William Anderson Barnes

Board Chair

Andy Barnes has served on the Greenbelt Alliance Board of Directors since 2006. He is Principal of Barnes and Company of San Francisco, providing advisory services on complex urban land-use matters. As an urbanist, Barnes has led a number of major city-building projects in his career and some sizable land conservation initiatives as well. Continue reading

Wells Whitney, Sc.D.

Board Vice-Chair

Retired scientist and business consultant, Dr. Wells Whitney has served on several technical advisory boards, both for private companies and start-ups, as well as public projects. Dr. Whitney remains active on six nonprofit boards. Continue reading

Elliot Evers

Chair, Advancement Committee

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

Chair, Board Affairs Committee

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

Chair, Public Policy Committee

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

Anu Natarajan

Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee

Anu Natarajan joined the Greenbelt Alliance Board in 2014. Anu was elected to the Fremont City Council and served for ten years. 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

Chair, Audit Committee

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

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