Environment & Sustainability Committee

Co-Chairs: Kerry Fugett & Lisa Micheli


  • 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.

    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.

  • Pepperwood Foundation

    Lisa Micheli, PhD., Executive Director

    Dr. Micheli has over 25 years experience applying her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs. She completed her graduate studies at UC Berkeley as a NASA Earth Systems Research Fellow in 2000 and now focuses her research on relationships between watershed health and biodiversity. She is the co-chair of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Bay Area climate adaptation research initiative. She joined Sonoma County’s Pepperwood Foundation in October of 2009 as its premiere Executive Director.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

    Patty Madigan, Senior Conservation Programs Manager, Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

    Patty Madigan joined the Mendocino Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) in January 2001 after serving as Program Director for the AmeriCorps Watershed Project. Over the last 18 years, Patty has developed grant proposals bringing in over 4M of state and federal funds for local watershed restoration projects. Working closely with NRCS, she was instrumental in launching coordinated permitting programs to streamline permitting for restoration practices, beginning with the Navarro Watershed Permit Coordination Program in 2003 and then the Mendocino County Permit Coordination Program in 2012.

  • Audubon Canyon Ranch

    John Petersen, Executive Director

    Executive Director of Audubon Canyon Ranch since 2014, leads the strategic direction for the 57-year organization and oversees an operating budget of $3.5M. John works collaboratively with ACR staff, board of directors and community to find creative solutions to our environmental challenges, and further the mission of conservation in action. With a focus on increasing ACR’s impact in science and education, John has directed new and innovative programs that use the latest in research and technology.

    As only the third leader in ACR’s history, John began his career with ACR in 1987 while on a graduate fellowship at Sonoma State University. From Resident Biologist to Associate Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director, John has participated in all aspects of the organization and applies over 30 years of nonprofit and science experience to his role as a leader in regional conservation. John holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in biology from Sonoma State University.

    John is also an accomplished artist, commissioned by the National Parks of Costa Rica to create fundraising posters, and honored by President Oscar Arias Sanchez with a showing at the National Museum in San Jose.

  • 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.

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