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.


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
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
Principal, Moga Investments Inc.
Seattle, WA
Tracy Thompson
Shareholder, Miller Law Group
San Francisco, CA
Jason Morris
Interim 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
Founder, The Holmes Group
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
David Placek
Founder and President,
Lexicon Branding
Sausalito, CA
Allan J. Prager
Chair, Yosemite Board
Orinda, CA
Randall E. Reynoso
Executive Vice President, 
Wells Fargo Bank
San Francisco, 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
Ivy Archer Winters
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



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
San Francisco, CA
Denys Duffy
Senior Vice President and Regional Manager,
Marin/North Bay Region
Union Bank
San Francisco, CA
Darrin D. Gambelin
Katten Muchin Rosenmann, LLP
San Mateo, CA
James Hamill
Program Manager,
California Communities Joint Powers Authority
Lafayette, CA
Emily Pimentel
Environmental Scientist
San Francisco, CA
Bruce Schroder
Executive Vice President & COO,
Jamba Juice
Palo Alto, CA
Michael Terrell
Senior Policy Counsel,
Menlo Park, CA
Will Thompson
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
Randall E. Reynoso
Vice Chair, Golden Gate Board
Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
San Francisco, CA

Anne Baxter
Point Reyes Station, CA
Jeff Buenrostro
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,
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
Toland Associates
Mill Valley, CA
Wilford H. Welch
The Tactics of Hope
Sausalito, CA
Ivy Archer Winters
Consultant, Non-Profit Sector
San Francisco, CA
Frank Dean
National Park Service Liaison
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA


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
Valerie Anders
Board Chair Emeritus
Laurie Bailey
Education Consultant
Elizabeth Black
Attorney, Cascadia Law
Eric Christensen
Attorney, Cairncross & Hemelmann
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   
Outreach Services 
Seattle, WA
Scott Schaffer
Executive Director,
Common Ground
Seattle, WA
Robert S. Young Ph.D., P.G.
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
Sarah Creachbaum
National Park Service Liaison
Superintendent, Olympic National Park
Port Angeles, WA

Southern California

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

Dan Abrams        
Cross River Pictures LLC
Venice, CA  
Paul Culberg
Community Activist
Cornell, CA
Russell Galipeau
Channel Islands National Park
Seth Ford Gilman
Senior Vice President,
Poms and Associates
Woodland Hills, CA
Christopher Joseph
CAJA Environmental Services
Los Angeles, CA
Mark C. Lemons
Mark C. Lemons Foundation
Pacific Palisades, CA
Irene Matyas
VP, Business Banking Manager
Wells Fargo Bank
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
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Thousand Oaks, CA


Jason Morris, Interim President & CEO
Leigh Westerlund, Vice President of Operations
Brian Dailey, Controller
Vanessa Morel, East Coast Director
Aaron Rich, Golden Gate Director
Kristina Rylands, Yosemite Director
Stephen Streufert, Pacific Northwest Director
Melissa Johnson, 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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