Meet Our Team

Staff

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Advocacy Associate and Organizer

Juan Estrada

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Executive Director

Megan Fluke

Leadership Program Director

Andrea Fraume Valencia

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Associate Marketing Director

Jenny Green

Director of Impact

Julie Hutcheson

Policy and Advocacy Director

Alice Kaufman

Development and Marketing Coordinator

Moises Mena

Legislative Advocate

Lennie Roberts

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Special Events Manager

Jocelyn Rodriguez

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Policy and Advocacy Director

Brian Schmidt

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Associate Development Director

Justyne Schnupp

Advocacy Associate and Organizer

Juan Estrada

Juan joined the team in 2021 as the first Advocacy Associate and Organizer. With over a decade of advocacy and organizing experience as a community activist in East San Jose, Juan is supporting community efforts to re-envision the Reid-Hillview Airport for community-serving uses that include open space, among his other projects. Prior to Green Foothills, Juan facilitated community meetings and discussions on the future of Reid-Hillview Airport and served on the 2020 San Jose General Plan Task Force. In 2018, he organized an email-writing campaign to the San Jose City Council for the citywide No On B, Yes On C ballot measures to help prevent sprawl development. Of the 1,000 submissions, more than half were from East San Jose.

A lifelong resident of East San Jose, Juan founded San Jose’s District 5 United which seeks to improve the quality of life in East San Jose and address citywide issues. In addition to volunteering on a nonprofit board and city commission, Juan previously worked for KQED and Working Partnerships USA, where he supported COVID-19 education and outreach efforts during the pandemic. Juan holds an M.B.A from Mills College in Oakland and Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management Economics and Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz. In his leisure time, Juan enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and enjoying the outdoors.

Executive Director

Megan Fluke

Megan works in partnership with the board and staff to ensure the development and implementation of Green Foothills’ strategic direction, fund development, governance, and financial operations. Her emphasis on impact, ethics, and collaboration has led to a focus on community building and non-traditional partnerships as well as the growth of organizational capacity. A community organizer at heart, she fiercely believes in the power of people and grassroots action.

In 2017, Megan was honored to receive the Greenbelt Alliance Champion Award. She has accepted awards from the Golden State Warriors and the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters for Green Foothills’ successful work on San Jose’s Yes on B/No on C ballot measure campaigns in 2018.

Prior to joining Green Foothills in 2013, Megan managed the Climate Resilient Communities program for Sierra Club – Loma Prieta. A resident of San Jose, Megan enjoys running, hiking, reading, camping, singing, and adventures with her partner and their three children.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(650) 968-7243 x360

Leadership Program Director

Andrea Fraume Valencia

Andrea manages the Leadership Program training and alumni program. Joining Green Foothills in 2020, Andrea brought a unique perspective to the program as an alumna of the Leadership Program (class of 2019). In addition to leading curriculum development and evaluation, she facilitates the training classes, and works with alumni to help build up more representative, impactful, and equitable local conservation movements.

Before Green Foothills, Andrea worked with Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT), helping connect educators and youth workers with outdoor leadership resources to get youth out in nature. Raised in the Colombian Andes, Andrea learned that the road to liberation is marked by humility, connection to land, and collective action.

Andrea holds a B.A in Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz, and now calls San Jose home. She can be found hiking, camping, and exploring the Bay Area’s many parks and reserves with family and friends.

Associate Marketing Director

Jenny Green

Jenny is responsible for implementing Green Foothills’ marketing strategy in support of programmatic, fundraising, and other organizational goals. She works in collaboration with the rest of the team to strengthen, position, and promote the organization’s brand, community partnerships, and people.

Jenny joined Green Foothills in 2021. With more than two decades of experience managing communications for Bay Area tech companies and nonprofits, she brings expertise in identifying and developing data-driven marketing strategies and creative solutions to marketing challenges. Her passion for protecting the environment is further evidenced in her volunteer work as an advocate with Mothers Out Front, a nonprofit with a focus on combating climate change.

A native of Virginia, Jenny has lived in the Bay Area since 1995. She has a Ph.D. in History from UCLA and enjoys reading, hiking, and the beach.

Director of Impact

Julie Hutcheson

Julie leads the evaluation of programs and systems across the organization to ensure alignment with strategic objectives. She is also responsible for providing guidance and leadership to marketing, fundraising, and administrative staff.

Having served Green Foothills for over a decade, Julie first got her start as an Organizational Coordinator (2008) and then as a Legislative Advocate (2010-17) before transitioning to her current role.

As a resident of southern Santa Clara County, she took a deep interest in protecting the open space and farmland of that area through responsible growth. This naturally led her to learn of and become involved in Green Foothills’ work.

As Green Foothills’ representative (2010-2021) on the Santa Clara County Food System Alliance, Julie co-authored two publications on agriculture in the Santa Clara Valley: Small Farms, Big Potential: Growing a resilient local food system (2020) and Santa Clara County Food System Assessment (2013). She holds a M.A. in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Virginia. She enjoys traveling, art, hiking, and peaceful moments with her husband.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(650) 968-7243 x339

Policy and Advocacy Director

Alice Kaufman

Alice shares oversight of the Advocacy Program’s priorities, strategies, and campaigns with Brian Schmidt, as well as engaging directly in advocacy efforts. Alice began her service with Green Foothills in 2010 as a Board member before joining staff in 2012 as a Legislative Advocate and transitioning to Legislative Advocacy Director in 2017. Her position was renamed Policy and Advocacy Director in 2022.

Prior to joining Green Foothills, Alice was with the Environmental Law Foundation in Oakland, where she litigated cases under various environmental laws including Proposition 65 and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Alice first became involved with Green Foothills in the campaign opposing the Saltworks development on the Cargill salt ponds in her hometown of Redwood City. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Alice is currently serving as a Redwood City Parks Commissioner. In her leisure time, she can usually be found hiking with her husband in nearby Edgewood Park, cooking complicated new recipes, or reading books from previous centuries.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(650) 968-7243 x313

Development and Marketing Coordinator

Moises Mena

Moises supports development, marketing, and program activities via effective  CRM system management and reporting.. He stewards the Green Foothills community through various communication channels. Before joining Green Foothills in April 2019, Moises worked for Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association managing farmers’ markets, learning about sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and the importance of supporting local small-scale agriculture. As part of that work, he launched grassroots outreach campaigns for new and existing markets in San Jose.

