UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

2017 Keynote

Opening Keynote with Nikki Silvestri


Campbell Hall

With remarks from Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at UC Santa Barbara, and David Cesca, Senior Account Executive at Yardi Energy

Nikki Silvestri
Opening Remarks

Inner and Outer Ecology: What we can Learn from Soil


After opening remarks from UCSB Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, Marc Fisher, and one of our Silver Sponsors, David Cesca a Senior Account Executive at Yardi Energy, we will hear from Nikki Silvestri, the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a project design and management firm working to create systems change while improving relationships between communities. As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans. She has a master’s degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland, with her husband.

Marc Fisher

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

UC Santa Barbara


Marc Fisher was appointed Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services in August, 2014. In this position, Marc oversees Audit & Advisory Services, Campus ADA Compliance, Campus Planning & Design, Campus Policy & Records, Sustainability Initiatives, Design and Construction – Capital Projects, Environmental Health and Safety, Housing & Residential Services, Human Resources, Physical Facilities, Police, Transportation and Parking Services, and the University Center. Marc previously served as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services for six years, and has a total of 12 years of campus experience, including six years as Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Design and Facilities. Prior to coming to UC Santa Barbara, Mr. Fisher was Campus Architect at UCLA from 1995 to 2002.


David Cesca

Senior Account Executive

Yardi Energy


David Cesca is a Senior Account Executive at Yardi Energy with responsibility for developing energy management and high performance building software opportunities.  Previous experience includes chiller plant optimization and fuel cell solutions. He also has a data networking background having managed sales and engineering teams for Cisco Systems. His energy industry and data networking experience has assisted customers and organizations with the convergence of energy solutions and connected buildings.