Meet our Team

R3’s seasoned, professional staff have backgrounds in the public and private sectors, engineering, resource management, environmental science, and urban planning. We have dedicated our careers to the field of solid waste management and sustainability, and skillfully deliver expert industry analysis and unbiased recommendations to our municipal clients. Together we have assisted communities in implementing hundreds of solid waste management consulting projects — including solid waste planning, procurement and negotiation, operations and performance reviews, financial and rate analysis, and compliance assistance — throughout Southern and Northern California and the western United States.

Richard Tagore-Erwin

Principal

Mr. Tagore-Erwin’s project work encompasses all aspects of solid waste management and environmental consulting. Over the past 30 years, he has successfully provided hundreds of jurisdictions and public agencies throughout Southern and Northern California and the Western United States with solid waste procurement and management consulting services that encompass the following: development and implementation of Zero Waste plans; strategic sustainability planning and compliance assistance; financial planning, analysis, and rate reviews; service and rate surveys; and operations and performance reviews. His particular areas of expertise include designing strategic plans and negotiating solid waste Franchise Agreements that achieve legislative compliance with State ordinances and regulations such as AB 341, AB 1826, and SB 1383. These projects routinely involve working with and gaining feedback from diverse stakeholder groups to determine the feasibility of potential programs. As a certified meeting facilitator, Mr. Tagore-Erwin routinely conducts working sessions with municipalities and their franchised proposers, facilitates public workshops and community meetings with diverse community groups such as elected officials, haulers, facility operators, environmental groups, and the general public, and participates in Board of Supervisors and City Council hearings.

Prior to his work as a municipal management consultant, Mr. Tagore-Erwin was a Senior Consultant to the California Legislature, where he was instrumental in the development of many of California’s solid waste management laws, including AB 939, recycled content requirements, used oil recycling requirements, and labeling of rigid plastic containers. He has also served on several national panels on sustainability.

Mr. Tagore-Erwin has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

Garth Schultz

Principal

Mr. Schultz has extensive solid waste management experience in both the public and private sectors.  He is particularly skilled in designing a variety of solid waste and sustainability plans and has served as project manager on a wide range of planning and program development projects for the management of solid waste, recycling, green waste, organic waste, and C&D debris. His areas of significant expertise include: developing strategies and implementation steps for Zero Waste and high diversion plans; assessing existing solid waste collection systems and programs; evaluating public outreach and education programs; developing and revising ordinances and policies; and engaging stakeholders and communities through workshops and outreach planning. Mr. Schultz is very knowledgeable of State regulations and skilled at assisting clients to achieve legislative compliance, particularly with regard to AB 1826 and SB 1383. In both his public sector and consulting roles, he has regularly presented before City Councils and Commissions. Mr. Schultz’s additional experience includes: assisting jurisdictions with procurement and negotiation of solid waste collection services; conducting solid waste operations and performance reviews; conducting rate modeling, reviews and restructuring; and performing data research and investigation.

Prior to joining R3, Mr. Schultz served as Manager of Operations and Environmental Services for the City of El Cerrito. He was a key partner in restructuring and modernizing El Cerrito’s municipal recycling collection operations and award-winning community recycling center.  As a Public Works Manager, Mr. Schultz managed the City’s maintenance operations, including a $5 million annual budget funded by multiple special revenue funds, 20+ operations and customer service personnel, and maintenance services for parks, fields, trees, sidewalks, storm drains, and street sweeping.

Mr. Schultz has a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy Development from Cal State East Bay and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, with a Minor in Public Policy, from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Lead Construction and Demolition (C&D) Facility Evaluator through RCI (Recycling Certification Institute), a member of RCI’s C&D Technical Council, and a member of CRRA (California Resource Recovery Association) and NCRA (Northern California Recycling Association).

William Schoen

Project Director

Mr. Schoen is an engineer with more than 30 years of solid waste operational and consulting experience, with primary expertise in the areas of solid waste operations, rate reviews, and financial analysis. He has managed recycling and landfill operations and reviewed the finances and operations of numerous municipal and private sector solid waste management operations, including divisions of Waste Management, Republic Services, Recology, Allied, and BFI. He has conducted financial analyses of long-term solid waste diversion and disposal alternatives, developed strategies for solid waste collection systems and Zero Waste plans, evaluated collection staffing and equipment requirements, and overseen visual and physical waste characterization studies.