Having grown up in South San Jose along Coyote Creek, the conservation of Coyote Valley and the foothills resonates very strongly with him. Moises now lives in Woodside, actively uses many of the hiking and biking trails in the Bay Area, and dabbles in woodworking in his spare time.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(650) 968-7243 x315

Legislative Advocate

Lennie Roberts

Lennie first became involved with Green Foothills in 1968 as a Board member before becoming the organization’s first full-time San Mateo County Legislative Advocate in 1978. She was inspired to join the Board of the organization because of founder Lois Hogle’s infectious enthusiasm and vision for protecting open space in a talk she gave to a local garden club. Lennie’s Bay Area family roots go back to the 1850’s; her passion is to preserve open space, farmlands, forests, and natural resources for all, now and in the future.

For 50 years, Lennie has championed the protection of the San Mateo coast and other key landscapes, leading a number of critically successful and historic open space campaigns and ballot initiatives. She was also instrumental in helping to found the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972, and its expansion into San Mateo County in 1976 and the coast in 2009. Lennie’s legendary environmental accomplishments on behalf of Green Foothills has earned her numerous awards including Bay Nature Magazine’s 2019 Citizen Hero award, San Mateo County Historical Association Museum’s 2019 History Maker award, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter’s 2016 Environmental Hero, and Cox Enterprise’s Cox Conserves Heroes award in 2009.

She and her husband, Mike, along with a group of friends who perhaps trusted them too much, have clocked hundreds of miles backpacking in Yosemite and the southern Sierra Nevada, as well as in Alaska, and have made a number of major ascents of minor peaks.

Special Events Manager

Jocelyn Rodriguez

Jocelyn joined Green Foothills in March 2022 and leads the development and implementation of Green Foothills events, including our annual fundraiser, Nature’s Inspiration. She works closely with the Green Foothills community to deepen the organization’s connection with donors, volunteers, and residents of the region.

Jocelyn is experienced in the legal field and spent over six years specializing in the education of underserved students, domestically and internationally. However, the impacts of climate change and her love of animals spurred her to make a career change in 2021 to the sustainability field. As a Climate Corps fellow with the Alameda County Office of Sustainability, she contributed to developing the County’s next climate action plan for government services and operations.

Upon discovering Green Foothills’ monumental successes in land preservation and wildlife protection in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Jocelyn jumped at the chance to be part of the organization. Having been born in Redwood City, Jocelyn finds giving back to the community vital.

Jocelyn holds a B.A. in English Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Cal Poly Pomona. She recently moved to downtown Oakland, and in her free time, she enjoys exploring the city with her two long-haired chihuahuas.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(650) 968-7243 x341

Policy and Advocacy Director

Brian Schmidt

Brian shares oversight of the Advocacy Program’s priorities, strategies, and campaigns with Alice Kaufman, as well as engaging directly in advocacy efforts. Brian has been with Green Foothills for more than 15 years serving in various roles including as the Santa Clara County Legislative Advocate (2003-2011), as a Board Member (2015-2020), and now in his current position.

Brian’s ongoing commitment to Green Foothills stems from the value of preserving the local natural resources – the green foothills, streams, wetlands, and local farmland – that serve as our home and greatly contribute to the physical and psychological well-being of all local residents.

Additionally, Brian is a currently-elected director of Mid-Peninsula Water District, former Senior Program Director of Greenbelt Alliance guiding policy in the Bay Area, and former Vice Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. An environmental lawyer and a graduate of Stanford Law School, he formerly worked for Earthjustice and Natural Resources Defense Council. Together with his wife Karen, Brian hikes as much as possible, and he also enjoys mountain biking and rock-climbing.

Associate Development Director

Justyne Schnupp

Justyne leads the growth and stewardship of the Green Foothills donor community. Previously as the Community Engagement Manager (2015-2021), Justyne developed strong relationships with our wonderful community of supporters through compelling events, including our annual fundraiser Nature’s Inspiration. Now she has taken those skills to the next level via the management of the organization’s development (fundraising) efforts. Justyne began her career in donor development for Environmental Volunteers.

Justyne chose Green Foothills because “our local environment needs a voice to speak for it and its protection.” Justyne holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. As an environmentalist and mother of three young children, Justyne places great importance on family time, the outdoors, and the future of our planet. She loves to explore local and national parks with her family.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(650) 968-7243 x340

Board

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San Rafael

Jon Adams

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President, Redwood City

Ian Bain

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San Jose

Manjeet Singh Bhamra

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Belmont

Greg Boro

San Carlos

Matthew Burrows

Los Altos Hills

Sarvenaz (Nazy) Fahimi

Nancy Federspiel
Secretary, Menlo Park

Nancy Federspiel

Redwood City

Margaret Laffan

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San Jose

Anand Madhavan

Vice President, Mountain View

Hyma Menath

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San Jose

Ann Monroe

Treasurer, Los Altos

Lisa Munro

Los Altos

Ricardo Samaniego

Jeff Segall
Mountain View

Jeff Segall

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Los Altos

Arpana Tiwari

San Rafael

Jon Adams

Jon has lived all over the U.S.–from Boston to Hawaii–and now resides in San Rafael in Marin County. He was drawn to Green Foothills because of his long-standing interest in environmentalism and planning/land use and his deep commitment, as a trail runner and hiker, to preserving the Bay Area’s beautiful natural environment for future generations.

Jon is currently a Director in LinkedIn’s Legal Department, focusing on legal matters relating to artificial intelligence, data governance, and LinkedIn’s strategic initiatives. Before LinkedIn, Jon worked in the Technology Transactions and Privacy groups at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and Sidley Austin LLP. He holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an AB in History and American Studies from the College of William and Mary. Jon is also an advisory board member for the International Association of Privacy Professionals and OneJustice, and a member of the Sierra Club, the Friends of the Inyo, and the Friends of China Camp.

In his spare time, Jon enjoys native plant gardening, trail/ultra running, biking, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors with his wife.

