our team


Adam Buchholz, Director

Adam Buchholz first conceptualized MEJ in the Fall of 2019 after learning about CalEnviroScreen and wondering why other states don’t also have such a tool. He kicked off the project as a Masters of Public Policy student at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) and now works closely with the team on data processing and mapping, collaboration with partners, policy advocacy, and fundraising. His experience in spatial data analysis, environmental justice advocacy, and community outreach directly support this work. Adam studied climate policy and quantitative analysis at GSPP and has advocated for frontline communities with the Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic and GRID Alternatives – a nonprofit dedicated to bringing solar to all. Prior to GSPP, he worked as the communications lead for a team dedicated to improving after-school care in Washington state. Before that, Adam was a middle school science teacher in Denver.

Vanessa Ehrenpreis

Vanessa Ehrenpreis is a Research Fellow at MEJ, where she works on gathering community input to ensure MEJ’s maps are effective. Vanessa has a deep-seated interest in community-led development and brings expertise in environmental policy and qualitative analysis to the team. At Berkeley, she is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the Goldman School, where she focuses on energy policy