Justine Quealy 

Planning Technician, Climate Planning 

Justine Quealy is a Planning Technician on SBC’s Climate Planning team, assisting communities in the Sierra to plan for climate change through both mitigation and adaptation strategies. Originally from New Orleans, Justine has spent most of her life in Northern California and has developed a deep appreciation for the natural world, especially the Sierra Nevada. Many of her summers were split between exploring the swamps of Louisiana, and road trips through the Sierra Nevada, often finding herself at Lake Tahoe. 

Her background in Environmental Studies at Clark University sparked a passion for environmental sustainability and urban planning, and exposed her to work with water efficiency and geographic information systems (GIS). Her postgraduate year at Murdoch University in Australia brought her a broader understanding of environmental ethics and building sustainability on both a small community as well as global scale. Justine received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Clark University (Worcester, MA) and her Postgraduate in Sustainability and Environmental Ethics from Murdoch University (Perth, Australia).


Personal Highlights:

Justine and her husband Dano call Grass Valley home and love everything their small community has to offer – amazing hiking and fishing spots, delicious food, wine, and beer, and music festivals at the fairgrounds. Justine is a passionate knitter who can often be found with her current project in hand, and when she isn’t knitting socks for loved ones, she writes knitting patterns and teaches knitting classes.