President, Morgan Hill
A native Bay Area resident, Ron has volunteered for over 20 years at Henry Coe State Park and serves on the Board of Directors of Coe Park’s Pine Ridge Association. An avid outdoorsman and lifetime backpacker, he has twice hiked the John Muir Trail. Ron has been a homebuilder, a real estate agent, and founder and owner of Coast Range Brewing Company, a local microbrewery. He writes a regular outdoor column called “Getting Out” for the Morgan Hill Times and Gilroy Dispatch that he hopes will entice others to hike our local parks and preserves. Ron values the open spaces near his home in south Santa Clara County and wants to join with CGF in the work that must be done to protect it.
Vice President, Los Altos Hills
Joan is a native of Los Altos Hills with a lifelong passion for conserving the natural beauty of our valley and coastline for future generations. She has been in high tech marketing in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and worked most recently as Vice President, Digital Marketing at SAP in Palo Alto. Prior to SAP Joan led marketing programs for various technology companies including Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer. She has a passion for leading meaningful change, mentoring, and delivering strategies that inspire and deliver results. Joan spends her spare time hanging out with three terrific daughters, community service and coaching at budding executives. She maintains her work/life balance by being an ardent foodie, running, hiking and cycling throughout our beautiful valley.
Treasurer, Los Altos
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).
Secretary, Redwood City
Bryan has a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley. For the majority of his career, Bryan has worked in the research divisions of pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He is currently working as a statistical programmer, preparing clinical trial data for submission to the FDA.
Bryan lives in Redwood City. His hobbies include bicycling and nature photography.
Larry has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Santa Clara County Parks Commission, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Environmental Advisory Committee, the Los Gatos Creek Streamside Park Committee, the San Jose Neighborhoods Commission, the Lincoln Avenue Master Plan Task Force, and the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association. Larry has been a resident of the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose since 1979. His day job is as a physicist at an aerospace firm, designing, for example, satellites to search for habitable planets orbiting nearby stars.
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.
Chuck Cantrell has been a resident of the Bay Area for several years (with a brief stint living outside of the US in Bath, UK). He first moved to Mountain View from St. Louis, MO, where he grew up in 2007. He and his wife Claudia now live in San Jose where they have found a pleasant balance of urban areas and open spaces. Chuck works as a Director of Commerce Strategy Consulting and has spent more than 25 years working with retailers and consumer product companies helping them find market based solutions that optimize their businesses. Chuck counts himself as lucky to live in such a beautiful area that he can share with his wife and dog Luci. The father of 3 adult children, he hopes to one day have grandchildren to enjoy time with in some of the open spaces CGF works tirelessly to protect.
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.
Ed lives in Moss Beach and is the Chair of the Surfrider Foundation’s San Mateo County chapter. This is a group dedicated to the preservation and respectful treatment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. Under his guidance, the chapter implemented a water-quality testing program for local beaches and streams that has been in operation for over a decade. When he’s not surfing or saving our coasts, Ed works as a scientist on a multidisciplinary team working on conversion of agricultural waste to biofuels.
Chris was born and raised in San Jose, where he regularly hiked and explored the surrounding foothills and parks. In addition to working for years in the local grocery industry, he’s been a Summer Camp Counselor at Hidden Villa in the Los Altos Hills and volunteered as an Educational Docent at History San José. As a student of history and the environment, Chris deeply appreciates the hard work that people and organizations like Committee for Green Foothills undertake to preserve and protect natural spaces for posterity. Currently, he works in the tech industry on intellectual property issues, and spends his free time learning about and enjoying the Bay Area.
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 threatened by and lost to development, she is now committed to working within her own town and the greater Bay Area to preserve what remains. Living in Woodside since 1985, Nancy serves on the Open Space Committee and the Architectural and Site Review Board.
An unwavering advocate for the environment, in 2014 Nancy organized a neighborhood effort to return over one ton of unwanted Restoration Hardware catalogs (in photo to the left) as a way of demonstrating the community's outrage over the company's outrageous waste of paper and resources.
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.
Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov
Jo-Ann is a lifetime local resident and never ceases to be awestruck by the incredible beauty and diversity of our natural surroundings. Jo-Ann is a 2015 graduate of CGF’s Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA). She is a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Atherton, and member of Atherton’s Tree Committee. She is a business, social enterprise, and community leader. Jo-Ann has a B.S. in Business and a B.A. and M.A. in Speech Communications Studies, and holds designations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Fundraising Executive.