Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Former Senior Assistant Dean for Administration, Santa Clara University School of Law; former Assistant Dean, Santa Clara University School of Engineering; former Executive Director, Overseas Studies Program, Stanford University; former Assistant to President Gerhard Casper, Stanford University; former Associate Provost for Program Development and Facilities Planning, Stanford University; resident of Menlo Park.

Director Product Marketing, Blue Coat Systems; former Senior Marketing Manager, Fortinet, Inc.; former Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.; former Product Manager, Apple Computer; member, Steering Committee, Neighbors Against Irresponsible Logging; resident of Los Gatos.

Senior Director of Housing and Community Development, Silicon Valley Leadership Group; Board Member, Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters; Board Member, Silicon Valley Housing Trust; former Treasurer, Silicon Valley Young Democrats; former Community Outreach Specialist for Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, resident of Sunnyvale.

Executive Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University; former Resident Director, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, University of California; board member, Organization of Biological Field Stations; resident of Menlo Park.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Focus Business Bank; member, Board of Directors, First Community Housing; member, Global Leadership Council, College of Business, San Jose State University; member, Rotary Club of San Jose; Trustee, Symphony Silicon Valley; Director, The Tower Foundation of San Jose State University; resident of San Jose.

Government Relations Officer, Caminar; former member, California State Assembly; former member, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors; former President, California State Association of Counties; a resident of Menlo Park.

Former Vice President, AWD Technologies; former Quality Assurance Manager, Guy F. Atkinson Company; President, Myrtle L. Atkinson Foundation; former President, Friends of Menlo Park Library; resident of Menlo Park.

Environmental columnist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel; Board of Directors, Center for Farmworker Families; Board of Directors, Santa Cruz Mountains Biodiversity Council; former watershed manager for the San Lorenzo Valley Water District; resident of Santa Cruz.

Democracy Consultant, City of Santa Clara; regional government graduate school professor, Public Administration Program, San Jose State University; former elected Treasurer, County of Santa Cruz; former Speaker pro Tem, California Assembly (Keeley authored the two largest voter-approved park and environmental bonds in the nation’s history, totaling $4.6 billion); former member, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors; corporate officer, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Washington DC; board member, Working Partnerships USA; board member, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County; teacher, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, CSU Monterey Bay; lecturer, Panetta Institute of Public Policy; resident of Santa Cruz.

Board Member, Coastside State Parks Association; Docent, Ano Nuevo State Park; Board President, Redwood Meadows Ranch Homeowners Association; former Leadership Team, Mid-Peninsula Democratic Volunteer Center; former hospital administrator and health policy analyst; resident of Menlo Park and Bonny Doon.

Volunteer Project Manager, The Trust for Public Land; former Vice President of Business Development, HomeGain; former Director of Business Advisory Services, US-China Business Council; resident of San Francisco.

Chairman and owner, Intero Real Estate Services; Founding Director, Heritage Bank of Commerce Board of Directors; Board Member, Trulia; Former President and CEO, Franchise Group of Cendant Corporation; Former President and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation; Former President and CEO, Contempo Realty, Inc.

CEO, Girl Scouts of Northern California; former Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; resident of Menlo Park.

President, Putnam Automotive, Inc.; Former President, Burlingame Chamber of Commerce; resident of Woodside.

Former Senior Vice President, Cornish & Carey Commercial Real Estate; former owner, Cornish & Carey Residential Real Estate; former President, Woodside High School Foundation; current volunteer, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries and Santa Clara County Audubon Society; resident of Woodside.

Vice President, Venture Investing at Citi Ventures; former investment professional at Bessemer Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners; former cofounder and head of product at a tech startup; hiking and camping enthusiast; resident of Redwood City.

Partner, Wyckoff, Ritchey and Shanle; member and active hike leader, Sierra Club; resident of Santa Cruz.


Sara Barth

Sara Barth, Executive Director, (650) 949-1453 x201

Sara Barth joined Sempervirens Fund in 2016 after 12 years working in leadership positions at The Wilderness Society (TWS), most recently as Senior Regional Director for the Pacific and Southeast regions. Sara oversaw TWS efforts to protect wildlands around the country, including successfully preserving over 1 million acres of federal land in California, and she completed a major climate adaptation project for the organization. Prior to TWS, Sara served as an environmental advisor to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in Washington, D.C. Her other professional experience includes working for the National Wildlife Federation and the World Wildlife Fund on U.S. land and wildlife policy. Sara holds a B.A. in Biopsychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment.


