We are honored to share that one California’s great local government environmental champions, Sona Coffee, has joined our Board. At a time when subnational leadership on renewable energy and climate protection continues to be essential, we welcome this fortuitous addition to our team.
Sona Coffee is a sustainability professional that works with local governments to find ways to transform cities into environmentally sustainable communities. She is passionate about educating the public on climate emergency issues, implementing clean energy programs, and creating policies that prevent plastic pollutants from entering the marine environment. Sona serves as Environmental Programs Administrator for the City of Irvine and previously served as Environmental Programs Manager at City of Manhattan Beach. Sona also enjoys volunteering for local environmental groups, and serving on the Sustainable City Commission for her hometown of Long Beach.
Sona was recently recognized by the Institute for Local Government as a Sustainable & Resilient Communities Champion for her leadership of ambitious sustainability initiatives in the region over the last 15 years. With the need for urgent climate action made clearer every day, she spearheaded the effort for Irvine to become the first community in Southern California to endorse a carbon neutral by 2030 moonshot goal. Her work has also brought together varied community interests in favor of 100% renewable energy for several cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Diane Moss, founder of Renewables 100 Policy Institute, Joe Galliani, South Bay director of 350,org, and Sona Coffee at the Manhattan Beach 2025 forum at the Joslyn Center in 2014