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TGIF as a Committee

About The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Committee

The TGIF Committee reads and evaluates submitted grant proposals three times a year and decides on awards; provides guidance and project management oversight to funded projects; conducts campus outreach to spread word of TGIF funds; works with the TGIF Grant Manager to administer the TGIF funds; and works in subcommittees and conducts weekly full committee meetings during the academic year to accomplish the work of the Committee.

The TGIF Committee welcomes applications from students in all majors and seeks to build a collegial team that represents the diversity of the UC Davis campus while making wise use of student funds to support projects across the full spectrum of campus sustainability. Students are appointed to the Committee by an application process developed by the 2017-18 TGIF Committee and staff in the UC Davis Sustainability office. The majority of the Committee’s voting seats are held by undergraduate students, with up to two graduate students. The Committee’s appointed members include a staff member (voting seat), a faculty member (voting seat), an ASUCD Environmental Policy and Planning Commission representative (ex-officio), a student representative from the Committee on Student Activities and Fees (ex-officio), the Director of Sustainability (ex-officio), and the Student Engagement Program Manager (staff to the Committee).


The Current TGIF Committee 

The 2020-21 TGIF Committee includes undergraduate students: Ellie Alto, Itzel Gallardo, Joanne Kwak, Ramya Chandrasekaran, and Sydney Cliff; graduate students: Jules Mouat and Peter Geoghan (alternate); staff member: Jennifer Larr; faculty member: TBD; COSAF ex-officio student member: Michael Julian Bauzon; ASUCD EPPC ex-officio student member: Hunter Ottman; and ex-officio Sustainability director: Camille Kirk; the committee is staffed by ex-officio member and Student Engagement Program Manager, Carla Fresquez. Financial and administrative mentoring to the 2020-21 Committee is provided by Diane Jellison, Budget Analyst, and Jason Lorgan, COSAF Advisor and Executive Director.


TGIF Committee Leadership Roles include:

Role Responsibilities
Co-Chairs Run the committee meetings in accordance with a relaxed version of Roberts Rules of Order, and develop agendas, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager.
Secretary Maintain current TGIF bylaws, record suggested updates throughout the year, provide suggested updates to the full TGIF Committee in spring quarter for discussion and adoption by the full Committee, post current or readopted bylaws. Prepare for fee renewal referendum, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager. Attend weekly ESSC meetings as a TGIF representative. Provide back-up for taking meeting minutes, in the event the Grant Manager is unable to do so. 

Report on TGIF finances, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager. Meet with grant awardees at project start to ensure awardee understanding of and compliance with fiscal guidelines. Review budget proposals thoroughly to ensure accurate calculations.


TGIF Subcommittees include:

Subcommittee Responsibilities
Social Media, Outreach, & Marketing (SMOM)

Creatively promote and raise awareness of TGIF across campus through a wide variety of methods, activities, events, and other means.  Manage TGIF social media accounts to represent and raise awareness about TGIF, share highlights and progress updates of awarded TGIF projects. Cultivate and maintain a consistent TGIF brand and message, design outreach materials, and assist in preparation for ASUCD fee renewal referendum. 

Grant Advising

The goal of this subcommittee is to assist applicants in developing strong grant proposals. Responsibilities may include:

  • Holding grant workshops to present information about TGIF and the grant application process.
  • Holding office hours to answer questions from prospective applicants and provide advice for writing a strong proposal. 
  • Reaching out to UC Davis student organizations to promote awareness of TGIF and the grant application process.
  • Working with the Marketing/Outreach/Social Media subcommittee to advertise the services provided by the Grant Application Advising subcommittee. 
  • Participating in weekly subcommittee meetings. 
Project Management Provide project management support to granted projects to ensure each project fulfills all reporting requirements, follows projected timelines, and complies with budget goals. Serve as Project Liaison for 5-8 projects and check in 2-3 times per quarter with each assigned project. Act as first point of contact for each project and share any relevant updates with the rest of the committee.
Membership Manage TGIF Committee membership application process, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager. Help set up “shadowing” for spring quarter. Must be a part of interviewing process.


Past TGIF Committees

  • 2019-20 TGIF Committee
  • Undergraduate students: Bella Bucheli, Rachel Glover, Jin Huang, Lili Jeske, Lydia Kao, Savan Khathar and Elana Nager;
    Graduate students: Jules Mouat (alternate) and Peter Geoghan;
    Staff member: Jennifer Larr;
    Faculty member: Gwen Arnold;
    COSAF ex-officio student member: Grace Byun;
    ASUCD EPPC ex-officio student member: Hunter Ottman;
    Office of Sustainability Director ex-officio: Camille Kirk;
    Grant Program Manager: Jeannethe Lopez Guzman.
    Financial and administrative mentoring to the 2019-20 Committee is provided by Diane Jellison, Budget Analyst, and Jason Lorgan, COSAF Advisor and Executive Director.
  • 2018-19 TGIF Committee
  • Undergraduate students: Maria Arteaga, Bella Bucheli, Liz Guzman, Matt Licina, Jillian McCarty, Chiara Olmes-Leiva, Megan Powers, and Madison Suoja;
    Graduate student, Nermin Dessouky;
    Office of Sustainability (ex-officio), Camille Kirk;
    TGIF Grant Managers Amanda Gonzalez and Jeannethe Lopez Guzman.
    Financial and administrative mentoring to the 2018-19 Committee was provided by Laurie Carney, Assistant Director, Program Budget and Policy; Diane Jellison, Budget Analyst; Jason Lorgan, COSAF Advisor and Executive Director; and Greg Ortiz, ASUCD Business Manager.
  • 2017-18 TGIF Committee
  • Undergraduate students: Christopher Flores, Brooke Garcher, Nicholas Griswold, Lois Kim, Chase McFadden, Chiara Olmes-Leiva, and Sarah Risher;
    Faculty: Annaliese Franz;
    Staff: Laurie Carney;
    Office of Sustainability: Bob Segar and Camille Kirk;
    TGIF Grant Managers Allen Doyle and J.C. Ross.
    Financial and administrative mentoring to the 2017-18 Committee was provided by Laurie Carney; Diane Jellison, Budget Analyst; and Greg Ortiz, Interim ASUCD Business Manager.
    The 2017-18 Committee was the inaugural granting committee, and would like to thank Diane Jellison and the many department account managers across the university who supported students in their individual projects.
  • Inaugural 2016-17 TGIF Committee
  • The inaugural 2016-17 TGIF Committee focused on setting up and organizing TGIF to be ready to give grants out in 2017-18;
    Undergraduate students: Summer Jean Cortez, Abigail Lourenco, Chase McFadden, Brent Rosenwald, and Arianna Stokes;
    Bob Segar, Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship (staff member); and Carolyn Thomas, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (faculty member). Administrative and financial mentoring to the 2016-17 Committee was provided by Allen Doyle and Camille Kirk, Office of Sustainability; Laurie Carney, Assistant Director, Program Budget and Policy; Kristen Fernandez, Budget Analyst; John Campbell, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs-Divisional Resources; and Janice Corbett, ASUCD Business Manager.