Our Leadership

Meet the team at GreenWaste of Palo Alto

Eric Cissna

Eric Cissna

General Manager, Palo Alto

Eric began working for GreenWaste of Palo Alto in 2016 as an Environmental Outreach Coordinator (EOC). In 2017, Eric transitioned to the role of Public Education Specialist and began working extensively on Zero Waste initiatives and education at Palo Alto schools. In the summer of 2018, Eric assumed the role of Environmental Outreach Manager, leading the Outreach department for over 4 years before becoming General Manager in July 2022. Before his time at GreenWaste, Eric graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Eric is a LEED Accredited Professional and TRUE Zero Waste Advisor.

Leah Venegas

Leah Venegas

Assistant General Manager, Palo Alto

Leah has had a comprehensive customer service role for GreenWaste of Palo Alto since 2015 and in July 2022, assumed the additional role of Assistant General Manager. As Customer Service Manager, Leah leads GreenWaste’s customer service team, supports administrative and office duties, and helps receive and respond to daily customer calls and emails. Leah also works closely with the City of Palo Alto through coordinating and assisting with contractual reports and projects, as well as managing and maintaining GreenWaste’s customer database.

Operations Manager

Dave Conte

Operations Manager, Palo Alto

Dave has over 30 years of experience working in Palo Alto as a collection driver, Training Supervisor, and Commercial Route Supervisor. Dave is responsible for all aspects of GreenWaste of Palo Alto’s operations, including collection, personnel management, safety and training programs, regulatory and contract compliance, and coordination with the City of Palo Alto and its residents.

Scott Scholz

Evelyn Torres

Environmental Outreach Manager, Palo Alto

Evelyn joined GreenWaste Recovery in 2007 as a Customer Service Representative and in 2009, transferred to GreenWaste of Palo Alto. In 2011, Evelyn transitioned to the role of Environmental Outreach Coordinator where she worked on various Zero Waste initiatives and projects for over 11 years. In fall 2022, Evelyn assumed the role of Environmental Outreach Manager. As Environmental Outreach Manager, Evelyn maintains Outreach’s relationship with residents, businesses, and City of Palo Alto staff as well as oversees the City’s Zero Waste programs.

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