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 in Sonoma Valley. Contact Jennifer.

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. Contact Aiko-Sophie. Aiko-Sophie is currently on maternity leave until January 2021, so if you have any questions please contact Molly Curley O’Brien.

Molly O'BrienMolly Curley O’Brien
Interim Program Manager

Molly Curley O’Brien grew up in El Verano, CA and graduated from both Sonoma Valley High School and Santa Rosa Junior College before completing a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and both a MBA and MPP at Mills College.  When the October 2017 fires first hit Sonoma communities, Molly was asked to deliver 300 breakfast burritos to the SVHS’s evacuation center with 14 hours’ notice.  She delivered all 300 and proceeded to support on-site operations at SVHS during the first week of disaster response.  Molly has 12+ years of experience in project management, strategic planning, local government policy analysis and implementation, government and community relations, and grant management. Molly is working with Rebuild NorthBay Foundation while Aiko-Sophie is on maternity leave. Contact Molly.

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 is also a digital fine artist and has had her artwork in national exhibitions.