President, Redwood City

Ian Bain

Ian served as a member of Redwood City’s city council from 2003-2020, including terms as Mayor and Vice Mayor. During that time, he was known as a leading voice for government transparency, a strong supporter of local businesses and a champion for the average citizen. He is a life-long Bay Area resident who grew up on the Peninsula, attended local public schools and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science. In addition to serving on the City Council, Ian runs corporate communications for a global technology company.

San Jose

Manjeet Singh Bhamra

Manjeet, a San Jose native, is a physician specializing in rheumatology. He sees a connection between his work with patients and his work for Green Foothills, because our environment influences our physical health.

Manjeet attributes his lifelong passion for the environment to his public school education. He began learning in elementary school about the environmental challenges that we face, and remembers reading about renewable energy and climate change in his sixth grade science book and wanting to help solve the climate crisis.

In an effort to better combat climate change, he stumbled on Green Foothills back in 2015. He carefully began reading about initiatives to help shape the landscape he calls home. He began encouraging members of his immigrant community to participate in bringing about positive change and was particularly proud to showcase Green Foothills’ posts on Measure B/Measure C in the June 2018 election. He participated in the Green Foothills Leadership Program, joined the Advisory Board, and then joined the Board of Directors in 2022.

He is a lifelong Golden State Warriors fan and enjoys trying different coffees and craft beers, exploring local wineries, doing HIIT workouts, and hiking in the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Belmont

Greg Boro

Taking advantage of the Bay Area’s incredible natural resources is one of Greg’s favorite pastimes. He feels a responsibility to protect those resources and that’s why he joined the Green Foothills board.

Greg is the Director of Business Operations for The SPHERE Institute. He began his career as a high school history teacher, and then moved into positions in human resources, finance, and business operations, including 20 years as Director of Human Resources for Max’s Restaurants. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame.

Greg is originally from Boston. His wife Lauren is a Bay Area native, and they have two children, Sarah and Jackson.

San Carlos

Matthew Burrows

Matt, a native of Los Altos, is an old Greenfeet hand, having served on our Board from 2006 to 2014, including multiple years as President. His knowledge of our organization and long-time commitment for our mission are welcome additions. When not spouting unfounded opinions at our board meetings and events, Matt works in the automotive industry and also administrates the Frank Burrows Memorial Scholarship in east San Jose. He lives in San Carlos and enjoys hiking and traveling while he’s not working or volunteering with us.

Los Altos Hills

Sarvenaz (Nazy) Fahimi

Nazy is from Minnesota and currently resides in Los Altos Hills. She spent much of her childhood enjoying the beautiful Minnesota lakes as well as the trails and nature preserves. Now in the Bay Area she enjoys spending time outdoors and taking in the beauty that surrounds us, and she hopes to encourage her children to do the same. She joined the Green Foothills board to work to protect and appreciate local parks and trails.

Nazy is currently an attorney with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy. She practices in various areas of litigation, including in consumer fraud and the False Claims Act. Prior to CPM, she worked at a nonprofit where she provided legal services and Know Your Rights education and presentations to community members.

Nazy loves to exercise, read, and spend time with her husband, three children, and dog.

Secretary, Menlo Park

Nancy Federspiel

Nancy grew up in Ohio and currently lives in Menlo Park. Her interest in nature and the outdoors started at a young age and has continued over the years. She enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing and river rafting, backpacking, and other great adventures. In keeping with these interests, Nancy has been a long-time supporter of Green Foothills’ advocacy for local environmental issues, which led her to join the Board.

Nancy’s professional background is in biochemistry/molecular biology with a PhD from the University of Minnesota, and she moved to the Bay Area in 1980 as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. She has a diverse background working in academia and biotech as a faculty member/teacher and a bench scientist/project manager. For about 15 years before retiring in 2018, she worked at Stanford in research administration in the School of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to see the grandkids, continuing her outdoor exploits including backpacking in the Sierra and frequent hikes as a Volunteer Trail Patrol member with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and kayaking in the Bay with the Western Sea Kayakers club.

Redwood City

Margaret Laffan

Margaret Laffan is originally from Ireland where she considers herself to be very fortunate to have grown up in an agricultural environment which honed her lifelong passion and respect for the land and our use of it. Margaret works in the high tech industry focused on Artificial Intelligence and is at the forefront on the technological transformations that are impacting our everyday lives. Margaret has a passion for community development having completed her masters in Political Science and is an advocate for equality of opportunity, equality of access and output. Margaret’s priorities are her family, and cultivating meaningful relationships with intention and thoughtfulness. Her goal as a member of the Green Foothills board, is to be a strong advocate for positive change, preserving and protecting what matters for current and future generations.

San Jose

Anand Madhavan

Anand Madhavan is a resident of San Jose and has lived in the Bay Area for over two decades. He is the Senior Vice President of Products at [24]7.ai, where he leads the strategy and execution of product development to deliver effortless customer experience to consumers. Prior to [24]7, Anand was the Head of Products at Equilar Inc., where he led the development of products catered to increasing diversity in the boardrooms of Fortune 1000 companies.

Anand joined the Green Foothills board to support a cause that he’s passionate about – reducing the carbon footprint and enabling communities to be climate resilient. He has served on local community boards and advises other nonprofit organizations.

Anand received his education at University of Kansas, where he earned his Masters in Computer Science. He and his wife enjoy the outdoors and spend most weekends on hikes with their children and friends. Anand’s other interests include playing badminton and golf.

Vice President, Mountain View

Hyma Menath

Hyma Menath is a DEI (Diversity Equity Inclusion) systems change leader and advisor working in both the Global Tech sector and City Governments. As the founder of Talking Cranes, a DEI consultancy, she helped to diversify the talent pool of global companies such as SAP, Walmart and Visa. As a FUSE fellow and Equity & Inclusion advisor to the City of San Jose, she is focused on identifying and addressing historic and current structural inequities in city government. She is engaged in system change work in creating a framework to achieve citywide racial equity. In addition, she has two decades of experience guiding leaders to develop innovative solutions that push the boundaries of digital learning by leading change management and digital transformation of educational content with publishers such as Macmillan, Pearson, John Wiley, McGraw-Hill and others in UK, Europe and US.

San Jose

Ann Monroe

Ann worked for Apple for 18 years and was the Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Customer Success for Claris. During that time, she drove the successful rebrand of FileMaker to Claris and worked to expand the developer community to include more people from underrepresented groups.

