1.5 Leadership

About Us

We envision a world where every student learns about the science of nature, is inspired by its beauty, and is motivated to take action to protect the natural world.

Leadership

Throughout its history, NatureBridge has benefited from extraordinary leadership. From our Board of Directors to our environmental science educators, the entire organization is comprised of leaders in their fields who are strongly committed to our mission.

David G. Brown
Chair
Managing Partner, Oak Hill Venture Partners
Menlo Park, CA
Matthew A. Baxter, Jr.
Vice Chair
Lyme, CT
Mary L. Kiely, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Education
Portola Valley, CA
Greg M. Moga III
Treasurer
President, Outreach Services
Seattle, WA
Tracy Thompson
Secretary
Shareholder, Miller Law Group
San Francisco, CA
Susan Smartt
President & CEO, NatureBridge
San Francisco, CA

Dan Abrams
President, Cross River Pictures LLC
Venice, CA
Susan S. Boren
Partner, Spencer Stuart
Minneapolis, MN
 
Geoffrey C. Given
Chair, Southern California Board 
Principal, Given and Company
Santa Monica, CA
Raoul Goff
CEO & Publisher, Insight Editions
San Rafael, CA
Robert J. Holmes
THG, LCC
Seattle, WA
Thomas C. Kiernan
Arlington, VA
Chair, Olympic Board
Port Angeles, WA
Stephen H. Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D.
Regional Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, East Bay Region, Sutter Health
Oakland, CA
Charlene D. Low
Founder and President, Omni Mortgage
Campbell, CA
Noah Mamet
Noah Mamet & Associates
Marina Del Ray, CA
David Placek
Founder and President,
Lexicon Branding
Sausalito, CA
Allan J. Prager
Chair, Yosemite Board
Orinda, CA
Christina L. Shea
Former EVP, External Relations and President, General Mills Foundation
Wayzata, MN
Mike Shealy
Managing Partner, Basis Partners, LLC
Palo Alto, CA
Tim Spangler
Senior Vice President, Retail, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Kent, WA
Ivy Archer Winters
Conservationist
San Francisco, CA
Carroll C. Yandell
Chair, Golden Gate Board
Ross, CA
Ian Yolles
Chief Sustainability Officer, Recyclebank
New York, NY

Board Emeritus

Valerie E. Anders
Garry Brewer, Ph.D.
Linda Brownstein
David "Jay" Flood
Jack Walston

National Park Service Liaison

Martha J. Lee
Deputy Regional Director,
Pacific West Region

 

Yosemite        

Chair, Yosemite Board
Orinda, CA
Martha H. Conklin,
Vice Chair, Yosemite Board
Founding Professor of Environmental Engineering
University of California, Merced
Merced, CA
Monte S. Meyers,
Secretary, Yosemite Board
President, Shining Star Consulting
Berkeley, CA

Lyme, CT
Lacy Caruthers
Google
San Francisco, CA
Denys Duffy
Senior Vice President and Regional Manager,
Marin/North Bay Region
Union Bank
San Francisco, CA
Darrin D. Gambelin
Associate,
Katten Muchin Rosenmann, LLP
San Mateo, CA
James Hamill
Program Manager,
California Communities Joint Powers Authority
Lafayette, CA
Emily Pimental
Environmental Scientist
San Francisco, CA
Bruce Schroder
Executive Vice President & COO,
Jamba Juice
Palo Alto, CA
Michael Terrell
Senior Policy Counsel,
Google
Menlo Park, CA
Will Thompson
Principal,
Thompson Dorfman
Mill Valley, CA
Don Neubacher
National Park Service Liaison
Superintendent, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite, CA

Golden Gate

Chair, Golden Gate Board
Ross, CA
Randalle E. Reynoso
Vice Chair, Golden Gate Board
Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
San Francisco, CA

