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.