She joined the Green Foothills board because of the organization’s work at the intersection of climate, environment and social justice to build resilient communities.

She is an active Girl Scout volunteer and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Treasurer, Los Altos

Lisa Munro

Lisa, a Bay Area native, grew up in Cupertino and currently lives in Los Altos. Living in such a beautiful area, Lisa has always enjoyed spending time outdoors. Joining her son on his trek to earn his Boy Scout hiking merit badge several years ago sparked further interest in exploring all the wonderful local parks and trails. A friend introduced her to Green Foothills, and she was inspired by the organization’s mission to protect local open space for the benefit of all.

Lisa has spent her nearly 30-year career at KPMG and is currently an audit partner specializing in technology companies in KPMG’s national office. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics/Applied Science at UCLA and is a CPA and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She has served as a non-Board member of KPMG’s Nominating Committee, as a Parent Committee member for her son’s Boy Scout troop, as auditor of Los Altos High School Music Boosters, and was recognized as one of the 2011 Silicon Valley Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. She is a recent empty nester (except for her two cats) with her son off to college at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and likes to spend her free time with her husband cooking, traveling, hiking (and birding), skiing, and playing tennis.

Los Altos

Ricardo Samaniego

Ricardo is a California native who enjoys weekend walks on Deer Hollow trails from his home in Los Altos with his wife and 3 daughters. During the week he works as a senior tax executive for Samsung and is proud to say that he is culturally acclimated for global business effectiveness in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Ricardo has 25 years experience in corporate tax with eBay, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. Ricardo has a degree from the University of Southern California where he is member of the USC Leventhal School of Accounting Advisory Board. He is VP of the Silicon Valley Chapter Tax Executive Institute (TEI), and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Mountain View

Jeff Segall

Jeff was born in upstate New York, mostly grew up near Cleveland, Ohio, and now lives in Mountain View. He became involved with Green Foothills after learning about how the San Mateo coast and the lands west of Skyline retained so much of their natural beauty thanks to Green Foothills’ work. He met Lois Hogle, co-founder of Green Foothills; Mary Davey, who led the founding of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; and the legendary Green Foothills advocate Lennie Roberts. It was like meeting the embodiment of the Margaret Meade quote about a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens changing the world.

Jeff has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, and has worked in laser applications and development for 40 years. His recent work is in laser material processing and laser design for reliability.

Jeff is a devoted husband, and father to one teenaged daughter. He generally has at least one cat. He is very passionate about cycling as often as possible.

Los Altos

Arpana Tiwari

Arpana, a resident of Los Altos, has lived in the Bay Area for 22 years. She is Director of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) at Adobe, Inc., and has led digital marketing and business teams at many companies in Silicon Valley. She joined the Green Foothills board to support a cause that resonates with her interests and values. Her whole family shares a love for nature and volunteering, and she is excited about Green Foothills’ mission to enable access to nature close to home. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors and spend most weekends on hikes with their children and friends.

Arpana received her education at Santa Clara and UCSC where she earned her MBA and professional certifications. She has volunteered with Junior Achievement, Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Pets In Need, Habitat for Humanity, and Asha for Education.

She originally comes from the city of Hyderabad in South India, where she was fortunate to experience nature — wooded forests, rivers, and preserves — in various cities where her father was posted. In addition to her volunteer work for Green Foothills, she is currently a foster parent at Pets In Need and feels fortunate to share her home with dogs and rabbits. She and her husband have two daughters who share a love for the outdoors, biking, hiking, animals and wildlife.

Advisory Board

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Burlingame

Isabela Acenas

Menlo Park

Lauren Bigelow

Palo Alto

Martha (Tate) Cohn

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San Jose

Julie Dominguez

San Jose

Craige Edgerton

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San Jose

Smita Garg

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Portola Valley

Jerry Hearn

East Palo Alto

Uriel Hernandez

Palo Alto

Jennifer Chang Hetterly

San Jose

Melissa Hippard

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Santa Cruz

Jeff Hosea

San Francisco

Lee Houskeeper

La Honda

Margaret MacNiven

San Jose

Cherise Orange

Jane Packard
Los Altos Hills

Jane Packard

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San Jose

Smita Patel

San Jose

Robert Reese

Woodside

Nancy Reyering

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Morgan Hill

Claudia Rossi

Sunnyvale

Violet Saena

El Granada

Katie Sanborn

Mel Sarmento
San Jose

Mel Sarmento

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Berkeley

Alexii Sigona

San Francisco

Lynn Stegner

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Diablo Mountains

Veronica Stork

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Palo Alto

Radhika Thekkath

Amari T.
San Jose

Amari Thomas

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San Jose

Ron Valenzuela

San Francisco

Terry Watt

Palo Alto

Bill Whitmer

Woodside (Unincorporated)

Jim Wickett

San Jose

Jasvir Zonobi

Burlingame

Isabela Acenas

Growing up on the peninsula, Isabela’s values in environmental stewardship are rooted in enjoying the open spaces that Green Foothills has been protecting since the 1960s. During college she developed her love for scientific research and its role in understanding and addressing global development issues. Since 2019, Isabela has been a research fellow at two oceanography labs in the Middle East and Africa for whom she designs and builds hardware technologies that help scientists better understand the ocean and coastal ecosystems. She previously served as a delegate to the UN Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and currently works in climate tech-focused impact investing. Isabela graduated from NYU in 2021.

In her spare time, Isabela is an avid weightlifter and is heavily involved in the Bay Area’s surfing community through which she meets fellow ocean conservationists and engages them in local research and advocacy efforts.

Menlo Park

Lauren Bigelow

Bay Area transplant originally from Texas, Lauren Bigelow has been an active member of the Silicon Valley progressive community for the past 7 years. After receiving a BS in Psychology and Social Action, Lauren began working with regional non-profits on a variety of social justice issues. She brings more than a decade of marketing and community experience to her work at Palo Alto Housing, a local affordable housing nonprofit where she manages the City of Palo Alto Below-Market-Rate (BMR) rental and ownership programs, Mountain View Employee Homebuyer Loan Program and most recently, the City of Mountain View’s BMR rental and purchase programs.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys wine, travel, good conversation and cuddling with her puppy while reading or watching movies. She believes that the housing crisis is something that must be addressed regionally and will need significant changes in local political will to move forward with large-scale solutions. She hopes to learn how very different demographics can work together to solve an issue that affects us all.