Anne Baxter
Point Reyes Station, CA
Jeff Buenrostro
Owner/Partner,
Metric Theory
San Francisco, CA
Alan Krepack, Ph.D.
Mill Valley, CA
James A. Kuhns
Sonoma, CA
Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn, Ph.D
Biologist, SF State University
San Francisco, CA
Jordan O'Brien
Senior Management Consultant,
ARUP
San Francisco, CA
Chris Plante
Mill Valley, CA 
Mary Poland
Ross, CA 
Robert R. Rugani
Fortis General Counsel, LLP
San  Francisco, CA
Jacqueline Neuwirth Swire
Ross, CA
Ben R. Toland
President,
Toland Associates
Mill Valley, CA
Wilford H. Welch
Author,
The Tactics of Hope
Sausalito, CA
Ivy Archer Winters
Consultant, Non-Profit Sector
San Francisco, CA
Frank Dean
National Park Service Liaison
Superintendent,
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA

Olympic

Chair, Olympic Board
Seattle, WA
Brent Bishop
Secretary, Olympic Board
Seattle, WA
Walter Sive
Treasurer, Olympic Board
Finance Manager,
Group Health
Seattle, WA

René Ancinas
President & CEO,
Port Blakely Companies
Seattle, WA
Deborah Flynn
Kingston, WA
Becky Gates
Washington, DC
Erik R. Lindbergh
Lindbergh Gallery
Indianola, WA
Marie Marrs  
Teacher (retired),
Eagle Harbor High School 
Port Angeles, WA
Greg M. Moga, III   
President,
Outreach Services 
Seattle, WA
Scott Schaffer
Executive Director,
Common Ground
Seattle, WA
Robert S. Young Ph.D., P.G.
Director,
Program for the
Study of Developed Shorelines
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
Ed Zuckerman
Senior Vice President
for State Capacity Building
League of Conservation Voters
Seattle, WA
Emeritus
Valerie Anders
 
Sarah Creachbaum
National Park Service Liaison
Superintendent, Olympic National Park
Port Angeles, WA

Southern California

Chair, Southern California Board
Principal,
Given and Company
Santa Monica, CA
 
Vice Chair, Southern California Board
Community Activist
Calabasas, CA

Dan Abrams        
President,
Cross River Pictures LLC
Venice, CA  
Paul Culberg
Community Activist
Cornell, CA
Seth Ford Gilman
Senior Vice President,
Poms and Associates
Woodland Hills, CA
Christopher (Chris) Joseph
President,
CAJA Environmental Services
Los Angeles, CA
Mark C. Lemons
President,
Mark C. Lemons Foundation
Pacific Palisades, CA
Nicole Morris, M.D.
Attending Physician,
Family Practice Department,
Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
Rosalind Nieman
Community Volunteer
Pacific Palisades, CA
Susan Nissman
Public Servant,
Santa Monica Mountains
Topanga, CA
Bonnie Solmssen
Community Volunteer
Santa Monica, CA
David Szymanski,
National Park Service Liaison
Superintendent,
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Thousand Oaks, CA
 
 

 

Susan Smartt, President & CEO
Jason Morris, Executive Vice President
Leigh Westerlund, Vice President of Operations
Lucia Ortega Villasana, Vice President of Development 
Patrick Milholland, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer
Brian Dailey, Controller
Vanessa Morel, East Coast Director
Aaron Rich, Golden Gate Director
Kristina Rylands, Yosemite Director
Stephen Streufert, Pacific Northwest Director
Southern California Director
Nicole M. Ardoin, Ph.D., Chair
Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Education and Woods Institute on the Environment
Stanford, CA
 
Robert B. Blair, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Saint Paul, MN
 
Vice President for Education a& Executive Director, Education Foundation, National Geographic Society
Washington, DC
 
Vice Chair for Education and Board Liaison
Portola Valley, CA
 
Professor and Geography Department Head, University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
 
Sonia Ortega, Ph.D.
Program Director, NSF, International Science and Engineering
Arlington, VA
 
Kim Laizer, Director of Education, Yosemite
Jen Kidder, Director of Education, Olympic
Meg Jakubowski, Director of Education, Southern California
Carol Hildebrand, Director of Education, Golden Gate
Kim Hanson, Director of Education and Operations, Mid-Atlantic Region

Our Core Values

At NatureBridge, the way we work supports our mission just as much as the work we do. Learn about our core values.

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