Speakers

Jeremy Madsen

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Jeremy Madsen sets and implements the organization’s strategic goals and manages its operations. He frequently speaks on land conservation and smart growth. Continue reading

Melissa Hippard

Program Director

Melissa is a native San Franciscan who has been fortunate to live in many parts of the Bay Area over her life. She frequently speaks on agriculture and open space conservation. Continue reading

Stephanie Reyes

Senior Program Strategist

Stephanie works on regional and statewide smart growth, affordable housing, and open space protection policy development and advocacy. Continue reading

Matt Vander Sluis

Program Director

Matt Vander Sluis leads open space and community revitalization campaigns across Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties. He frequently speaks on smart growth and land conservation. Continue reading

Michele Beasley

Regional Director

Michele is a San Mateo County native and has been working to protect open space lands and create livable communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties since 2004. She often speaks on affordable housing and smart growth. Continue reading

Ken Lavin

Outings Coordinator

Ken has introduced countless children and adults to the delights of the nature and the greenbelt as an outdoor education teacher, park ranger, and hike leader. He is an entertaining storyteller and expert speaker on the natural world, including Bay Area geology, flora, and fauna. Continue reading

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