Staff and Board

SVTC Staff

Sheila Davis
Executive Director

Over the past 10 years, Sheila Davis has played a valuable role at SVTC and in shaping environmental policy in the high-tech industry. She is one of the co-founders of the Computer TakeBack Campaign and sits on its steering committee. In 1996 she researched and developed the first electronic recycling legislation to reach the California Governor’s desk and in 1999 spearheaded the first pilot programs in the country to collect and recycle electronic waste from the residential curbside. Before becoming SVTC’s executive director, she served as program director of SVTC’s Sustainable Technologies Program (formerly the Clean Computer Campaign). Sheila’s research, advocacy and policy development led to a successful ban on hazardous electronic waste from the California municipal landfills and the subsequent passage of the first electronic recycling legislation in the nation. Sheila holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California and served as a journalist, state legislative aide and community development specialist before joining the staff of SVTC.

Dustin Mulvaney
Lead Technical Advisor

Dustin is the technical advisor on SVTC’s Just and Sustainable Solar Industry campaign. His work is supported by an Environmental Leadership grant from the Switzer Foundation. He is currently a Science, Technology, and Society postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Dustin holds a Ph.D in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master of Science in Environmental Policy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Dustin’s previous work experience includes time with a Fortune 500 chemical company working on sulfur dioxide emissions reduction, and for a bioremediation startup that developed technology to clean groundwater pollutants like benzene and MTBE.

Nanotechnology Technical Advisor

Heather joined SVTC as the nanotechnology technical advisor in 2009. Heather is currently an Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley in the School of Public Health. Heather holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree, and Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Resource Management, and Economics. Heather’s nanotech research includes developing methods to measure and analyze nanoparticles in occupational settings. Heather’s ongoing occupational health experience includes research collaborations with University of California, San Francisco and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Heather also works with pregnant women who wish to reduce hazardous exposures to protect the overall health of their future families.

SVTC Board

Bruce Olszewski

Bruce has enjoyed a diverse career in the environmental field. He has been a member of the Environmental Studies faculty at San Jose State University (SJSU) since 1989. He has twice served the Department as interim chair and teaches courses on Environmental Issues, Integrated Waste Management, and Globalization and World Trade. Bruce is the founder and Director of the Center for Development of Recycling (CDR) at SJSU which established the Santa Clara County Recycling Hotline and specializes in providing service-learning opportunities for students who work on community and environmental projects such as water and energy conservation programs with consultants, government agencies, and associates at SJSU.

Bruce’s community work includes two terms of service to the City of Campbell as a Planning Commissioner and Chairperson in 1989. He established the first city-wide water conservation program in San Jose, revised state plumbing standards to improve energy conservation, and established Santa Clara County’s recycling website

Bruce has served as a Board Member with the Silicon Valley Industry Education Advisory Board, the Walden West Environmental Education Program, the South Bay Water Recycling Project, the Technical Advisory Committee to the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and is a board member with the Michael Lee Environmental Education Foundation.

Richard Keady
Vice President

For the past 34 years Richard Keady has been an instructor in the Comparative Religious Studies Program at San Jose State University. He graduated from Amherst College, Collegio di Sant’ Anselmo in Rome Italy, and holds a Ph. D. from the Claremont Graduate University (1974) in Religion and Society, with a special focus on Process Theology. For most of the years since 1991 he has been coordinator of the Comparative Religious Studies Program at San Jose State. His teaching/research interests have focused on three interrelated areas: Death, Dying and Religions, Religion and the Environment, and Religion and Conflict Resolution. The three foci, death, the environment and conflict were the subject of his most recent sabbatical in Findhorn, Scotland, where he spent a month at the Eco-Village Training in February and March of 2005. The primary focus of this intensive workshop was the search for ways to understand and enhance local and global sustainability. This concern naturally involves conflict of various interests, most notably the frequently dismissed factor of religious conflict. He is one of two principal investigators in the San Jose State University Difficult Dialogues Initiative (Fall, 2006 to Spring 2008) which focuses on difficult issues at the local level (SJSU and Santa Clara County) to global issues and the use of dialogue to resolve those issues.

Veronica Estrella Murillo

Veronica is the Director of Health Education for the EPA Division of the California Family Health Council. Veronica is nationally recognized for her expertise in the areas of cultural competency and health literacy. She is actively involved in the development and translation of numerous materials for public health clients, as well as the evaluation of health education resources nationwide. She has trained hundreds of professionals in the art of evaluating and developing materials that are sensitively written and designed for the intended population; in the area of cultural competency and cross-cultural communication. In addition to serving on the SVTC board, Veronica provides consultation services in the areas of program planning and evaluation, organizational development, staff diversity, strategic planning, budgeting, conducting needs assessments, materials development, translation, cultural & linguistic competency, product marketing and distribution, and on designing effective trainings.

Pooja Chakravarti

Pooja is a Media and Communications professional who comes to SVTC with a strong background in public relations. She first encountered SVTC while working at the Hoffman Agency, a full service public relations agency in San Jose. Pooja has written and edited press materials, winning award abstracts, and executive speaking abstracts for a variety of high-tech clients at Silicon Valley companies. Prior to Hoffman, Pooja was a public affairs assistant at San Jose State University and interned at Levine Communications in Los Angeles. She has her masters in Mass Communications from San Jose State University and a bachelors in Marketing from Notre Dame de Namur University. In the past, Pooja has volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, the Commonwealth Club of the Silicon Valley, Belmont Chamber of Commerce, Cinequest Film Festival, and the San Francisco Film Society. She is also a huge film buff and has attended major film festivals all over the world. Pooja is fluent in Hindi and Bengali.

Sheila Davis
Executive Director, SVTC

Please see the SVTC staff information to read more about Sheila Davis.

Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings has been a Chemical Engineering Professor at San Jose State University for 25 years. He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in Chemical Engineering. At SJSU, he has directed the Environmental Health & Safety programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels and taught the Hazardous Materials course. His research activities have included studies of characterization of recycled waste lubricating oils, incineration of hazardous wastes, and personnel protection equipment for wild land fire fighters. In his consulting activity, he has been involved in analysis of pesticide contamination of groundwater and various industrial exposure incidents. Prior to joining SJSU, Dr. Jennings spent 16 years in industry working in industrial hygiene, chemical production, research and plant design and construction. These experiences provide valuable insight into the technical aspects of many of SVTC’s projects.

Karen Simmons
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