Rebuild NorthBay Foundation Staff

Jennifer Gray Thompson
Executive Director

Jennifer is a lifelong resident of Sonoma Valley and resides in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley with her family. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and graduated from Dominican University in 2001 with degrees in English and History. After teaching for 10 years at Ursuline and Cardinal Newman High Schools, as well as Upward Bound at Napa Valley College, Jennifer went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. Post-graduate school, Jennifer worked for District One from 2013 to 2017, covering the Sonoma Valley, for Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. After the devastating fires of October 2017, she accepted her current position as Executive Director of Rebuild Northbay Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping our region rebuild better, greener, safer, and faster. Jennifer is a proud board member of La Luz Center, a resource and referral nonprofit serving primarily the Latino community is Sonoma Valley.

Aiko-Sophie Ezaki
Program Manager

Aiko-Sophie was born and raised in Sonoma Valley, in 2013 she moved back to the valley where she lives with her husband and son. She attended Sonoma Valley High School and graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in International Relations. She is an experienced program officer with 10+ years of managing a portfolio  20+ community organizations, multi-million dollar scholarships and developing grant strategies.

Melissa J. Stone
Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

Melissa lives in Sonoma and had first-hand experience with the fires in October 2017, finding a safe space for her wife, her mother and 3 dogs, to wait out the smoke and ash. She brings many years of experience with small business operations, start-ups and working with non-profit organizations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Media Design Practices and taught on the college level for 20 years in Minnesota. She currently teaches a course at Napa Valley College. She is also a digital fine artist and has had her artwork in national exhibitions.