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. She is a people-oriented, tenacious environmental nonprofit executive passionate about civic engagement and the common good.
Prior to joining Committee for Green Foothills, she managed the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter's conservation programs and fundraising efforts. A year prior she served as Community Director for GenerationEngage Silicon Valley, an organization later acquired by Mobilize.org. 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. She’s a graduate of Community Leadership San Jose
Megan lives in downtown San Jose. She enjoys running, hiking, reading, camping, and adventures with her toddler.
Legislative Advocate, San Mateo Countylennie@greenfoothills.org
Director of External Affairs and Advocacyjulie@greenfoothills.org
Julie is responsible for bridging Committee for Green Foothills’ advocacy and marketing and communications efforts through strategic campaign planning and implementation. A staff alumni, Julie is excited to return to CGF to help in increasing the organization’s impact.
Starting off with CGF in 2008 on a part-time contract as the Organizational Coordinator for the South Valley Environmental Collaborative, Julie joined full-time staff as a Legislative Advocate in September 2010. She served in that capacity until May 2017, when she left for a year to be the External Affairs Manager for the San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School. There she focused on strategic partnerships, marketing and communications, project management, fundraising, and increasing the effectiveness of the Board of Directors as their staff liaison.
Julie is a Board Member of the Friends of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency, and serves on a number of committees related to CGF’s mission including the Habitat Agency Public Advisory Committee, the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Independent Monitoring Committee for Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, the Santa Clara County Food System Alliance, and San Jose Food Works Advisory Committee.
Julie holds a M.A. in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Virginia.
Legislative Advocacy Director, San Mateo & Santa Clara Countiesalice@greenfoothills.org
Associate Director of Marketing
Legislative Advocate, San Mateo Countyhelen@greenfoothills.org
As one of CGF’s San Mateo County Legislative Advocates, Helen Wolter has been able to combine her love of the outdoors with her passion for the public process. Prior to joining CGF, Helen managed Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s re-election campaign, where she assisted with outreach in three counties, worked with Democratic Central Committees, and led efforts to support Democratic candidates up and down ticket.
Additionally, while Chair of the City of Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission, Helen assisted in overseeing parkland use in the densest city in Silicon Valley. During her tenure with the Commission, she guided Mountain View’s updated canopy policy, and worked to make the parks' in-lieu fees assessed on new developments more just and equitable, as well as economically viable.
You can often find Helen hiking in our local parks, reading, or chasing her son. She has a BA in Government from Scripps College, and a MPA from the University of Colorado. A west coast native, she has lived in the Bay Area for over 35 years.
Community Engagement Managerjustyne@greenfoothills.org
Development and Communications Managerava@greenfoothills.org
Ava has been with Committee for Green Foothills since September 2016. As Development and Communications Manager, Ava oversees fundraising campaigns, member stewardship, and regular updates to members about the organization's work. She is passionate about fostering ethical and socially just environmentalism--and as a native Midwesterner, she has been in continual awe of the foothills since moving out to California.
Outreach and Administrative Associate
As the Outreach and Administrative Associate at Committee for Green Foothills, Chris serves as a community organizer for the Protect Coyote Valley, San José campaign. He also co-leads the Community Advocates Leadership Academy and provides administrative support to staff. Since he joined Committee for Green Foothills as the community outreach intern in February 2018, Chris has enjoyed pursuing his passion for community outreach while co-creating spaces for community members to make real change in their communities.
Before coming to Committee for Green Foothills, Chris served as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow for the City of Hayward's Utilities and Environmental Services Department where he completed a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Studies. He grew up in Belmont and and now calls Redwood City home.
When not in the office, Chris serves as a co-chair for the San Mateo County Pride Center Community Advisory Board, advising staff on how to more effectively serve the LGBTQ+ community on the Peninsula. He also serves as a member of the Ministry of Service and Justice at Congregational Church of San Mateo. In the past, Chris served as the Secretary for One San Mateo, a community group advocating for affordable housing and other housing solutions in the City of San Mateo. He enjoys exploring Italian cooking and visiting the San Mateo County coast.