SFPIRG is an independent, student-funded society. To help carry out the work of the organization, SFPIRG employs three permanent 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!
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.
Craig Pavelich – Director of Communications
As SFPIRG’s fabulous communications whiz, Craig is responsible for everything to do with communicating about SFPIRG, what we do and how we do it. His role also includes supporting Action Groups; building relationships on and off campus; being a general connector at SFU (he seems to know everybody!); supporting the Board of Directors with campaigns they are taking on; planning and marketing SFPIRG’s programming; managing our online presence; graphic design and more. When he is not enthralled with a new project at SFPIRG, Craig can be found crafting music playlists, thrifting for nifty outfits, and immersing himself in role-playing video games.