Bio

IMG_7735Judi Gregory, Principal

Judi Gregory, owner of Go2Zero Strategies, has worked in the recycling and solid waste management field for over 25 years. In 2013 Go2Zero Strategies was awarded Small Business of the Year by the CA Small Business Administration and Judi was awarded a Senate Resolution by District 25 Senator Liu. Her experience includes work in various industry sectors; however recent years have been focused on the development of industry related training and certification programs, including the recent launch of GreenEducation.US, an online learning platform for environmentally focused education. Ms. Gregory is a certified Zero Waste Business Associate by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.

Beginning in 2017, Judi and the Go2Zero team began serving in the capacity of Zero Waste Project Management for NASA Services, Inc. under the City of Los Angeles Commercial Solid Waste Franchise known as recycLA. Working alongside fellow “Zero Wasters”, the  Go2Zero team will be assisting 2500 business and multi-family properties in Downtown Los Angeles, with a goal of diverting 90% of all generated waste by 2025.

From 2005 through 2013 Judi worked as the Certification Manager for the CA Resource Recovery Association. There she developed an industry certification program with support from the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2010, the training program was used as the foundation for a $4.87M grant from the Department of Labor, alongside project partners Irvine Valley College, Goldenwest College and grant lead Santa Monica College. Judi’s responsibilities included management of 15 instructors, 3 subcontractors, and oversight of all contract management functions. Judi worked with the partners to create a new 216 hour curriculum model which is now offered as an Associated Degree at two community colleges in Southern Ca. Judi is also on the Board of the National Recycling Coalition’s National Standard Certification Board, which recently developed and approved a Nationally accredited standard for training in Sustainable Resource Management.

In 1989 Judi started her first business, Mobile Recycler, and in 1992 began working for a local waste hauler, American Waste Industries. In this capacity she was responsible for setting up recycling programs at some the largest movie studios in the world, including Paramount Studios, NBC, ABC, CBS and Warner. Ms. Gregory also helped implement the City of Santa Monica’s multi-family and commercial recycling program, and worked with the City of LA to develop a Christmas Tree Recycling Program, serving nearly a million residences annually. During this time, Ms. Gregory also actively worked with many local jurisdictions in LA County and throughout California to advocate and educate on the benefits of competitive recycling and permit systems.

Ms. Gregory has extensive background in operations and management of waste hauling. Ms. Gregory’s business received a WRAP Award from the CA Integrated Waste Management Board in 2004 and Ms. Gregory received the “Recycler of the Year” award from CRRA in 2007. Ms. Gregory’s business is a  Certified Woman Business Enterprise WBE, Small Business Enterprise SBE, and Veteran Owed Business Enterprise VOBE. Judi Gregory serves on the Green21 Initiative working group with Senator Liu and her staff.

Ms. Gregory served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles Solid Waste Management Association from 1994 – 2003. She served on the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association from 1997 – 2005, as Both President and Vice President, and served as the organizations Interim Executive Director and Conference Manager from 2005 – 2008

In addition, Ms. Gregory has provided consulting services for Southern California Edison, the County of Los Angeles, West Valley College, Keep California Beautiful and the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as various hauling companies, private businesses and cities in the Los Angeles area. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and also served 8 years in the California Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. Ms. Gregory lives in Southern California with her three sons.

Jonathan Levy, Project Manager

BS, Technology and Operations Management, Cal Poly PomonaJonathan Levy
Certificate, Sustainable Resource Management, CRRA

Leading up to college, Jonathan always knew that he wanted to major in Business, but did not know in which area to focus. It was not until he took Managerial Statistics that he found his calling. From measuring movements to reduce bottlenecks to analyzing large swaths of data using linear regression, majoring in Supply Chain Management just made sense.

After college, Jonathan found himself in the Industrial Engineering department at UPS as well as Engineering and Facilities at Target, managing teams while optimizing their supply chains. There was, however, one recurring theme that he just could not wrap his head around: most of today’s supply chains are linear. With constraints aimed at minimizing cost and/or maximizing revenue, little time is spent focusing on creating a zero waste, circular supply chain.

In 2013, Jonathan was introduced to the California Resource Recovery Association where he earned a certificate in sustainable resource management. Since then he has worked with a variety of haulers and organizations on recycling and organics diversion projects, including Republic Services, NASA Services, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. When he is not greening businesses he is constantly looking for new ways to zero waste his life.

Caroline Orija, Associate

MS, Urban Studies

Caroline Orija has a stellar background in the banking and finance industry and now a sustainability professional with advocacy experience in the non-governmental and government sectors. I combine my education in Urban Studies and Urban Sustainability to engage and educate under-served communities of color in southern California about sustainability and water issues to build campaigns and coalitions to influence decision making on urgent environmental issues.

Caroline enjoys helping friends create water-smart landscapes, gardening, and road trips. 

 

Christa Rhea, Associate

BS, Environmental Science
Christa Rhea comes to Los Angeles from Austin, Texas where she was born and raised. She graduated in May 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Her studies focused on Geographical Sciences where she particularly enjoyed learning about and working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has a passion for recycling, the reduction of waste, and global sustainability.
While a student at the University of Texas, Christa noticed the issue of packaging waste at the food court in the student union building. After applying and receiving a Green Fee grant, she spent the next few semesters working with university staff to move towards more sustainable packaging. She also collaborated with Resource Recovery on campus to educate students and characterize the university’s waste stream.
The high level of waste and lack of recycling in off-campus student housing areas inspired Christa to pursue zero waste opportunities after graduation. Christa is excited about furthering her knowledge on zero waste as well as working with the Go2Zero team. In her free time, Christa enjoys hiking, biking, and anything outdoors; thrifting; repurposing fun finds; and live music.

Cory Oskardmay, Associate

BS, Environmental Management and Policy

Cory is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Policy, and minors in economics and mathematics. Early in his studies he knew he wanted to pursue a career in sustainability, researching topics such as clean energy, transportation, and sustainable agriculture. It wasn’t until he took the position of Project Coordinator for the UNC Asheville Student Environmental Center in 2015 that he became interested in the area of waste reduction. His roles included overseeing educational waste-reduction events and coordinating with faculty to improve sustainable resource management at the university. Cory’s experience continued when he took the position of Route Assistant at Orange Recycling Services during the summer of 2016. This role provided an in-depth understanding of the physical and economic aspects of the recycling industry. At this point he was certain that he wanted to pursue sustainable waste management as a career, realizing that it encompasses sustainable behavior, environmental justice, education and economics. This led to the position of Waste Reduction Intern at UNC Asheville. Cory worked to help educate peers on waste reduction strategies, perform waste assessments, and perhaps most importantly, develop and maintain the university’s vermicomposting(worm composting) program. In his free time, Cory works to improve his own at-home vermicomposting system, practice the bass guitar, and play ultimate frisbee.

Cyrus Javaheri, Associate

Jennifer Rivas, Associate

Leif Kemp, Associate

Rhesa Hardjadinata, Associate