Executive Director and Founder
Kristin Cushman founded The Offset Project in 2007 with the vision of creating sustainable programs that would engage and inspire the local community. Since that time, The Offset Project has granted over $75,000 to local community groups and brought thousands of volunteers to local events to build education around sustainability. She received the Breathe California 2014 Clean Air Leadership Award, presented by the Air District Control Board, for developing California’s first local community carbon fund, the Monterey Bay Carbon Fund and spearheaded environmental certification programs that have earned accolades at both a state and national level.
Kristin manages the Monterey Bay Region Climate Action Compact, is a steering committee member of the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance (MBEVA) and represents District 5 on the County’s Integrated Waste Task Force Committee. She also serves on the Pacific Grove Library Advisory Board to the City Council.
Chosen as one of the “25 for the Next 25” by the Monterey County Weekly
Director of National Programs
Rico Tesio brings over 15 years of experience managing and operating special events throughout the country to The Offset Project. A native of Oklahoma, and graduate of Oklahoma State University, he moved to California in 2012 and immediately became involved in the community.
Before joining The Offset Project, he served in management roles at The Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Monterey Bay Aquarium, helping facilitate and champion sustainable events in partnership with The Offset Project. Tesio also spent time as a member of the board of directors for The Offset Project prior to him accepting his current role.
Rico lives in Carmel with his wife Daniela and their son Archer. When not working, Rico enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching motorsports.
Climate Solutions Manager and Senior Project Manager
Chris Sentieri joined The Offset Project in 2010 originally to assist in the development and launch of the Monterey Bay Carbon Fund program and our Bonny Doon Elementary School Solar PV installation project. He has since led the development and successful implementation of several key projects and initiatives, including the installation of multiple Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in partnership with the City of Monterey, greenhouse gas assessments for the PGA Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am and Shell Houston Open national golf tournaments, and the region’s first Eco-totem Bike Counter project. Chris is also leading the development and implementation of our Net Zero Energy Communities program, which is working to advance market and policy solutions that accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy system at the community level.
Chris is an experienced professional who specializes in: Public Policy, Economic Development, Project Management, Renewable Energy Planning, Climate and Energy Action Planning, Greenhouse Gas Reporting, and Sustainability. Chris holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) Degree from the Panetta Institute/CSU Monterey Bay, where he studied with Leon Panetta. His Masters Thesis focused on renewable energy development in Monterey County and the feasibility of Community Choice Aggregation in the Monterey Bay region. Chris was the former Director of Competitive Clusters for the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC), where he developed and led many effective economic development and sustainability initiatives. Chris was a founding member of the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance (MBEVA), where he chaired the Funding and Development Committee and led several successful state and local grant initiatives that secured funding for a Regional EV Readiness Plan and a network of more than 40 EV Charging Stations throughout the region. Chris has also worked for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), where he coordinated Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Climate and Energy Planning services for the 21 municipalities in the Monterey Bay region.
Special Projects Manager
Abbie Beane joined The Offset Project 501c3 in 2010 and spearheads zero-waste, organics recycling and environmental certification programs for special events and businesses in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. She holds a Masters degree in international environmental policy and sustainable business and development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and is a 2004 graduate of Middlebury College. Abbie also works for the California Carpet Stewardship Program, and has worked for the national Product Stewardship Institute, for several Northwest-based conservation nonprofits, and as a journalist for print media. Abbie currently serves on the Monterey Regional Compost Coalition, the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy board, and the California Green Initiatives for Venues and Events Technical Council. Abbie is also a Sustainable Event Alliance certified professional.
Environmental Outreach Coordinator
A California native, Emmanuel Amador grew up interacting with the outdoors. He then later graduated from Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Web Design. Soon after Emmanuel graduated, he joined The Offset Project as the Environmental Outreach Coordinator. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked with community partners such as The Offset Project, Return of the Natives, and the Watsonville Nature Center that gave him hands on experience in creating sustainable communities. His passion for the outdoors, and the knowledge he gained from the classroom, has inspired him to advocate for the conservation of our planet and the many ecosystems that inhabit it.