President, Program Director & Co-Founder
Jill Ratner is an attorney specializing in environmental and financial law. She serves as the President, General Counsel, and Program Director of the Rose Foundation and directs the New Voices Are Rising Project, a youth leadership development program delivering environmental justice and civics curricula to underserved East Bay high school students. Before co-founding the Foundation in 1992, Jill organized a multi-cultural recycling advocacy coalition in the Los Angeles area, effectively moving the City of Los Angeles to implement a curbside recycling program, and previously was an associate at the Los Angeles law firm Irell & Manella. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Foundation Partnership for Corporate Responsibility, and the California Coalition for Investor Responsibility. Former appointments include the Los Angeles City Environmental Quality Commission, LA City Solid Waste Advisory Board, and the Boards of Communities for a Better Environment and Californians Against Waste.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Tim Little is the chief executive and principal grants officer of the Rose Foundation. Starting 20 years ago from an endowment of zero, Tim has built a family of environmental and consumer protection grantmaking funds at the Foundation - most supervised by expert advisory boards - that collectively award over $3 million each year. Tim is an evangelist about the power of grassroots community activism and the need to funnel resources towards the grassroots base of the environmental movement. He is also a nationally-recognized voice in the field of sustainable investing and has co-authored The Environmental Fiduciary series of publications related to fiduciary responsibility and corporate environmental performance. Before co-founding the Rose Foundation, he held leadership positions with a number of non-profits including the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, and Communities for a Better Environment. Other past affiliations include serving on the board of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, an umbrella of 100 charities working to protect the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Confluence Philanthropy, dedicated to helping foundations fully realize the power of their portfolios though mission-related investing.
Karla James coordinates the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, is program officer for the Consumer Privacy Fund, and oversees fiscally sponsored projects of the Foundation. She also provides financial management, administrative and technical assistance to the Foundation. Her experience in small business management includes founding and managing a whitewater rafting company in Montana. She previously taught high school and has an extensive volunteer background with grassroots social and environmental nonprofits, including Copwatch, a police accountability organization in Berkeley. She is a volunteer and serves on the board of Community Defense Inc, a nonprofit that supports community and public interest law projects. She has served on the board of directors of Towe Foundation for over 20 years.
Myesha Williams is the program associate of the New Voices are Rising Project. She was born and raised in Oakland, where she returned after studying and organizing in Southern California and Seattle, Washington. She has a B.A. and a Masters of Social Work in Social Welfare, with a focus on community organizing and public policy. Before joining the Rose Foundation, she worked with Critical Resistance Oakland and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) on issue such as community centered policy advocacy, the state budget, coalition building, and trying to end the prison industrial complex. Her recent coalition building work is where her interest in Environmental Justice was born. She is excited about teaching, learning, organizing and advocating for policy with Bay Area youth in the place that she loves.
Development and Communications Coordinator
Marion Gee joined the Rose Foundation in 2012, leading the Foundation's development efforts and providing administrative support for the Foundation's grantmaking programs. She is the lead grant proposal and report writer, and directs many of the communications and social media activities of the Foundation. Before joining the Rose Foundation, she spent four years at the Sierra Nevada Alliance, a conservation non-profit based in South Lake Tahoe, CA, working her way up from AmeriCorps member educating Sierra residents about climate change to leading the Regional Climate Change Program as the Interim Program Director. Before pursuing her non-profit career in California, Marion volunteered with the non-profit VEGlobal in Santiago, Chile, helping to mentor and support abused and neglected children. She is originally from Irvine, CA and holds a Masters in Environmental History and Policy from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Data and Accounting Manager
Jason Sutton is our accounting and database manager. He is a Bay Area native who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation & Resource Studies from UC Berkeley. Before joining the Rose Foundation staff, Jason spent 15 years working in the financial field for a number of non-profits around the Bay Area, including Earth Share. He enjoys gardening and photography, and he knows how to build freestanding rock walls.
Grants and Development Assistant
Jasmine Amons is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Italian Studies. She served as an intern for the Rose Foundation before becoming our Grants Assistant. She was fascinated by the Rose Foundation's grantmaking programs and has always been interested in community-based projects and nonprofit organizations. Jasmine is excited to expand upon her education while working at the Rose Foundation.