“It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”- Matthew Desmond

Palo Alto

Martha (Tate) Cohn

Tate Cohn is a Palo Alto resident and an active volunteer with Blue Planet Network, the Red Cross, and at Castilleja and the Peninsula French American Schools. Her childhood experiences of spending summers in mining camps led to a lifelong love of the outdoors. Among her favorite activities are horseback riding (including leading pack animals on camping trips), hiking, and skiing.

San Jose

Julie Dominguez

Julie is a member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area and is an advocate for the protection of land and waterways on her ancestral homelands. Following her mother’s leadership on food justice, she is an advocate for underrepresented communities, including her tribe. She lives in San Jose with her two sons, is a California Native dancer, and is a lover of art, music, and culture. Her family is supporting the revitalization of dance, culture, and tradition with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the Green Foothills Leadership Program in 2022.

San Jose

Craige Edgerton

Craige Edgerton joined the Board of Green Foothills in 2019. He is a longtime resident of south San Jose and spends much time hiking around Coyote Valley. He has worked as Executive Director of the Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley for 12 years, served on the Board of the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority (OSA) for 6 years, volunteered for the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center in Morgan Hill for 5 years, is a 20 year docent for the OSA, is active in Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s Wetlands Discovery Program, a program to teach third through fifth graders about wetlands in the Bay Area, and is an active member of the West San Jose Kiwanis for 35 years. Craige has backpacked for 41 consecutive years, mostly in the Sierra Nevada but also Alaska, Nepal, Peru and completed the John Muir Trail in 2012. Craige is currently retired but is working almost full time in various volunteer projects.

Craige hopes to add whatever experience he has to continuing the mission of CGF and ensuring that it continues to be Local, Vocal and Effective!

San Jose

Smita Garg

Smita Garg, Ed. D., is a San Jose based artist and arts educator. She is an active member of her community, serving the city of San Jose as an Arts Commissioner. She co-founded the Campbell Union High School District Education Foundation and served as its inaugural chairperson. In her private time, she volunteers for several organizations and is a meditation expert and an accomplished Holistic healer/therapist who studied under world renowned Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Linda Backman. She helped form a coalition of artist activists called Creatives for Compassionate Communities.

Smita is a mother of two girls, an artist-educator, a lifelong community activist, and an involved member of San Jose’s arts community. She is a firm believer in the adage that to see change, we must be the change. She is a 2016 graduate of the Green Foothills Leadership Program, volunteers as a facilitator for Green Foothills’ Healing in Nature events, and joined the Green Foothills Advisory Board in 2022.

Portola Valley

Jerry Hearn

Jerry had the good fortune to grow up locally in the Valley of Hearts Delight where his many outdoor experiences lead to his passion for preserving the environment. After graduation from college he began his teaching career as a middle school teacher at Peninsula School in Menlo Park, retiring in 2012.

Jerry has been an environmental leader for decades. On the national level, he served on the Sierra Club Environmental Education Committee and the Youth in Wilderness Program as well as chairing the national Youth Task Force. He was a founding member of both the San Francisquito Watershed Council and the San Mateo County Fish & Wildlife Advisory Committee, as well as the founding board chair of both Acterra and the Peninsula Conservation Center Management Council. He currently serves as the board president of Grassroots Ecology.

Jerry has been a long-time supporter of Green Foothills and is a member of the Mary Davey Legacy Society.

East Palo Alto

Uriel Hernandez

Uriel Hernandez is an East Palo Alto native who attended college in rural Vermont where he studied how spaces and stories fit together. Through his travels, he developed a love for easily accessible green spaces for recreation and contemplation. He brought this love back to East Palo Alto where he organized community tree plantings and advocated for more green space for 3 years, crossing paths with Green Foothills and attending the Community Advocates and Leadership Academy.

Uriel’s hobbies still include exploring the bay area in search of unique places, special parks, and public space treasures. His favorite places include the baylands around East Palo Alto. He dreams of the day when he can bike along the bay through a green corridor from East Palo Alto to San Francisco, or walk through an East Palo Alto covered by a healthy and lush canopy of trees.

Uriel holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College where he studied Architecture and History and is studying to receive a Master of Natural Resources degree. He’s also Chair of the City of East Palo Alto’s Planning Commission. Uriel currently works as an Urban Forester at Hortscience.

Palo Alto

Jennifer Chang Hetterly

Jennifer is a third-generation Bay Area native and long-time Palo Alto resident. She credits years of early education at Hidden Villa Ranch, local civic culture, and ready access to area natural resources for instilling and inspiring her public service and conservation values. She joined Green Foothills to pass on that legacy to future generations through effective local engagement and open space preservation.

Jennifer has worked in civil rights and environmental law, as a policymaker for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as a public policy consultant in strategic planning and communications. In addition, she has served on multiple city advisory committees in Palo Alto, including seven years on the Parks and Recreation Commission where she spearheaded investment in comprehensive open space conservation plans, master planning for open space, parks, and the urban forest, and city-wide policies for ecosystem and habitat preservation. Jennifer is currently the staff lead for the Sierra Club’s Bay Alive Campaign and serves as a Trustee for Child Care Aware of Washington. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown Law Center and a BA from Brown University.

When not “wonking out” on news, politics and local government, Jennifer is typically outdoors, enjoying family and friends, or corralling her pets and a parade of foster animals.

San Jose

Melissa Hippard

A Bay Area native, Melissa’s childhood in Marin County was a pastoral joy. Feeling a deep connection to the natural world has been at the center of her life and has guided her career. Melissa has extensive community organizing experience, enjoys mentoring, and loves a challenge. Since 2003 she has been leading efforts throughout the Bay Area to protect parks and open spaces through ballot measure campaigns, policy advocacy, and community building. Locally, Melissa has served as the Chapter Director for the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Conservation Program Director for Greenbelt Alliance; currently she is the Strategic Partnership Manager for Santa Clara County Parks. She also is a board member of the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters. Melissa has enjoyed being a partner of Committee for Green Foothills on many campaigns and knows that we can save Coyote Valley (and much more)!

