Central Coast Staff

Justin Hitchcock has been with GRID for 4 years. Before becoming Regional Director, he worked both as an Outreach Coordinator and Project Manager. He gained extensive experience working for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, where he worked on several community projects that focused on environmental initiatives and youth development. Justin studied Civil Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he now lectures on solar engineering. He has traveled and volunteered throughout Central and South America. He is passionate about pushing the transition to create a sustainable society. In his spare time, Justin enjoys surfing, rock climbing, live music, and traveling.

Construction


GRID Alternatives Central Coast welcomes Paul Johnson as our Construction Manager! Although Paul has spent several years in the construction industry, it was his time in the military, and his deployments, that reinforced the need to not only support our environment, but also our local economies, and National Security, by reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. Paul began his solar career with GRID Alternatives in San Diego where he began as a volunteer. From there, Paul spent time as a solar installer in Seattle before joining GRID Alternatives North Valley team in Sacramento where he worked as a Solar Installation Supervisor. Paul's tremendous leadership skills make him an excellent addition to our construction staff here on the Central Coast! Now that his 2 daughters are grown, and when he finds time to get out, Paul can be seen trail running, hiking, rappelling, or just taking in some time in a kayak. pjohnson@gridalternatives.org
Solar Installation Supervisor
SolarCorps Construction Fellow
SolarCorps Construction Fellow
Solar Installation Supervisor
Construction Assistant
Solar Installation Supervisor
SolarCorps Construction Fellow

Development


Barby grew up on a farm in the countryside of sunny Templeton, California. After graduating Templeton High School, she moved to Eugene, Oregon where she received her B.S. in Fine Arts – Fibers from University of Oregon – Go Ducks!!! She began working in education and obtained her M.A. Ed as she worked with students from Pre-K to 12th grade. This experience led Barby to employment with Hartnell College in Salinas where she utilized her extensive knowledge of education to coordinate grants, improve workforce development opportunities and served as a K-12 Liason for students throughout Monterey County. Barby has a passion for working with youth, helping underserved populations, and building relationships in an effort to connect families to assistive services. In her free time, she enjoys camping, weaving, reading, travelling, time with friends and family, exploring coastal communities, and sustainable farming.

Outreach


Clarita Cortes is the Salinas Office Senior Outreach and Workforce Development Coordinator. She was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. At the age of 12, she migrated to the United States with her family in search for a better education. She received her B.S. in Construction Management from CSU Fresno where she worked for 3 years at the University Outreach Services Department. After graduating from CSU Fresno, she managed several commercial rental properties in Madera, California for couple years. Later Clarita join the nonprofit area as an Outreach Coordinator for the UFW Foundation Fresno Office. After two years contributing to UFW Foundation, she decided to relocate to Salinas, California where she lives with her husband Ricardo and her daughters Brisa and Xitlali, and her son Alex. Clarita is proud to be part of the Grid Alternatives family and being able to put in practice her knowledge and experience towards our organization’s success.
Outreach Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
SolarCorps Program Fellow

Workforce & Volunteering


Born and raised in Puebla, México. Before joining the GRID Family I was working at the Literacy Program with the Salinas Public Library as a Literacy Clerk in the City of Salinas gaining extensive knowledge of the Salinas Valley Community. I studied Political Science at Universidad Autónoma de Puebla UAP, in Puebla, México, where I was able to develop a profound interest in the environment protection and sustainable community development field working in different projects focused to help the indigenous counties of my birth state. I moved to work in Mexico City with a private political consultant firm where I was able to learn about the importance that the government inside decision making process has on the public issues. After a brief period of time I made the transition to the Nonprofit sector by being hired as the volunteer coordinator in the Mexico City Based Nonprofit Risaterapia A.C. doing that job helped me realized that I made the right decision, helping connect worthy organizations with community volunteers it felt just right to me. In my spare time I enjoy discovering new places, watch and play sports (but mainly soccer games) love to watch movies, I have fun discovering new tech trends, outdoors activities and be around my family and friends. lgonzalez@gridalternatives.org