Kathleen Strickley ‘84
Environmental Scientist, CalRecycle (Resources Recycling and Recovery)


I was born and raised in Sacramento along the American River Parkway – it was there that I developed my love and affinity for the outside world. During my college years at CSUS I was drawn to the work of NGO’s that focused on environmental and EJ issues abroad – it was these interests that ignited my passion to help those with little to no voice (indigenous peoples, threatened ecosystems, endangered animals, the planet). These concerns ultimately guided my choice of major: BA in Environmental Studies w/a minor in Communications.

Following graduation I traveled north to Alaska and resided outside of Fairbanks for nearly 2 years, but eventually returned to California. It was then I entered into State Service initially working at The Capitol with the Legislature and then quickly transitioning into my field of study. For over 20 years I have worked with local governments and school districts assisting them in their waste diversion and composting efforts through recycling and resource management. I still volunteer locally and remain informed/active concerning many environmental/EJ issues both nationally and abroad.