Gia Chinchilla

  • Senior Programs & Creative Associate
  • Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Feb 22, 2021
Full time role Advocacy Business Development Communications Marketing Project Manager Sustainability Consulting

Personal Summary

Gia is a United Nations activist, TEDx speaker, and consultant with over five years experience working at the intersection of climate, technology, and communications. Gia leverages her background in climate adaptation planning, client relationships, and project management to both GNA’s Programs and Creative departments. In her cross-functional senior role, she support clients by driving innovative solutions to challenging environmental health problems with a well-reasoned and customer-obsessed vision, roadmap, and prioritization approach. Outside of GNA, Gia oversees the brand marketing, social media strategy, and operations as Founder of Climate Action LAb, an environmental-justice digital media platform. Her proven creative storytelling supports the advancement of the L.A. Green New Deal and other climate policies in Los Angeles and beyond. Let's connect! 

Work Experience

Assistant Communications Manager
Jul 2019 - Jul 2019 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge was developed in response to the challenges posed by the regional-specific effects of climate change, combined with an increasing urban population in Los Ang eles County. Sustainable LA aims to address these challenges by capitalizing on UCLA’s research strengths to develop a blueprint for transitioning Los Angeles County to 100% renewable energy, 100% local water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050 in a way that will secure the County’s long-term welfare and economic prosperity while preserving its cultural identity.My role as Assistant Communications Manager included: communicating undergraduate and graduate research covering all realms of sustainability onto all social media platforms; collaborating with community partners on raising awareness of environmental projects; developing and deploying marketing campaigns; Organizing webinars and symposiums that showcased faculty research.

Green New Deal Intern
Feb 2019 - Jul 2019 City of Los Angeles, Office of Sustainability

AGGRESSIVE TARGETS, STRONG ACTION. The City of Los Angeles revealed bold new sustainability goals in its 2019 Sustainable City pLAn, released April 29, 2019. Branded “LA’s Green New Deal”, the plan is a four-year update to the City’s first-ever sustainability plan, released in 2015. The 2019 plan proposes accelerating renewable energy and local water targets that were outlined in the 2015 version. New targets include transitioning the City of Los Angeles to 100% renewable energy by 2045 and 70% local water by 2035. As a Green New Deal intern, I conducted policy research; wrote copy that was included in the Los Angeles Green New Deal;. and ran quality assurance and control checks for all copy and images prior to submitting to the editor for approval.

Jul 2019 - Feb 2021 Climate Action LAb

Climate Action LAb is an environmental-justice social media platform that aims to inform and empower Angelenos to take climate action. We’re a small team of Angelinos passionate about a more sustainable city for all. We began Climate Action LAb because we understand how now, more than ever, social media has played a pivotal role in supporting policy change. By amplifying voices, rallying folks under the same cause, and shining a light on environmental, sustainability, and equity issues, people have become informed on important issues. Now it’s time to take action.
As Founder, I've been responsible of managing Climate Action LAb's digital presence of social media, planning, and content creation. Currently working to partner with other nonprofits and influencers to amplify an action-oriented event.

Digital Content Assistant
Sep 2017 - Aug 2018 UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability moves science to action on the front lines of environmental progress. Using Los Angeles and California as a testbed, IoES promises solutions for the broader world—and our commitment to communications makes sure our ideas are heard. The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability moves science to action on the front lines of environmental progress. Using Los Angeles and California as a testbed, IoES promises solutions for the broader world—and our commitment to communications makes sure our ideas are heard. As a Digital Content Assistant for IOES, I was responsible for updating IOES' website and all subsidiary accounts with relevant news; worked with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to create flyers and brochures for the Institute's events and announcements; and provided clerical assistance to other members of the IOES team.

Project Event Coordinator
Mar 2017 - Sep 2017 United States Green Building Council, Los Angeles

USGBC-LA is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Our members are a diverse group of stakeholders in building & urban design, construction and operations. By working directly under one of the council members of the USGBC-LA, Inland Empire Chapter, I learned the ins-and-outs of green building certification. In addition, I helped organize a USGBC event for businesses in the Inland Empire area who are interested joining "green certification" programs offered either through their city or enter the state's. Our event covered all the financial, social, and environmental benefits of becoming eco-friendly.

Assistant Studio Manager
Jun 2015 - Sep 2017 The Yoga Unit

The Yoga Unit is a family-owned yoga studio founded in Claremont, California and now also in Rancho Cucamonga. With a diverse schedule of classes to either strengthen, align, or calm one's mind, TYU is your oasis. As manager I oversaw the front desk duties in addition to managing our social media accounts, the process of hiring new instructors, planning marketing campaigns, community outreach, and most notably helping start our second location. My role required me to stay connected with all the staff members and clients to ensure we are providing the best quality yoga instruction in the area. In addition, I began a Free Community Yoga project which serviced roughly 50-100 people to a weekly class.

Community Management Aide
Dec 2014 - Sep 2017 City of Rancho Cucamonga

As a Management Aide for the Sustainable Community Action Plan, I oversaw youth engagement to ensure their voices would be better represented in the plan. I organized biweekly youth leader meetings that concluded in grant writing workshops, professional development exercises, and climate-action tips.


Bachelor of Arts
Sep 2015 - Jun 2019 University of California, Los Angeles

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Experience Level

3-6 years

Sectors of Interest

Buildings & Cities, Energy, Advocacy or Policy, Transportation, Communication & Media, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Community & Movement Building

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