The Team

The Green Initiative Fund "Team" is the day-to-day staff that runs the whole TGIF program. The team is made up of the TGIF Coordinator (staff person) and TGIF Program Associates (student staff). TGIF also has a Committee and Project Leaders (those who implement TGIF funded projects).


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 the TGIF 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!

Madeline Tucker

Madeline is a third-year student from San Diego studying Conservation and Resources with a minor in Public Policy. Her focus is on sustainable agriculture, a passion she cultivated from spending hours in her backyard garden and carried with her to Cal. When she's not advocating for ethical ag, she can be found experimenting in the kitchen, sewing, knitting, writing, or dreaming about one day owning her own farm with at least one goat.


Teresa Yu
Teresa is a third year Environmental Economics and Policy major with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Born and raised in San Francisco, she’s especially interested in how environmental and social justice issues intersect. Her passions include the outdoors, cooking, reading, decolonization, and guacamole. More recently, she’s become inspired by food justice, the cultural significance of food, and food as a platform for activism. She strives to live a zero-waste lifestyle and is excited to support other environmental initiatives through TGIF!



The TGIF & Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator
The TGIF Coordinator manages The Green Initiative Fund, UC Berkeley's student-fee based campus sustainability fund. The TGIF Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and promoting the fall and spring TGIF Grant application processes, advising and supporting the TGIF Committee during grant selection, documenting the TGIF program, tracking the progress of TGIF funded projects, advising the TGIF project leaders, and providing consultation on green fund best practices to other colleges and universities. Detailed description here.

Brian Gialketsis
Originally from Ventura County in Southern California, Brian Gialketsis (pronounced Gal-ket-sis) is excited to be serving as The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)'s Coordinator. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a BA in Rhetoric and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies. At commencement, he was awarded the Rhetoric in Action Award for his work with Cal's environmental sustainability community. One of his passions lies in bringing together environmental and social justice in a way that environmental programming becomes more accessible to those it has left out historically. In his free time, Brian enjoys anything outdoors, from the beach to the mountains, spending time at the park or hiking, attending live music, hammocking, reading, or visiting with family and friends. He now happily lives in Oakland with his cat, Winston (or "Dubs" for short). 


Past TGIF Coordinators

Sharon Daraphonhdeth 
Sharon was born and raised in San Diego county, where she began her educational endeavors at Palomar College. She currently oversees The Green Initiative Fund, the Zero Waste Research Center and Nature Village. Her passions lies among working with students, by assisting them to develop, implement and lead innovative sustainability projects and initiatives. At her leisure, she enjoys live music, cooking and spending time with her loved ones (especially her cat, Lucille). She also serves as a board member for a vegan food justice non-profit in her spare time. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University
Katherine H. Walsh 
Katherine is a “wicked proud” Bostonian with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Boston College, and a Certificate in Leadership in Sustainability and Environmental Management from UC Berkeley-Extension. Katherine is the Director of the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley, after serving as Coordinator of The Green Initiative Fund from 2010-2014 and SERC Advisor since 2012.

Katherine sits on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability, the Zero Waste Working Group, the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Steering Committee, and is an affiliated staff member with the Berkeley Food Institute. She also leads the annual Beverage Alliance Sustainability Grant project and is a member of the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Group. Katherine is a recipient of the 2008 Boston College Person of the Year Award and a 2013 UC Berkeley Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award.


2008-2010 TGIF Coordinator- Nicole Leung

Past Program Associates: 

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



Mission Statement

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.