Jessica Mkitarian


Jessica has experience working in communications, outreach, marketing, entertainment and business development. She has worked in education as an instructor of sustainability, a substitute teacher, and an academic tutor. Jessica is passionate about environmental education, female empowerment, and using media and comedy to change the world. She has a BA in Economics from Boston University and a Master's of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara.

  • Favorite TV Show: Friends

  • Spirit Animal: Lizard

  • Robots or Aliens? Aliens

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Sarah Stark

Director of Education

Sarah has taught different science topics ranging from biology to sustainability, to students in every K-12 grade. She also taught the public as an interpreter at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Prior to specializing in Eco-Entrepreneurship at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Sarah received her BA in Marine Science from Boston University, where she lived aboard a tall ship. Currently, Sarah works in sales and business development for an educational company in Santa Barbara. 

  • Favorite TV Show: Parks & Recreation

  • Spirit Animal: Elephant

  • Robots or Aliens? Robots

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Bryan Latchford

Executive Director

Bryan's professional focus is in environmental communication, technology, and education. He has worked in research and environmental consulting and is currently using the skills he gained in these areas to promote, engage, and enrich science education. During his time as a graduate student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, he specialized in Energy and Climate. Prior to the Bren School, Bryan received a BS in Biology with a Minor in Earth Science from Cornell University.

  • Favorite TV Show: LOST

  • Spirit Animal: Raptor

  • Robots or Aliens?: Aliens

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Mitchell Kriegman

Mitchell is a director, writer, producer, filmmaker and novelist best known for Bear in the Big Blue House (1997), It's a Big Big World (2006), The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999) and Nickelodeon's groundbreaking cult classic, Clarissa Explains It All (1991). His latest work includes Being Audrey, a novel on the iconic Audrey Hepburn, promoting Snook, the larger than life eco-sloth, and the upcoming novel Things I Can't Explain.

Kelly Summers

Kelly is a former Vice President of Global Business Development and New Media Strategy at Disney, where she led content commercialization for new media distribution platforms, created new product concepts, incubated new ventures, and oversaw technology commercialization efforts. She currently manages her own consulting firm, Bella Rafe Media, advising start-ups on digital distribution strategies and digital product development.

Lisa Leombruni

Lisa currently works at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (UCSB), where she manages the Strategic Environmental Communication & Media program. Previously, Lisa worked for NOVA/WGBH Boston, where she co-developed proposals for new TV programs, oversaw media evaluation and impact studies, and did editorial research. She has done environmental consulting for a variety of clients, including the United Nations. She received her PhD in Communication from UCSB, a Master of Environmental Science from Yale University, and a BA in Biology from Brandeis University.