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 and wonky policies. Such skills means she is often tasked with educating policymakers on why there should be more open space on the Peninsula - as well as housing.
Prior to joining CGF, Helen managed Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s reelection 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.
Many moons ago, Helen competed nationally in luge. Today, you can 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
A resident of Belmont, Chris is passionate about community outreach and civic engagement. He's worked for a number of non-profits across the Bay Area on issues ranging from urban forestry to fair housing. At CGF, Chris is excited to learn about land-use and open space preservation, and to put his community outreach skills to work for the Protect Coyote Valley campaign. Before CGF, Chris served as a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow for the Utilities and Environmental Services Department at the City of Hayward 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.