Lennie Roberts Advocacy Fund

The Lennie Roberts Advocacy Fund was launched in honor of Lennie’s 50-year legacy of open space preservation in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties with Green Foothills. When Lennie eventually retires, we want to ensure there will be perpetual advocacy for local open space, farmland, and natural resources.

This fund supports our Advocacy Program, primarily to ensure funding to compensate professional advocacy staff to champion the open space, natural resources, and farmland of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

The fund was created for donors who wish to give significant contributions to our Advocacy Program. These funds create a mechanism for the Green Foothills to save and invest sums of money to be spent over time to achieve long-range advocacy objectives.

Donor Information Rights

All Lennie Roberts Advocacy Fund donors over $1,000 will receive an annual update in April with the status of the fund, investment earnings, what has been spent, any decision by the board to make a distribution from the fund, or of any decision by the board to spend down the principal.

Help us raise $2 million dedicated to our advocacy work by our 60th anniversary in 2022. Currently the fund has raised $360,000. We hope you can be a part of helping us protect and steward our Green Foothills.

About Lennie Roberts

Lennie first joined Green Foothills as a board member in 1968. Ten years later, she was hired as a Legislative Advocate. Lennie’s steadfast voice for open space over the past 50 years is why hillsides, forests, creeks, farms, wetlands, and pristine coastal bluffs and beaches are still here for us to enjoy in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Today she is one of the Bay Area’s most respected environmental leaders. Some of Lennie’s key accomplishments include:

  • Being one of the key advocates to create the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972, and subsequent annexation of large areas of San Mateo County to the District (1976 and 2009).
  • Adoption by the San Mateo Board of Supervisors and certification by the Coastal Commission of San Mateo County’s Local Coastal Program in 1981 – the first one in the State.
  • Passage of the first-ever citizen sponsored County-wide Initiative (Measure A) by an overwhelming 64% Yes vote – that preserves the strong policies protecting the Coast’s agricultural land, open space, and sensitive habitats in 1986.
  • Defeat of a developer-sponsored Initiative (Measure D) in 1992 by a whopping 82% No vote – that would have allowed a massive hotel, golf course, and condo development on some of the Coast’s most productive agricultural land in San Mateo County.
  • Passage of the Devil’s Slide Tunnel Initiative (Measure T) by a landslide 74% Yes vote in 1996.

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