Santa Cruz

Jeff Hosea

Jeff moved to Santa Cruz in 2018 and calls himself a native of the western United States. Having spent over 40 years living in California, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Utah, he has a hard time calling one home over the other. He grew up as an avid lover of the outdoors including competition rock climbing, mountain biking, photography, camping, and now is learning to enjoy all that the coast has to offer. As an Urban Designer and Planner, there is little better than helping to create a great piece of a city balanced with the smell of the Sonoran Desert after a rain or waking up in Bryce Canyon with fresh snow on your sleeping bag.

Professionally, Jeff has spent 10 years total as Lead Urban Planner for Google working to transform single-use office parks into vibrant, integrated, and livable spaces within Mountain View and Sunnyvale. In this role, he works to ensure the equilibrium of development with world-class sustainability, social and equity goals, as well as ecological regeneration and habitat enhancements. He is looking forward to balancing this professional world with the advocacy of extremely important issues facing the central coast.

San Francisco

Lee Houskeeper

Since 1985 Press Agent Lee Houskeeper’s News Services/San Francisco Stories has been recognized as one of the most effective public relations companies in Northern California. His clients include Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy and civil rights attorney John Burris. Lee Houskeeper specializes in producing well-attended Press Conferences for his clients. In the past year alone Lee Houskeeper’s News Services has drawn every major local & national television, radio & newspaper to over 30 successful Press Conferences including Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy’s environmental case of the of city of Oroville lawsuit against the state of California for the failure of the Oroville Dam, the Paradise, and Wine Country Wildfires and also spearheaded the media effort for the Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach case, that after a successful five-year battle, finally opened Martins Beach to the public.

La Honda

Margaret MacNiven

Since 1977 Margaret has lived on 80 beautiful acres in San Mateo County where she raised her three sons in their alternative energy house – solar electricity and no TV!   Together with her husband, Margaret has owned and managed Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside since 1991.  She was on the Green Foothills board from 2005 to 2013, and has continued volunteering as chair of the Development Committee.

San Jose

Cherise Orange

Cherise is a respected creative and brander who has developed multiple brand identities for women entrepreneurs and professionals. As the Founder and Brand Strategist for You Just Got Oranged, she leads the integration of visual, verbal and strategic efforts for clients. Cherise’s extensive background in brand development, brings a unique perspective to her strategies and includes product and service work for public- and private-sector companies.

Cherise’s innovative approach to workshop facilitation and brand storytelling has helped companies manage brand expansion. In her spare time, Cherise serves as the Diversity Co-Director for the American Planning Association – California Northern Chapter Board and the Executive Board Member and Curriculum Chair for the New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Chapter.

Los Altos Hills

Jane Packard

Jane has returned to her roots where her neighbor, Mary Davey, inspired her passion for stewardship of resilient working landscapes that support cultural values of local communities.  During her 30-yr academic career in conservation biology, she encouraged students to bridge cultural and biological perspectives.  An avid supporter Green Foothills’ Community Advocates Leadership Academy, Jane believes the skills of listening with an open heart are the key to empowering leaders of the future to meet the challenges of today.  Jane’s dedication to positive problem solving in multidisciplinary teams has been fostered by a PhD in Ecology and Behavioral Biology (University of Minnesota) and B.A. in Psychology (Swarthmore College).  She is Associate Professor Emeritus in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (Texas A&M University).

San Jose

Smita Patel

Smita was born in India and grew up in San José, California. In 2002, she and her cousins in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya launched the Mountain Children’s Foundation, which works to empower young people in mountain regions to transform their own communities. She also volunteers as a mentor for foster youth and is involved with a number of other nonprofit organizations working here and abroad. She is humbled by the natural beauty around us and passionate about protecting our wilderness and its inhabitants — especially the South Bay’s unique and beautiful Coyote Valley.

She is deeply grateful for the work Green Foothills has done to protect our open space and for its Community Leadership Academy (CALA), which opened up a treasure trove of new ideas, skills and experiences. She is excited to help Green Foothills with these and its other initiatives.

San Jose

Robert Reese

Robert grew up in Sunnyvale during those years when orchards and farmland formed a contiguous greenbelt to the adjacent Cities, Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains. His father was a Civil Engineer specializing in land development and worked on marking the Bay to Sea Trail up Stevens Creek with Semiperverins. During Robert’s involvement with the De Anza College California History Center, he wrote chapter 1 of The Cupertino Chronicles on the history of the wineries on Montebello Ridge.

Robert graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in the Political Economy of Natural Resources.  During his last quarter, he did a work study on Coyote Valley with Greenbelt Alliance. That was 40 years ago. He realized his dream of being involved in land use planning when he was appointed to the Sunnyvale Planning Commission and then elected to the Sunnyvale City Council. He also previously served on the Board of the Committee for Green Foothills.

As a real estate appraiser, his professional activities have included work in eminent domain, arbitration, flowage easements as well as being jointly retained by local government agencies and land owners to help the parties agree to a sale price for open space land through mediation and without the necessity of eminent domain.  He has had the opportunity to serve on the Santa Clara County and City and County of San Francisco Assessment Appeals Board, quasi-judicial bodies which adjudicate real and personal property assessment disputes between property owners and the Counties.

He currently serves as the Chair of the Land Use Committee of the San Jose City Council Evergreen District 8 Community Round Table, a non-profit community group. He found myself in the thick of the San Jose No on Measure/Yes on Measure C campaign which resulted in meeting the enormously wonderful and effective Megan. The campaign was an unexpected, intense and incredible experience which has resulted in me once again getting involved with Committee for Green Foothills.

Woodside

Nancy Reyering

A lifelong resident of the mid-peninsula, Nancy grew up hiking and exploring the parks of California and the west coast. Aware from a young age that precious open spaces were being lost to development, she works with Green Foothills and in her role as a San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner to protect what remains.

Living in Woodside since 1985, Nancy was twice appointed to both the Open Space Committee and the Architectural and Site Review Board, and is a 2014 graduate of CALA. The same year she organized a campaign to collect and return to Restoration Hardware over 1 ton of their catalogs, demonstrating the community’s outrage over the company’s outrageous waste of paper and resources.

