Celeste joined the Berkeley Group in December 2019. Celeste graduated from UCLA with a BA in history. She earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from The George Washington University, where she focused on Urban Economic Development and earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University where her dissertation focused on the issue of environmental justice. She has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Counties, and served as a Legislative Aide to former Congressman Leon Panetta. Celeste served as a professor of Public Administration at Florida Gulf Coast University, San Diego State University, and University of Virginia, where she also currently serves as Program Director of the Graduate Certificates in Public Administration and Leadership.
Her research focuses on environmental policy, local government financial management, and quality of life issues. Celeste has written many peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her work has appeared in Public Administration Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Review of Policy Research, and Journal of Business and Public Affairs. Celeste lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and two boys.