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One of Our Own Taken In Oakland Warehouse Fire

It is with a heavy heart that I share that Amanda Allen Kershaw, our Human Resources and Operations Manager has been confirmed as a victim of the tragic Oakland “Ghost Ship” warehouse fire that erupted late Friday, December 2, 2016. Starting as a Program Associate and moving into the HR/ops role in mid-2015, Amanda served as the primary contact and a key liaison for many of our employees and contracted project teams and had just celebrated her 5th anniversary with the Trust for Conservation Innovation the day before her death. Prior to working with us, Amanda worked at the California Academy of Sciences as an administrator in the entomology department. Amanda, who was 34, leaves behind her husband Andy, her parents and three brothers, an extensive constellation of family and friends, and our devastated team of staff and projects here at the the Trust for Conservation Innovation. You can learn more about this deadly fire that killed 36 students, artists, musicians and dancers here¬†and read more about our amazing, passionate, kind and devoted teammate Amanda here and here.

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