played a lead role in the Foundation’s efforts to expand equity, inclusion and diversity in the conservation field, spearheaded the Foundation’s sustainability practices and facilitated projects aimed at improving the organization’s environmental footprint.
Earlier in her career, Elyane served at-risk youth and adults with a program that offered alternatives to incarceration through community and habitat restoration. Prior to that, she served as a vegetation management consultant to the utility provider, Pacific Gas and Electric.
Through her love of the outdoors, Elyane has completed ecological research in California, Belize and New Zealand. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“All lands are ancestral lands. I work in San Francisco, California, the unceded and ancestral lands of the Ramaytush, Ohlone, and Muwekma peoples. I hope this land acknowledgment inspires others to stand in solidarity with Native nations.”
— Elyane Stefanick, California Program Director