Mr. Schoen has a profound understanding and significant experience in evaluating all aspects of solid waste collection systems, including every-other-week collection, co-collection systems, residential and commercial food waste collection programs, bulky item collection programs, and illegal dumping response programs. This operational understanding is vital to R3’s ability to critically evaluate a hauler’s operational assumptions and projections associated with implementing legislative requirements such as AB 1826, to identify and support recommended changes to those assumptions, and to form options for organics collection in compliance with legislation. Mr. Schoen also currently manages R3’s food-rescue research efforts throughout California and nationally.

Mr. Schoen has a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Carrie Baxter

Carrie Baxter

Project Manager

As a Project Manager, Ms. Baxter has over 10 years of experience in a wide range of solid waste operational, planning, and financial projects with R3. She specializes in assisting local jurisdictions to negotiate and improve waste hauler collection contracts that incorporate best practices and legislative requirements. She has also created disaster debris management plans for various cities in California, and delivered a presentation at the 2018 CRRA conference on this subject. Other services Ms. Baxter provides include: evaluating clients’ solid waste services, program options, and needs; providing financial analysis services such as studying client jurisdiction rates and diversion incentive methods; supporting operations and performance reviews; evaluating billing and reporting systems; and conducting on-site route audits. She also routinely conducts comprehensive solid waste and recycling benchmarking and rate surveys.

Ms. Baxter has a Bachelor of Science in Organization, Management, and Leadership from the University of San Francisco and is a member of CRRA (California Resource Recovery Association) and NCRA (Northern California Recycling Association). She is diligently training to complete the 2019 Spartan Trifecta, which includes three separate obstacle courses of varying lengths, from 4 to 12 miles, that contain up to 30 obstacles per course.

Rosemarie Radford

Project Manager

With her strong background in research and technical writing, and her solid waste industry experience, Ms. Radford provides valuable support for solid waste management planning, program development, regulatory reporting, and solid waste implementation plans by analyzing data, coordinating field studies, conducting surveys, and writing comprehensive reports. Her diverse solid waste planning experience includes: Zero Waste planning; legislative compliance assistance; organics program analysis; municipal code analysis and revision; data and tonnage tracking and modeling; and strategic planning for landfill, organics, and recyclables processing capacity. Ms. Radford’s other areas of expertise include: negotiation and procurement assistance; operations, programs, and facility reviews; research and data compilation; operational and performance reviews of haulers; and financial planning, including rate modeling, rate studies, and rate reviews.

Ms. Radford has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Construction & Demolition Recycling Facility Evaluator through the RCI (Recycling Certification Institute) and a member of CRRA (California Resource Recovery Association) and NCRA (Northern California Recycling Association).

Sarah LaRock, Project Analyst

Sarah LaRock

Project Manager

Ms. LaRock joined R3 following a career in the public sector where she developed, implemented, and managed programs to help municipalities divert materials from local landfills. Her key responsibilities included: overseeing compliance with State regulation; monitoring contracts and reviewing performance for garbage/recycling/composting services; and managing budgets for programs and grant projects. In her work at R3, Ms. LaRock has cultivated expertise in Zero Waste and diversion planning and conducted financial evaluations, including rate reviews for jurisdictions with private solid waste collection services and cost-of-service analyses for those with municipal solid waste operations. She has a long-standing passion for resource recovery and values the opportunity to build relationships with individuals and communities to make a positive impact on our shared environment through her work at R3.

Ms. LaRock holds a Master of Public Administration in Solid Waste Management from the University of New Orleans, engaged in Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Environmental Science at Oregon State University, and has a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, where she graduated with cum laude academic honors. Between degrees she spent 15 months traveling solo, by land, from California to Brazil. Through this challenging and rewarding trip she attained fluency in Spanish and conversational skills in Portuguese, and built a firm confidence in her own resourcefulness, tenacity, and ability to relate to others.

Emily Ginsburg

Senior Project Analyst

As a Senior Project Analyst at R3, Ms. Ginsburg has particular proficiency in solid waste data management and administration, as well as developing and evaluating programmatic alternatives, implementation, and ordinances concerning solid waste. As such, she has a wide range of skills and knowledge to offer through her project assistance in strategic solid waste planning and implementation for our clients. She also has experience with community outreach and customer service. Ms. Ginsburg has supported jurisdictions through the following initiatives: collaborated on the creation of a Zero Waste implementation plan; revised solid waste ordinances to stay up-to-date on legislative requirements; supported AB 1826 implementation; engaged in active contract management to monitor compliance and fulfillment of contractual requirements; analyzed self-haul tonnage reported through the DRS; researched facility reporting and assisted in program planning; and submitted an Electronic Annual Report and completed other solid waste compliance reports required by CA.

