Rebuild NorthBay Foundation Staff

Jennifer Gray ThompsonJennifer 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
Director of Community Affairs

Aiko-Sophie was born and raised in Sonoma Valley, in 2013 she moved back to the valley where she lives with her husband, son new daughter. 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 of 20+ community organizations, multi-million dollar scholarships and developing grant strategies. Contact Aiko-Sophie.

Molly O'BrienMolly Curley O’Brien
Director of Government Affairs

Molly is committed to bringing technology, engagement, advocacy, and public policy together to make sure we are building more resilient communities. She has specific experience in local and state government policy analysis and implementation, having worked for then – Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, County of Alameda, and the City of Emeryville. In addition, she brings community relations, strategic partnership building, and project management skills to her role, acquired from 6+ years in external facing roles within non-profits.  Molly holds an AA from Santa Rosa Junior College, a BA from University of California at Berkeley, and a MPP/MBA from Mills College.  She is from El Verano, CA and currently lives in Berkeley with her husband and young daughter. Contact Molly.

Melissa J. Stone
Executive Assistant & Business 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 BFA in Graphic Design & Photography and a MFA in Media Design Practices and taught on the college level for 20 years in Minnesota. She is also a digital fine artist and her artwork has been featured in national exhibitions. Currently, her COVID-19 related artwork is included in the “Art in the Time of Corona” show in the DabArt online show.