About Us

About Us
About Us

Our Mission

LEJ promotes ecological health, environmental stewardship, and community development in Southeast San Francisco by creating urban greening, eco-literacy, community stewardship and workforce development opportunities that directly engage and support local residents in securing a healthier future.

About Us

Our Staff

Our talented staff members bring decades of experience working engaging youth and community members in ecological stewardship and environmental justice activities. Click on each staff member below to learn more about their backgrounds and areas of expertise!


Patrick Marley Rump
Executive Director and Programs Manager

Anthony Khalil
Community Programs Manager

Ryan Tachibana
Restoration Technician and Community Programs Coordinatorr

Lucrecia Bermudez

Our History

Over the years, LEJ has engaged thousands of volunteers in community action projects that benefit Southeast San Francisco. From local and state level advocacy, to hands on restoration at Heron’s Head and CPSRA, to environmental justice programming in schools, LEJ has consistently engaged residents of all backgrounds in relevant programming that promotes environmental justice and ecological health.

Past Projects

We are grateful to the many supporters and visionaries who have contributed to LEJ’s development and continued success. Click through our gallery below to learn more about how our partners are carrying forward past projects of LEJ!


EcoCenter at Heron's Head

In spring of 2014, after nearly a decade of work, we completed the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park project! Thank you to the many supporters and participants who made it a success, and to The Bay Institute Aquarium Foundation, our partners who will steward the Center from here forward!

Visit http://www.ecocenterhhp.org/ to learn more.


Developing a Stewardship Movement: Bay Youth for the Environment

Since 2004, Bay Youth for the Environment has played a critical role in developing a greater culture of stewardship and the infrastructure to support it. From programming at Heron’s Head – which engaged nearly 20,000 youth – to advocacy, the development of our native plant nursery and more, the Bay Youth program and its continued partnerships with California State Parks Foundation and California State Parks has laid the foundation for Candlestick Point Eco-stewards and the Healthy Habitats and Lifestyles Project!


Environmental Justice and Eco-Literacy: Building Community Strength and Voice

A hallmark of LEJ programming has been to support the community in connecting to environmental justice in a tangible, hands on, relevant way. From tours of toxic sites to build community awareness to youth investigations to resident engagement in public processes, LEJ has consistently facilitated action that leaves a lasting impact not only on the environment, and the policies that shape the management of resources, but on the individuals who participate.


Environmental Action: Decommissioning the Power Plant, Building Up Heron 's Head Programming and the EcoCenter

LEJ utilizes environmental action as a strategy for building a greater sense of community self determination and a culture of pride and care in the environments where we live, work, and play. In fewer places has this been more evident than the process of advocating for the decommissioning of the Hunters Point power plant, and then designing and building the EcoCenter, San Francisco's first LEED Platinum - Zero Net Energy Building.


Food Access: Good Neighbor Program

In 2002, Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) Youth conducted a community-based assessment of corner stores in Bayview Hunters Point. They found that while there were only two food stores in the neighborhood, located far from public transportation, there are an abundance of corner stores selling alcohol, tobacco, and overpriced poor quality processed foods. As a result of these findings, with the support of San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, LEJ created the Good Neighbor program, recruiting merchants to increase store stock of fresh produce and diminishing tobacco and alcohol advertising. In 2007, Good Neighbor was adopted as a statewide model via AB 2384, the Healthy Food Purchase Program.

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