Board and Staff

The Sierra Fund is powered by a high level team of Directors and staff who are dedicated to protecting and preserving the Sierra. Our Emeritus Board Members continue to be key advisors to all our work.

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Board of Directors
Emeritus Board

Board of Directors

Timothy Seward, Board ChairTimothy Seward, Board Chair - Tim Seward, Board Chair, is a partner with the law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, in the firm’s Sacramento, California office. Hobbs Straus is a national law firm founded to represent and advance the interests of Indian and Alaska Native tribes and their people. more here
Alison Harvey, SecretaryAlison Harvey, Board Secretary - Alison Harvey, Board Secretary, is the Director of Governmental Affairs for the United Auburn Indian Community, a federally recognized California tribe comprised of Maidu and Miwok Indians based in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Auburn. more here
John Regan, TreasurerJohn Regan, Board Treasurer - John Regan, Board Treasurer, is a founding member of the Sierra Fund’s Board of Directors. John is president of Smart Campaigns, Inc., a national political consulting firm specializing in due diligence, strategic research, issues analysis and media relations. more here
Batty Brissenden, Emeritus ChairPatty Brissenden, Emeritus Board Chair - Patty Brissenden, Emeritus Board Chair, lives in the incredibly beautiful Hope Valley, home to Sorensen’s Resort, which she has co-owned with her husband John for 20 years. Patty is credited with having landed a $25 million grant for Hope Valley watershed management. more here
Adrienne AlvordAdrienne Alvord, Board Member - Adrienne Alvord is the Union of Concerned Scientists’ California and Western States Director, based in Berkeley, California. Ms. Alvord is leading UCS’s effort to ensure robust implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act, California’s landmark climate law known as “AB 32.” more here
Robert MeacherRobert Meacher, Board Member - Robert Meacher brings considerable expertise on water issues to the Board of The Sierra Fund. Bob served as 2nd District Plumas County Supervisor for five terms, from 1992-2012. During his tenure on the Board he served on numerous committees including... more here
Gary ParsonsGary Parsons, Board Member - Gary Parsons is a San Juan Ridge-based general building contractor living and working on the Ridge since 1989. He received his B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of California, Davis in 1988. more here

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Elizabeth MartinElizabeth "Izzy" Martin, CEO is a community organizer and environmental advocate with nearly thirty years of experience working in rural communities to promote economic and environmental justice. She has worked with a wide diversity of constituencies, from farm workers to small farmers and rural more here
Carrie MonohanCarrie Monohan, Ph.D., Science Director, earned her Ph.D. in Forest Resources and Hydrology in 2004 from the University of Washington. Her dissertation work addressed the relationship between water quality in agricultural streams and diminishing salmon habitat. She has been the Science Director at The Sierra Fund since 2010 where she designs and directs research to fill critical data gaps in water quality more here
Beth BordnerBeth Bordner, Operations Manager, moved to Nevada County in 2014 from the Seattle area where she spent 20 years living on a small, ferry-only accessed island surrounded by the natural beauty of Puget Sound and the majesty of Mount Rainier. Her experience in non-profit environmental conservation comes from nearly a decade as the Operations Manager for the Vashon-Maury Island Land more here
Alex Keeble-TollAlex Keeble-Toll, Program Manager, was born and raised in Nevada City and joined The Sierra Fund’s staff in January 2015. Alex has a BA in sociology, magna cum laude, from UCLA and received her first graduate degree in 2006 (MA, Sociology, CSU, Sacramento). After spending five years at home raising two wonderfully wild small humans, Alex pursued and completed a third graduate degree in 2016 (M.Sc., Environmental Science, with distinction, CSU, Chico) more here
Amber TaxieraAmber Taxiera, Operations & Finance Coordinator, grew up in Davis, CA and fell in love with the Sierra through snowboarding, rock climbing, and white water rafting. Amber came to The Sierra Fund through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership program in April 2013, providing key capacity to the organization and has since taken on a variety of roles including coordination of our Donor Advised Funds and organizing our biennial Reclaiming the Sierra more here
Jenny MichaelJenny Michael, Administrative Assistant, has over 27 years of administrative management experience including Enrollment and Student Support Manager for a private college in Nevada City, CA. At the center of Jenny’s passion is music. Shortly after moving to Nevada City, she discovered community radio KVMR, took the broadcaster training class and has hosted her own radio program for over 20 more here
Kelsey WestfallKelsey Westfall, Outreach Coordinator and Policy Assistant, was raised in the beautiful Sierra Foothills by parents with an affinity for nature and exploration. Kelsey graduated from San Francisco State University in May, 2014 and was presented the Environmental Studies Departmental Honoree Award, delivering a speech a more here
Laura CarrollLaura Carroll, Development Assistant, was raised in Nevada County in a large family of outdoor enthusiasts, who instilled in her a sense of belonging among the tall trees and large granite slabs that cover the Sierra Nevada landscape. Laura went on to pursue her education at Humboldt State University where she recently graduated with a degree in Ecological more here
Laura CarrollGeorge Valente, Research Assistant, graduated from California State University Chico in 2016 with a degree in Hydrology. As TSF's Research Assistant, George will install and maintain stream gages, monitoring wells and equipment across field sites, collect water quality samples, and assist a team working to map hydraulic mine features in the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) more here

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Emeritus Board

Janet Cohen

Martha Davis

Esther Feldman

Sarah Forslund (in memorium)

Greg Francis

Michael Funk

Shawn Garvey

John Hellwig

Michael Killigrew (in memorium)

John Laird

Dr. Gerald Meral

Rob Moser

Bill Newsom

Drummond Pike

Dr. Lisa Thompson

David Welch

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