Dr. Charisma Acey is an Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Charisma’s background includes work, research, and travel to countries in West Africa, southern Africa, and Central America. Her work focuses on local and regional environmental sustainability, with a focus on poverty reduction, urban governance, environmental justice, food justice, and access to basic services. She relies on both quantitative and qualitative, community-based research approaches. Her current and past research projects, teaching, and service-learning courses have focused on addressing barriers to sustainable development. Subjects include human-environment interactions at multiple scales in urban areas around the world; poverty and participation and voice in local governance and development; the financing and sustainability of publicly provided services and utilities, like water and sanitation; sustainability of local and regional food systems; and environmental justice domestically and globally. Charisma served as a member of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board.