All Gaucho Reunion

Gaucho Professionals Showcase

The Gaucho Professionals Showcase has been cancelled.

April 23-26, 2020
Mosher Alumni House
UC Santa Barbara
Free Event

This year’s Gaucho Professionals Showcase builds on the weekend’s theme of environmental action. 


  • An exclusive look inside our newest campus building (still under construction, hard hats provided!). In Fall 2020, Henley Hall will be the new home for UCSB’s Institute for Energy Efficiency - an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the development of new science and technologies that support the efficient and sustainable use of energy.

  • Free copies of “Rising”, the UCSB Reads 2020 book selection. An advisory committee made up of faculty, staff and students selected Rising for this year’s book, noting the power and relevance of the book’s stories about the people and communities most at risk from sea level rise.

  • A panel of UCSB alumni, faculty, and researchers covering topics from sea level rise, environmental justice, global hunger, food waste, and the effects of climate change on the economy.


9:30-10:15 a.m.: Tour of Henley Hall - Institute for Energy Efficiency (limited space available, clothing/shoe guidelines will be enforced for safety purposes)

10:30-11:30 a.m: Panel and Q&A (check out our panelists below)

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Breakout discussions with panelists - take a deeper dive into our panelists’ areas of expertise (round 1)

12:15-12:45 p.m.: Breakout discussions with panelists (round 2


Dr. Charles Lester
Dr. Lester is the Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Institute at UCSB. An expert on sea level rise, he has been working in the field of ocean and coastal management for more than 25 years and served as the executive director of the California Coastal Commission from 2011-2016.

Dr. Summer Gray
Dr. Gray is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at UCSB, where she teaches courses on infrastructure, adaptation, and the environment. She is also a founding member of the Climate Justice Project at UCSB. Her work highlights the lived experiences of coastal communities throughout the world facing the threat of sea change. Dr. Gray received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCSB.

Dr. Jess Vieira
Dr. Vieira is the Director of Sustainability at Apeel Sciences, a local venture founded by a fellow Gaucho. Apeel is a family of plant-derived coatings used to keep produce fresh. Produce with Apeel stays fresh two to three times longer, which promotes more sustainable growing practices, better quality food, and less food waste for everyone. Dr. Vieira received her Master of Technology Management and Ph.D. degrees from UCSB.