SFPIRG is an independent, student-funded society. To help carry out the work of the organization, SFPIRG employs three permanent unionized co-Executive Directors, who form the SFPIRG Staff Collective. Each staff member is responsible for a specific area of SFPIRG’s work, and is also responsible for the overall management of the organization. See below to learn more!
Our staff are unionised and a part of CUPE 3338.
Kalamity Hildebrandt – Director of Research & Education
Kalamity is a powerful force for ideas, compassion and anti-oppression commitment at SFPIRG. Formally at least somewhat trained in psychology (SFU) and law (UBC), their passion and greatest source of learning has always been grassroots organizing and community social justice education. They are responsible for spearheading new topics and approaches around the issues that SFPIRG tackles; acting as a facilitator for much of SFPIRG’s programming as well as offering custom-made workshops for the SFU community; developing educational content; mentoring students as they develop their skills as researchers, facilitators and in implementing anti-oppression ideas; supervising programs and projects such as Letters for the Inside; and more. In their spare time, Kalamity can be found playing D&D, reading too many articles on social media, and carving wooden spoons.
Susan Chiv – Director of Administration
Susan is the Capricorn-rising administrator you never knew you always needed. With plentiful support from the staff collective, they reign over bookkeeping, budgeting, room booking, and saying No. Susan also co-manages the SFPIRG library, along with Kalamity. They have very strong feelings about time travel. Just, don’t get into it.
Chantelle Spicer – Director of Engagement
Chantelle seeks to focus her work on relational and care-based organising to empower communities to fight for liberatory and just futures while also living them right now. She is especially excited about organizing for transformative change at the intersections of climate justice, Indigenous rights, and anti-violence work. Chantelle’s role at SFPIRG includes building relationships on and off campus, supporting student organisers, planning SFPIRG’s programming, coordinating SFPIRG’s communications and online presence, and more. When not working Chantelle finds comfort and rest reading voraciously, being with the trees and water, embroidering, and making nourishing foods to share with family and community.