How We Work

Task force meeting monthly to household strategies for ghg reduction

Cool Davis task force meets to plan strategies to engage households in ghg reduction.

Cool Davis works thanks to the extraordinary efforts and commitment of so many individuals and organizations in our community. We could always use more support, so please consider volunteering your time.

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Cool Davis Foundation Board  The Cool Davis Foundation Board of Directors meets monthly as a group and drives four active committees: governance, operations, programs, and community relations and fundraising.


Cool Davis Administrative Team The Administrative Team guides the activities of Cool Davis and oversees operations and is led by an Executive Director, UCD or Americore interns, and other professionals and volunteers who assist with committees and other functions.

Chris Granger

Chris Granger, Executive Director of Cool Davis

Chris Granger is a citizen volunteer leading Cool Davis since 2013.  She is a graduate of UC Davis in Applied Behavioral Sciences (now Community Development).  She also holds an MBA from Fresno State, where she designed her own emphasis in non-profit management.

Chris has worked in Oakland, Sacramento, Boston, Fresno and Davis as a program coordinator, public policy advocate, and executive director for nonprofit social services and advocacy organizations.  The organizations she has served include Catholic Charities of California (statewide), Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (in Boston), Habitat for Humanity and other organizations (in Fresno), STEAC (in Davis), Y-Me National Breast Cancer Org (Northern CA Affiliate) and now Cool Davis.   She has lead staff and volunteers advocating for and serving immigrants & refugees, mentally ill & homeless, low-income households, people with breast cancer, and now households facing climate change.

Chris has been active for years in many Davis community organizations especially those serving Davis schools.  She was a parent volunteer in the school gardens at Birch Lane, served as co-PTO President at the start-up of Harper Junior High.  She was an active volunteer and supporter of the Junior High and High School music a programs assisting in the founding of DSOMA. In addition to her role with Cool Davis, she currently serves on the Invisible Council of Elders for ACME Theatre Company in Davis.

Chris’s favorite activities are gardening, hiking, cooking, reading, and travel with friends and family.  Chris’s husband John Johnston, (Phd. Civil Engineering, UCD) teaches water quality engineering at Sacramento State. Her children, Joe and Kathleen are graduates of Davis High.  Joe lives in Los Angeles working as a storyboard artist and Supervising Director for Cartoon Network, and Kathleen lives in Arcata attending Humboldt State University majoring in Geography with minors in Music, Economics and for fun, ultimate frisbee.


Cool Davis Communications Team The Cool Davis Communications Team is led by a Communications Coordinator who engages volunteer writers, graphic designers, photographers, editors, and other talented individuals from our community in spreading the word about climate solutions and the Cool Davis mission.

Leslie Crenna and Mengmeng Fang

Leslie Crenna leads the Cool Davis Communications Team. Pictured here with super volunteer Mengmeng Fang as el Rayito.

Leslie Crenna brings decades of practiced skills to the Cool Davis Communications Team Lead position including editing, outreach, writing, and training. She began her professional life as a classroom teacher, got some real chops as a project editor with Oryx Press in Phoenix, and freelanced for years as she homeschooled her two daughters from kindergarten to third grade. She is editor-in-chief, managing editor, volunteer coordinator, webmistress, social media poster-in-chief, and so much more.

Leslie is experienced in a wide range of “living lightly” strategies including rainwater catchment, greywater, composting, vermiculture, sheet mulching for lawn replacement, low impact recreation, yoga practice, and fiscal greening.

Leslie started volunteering with Cool Davis the moment she arrived in Davis in 2012 primarily offering up her expertise in writing and community engagement. She led a school-based sustainable community garden in the Sierra Foothills before arriving.

Leslie is a certified multiple subjects teacher and a lifelong genealogist and family historian. She has participated in trainings with Blue Barrel Systems and the American Rainwater Capture Systems Association. She is a Level 2 Certified Greywater designer and installer through Greywater Action.


Cool Davis Coalition The Cool Davis Coalition is a network of organizations and individuals who share resources and inspiration around the Cool Davis mission including over 80 (and growing) partner organizations who mentor each other in greenhouse gas reduction action, organize educational forums, advocate on climate issues, put on the Cool Davis Festival, and other collaborative projects. For more information, see our Coalition page.


Cool Davis Partners For a small yearly fee, partners receive exposure and synergy with the Cool Davis mission. Partners are automatically members of the Coalition and may plug in to any of its activities. For more information, see our Partners page.

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