Funding BoardThe Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund
Bill Center, Co-Chair
Planning and Conservation League, Sacramento Area
Mr. Center is president of the Planning and Conservation League. Partly retired, he owns a popular campground and river access on the South Fork American River. He was a river guide and operations manager of a river trip company prior to starting two river companies, ARTA California and California River Trips. He worked to protect the South Fork of the American River from four proposed dams. He served on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and was a founding board member of Friends of the River, American River Recreation Association, the American River Conservancy, and the Great Valley Center, and past president of the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
Jennifer Sokolove, Co-Chair
Compton Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area
Dr. Sokolove is the Program Officer for the Environment and the Family Advisory Board at the Compton Foundation. Her Environment portfolio covers grantmaking in the fields of freshwater, climate change, and community-based conservation in the western United States. She also manages a family grants program in sustainable food systems, youth, the arts, and spirituality. Prior to joining Compton, Dr. Sokolove worked on a variety of community-led projects in California, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. She conducted post-doctoral research on sustainable food systems in northern California, and completed her PhD at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She also serves on the boards of the Switzer Foundation and the Pesticide Action Network North America.
Ma'at Youth Academy, San Francisco Bay Area
Ms. Fuller is founder and executive director of Ma'at Youth Academy, a multicultural environmental education program that promotes economic opportunities for youth and increases community involvement in environmental protection. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in Environmental Science and Policy Management at UC Berkeley. She is an environmental education, health and justice consultant and has conducted forums on environmental health and justice legislation to highly impacted communities and to the regulatory agencies responsible for implementation. She received the Woman of the Year Award for the State of California, 14th Assembly District. She was a Women's Policy Institute fellow at the Women's Foundation of California. She currently serves on many boards, including the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources Advisory Board.
Tolowa Dunes Stewards, North Coast Region
Ms. Jerabek is a nonprofit consultant who has worked with numerous conservation groups from Washington D. C. to California. She was as an Executive Director of Californians Against Waste, Citizens (now Communities) for a Better Environment, and Missouri Environmental Coalition. In Del Norte County, she has developed nature and cultural tourism programs and many activist undertakings: co-founder of the Aleutian Goose Festival; counsel and trainer with Nonprofit Resource Center of the Humboldt Area Foundation; founding member of Lake Earl Coastal Lagoon Alliance, Northcoast Regional Land Trust, and Tolowa Dunes Stewards. Ms. Jerabek was appointed by Del Norte County Board of Supervisors to the Point Saint George Advisory Committee and the USDA Forest Service Resources Advisory Committee.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area
Ms. Kinney was born in Barcelona and raised in Madrid, Spain. After graduating from law school at Universidad Cardenal Herrera in Madrid, she moved to Menlo Park, where she worked at a law office for several years. The focus of her work was a mix of civil litigation, some criminal cases, some federal cases, and human rights. Cristina then decided to change paths and become an event planner, her profession for seven years before joining the Hewlett Foundation. She speaks six languages.
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, San Francisco Bay Area
Ms. Mendiratta is consultant working with foundations, donors, nonprofits, and coalitions on a range of environmental, human rights and social justice issues. She is the co-founder and steering committee member of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and manages the Race Gender Human Rights Fund of the Women's Foundation of California. She has worked as program staff at the Women's Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. She is board chair of Women's Voices for the Earth, a committee member of Center for Environmental Health's Justice Fund and is a member of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area
Ms. Traub is the President of the David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation. She has served on the boards of Theater Artaud in San Francisco, the Jewish Film Festival in Berkeley and the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley. She owned Zazie Restaurant in San Francisco. She has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and has worked for the New York City Office of Economic Development as well as various builder/developers in the Bay Area.
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