Staff and Interns
Tanja Srebotnjak, Director (she/her/hers)
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 206 | 413-597-4197 | [email protected]
Tanja has worked on sustainability since 2000 and in a variety of settings, including at the United Nations, the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental think tank, academia, and an independent K-12 school. She holds a Masters in statistics from Dortmund Technical University and a PhD in environmental statistics and policy from the Yale School of the Environment.
Mike Evans, Associate Director (he/him/his)
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 208 | 413-597-4462 | [email protected]
Mike joined the Zilkha Center team in 2014. Prior to his time at Williams, he worked in nonprofits focusing on food security, youth empowerment, sustainable agriculture, and food justice in Boston, Austin, and Salt Lake City. Mike received a B.A. in African and African American Studies from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Community Leadership from Westminster College.
Christine Seibert, Sustainability Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 207 | 413-597-4422 | [email protected]
Christine has a background in environmental education, student engagement, and municipal greenhouse gas accounting. One of her greatest joys in life is seeing young people empowered to make positive change in their communities. She holds a B.S. in biology from Gordon College and is working on her masters in sustainability at Harvard Extension.
DeeDee Lewis, Administrative Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Class of ’66 Environmental Center | Room 108 | 413-597-2346 | [email protected]
Evan Chester '23 (he/him) • Gardens and Landscaping • I will be working to ensure the plants outside the Environmental Center and around Dodd remain lively and thriving. I haven't had a lot of opportunities or experience in gardening but I'm looking to expand that knowledge! • I'm super excited to meet the summer cohort and figure out how we can partner and enrich one another's internship projects.
Martha Carlson '25 (she/her) • Garden and Landscaping • I will be planting, harvesting, and distributing produce, as well as generally caring for and preparing campus gardens for the fall. I will also be coordinating groups of students to help out in the gardens throughout the summer. • Gardening is pretty new to me, so I'm excited to work outside, get my hands dirty, and be a part of the ZC this summer!
Cyrus Naider '23.5 (he/him) • Artist in Residence / Design Your Own internship • This summer I will be developing a beginner-friendly workshop for folks interested in the work the ZC does but are not familiar with the practices of sustainability, environmental justice, and environmentalism. My main goal is to make sustainability and environmental justice approachable for students and community members to feel confident exploring and applying sustainable habits to their lives. In addition to that, I will be working on a collection of poems surrounding themes of possibility, accessibility, action, our environment, identity and the body, embodiment, and whatever else comes up as I write
• I'm looking forward to spending the summer with some really cool folks, exploring the outdoors, learning more about sustainability, and eating amazing farm fresh food!
Blue Jordan '23 (they/them) • Design Your Own / Communications • This summer I’ll be continuing work on a video game I began last year! The game is an educational gardening simulator, aimed at teaching real-world, sustainable gardening techniques to players. On top of that, I’ll be working in outreach and communications to help amplify the Zilkha Center’s presence on campus and beyond! • I’m looking forward to spending another summer in the Berkshires, continuing to build my knowledge in sustainability activism, and eating delicious, farm-grown food.
Marta Symkowick ‘25 (she/her) •
Communications • I will be helping transition the Zilkha Center’s web presence to match the College’s new brand identity. Working with the Zilkha Center staff and the College's Communications Department, I will also be helping to optimize the site to best accommodate the Center’s growing content and updating the digital dashboard that displays building energy use. Additionally, I will be maintaining the Center’s media presence. • I am excited to learn more about sustainability, improve my communication skills, and meet super interesting people!
Jeremy Torres '23 (he/him) • Communications • I will be working with the Zilkha Center and the College's Communications Department to improve outreach, assist in updating the center's web presence, and contribute to its social media. • This summer, I am looking forward to working with the Zilkha Center staff and other interns to hopefully foster a community where people bounce ideas off of each other and work collaboratively!
Pat Klugman '25 (he/they) • Zero Waste • This summer I will be working with Charlotte on various projects that will help reduce waste on campus, including planning for a surplus storage facility! • I am looking forward to working closely with the Zilkha Center staff and exploring more of Williamstown!
Charlotte Luke '25 (she/her) • Zero Waste • This summer, I will expand on the work of past Zilkha Center interns by creating implementation strategies for the goals expressed in the Report of the Working Group on Sustainability (2020) and the Zero Waste and Climate Action Plan (2022). In particular, I will brainstorm ways to substitute environmentally preferred products for less sustainable alternatives and to promote composting and recycling on campus. • I'm looking forward to meeting the other Zilkha Center interns, hiking on the weekends, and going to the Williamstown farmers market!