A resident of San Jose, Megan joined Committee for Green Foothills as Executive Director in November 2013. In her role, she develops and implements the organization’s strategic goals and manages its operations. Prior to joining Committee for Green Foothills, she managed the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter's conservation programs and fundraising efforts. Megan has 15 years of experience organizing people on local and state environmental issues.
While at San Jose State University pursuing an environmental studies degree, she worked with the Silicon Valley Land Conservancy and directed the university's Environmental Resource Center. Megan has been a vocal advocate for Coyote Valley since 2007. Megan lives in downtown San Jose with her husband and daughter. She enjoys running, reading, and playing the piano.
Legislative Advocate, San Mateo Countylennie@greenfoothills.org
For more than 30 years, Lennie Roberts has been the voice of Committee for Green Foothills in San Mateo County. One of the Bay Area’s most respected environmental leaders, Lennie has led CGF in a number of critical open space battles on the San Mateo Coast and along Skyline. She is a vigilant and attentive watchdog of the County Board of Supervisors, and helped found the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972.
Lennie has received a number of honors and awards, including the Carla Bard Award from the Planning and Conservation League, Conservationist of the Year from the Peninsula Conservation Center, the Josephine Duveneck Award from the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Greenbelt Alliance's Greenbelt Champion Award for her work to preserve the San Mateo County coastside. She was elected to the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame in 2003, and has been honored as a Coastal Champion on the 25th Anniversary of the California Coastal Act. In 2009 she was named the San Francisco Bay Area's Cox Conserves Hero, which noted her thousands of hours of volunteer work towards coastal protection.
She holds a BA in Art from Stanford University. Lennie continues to work for protection of our irreplaceable natural resources and open space lands, from the farm fields and scenic vistas of the San Mateo coastside, to the forests of the Skyline area and along the shores of San Francisco Bay.
Legislative Advocate, Santa Clara CountyJulie@greenfoothills.org
A resident of Morgan Hill, Julie joined Committee for Green Foothills in 2010 to manage the organization’s work in southern Santa Clara County where development pressure on farmland and hillsides is high. Julie is an active member of the Santa Clara County Food System Alliance, a collaborative of stakeholders which deals with our local food system. In this role she co-authored of the 2013 Santa Clara County Food System Assessment, a study which serves as a reference in the Santa Clara County’s recently adopted Health Element. Julie serves on the Santa Clara Valley Climate and Agricultural Protection Program Technical Advisory Panel, an effort working to create a robust regional approach to preserving agricultural lands and sustaining a strong farming industry in Santa Clara County. Julie also serve on the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Public Advisory Committee and the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Safe, Clean Water Independent Monitoring Committee.
Julie is an active Community Advocate as the founder of Thrive! Morgan Hill, a volunteer group of residents working on issues that affect the quality of life in the City of Morgan Hill. Julie also serves on the Board of the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters which endorses pro-environmental candidates and ballot measures. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Master’s degree in Slavic Linguistics.
Legislative Advocate, San Mateo & Santa Clara Countiesalice@greenfoothills.org
Development and Communications Manageramanda@greenfoothills.org
A resident of San Jose, Amanda is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara’s environmental studies program, and holds a master’s degree in sustainable development and policy advocacy from SIT Graduate School. Amanda oversees Committee for Green Foothills marketing efforts, working across the organization to create and implement a unified communications strategy through printed and online materials. In addition to her dedication to preserving nature, she brings a passion for social and environmental justice from her past experiences as a teacher abroad in China, as a racial justice intern with the Applied Research Center, and as a fellow with the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Before joining Committee for Green Foothills, Amanda was working as an advocate for underserved women and children survivors of violence in Santa Cruz County.
Events and Outreach Managerjustyne@greenfoothills.org
A resident of San Jose, Justyne is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, and holds a Psychology degree with a minor in Business Administration. Justyne manages Committee for Green Foothills' outreach and educational programming. She is responsible for a wide range of programs and events to educate the community on our current work and to support fundraising for the organization. Justyne has always enjoyed exploring natural open spaces and took her first step in environmental field, working for the Environmental Volunteers where children learn through hands-on science and nature education. She enjoys roaming the world with her husband and two sons.
Land Use Policy Researcher
Nirit is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem law school and holds a Master’s degree in law from Columbia University. In her public interest career she has worked as an environmental lawyer in the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, and was the clinical instructor and attorney of the Environmental Justice Clinic at Tel Aviv University. She is especially experienced and interested in land use, planning, and transportation, where she sees an opportunity to create a better, more sustainable future for everyone.
Nirit lives in the Bay Area with her husband and their son. Together they enjoy the beautiful outdoors of California, as well as the vibrant streets of San Francisco.
Land Use Policy Intern
Kristal began her advocacy for open space and wildlife at the Environmental Studies department at De Anza College, where she engaged in research of the Coyote Creek watershed, spoke in city hall meetings, and volunteered with non-profit organizations from urban farming to transportation. She has worked as a student assistant, an Americorps member and a recreation leader. She loves to hike, bike and camp in the outdoors in the Bay Area.
Leadership Academy Internlauren@greenfoothills.org
Lauren joined the Committee for Green Foothills in May 2016 as an intern working with the Community Advocates Leadership Program (CALA). As much as she loves the rain in her hometown of Seattle, she decided to seek out the sun and is currently an undergraduate at Santa Clara University studying psychology and chemistry. As a child, she spent many of her days in the outdoors as a part of her preschool program, which focused on educating children on the natural world around them. She was reminded of the value of this experience during her time abroad in Denmark, where children reconnect to nature by attending udeskole, their outdoor education programs. Lauren has also been involved in raising awareness for human trafficking at her university, psychological research, and environmental chemistry relating to sustainable energy. After hearing about CALA from an alumni of the program, Lauren decided to step up and participate in real change. She hopes to bring in her passion for the natural world as well as social justice to this new horizon in advocacy.