John Chapman

Board President

John has served as Board President since January 2010 and has been a member of the board since 2003. He is a board member of the East Bay Community Foundation where he is chair of the Community Engagement Committee which is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s grantmaking, initiatives and strategic plan. Continue reading

William Anderson Barnes

Executive Vice President

Andy Barnes, principal of Barnes and Company of San Francisco provides real estate consulting and advisory services to organizations having complex land-use and development needs. Barnes specializes in large scale urban mixed-use development projects, often involving public/private ventures and sustainable development components.
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Elliot Evers

Vice President, Development Committee Chair

Elliot Evers is a fifth-generation San Franciscan. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Hastings College of the Law, and The Sorbonne, and, when he is working, his firm specializes in the purchase and sale of broadcast stations, cellular companies and other telecom assets. When he is playing, Elliot is an avid outdoorsman who spends as much time as he can hiking, biking and otherwise enjoying the open spaces of which the Bay Area’s residents are so justifiably proud. Continue reading

Michael Howe

Vice President, Board Affairs Committee Chair

Michael is the Vice President and Philanthropy Practice Leader at Olive Grove Consulting. He is the former Chair of the National Task Force on Community leadership at Stanford University. He was President of the East Bay Community Foundation from 1993 to 2006 and before that he was at the Marin Community Foundation from 1986 to 1993. Michael Howe currently consults with foundations, corporations and non-profits domestically and internationally. Continue reading

Jake Mackenzie

Vice President, Policy Committee Chair

Jake Mackenzie is on his 16th year on the Rohnert Park City Council and is Mayor for the fourth time. A retired pesticide regulator (30 years with U.S. EPA), he currently occupies his retirement years chairing and serving on regional water, transportation, open space, sustainable growth and climate protection bodies. Continue reading

Robert Oxenburgh


Robert Oxenburgh joins the Greenbelt Alliance board with a wealth of experience in finance. He is the co-founder of FinancialOxygen, Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer for over four years. Continue reading

Jean McCown

Audit Committee Chair

Jean McCown is assistant vice president and Director of Community Relations in Stanford University’s Office of Government and Community Relations. Jean was a member of the Palo Alto City Council from 1990 to 1998, served as mayor in 1993 and on the CalTrain Joint Powers Board and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. In addition to the Greenbelt Alliance Board, she is a Board member of the Palo Alto Housing Corporation Continue reading

Nancy Adler

Board member Nancy Adler is a Professor of Medical Psychology at UCSF where she directs the Center for Health and Community. She brings expertise in the relationship of community design and health.
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Teresa Alvarado

Outdoors lover and San Jose mover-and-shaker Teresa Alvarado brings her depth of experience in the public sphere to the Greenbelt Alliance board. Continue reading

Jeff Blanchfield

Board member Jeff Blanchfield is the former San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Chief Planning Officer Continue reading

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