Climate Resolve Staff Interview: Cristy Stiles

Posted by on July 12, 2016

cristy staff interview picGet to know Cristy Stiles, Climate Resolve’s Administrative Director.

Describe your work in one sentence. 
I’m the administrator at Climate Resolve, so I do all the stuff that keeps us organized and functional!

What inspired you on your career path?
This is my first job out of college, so my career path is just beginning. It’s really a happy coincidence that I’m working in climate right now, because it’s something I’ve always cared about, but never thought I would be doing professionally! (Plus, I’m a SoCal native, so I feel very connected to our local work!)

What are the key external factors that drive your work?
I bike a lot, and seeing LA from that vantage point is what really keeps convincing me that what Climate Resolve does is both necessary and worthwhile.

What have you added to your field/workplace? Brag a little: what’s your value-add?
When we transitioned to being our own 501(c)(3) last summer, I oversaw everything. It was a challenge, but I feel proud to have midwifed such a beautiful baby into existence! My combo of sassiness and anal retention make me the ideal admin for this organization.

What are the barriers you face in work — and what could make your job easier?
Sometimes I feel like half of my job is filling out various government forms, and the other half is bothering people until they respond to my emails. So — a more transparent and streamlined system of government and finance (and for people to check their freakin’ email!).

A genie grants you two wishes to help fight climate change. What do you ask for? (And what would you do with the third wish?)
A public transit system that goes everywhere that you could need to go in LA and where you never have to wait more than 15 minutes for the bus, and for every oil company lobbyist to suddenly be unable to communicate with anyone! And then I’d wish for every modestly-priced beautiful vintage garment hidden at the Goodwill to always be my size.

Name two things you like most about LA, and what would you change?
It is so crazy beautiful here, both the natural and built landscapes. I also really like what a cultural/musical hub it is here. I do wish people were a little more receptive to groups of folks and were less insular. And also that people danced at concerts! Come on!