Patrick Gibbons, Chief Financial Officer, (650) 949-1453 x202

Patrick Gibbons joined Sempervirens Fund in 2014 and is responsible for all financial and accounting functions, human resources, information technology and office management. Before coming to Sempervirens Fund he worked as finance director at various local nonprofit organizations including The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, San Francisco Parks Trust, Strybing Arboretum Society and Haight Ashbury Free Clinics. Patrick is a native of San Francisco and has a B.S. in Accounting from San Francisco State University.

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Michael Kawalek, CFRE, Director of Development, (650) 949-1453 x209

Michael Kawalek joined Sempervirens Fund in 2013, and he currently serves as the Director of Development. Before coming to Sempervirens Fund, he worked as Director of Development and Finance for Bay Area Wilderness Training and as a fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Zoo, and KQED. Michael earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2015, serves as a Board Member for the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Bay Area native.

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Barbara Lamb Hall, Associate Director of Development, (650) 949-1453 x203

Barbara Lamb Hall is the newest team member, serving as Associate Director of Development. Before joining Sempervirens Fund, she worked as Development and Underwriting Mgr. for KCSM, a division of the College of San Mateo, and prior to that was Development Director for Village Enterprise Fund. Barbara served as a Board Member for Each One Reach One, and on the AFP Silicon Valley Board as VP of Programs. She is originally from upstate New York, and has traveled widely in the country and abroad. She loves to hike and run in Bay Area parks. Barbara holds a Master’s degree from Tufts University.

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Laura McLendon, Director of Land Conservation, (650) 949-1453 x206

Laura McLendon joined Sempervirens Fund in 2006. She holds an M.A. in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University, with concentrations in environmental science, policy, and resource management.

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Amanda Krauss, Tribute Program Manager, (650) 949-1453 x204

Amanda Krauss joined Sempervirens Fund in 2011 and currently manages the Tribute Program dedicating trees and groves in honor and memory of special people or events. Amanda previously worked and volunteered in the visual arts and conducted citizen science projects with birds. She serves as a Board Member of Silicon Valley Visual Arts, volunteers with Sonoma Birding and helped start the annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids. She’s a Bay Area native who enjoys living in the redwoods. She holds a B.A. in Art Studio and Avian Sciences from University of California, Davis.


Ann Blanchard, Annual Giving Manager, (650) 949-1453 x205

Ann Blanchard joined Sempervirens in 2012 with over 10 years in non-profit service and is a Bay Area native who grew up camping at our local state parks. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Davis and a B.F.A. in Visual Communications and Graphic Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology, Sacramento.

Lucia Magaña

Lucia Magaña, Office and Events Manager, (650) 949-1453 x200

Lucia Magaña joined us in 2015 with over 10 years of customer service experience and a bookkeeping background. She has worked for Nob Hill Foods, the Sam Liccardo for San Jose Mayor Campaign, and Outreach Inc. Lucia proudly participates in the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. She holds a dual B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from San Jose State University, with a special interest in cultural diversity.

Ian Rowbotham

Ian Rowbotham, Land Stewardship Project Associate, (650) 949-1453 x208

Ian Rowbotham joined Sempervirens Fund in 2016 as the Land Stewardship Project Associate. He holds an M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, with a focus on sustainable resource use. Before coming to Sempervirens Fund, he conducted research on the effects of climate change on forests of the Sierra Nevada and the movement and physiology of white sharks and bluefin tuna.

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Arlene Markakis, Administrative Assistant

Arlene has been with Sempervirens Fund since 1973. She was our accountant for 30 years and now works part time as an Administrative Assistant.

Science Advisory Panel

  • Betsy Herbert, Ph.D., Chair
  • Anthony R. Ambrose, Ph.D.
  • Philippe S. Cohen, Ph.D.
  • Robert Curry, Ph.D.
  • Wallace “J” Nichols, Ph.D.
  • Will Russell, Ph.D.
  • Steve Singer, M.S.
  • Jerry Smith, Ph.D.

Founding Directors

  • Andrew P. Hill
  • George C. Collins
  • Howard J. King
  • Claude A. “Tony” Look
  • Dorothy Varian