Environment & Sustainability Committee

Co-Chairs: Kerry Fugett + Lisa Micheli

  • Sonoma Ecology Center

    Richard Dale, Executive Director

    Richard Dale, Executive Director of Sonoma Ecology Center, has over 30 years of experience in environmental policy and nonprofit management. He cofounded the Sonoma Ecology Center in 1990 and has been director since 1992. In his tenure, SEC has developed into a locally driven, regionally respected agency working through extensive partnerships to conduct technical research, education, and restoration to sustain and enhance ecological health at the watershed scale. In 2013, he led a unique partnership of local nonprofits to reopen and manage Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood, California. He helped found the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative, and the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative (SEEC). He is currently working with a partnership from economic, social service, and environmental interests to create a cross-sector framework for resolving complex, interrelated issues called Sustainable Sonoma. He serves on the Board of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, chairs the Sonoma Valley Health Round Table, co-founded the Transform SDC Coalition, and participates in other community-based organizations. In 2017, he was recipient of Sonoma County’s Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s Sprit of Sonoma Award. Prior to his work with SEC, Richard worked in a national grassroots effort resulting in passage of the Alaska Lands Act, and lectured extensively to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 1997 he received the John Muir Conservation Award. He is a frequent contributor to the Sonoma Index Tribune and other publications.

  • LandPaths

    Craig Anderson, Executive Director

    Craig has been the Executive Director of LandPaths since 1997 and lives by the credo “can do.” He is on the Steering Committee of the Bay Area Open Space Council, the speakers panel of the Center for Whole Communities in VT, and teaches workshops nationally focused on public engagement with conserved lands. He worked previously for the Nature Conservancy, the Yosemite Institute and as a guide and college instructor throughout the western US, Caribbean and in New Zealand. Craig is a dad, longboard surfer, holds an M.S. in ecology from Cal and plays music with the Healdsburg-based band Cahoots.

  • Napa County Resource Conservation District

    Frances Knapczyk, Conservation Program Manager

    Frances has been working locally in the field of natural resources since 2007. She has a PhD in Plant Evolutionary Ecology from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Biology and Geology from Indiana University. She has a strong background in ecology, water quality, agricultural conservation, and public education. Frances oversees all of the LandSmart® programs including Conservation Planning, On-the-Ground, Water Management and the LandSmart® for Kids education programs. She is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director for the RCD. Since she joined the RCD in 2007, Frances has been involved with a diverse set of programs and initiatives, and she now plays an integral role in program development and fundraising, as well as collaboration with partner organizations. Frances enjoys hiking, botanizing, and all things food-related.

  • Sonoma County Resource Conservation District

    Valerie Minton Quinto, Executive Director

    As an active member of Sonoma County’s community, Valerie’s recent involvement includes serving as Vice Chair of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, serving on the Regional Climate Protection Authority’s Climate Action Advisory Committee, and previously the Climate Action 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Group. Having also held various leadership positions with the Junior League of Napa-Sonoma, she works to develop the potential of women to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations. Valerie is a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 30, and a fellow of the Leadership for a Sustainable Future program, class of 2008.

  • Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

    Patty Madigan, Project Manager, Conservation Programs, Navarro River Watershed

    Patty has worked for MCRCD since 2001, first serving as the Navarro Watershed Coordinator and then as Conservation Programs Director. She has been instrumental in securing more than four million dollars for MCRCD projects since 2009. A graduate of Humboldt State, with a master’s degree in environmental education, Patty brings to the mix ten years’ experience as a fisheries technician for private consulting firms, and five years as a director for an award-winning AmeriCorps program. In 2012, Patty collaborated with USDA NRCS to complete the Mendocino County Permit Coordination Program. Currently, Patty serves on the Mendocino County Fish & Game Commission and is a member of the Wood for Salmon Workgroup.

  • DailyActs

    Kerry Fugett, Leadership Institute and Resilient Hubs

    Born and raised in Sebastopol, Kerry graduated from UC San Diego with a BS in Physiology and Neuroscience. She worked as a field biologist on a variety of projects, including researching the impacts of agriculture on wildlife in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa and Ecuador. Curious about the ability to use business as a global force for good, she transitioned into a role developing a Corporate Social Responsibility program at an IT firm in San Francisco, where she also consulted on Salesforce.com.

    She then moved to Australia to dig into the strength of grassroots power to drive change, working with farmers and business owners to regenerate our food systems. This opened her eyes to the importance of grassroots organizing as a tool to empower individuals in making local, regional and global change.

    Prior to joining Daily Acts, she served as Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action, campaigning to eliminate synthetic pesticides from schools and public places, working to bridge the divide between social and environmental groups, and improving government and grassroots coordination. She is thrilled to be a part of the Daily Acts team to empower and connect leaders as we co-create a healthy, just and resilient future. Kerry currently sits on the Sonoma County Climate Action Advisory Committee.

  • Sonoma County Ag & Open Space District

    Bill Keene, General Manager

    Since 2009, Bill has served as General Manager of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The District’s land conservation efforts include the preservation and ongoing stewardship of agricultural and natural resource lands in Sonoma County.

    Prior to joining the District, Bill managed the Sonoma County Water Agency’s Environmental Compliance Program, and served as program manager for the Water Agency’s Sonoma Valley Groundwater Management Program in Sonoma Valley, the first adopted plan in Sonoma County. He continues to serve on the Basin Advisory Panels for Sonoma Valley and the Santa Rosa Plain.

    Bill has extensive experience building partnerships throughout the region with water agencies, municipalities, business interests, agricultural groups, non-profits, and other organizations in the areas of water resources, natural resources management, land use planning, climate change, integrated regional water management planning and watershed management.

    Bill holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts Degree in Geography (emphasis in Natural Resources Management) from San Francisco State University.

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