A recent grandmother, Nancy’s hobbies include hiking, sailing, tennis, and anything that keeps her in shape to chase down a toddler.

Morgan Hill

Claudia Rossi

Claudia is a registered nurse and a dedicated volunteer for local schools. She served on the Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Trustees from 2010-2014 and the Santa Clara County Board of Education from 2014-2022. As a school board member she advocated for special education and for families facing socioeconomic and language barriers in school. She also championed environmental and climate resilience programs, among many other achievements.

Claudia was born in Colombia and moved to California with her family when she was nine years old. Her upbringing led to her strong sense of responsibility, integrity, and servant leadership. When she sees a need in her community, she steps in and works hard to meet it.

Her lived experiences as an immigrant child in communities that suffer environmental injustices inform and fuel her desire to serve in the environmental advocacy community. She joined the Green Foothills Advisory Board in 2022.

She has received the Morgan Hill Community Foundation Philanthropy Award, Silicon Valley NAACP Dorothy Irene Height Community Award, the California State Assembly Peacemaker Award, and the CARAS Community Champion in Government Award. Claudia is married to Jim Levis, a dedicated and passionate educator who serves as Morgan Hill Unified Federation of Teachers Union President and 8th grade science teacher. She loves to dance salsa, read poetry, travel to Italy (the home of her grandfather), and cook empanadas at home with her mother and daughter.

Sunnyvale

Violet Saena

Violet was born and raised in Samoa in the South Pacific. She served the Government and people of Samoa as a climate change expert for over ten years. Her earlier career as a biodiversity officer gave her the opportunity to manage National Parks, Marine Reserves, and community resource management programs. Her passion for the environment is rooted from her upbringing where she values the environment as a source of life providing sustenance and resources. She believes people in return, must treat the environment with respect to ensure its continued productivity and future existence.

She is currently working as a Project Manager for ACTERRA‘s [email protected] to Grid Ready Project and recently graduated with a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. She lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and two children and enjoys outdoor outing and baking in her free time.

El Granada

Katie Sanborn

Katie and her partner, Barbara, have lived gratefully on the Coastside since 1990, enjoying the wide open spaces, ocean and beaches, trails and trees, and opportunities for cycling, hiking, sailing and boogie-boarding and simple contemplation. Finding an ally in Green Foothills – and, originally, Lennie Roberts – they have spoken up against inappropriate developments and embraced efforts to preserve open space and supported the organization’s development efforts. Katie and Barbara have also volunteered as Peninsula Open Space Trust easement monitors for a large ranch on the Coastside for more than a decade. In addition to her work as editorial director for an investment research firm, Katie also serves as the chair of the board of trustees of Mills College in Oakland and on the board of the Istituto Italiano Scuola in San Francisco.

San Jose

Mel Sarmento

Mel Sarmento is a San José State graduate who studied youth Education and minored in Portuguese Studies. Mel’s passion is connecting all individuals of different backgrounds and abilities with the outdoors. She has worked, interned, and volunteered with various outdoor education organizations in the Bay Area for the last 15 years. As the current Education Program Manager with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, she is able to foster her passion by bringing groups who typically experience barriers accessing nature to the outdoors – Title One students, students of color, groups with Special Needs, foster youth, and many more!

In addition to education experience, Mel was an intern Assistant Wildlife Biologist studying burrowing owls, specifically. This experience sparked her passion for maintaining and preserving natural habitats by increasing biodiversity (as well as a deep-rooted love for burrowing owls).

Mel was a 2020 Green Foothills Leadership Program graduate, and continues to advocate for safe, clean, and natural spaces for all to enjoy.

Berkeley

Alexii Sigona

Alexii is a member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and seasonal program assistant for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. He is also a 2019 graduate of the Community Advocates Leadership Academy. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the Green Foothills advisory board and board of directors of Roots & Routes IC. Alexii is particularly interested in how indigenous peoples’ engagement in land stewardship practices can be integral for cultural revitalization and is involved in his tribe’s Protect Juristac campaign.  Given his experience as a land steward for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, he is also interested in collaborative natural resource management and access rights for Indigenous communities in California. In the future, Alexii hopes to increase avenues for indigenous communities to be the leaders in environmental decision making affecting their respective homelands.

San Francisco

Lynn Stegner

Originally an import from Seattle, Lynn has spent most of her life in the Bay Area with a seven-year stint in Santa Fe, New Mexico along with an annual migration to the family cabin in northern Vermont. She is a writer of novels, stories, articles and essays. The essentiality of place is one of the defining aspects of her work, and in 2011, compelled by that interdependence, she assembled a collection of 67 essays by members of the Western literary tribe, to create a composite of the writer’s experience of landscape and space. In addition to the writing courses she teaches at Stanford, she is also an editor, with clients around the world. Over the last decade she has involved herself in conservation, speaking and writing frequently on the subject, and collaborating with both US and international conservation biologists. In 2017 she participated in the first, week-long Colloquium of biologists, writers, and philosophers from every continent who met in Italy for the purpose of developing a new language of conservation. Currently, she serves on the Board of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

A student of opera and fly-fishing, a swimmer, a regular and enthusiastic hiker, and a rower of all manner of vessel, she is quite happily at home in Northern California, and committed to the preservation of its true nature.

Diablo Mountains

Veronica Stork

Veronica is a member of an indigenous tribe of Ceylon/Sri Lanka and now lives off-grid in the Diablo Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Hollister, California. She is of the Vannialetto (people of the forest) aka the lost Aborigines; first established 15,000 years ago before Sri Lanka became an island. Being involved with Green Foothills is directly aligned with her values.

She has a Masters in Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and was one of the first female landscape gardeners. In 1971, she stewarded 160 acres of deprived land in Colorado where she dug a well and planted 1,600 trees. Fast forward to today, she is the founder and Executive Director of Wildfarmers in San Benito County, sits on the board of the San Benito Regional Conservation District, and volunteers with the Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association.

She and her vocal dog, Cece, live and work in a small slice of heaven in the Blue Oak savanna and consider themselves the wealthiest people in the world, having been able to experience living in these oak woods.