Ms. Ginsburg has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies, with a Minor in City and Regional Planning, from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Construction & Demolition Recycling Facility Evaluator through the RCI (Recycling Certification Institute) and a member of NCRA (Northern California Recycling Association). Ms. Ginsburg is an avid reader of historical fiction and SciFi, and has been a dedicated, determined organic gardener since high school. She recently took on the challenge of growing watermelons in the Bay Area — a feat generally considered unattainable — and proved the naysayers wrong by proudly harvesting several softball-sized specimens!

Ryan Calkins, Senior Project Analyst

Ryan Calkins

Project Manager

Mr. Calkins, a Marine Corps veteran, joined R3 after serving as Route Manager for Waste Management (WMI) in Stockton. His successful career managing private sector waste, organic, and recyclable collection systems for WMI and California Waste Solutions (CWS) in the Bay Area included the following responsibilities: training Route Managers; training and certifying sites in Onboard Computing Systems Dispatch (OCSD) systems; using Geographic Information System (GIS) software for rerouting and mapping routes; managing unionized drivers; and coordinating daily collection and operational needs with fleet maintenance services. As a Senior Project Analyst at R3, Mr. Calkins’ extensive Operations experience is extremely valuable to his work on all projects involving review and analysis of residential and commercial processing operations. He has contributed his talents to R3 engagements in these areas: Collections & Processing Operations Analysis & Review; Collection System Routing Technology; Hauler Performance Standards Reviews; Municipal Operations Reviews; Solid Waste Route Studies; Contract Compliance Audits; Detailed Rate Reviews; and Franchise Agreement Reviews and Recommendations.

Mr. Calkins has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. He is a Construction & Debris Recycling Facility Evaluator through the RCI (Recycling Certification Institute) and an active SWANA member who recently completed their Manager of Collection Systems certification process. Mr. Calkins’ and his fiancée’s Australian Shepherd, Mulder, just graduated from puppy training and is now ready to sit still at all of the area’s finest breweries and coffee shops.

Natalie Lessa

Project Manager

Ms. Lessa is a Project Manager with years of experience helping our clients achieve legislative compliance with AB 341, AB 1826, and AB 939 and developing other Zero Waste strategies. She has particular expertise in developing organics programs – from the early stages of development to stakeholder engagement – inclusive of waste hauler and facility involvement, business waste audits, development of reporting mechanisms, and education and outreach to businesses and waste haulers. She uses her background in journalism and public relations to assist clients in engaging stakeholders for careful community planning, developing education and outreach programs, and creating other behavior change strategies. She is a strong writer and editor, and has revised Municipal Code, Collection Franchise Agreements, client reports, and City plans. Her work has included collaborating with municipalities to determine solid waste needs and potential services, developing RFPs and other procurement documents, analyzing waste hauler procurement proposals, and transitioning municipalities to new contracts.

Ms. Lessa has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from CSU Chico and a Climate Protection Professional Career Certificate from Skyline Community College. She has also had formal training in Organic Waste Program Planning, Education and Outreach Development, and Disaster Debris Management Planning. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking meals learned from her travels around the world, practicing and teaching yoga, and watching sunsets on the beach near R3’s new Santa Monica office.

Taylor Grimes, Project Analyst

Taylor Grimes

Project Analyst

Ms. Grimes joined R3 after working in the private sector in the solid waste collection field. As a sustainability professional, she demonstrates knowledge and passion for working with local recycling and waste reduction resources and promoting sustainable practices, product stewardship, and recycling programs. Her wide range of experience includes food waste reduction and recovery efforts, diversion reports, waste audits, legislative compliance, and working with haulers to develop recycling programs and campaigns. As a Project Analyst at R3, Ms. Grimes helps oversee contract compliance, municipal code compliance, legislative compliance, and stakeholder engagement for local government and State agencies. Additionally, she has experience developing community presentations, evaluating diversion efforts, conducting waste characterization studies and assessments, and observing customer participation efforts.

