We are a small team of talented Bay Area professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do and we look forward to working with you.
Marybelle Nzegwu Tobias
Founder & Principal
I founded E / J Solutions in 2017 after a decade of litigation and advocacy on behalf of communities facing disproportionate environmental and socioeconomic burdens across the country. I have extensive experience in environmental, climate, housing, transportation, and civil rights law and policy; meeting design and facilitation; and coalition leadership. My skills include efficient project management, equity data analysis, and attention to both detail and the big picture. I speak proficient Spanish and beginning Russian.
U.C. San Diego (BA, Political Science & Political Theory)
U.C. Hastings College of the Law (JD)
I have over a decade of experience as a community organizer, coalition builder, and convener. My skills include community outreach and mobilization, real-time interpretation, and meeting facilitation. I am the former Coordinator of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition and currently provide interpretation for the Berta Cáceres International Feminist Organizing School. I am fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Stanford University (BA, Political Science)
Humboldt State University (currently an MA candidate in Environment and Community)
I am a marine scientist, educator, and equity consultant, working at the confluence of ecological sciences, complex systems, and liberatory movements. I use critical literacy in science and related fields in my work to advance ecological justice. I speak beginning Chavacano (Zamboangan), Tagalog, and intermediate Spanish.
University of Hawai`i, Hilo (BA, Marine Science)
University of Vermont (MLS, Leadership for Sustainability)
Director of Operations
I am a healing-centered coach, anti-oppression facilitator, and capacity-building trainer. I work to advance liberatory movements by supporting BIPOC leaders and changemakers to grow, heal, and develop new skills. I bring my former experience as a grant-maker, event planner, and nonprofit professional to my work investing in sustainable, grassroots, community-led organizations.
U.C. Berkeley (BA, Sociology and BS, Society & Environment)
Blooming Willow Coaching (Professional Coach Certification)
I have experience advocating for environmental, immigration, and urban planning justice for systemically disenfranchised communities as well as providing direct services to these diverse communities. I currently work as a housing counselor and tenants rights community organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco. I speak fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and intermediate Vietnamese, Spanish, and Arabic (Jordanian and Palestinian dialect).
Stanford University (BA, International Relations, Honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity)
Tran Diep Lam
I am a professional sustainability consultant, specializing in renewable energy, industrial decarbonization, and corporate sustainability. I join E/J Solutions to contribute my expertise to the mission of achieving an inclusive sustainability and energy transition. I speak fluent Vietnamese and intermediate Mandarin.
Stanford University (BS and MS, Earth Systems, with a Minor in East Asian Studies)
Sylvia Escárcega Zamarrón
I am an activist researcher, educator, professional and language justice interpreter & translator with 30 years of experience in these fields. I have accompanied and done research on the Global Indigenous Movement, Indigenous migration from Mexico, chocolate, community health, and interpretation and aphasia diagnosis. Currently, I am coordinating a group of interpreters and translators at the Berta Cáceres International Feminist Organizing School, and I am the lead language justice interpreter for several organizations. I am fluent in English and Spanish and have reading fluency in other Romance languages.
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (Licentiate or MA in History)
University of California at Davis (MA and PhD, Socio-Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Native American Studies)