Palo Alto

Radhika Thekkath

Radhika Thekkath is a retired computer scientist who worked in the tech industry for many years. Growing up in India, she used to play with friends on the edge of a jungle wilderness where she came to cherish the natural beauty of the mountains, animals, and flowers. She moved to California in 1985 and loved the new, and different landscape here. She has been an active board member of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS (California Native Plant Society). She has a mostly native home garden and gives talks on native plants and related subjects for CNPS. She is passionate about preserving the remaining Bay Area flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy.

Radhika and her family lived in Western WA for three years from 2017 to 2020 and there she became a member of WNPS, took a class on forestry management and stewardship, became a member of WOWNET (Women-Owned Woods Network), and actively managed a small forested area.  She is learning to build using cob (lumpy adobe) and is currently working on her first cob building. Cob houses use local materials that sequester carbon, so they are very sustainable. They are also fire-resistant and healthy, having no toxic materials in the structure of the building. Radhika is a recently certified permaculture designer. Permaculture design emphasizes  principles for a regenerative lifestyle, whether it is just living, gardening, water use, or agriculture. She is very keen to get other people excited about regenerative living.

San Jose

Amari Thomas

Amari Thomas has over 20 years of experience as an executive in corporations, nonprofits, consulting, and personal development. Amari is the founder of Wisdom Revealed, a spirit-based personal discovery and coaching/training organization, and is a Certified Advanced Soul Coaching Practitioner, one of a select group of people worldwide personally trained by internationally known healer, teacher, and author Denise Linn. She volunteers for Green Foothills as a healer with our Healing in Nature event series, and is also a board member for the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. She is a member of the Mapuche indigenous tribe of Chile.

San Jose

Ron Valenzuela

Ron Valenzuela, is the son of first generation immigrants, Patria Culla and Oscar Gaba Valenzuela of Naujan Mindoro Island, Philippines. Born and raised in Kamuning/Quezon City and in Mindoro Island, home of the Alangan Tribe Territory, Ron has been active in Social Justice, Indigenous Land Rights and Sovereignty both locally and in the South & Southwest areas.

Currently, residing in San Jose in Ohlone/Tamien lands, he works with a Bay Area Open Space Preserve, maintaining the Preserves and trails, interacting with the public and continued stewardship of our local Lands. When not working or advocating in conservation and protection, Ron enjoys exploring the beauty of the Bay Area mountains, beaches, trails, lakes and the Pacific Ocean and long extended, road trips to less traveled locations, exploring destinations and visiting family and relations.

San Francisco

Terry Watt

Watt leads initiatives focused on climate-resilient solutions for the biggest challenges of our time: urban sprawl, natural and working lands conservation, and growth of healthy, thriving communities for all. She works with local and state leadership to bring transformative approaches to such pressing challenges as the October 2017 Wine Country Firestorms, where partnerships have formed to accelerate production of a range of housing choices, not just in the fire zones, but in infill areas where housing production has been lagging. Durable and significant results of her work include the permanent protection of over 243,000 acres (90 percent) of the Tejon Ranch through agreements between environmental organizations and the Tejon Ranch Company, combined urban growth boundaries and transfer of development credits to grow the City of Livermore up and conserve high value natural and wine producing lands beyond, and a sales tax measure generating hundreds of millions for conservation in Orange County. She was instrumental in forming the Council of Infill Builders and is an active Board member on two major California Conservancies, Santa Lucia and Tejon Ranch. Professional memberships include Lambda Alpha International, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. In her spare time, Terry’s passions extend to hiking, swimming, sailing and gardening.Being a part of Committee for Green Foothills’ mission advances her personal mission to conserve California’s open spaces, farmlands and natural resources while building up better neighborhoods and communities for all.

Palo Alto

Bill Whitmer

Bill and his young family moved to the Bay Area from Michigan on his daughters first birthday in 1972 as he pursued his career in high tech manufacturing management. They moved to Palo Alto in 1978 following the birth of their second child.

Walking and enjoying open spaces has been an important part of family life for the Whitmers. This was especially important while their children were young as they tried to pass appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and understanding our place in it on to the next generation. It’s a joy for them to see these values being passed to their grandchildren.

Following retirement in 1997, Bill took the opportunity to volunteer for a variety of non-profits with emphasis on environmental and service organizations. He was a board member and Treasurer for several years at Committee for Green Foothills and Committee for Green Foothills Action. He is currently a trustee at Hidden Villa. Jan and Bill enjoy traveling to the worlds natural places where they enjoy walking, scuba and learning about other cultures. Other interests include theater, modern art and jazz music.

As a member of the advisory board, Bill hopes to share his experience in financial management and strategic planning with Committee for Green Foothills. He believes that preserving and defending the open areas of the Bay Area is very important in these days of increased pressure on environmental protection. “We live in a very special place. Preserving it for the appreciation and education of future generations is a very important part of our duty as citizens”.

Woodside (Unincorporated)

Jim Wickett

Jim is a 5th generation resident of the San Francisco Peninsula. He has been actively involved in protecting and enhancing the environment in San Mateo County for most of his life, starting at age 19 when he incorporated the first outdoor education program in the County and worked closely with Ollie Mayer to develop a broad ranging curriculum for adolescents from the County’s public schools, hospitals, and its juvenile hall. In the 1970s he worked with Lennie Roberts to develop the first heritage tree ordinance in the County, while also revising the County’s timber harvest ordinance to better protect the County’s forests. While attending law school, Jim worked as a staff assistant to Congressman Pete McCloskey, with whom he focused on coastal issues.  More recently, he has served on the Board of Audubon California and as an alternate member on the California Coastal Commission.Professionally, Jim has worked over the past decades in Silicon Valley based start-up and large-cap media technology companies, leading their business development and/or corporate development teams. Jim has been a long term supporter of Committee for Green Foothills and is excited to be an advisory board member.

San Jose

Jasvir Zonobi

Jasvir is an advocate for sustainable living and building healthy communities. She believes in delivering information and education to empower the public for informed decisions for a positive social change. She often volunteers behind the scene providing analytic and program planning services on community improvement initiatives. She served as the Chair of the Education subcommittee of the Network for a Hate free community and an active member of the Immigrant Leadership Forum.

Professionally, Jasvir provides analytic and leadership services to support health transformation programs and initiatives.

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