Ms. Grimes has a Bachelor of Science in Geography, with a Minor in Environmental Studies, from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an avid backpacker who enjoys camping, fishing, and exploring the outdoors throughout the West Coast.

Nikhil Tagore-Erwin

Project Analyst

Mr. Tagore-Erwin joined R3 after completing studies in Biology and Political Science and gaining experience in project and office management plus business marketing. As an Associate Analyst, he provides valuable support on a wide range of projects, including: Detailed Rate Reviews; Rate Surveys; Hauler Performance Reports; Financial Analyses; Solid Waste Planning; and Grant Application Reviews. His contribution on these projects includes in-person client meetings, conducting surveys, performing online and in-the-field data research, and compiling and critically analyzing the resulting data and findings.

Mr. Tagore-Erwin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. He is a dedicated gym rat and gamer who loves sharing his treasured Kona coffee with his fellow Californians.

Claire Wilson

Project Analyst

Ms. Wilson’s background in environmental science and ecology combined with her experience in research and data analysis plus community outreach, education, and advocacy are valuable assets to R3. As a Project Analyst, she provides important support on a variety of solid waste management projects, including: Zero Waste planning and implementation; negotiations and procurement; rate-adjustment reviews; and performance reviews. She has helped our clients manage their hauler contracts, achieve compliance with State and local legislation, and implement new and exciting policies and programs around reuse and Zero Waste.

Ms. Wilson is passionate about working with local governments to reduce and better manage their waste streams. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of NCRA (Northern California Recycling Association), a certified Zero Waste Community Associate, a member of CPSC (California Product Stewardship Council), and the recipient of a 2019 Young Professionals scholarship from CRRA (California Resource Recovery Association). In her free time, Ms. Wilson loves to travel to the farthest corners of the world, eat spicy food, and ski. On weekends you can find her exploring the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley, yoga mat in hand.

Janet Barile

Operations Manager

Ms. Barile provides support services on a wide range of planning, operational, and financial projects. She has also provided administrative assistance with the evaluation of services for municipal operations.

Susan Moss

Marketing Manager

Ms. Moss joins the R3 team after an extensive career in Business and Marketing for a diverse array of industries, including consumer and medical Publishing, Travel and Tourism, Education, and Community Organizations. Her experience encompasses: launching and running a new business; purchasing and revitalizing an existing business; spearheading a new corporate division; creating strategic marketing, communications, and multi-channel advertising campaigns; product positioning and branding; providing project management; writing proposals; conducting contract negotiations; producing sales materials and website content; and handling Public Relations. At R3 Ms. Moss is instrumental in developing proposals and client presentation materials and helping to steer R3’s strategic marketing and business planning.

Ms. Moss has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and pursued graduate studies in Business and Social Work at Rutgers University. She has a lifelong passion for community service, and currently enjoys helping a fascinating group of international adult learners improve their English as a volunteer ESL teacher.

Kristy Dalay, Marketing Coordinator / Graphic Designer

Kristy Dalay

Marketing Coordinator / Project Analyst

With her fine-tuned information design and organization expertise, Ms. Dalay serves as R3’s proposal coordinator and a project support member. She collaborates on proposal marketing strategies, and also oversees proposal timelines, development, production, and delivery. She designs visually appealing, easy-to-understand graphics and outreach materials to help R3’s clients engage and educate their target communities about such new legislation as AB 1826 and SB 1383. Ms. Dalay also provides quality assurance/quality control; report and presentation creation, preparation, coordination and revision; social media marketing; and front-end website development.

Ms. Dalay has a BA in Design from UC Davis and is the recipient of a 2019 Young Professionals scholarship from CRRA (California Resource Recovery Association). She enjoys hiking and trail running, trying new dishes and drinks, traveling the world, and meticulously documenting all of the above via photos and videos!

Eimi Tagore-Erwin, Marketing Associate

Eimi Tagore-Erwin

Marketing Associate

Ms. Tagore-Erwin’s experience as an editor, copywriter, and graphic designer inform her work as a Marketing Associate for R3. Her strong writing and editing background enables her to provide valuable support on a range of R3’s marketing activities, including new lead generation, proposal development, and quality assurance/quality control for R3’s reports, memos, and proposals.
Ms. Tagore-Erwin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MA in Visual Culture from Lund University, Sweden. She is also a mixed media collage artist and freelance writer. She loves traveling and has spent time living in California, Hawai’i, Thailand, Japan, Sweden, and Denmark…so far.

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