"Lead with Empathy"
In loving memory of Brian Patrick Gialketsis
TGIF Program Associate 2015-2016
TGIF Coordinator 2017-2019
The Green Initiative Fund “Team” is the day-to-day staff that runs the whole TGIF program. The team is made up of a TGIF Coordinator (staff person) and TGIF Program Associates (student staff). TGIF also has a Committee and Project Leaders (grantees who implement TGIF funded projects).
The TGIF & Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator
The TGIF & Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator manages The Green Initiative Fund, UC Berkeley’s student-fee based campus sustainability fund. TGIF’s Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and promoting the fall and spring TGIF Grant application processes, advising and supporting TGIF’s Committee during grant selection, documenting TGIF as a program, tracking the progress of TGIF-funded projects, advising TGIF project leaders, and providing consultation on green fund best practices to other colleges and universities.
TGIF Program Associates
The TGIF Program Associates internship program first began in February 2013. The TGIF Program Associates assist the TGIF Coordinator with the documentation of TGIF-funded projects. Duties include recording and calculating both quantitative and qualitative sustainability metrics produced by these projects and involve reading project updates, reports, and interviewing project leaders. The TGIF Program Associates also assist TGIF’s Coordinator with displaying and publicizing these metrics through new and innovative ways, including blog posts, articles, videos, and social media. Meet the TGIF Program Associates below!
Former TGIF Staff:
- 2022-2023 – Carli Baker
- 2019-2022 – Teresa Yu
- 2017-2019 – Brian Gialketsis
- 2013-2017 – Sharon Daraphonhdeth
- 2010-2013 – Katherine Walsh
- 2008-2010 – Nicole Leung
- 2023-2024 – Tiffany Mar; Trisha Venkatesh; Natalie Gaffney
- 2022-2023 – Josh Kay; Taylor Atienza; Tiffany Mar
- 2020-2022 – Jessica McGinley; Josh Kay
- 2019-2020 – Jessica McGinley
- 2017-2019 – Teresa Yu
- 2016-2019 – Madeline Tucker
- 2016-2018 – Madeline Green; Jared O’Shaughnessy
- 2015-2016 – Jimmy Dunn; Lauren Murphy; Brian Gialketsis
- 2014-2015 – Caitriona Smyth; Jimmy Dunn; Lauren Murphy
- 2013-2014 – Claire Kaufman; Kareem Hammoud
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley’s negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.