Updated on December 7, 2022. Originally published on June 15, 2022. Last Tuesday (December 6), San José’s City Council unanimously approved their Parking and Transportation Demand Management Standards Ordinance, representing a huge win for more sustainable mobility, affordable housing, and GHG emissions reduction in our region! Over three years in the making, this decision comes
WHO WE ARE
Over Greenbelt Alliance’s 65-year history, Greenbelt Alliance has stewarded the region’s beautiful natural landscapes while promoting the growth needed for thriving communities for generations to come. As a result, today, almost 3.3 million acres of the Bay Area’s nine counties are protected open spaces. Learn more about our organization’s 65-year history here.
Today, we are leveraging our expertise in land-use policy advocacy and regional collaboration to realize a climate-resilient Bay Area. To us, this looks like communities and people thriving in the places they live, work, and play. Staying safe during climate disasters. Connecting with open spaces in new and powerful ways. Suffering less and recovering quickly after the next wildfire, flood, or drought. All thanks to equitable solutions drawing on the powerful role of nature.
Unique among regional organizations, our approach centers building deep, authentic connections to community members advocating for change at the local level. We amplify these grassroots voices, educate local elected officials, and build bridges across sectors to enact local change and ensure it adds up to regional impact to build a more resilient Bay Area for people and nature.
The Greenbelt Alliance Board of Directors plays a vital role in regional leadership for an organization on the frontlines of creating a more sustainable, equitable, vibrant Bay Area. In 2023, we are celebrating our 65th anniversary—a major milestone in our many years of critical work—and crafting a new strategic plan that is deepening our commitment to integrating nature-based climate adaptation and resilience into the region’s future. Our Board of Directors is currently composed of a group of committed individuals who are passionate about our work throughout the Bay Area. Get to know the folks who could be your future board colleagues here!
We’re looking for a new cohort of members to join our active and dynamic existing Board to provide the vision, leadership, and connections to guide Greenbelt Alliance to an even more impactful future. Over six and a half decades, our organization has grown from not only championing critical conservation efforts that protect natural and working lands, but we have also championed advocacy initiatives for affordable, abundant, climate-smart homes. We’re well positioned to activate a broad coalition of regional stakeholders who can make a meaningful impact—accelerating nature-based adaptation for the protection of land and people. If this sounds like exciting work to you, we need your leadership on our Board of Directors!
If you feel you or someone you know would make for a strong new addition to Greenbelt Alliance’s Board of Directors, we encourage you to fill out the application below. Providing as much information as possible will help us in considering the application.
our commitment to equity & racial justice
At Greenbelt Alliance, we believe that local and regional policy decisions must prioritize attention, sustained resources, and solutions for the Bay Area’s low-income communities of color most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These are also communities that have traditionally been excluded—deliberately—from large scale investment and planning decision-making.
We believe that advancing equitable climate resilience is part of advancing our society’s call for racial justice. That is why Greenbelt Alliance is increasing our focus on ensuring our most vulnerable communities are centered in regional and local efforts to build climate resilience.
Our commitments to social justice and racial equity extend to our Board of Directors, which we feel should represent the immense diversity of the Bay Area region in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, geographic location, professional focus, and many other relevant identities.
WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR
Here’s what our Board embodies:
- Strategic Thinking: Board members provide critical strategic support and leadership for the direction of the organization
- Creative Fundraising: financial sustainability helps us maintain and increase impact
- Fearless Innovation: the world is changing, we need to be open to new ideas while building on past successes
- Collaborative Leadership: the Board’s work is deeply collaborative amongst its members and with staff to increase organizational effectiveness and impact
- Coalition Building: our work succeeds through building strong coalitions across issues and sectors
- Committed Support: we’re looking for passionate supporters of our mission and a climate-resilient region
We expect Board members to:
- Be personally committed to the mission, vision, and strategy of the organization
- Attend Board meetings, which are normally held bi-monthly (six times per year), typically on Thursdays lasting up to two hours
- Participate on at least one Board committee or major task force, sharing special skills, contacts, and areas of expertise (committees generally meet virtually on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis)
- Serve as an ambassador and advocate for the organization in the community
- Make a personally significant financial contribution and commitment of time each year along with participating in activities to secure the financial well-being of the organization
- Agree to serve a four-year term as a Board member, (eligible to renew)
Just as Greenbelt Alliance works to create a better Bay Area, we also strive to better ourselves as an organization. To guide that continued improvement, our staff and Board of Directors have identified and adopted the following values. They reflect who we are as an organization, what we foster in our team members, and the internal standard we use to measure our work.
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Originally published on December 22, 2022, and updated on February 1st, 2023, to reflect recent developments. After hours of public comments and two special City Council meetings, the City of Concord decided to reject the term sheet for the Concord Reuse Project, formerly known as the Concord Naval Weapons Station, in a 3-2 vote. With
“If You Want Something Done, Turn to the Powerful Women:” Sonoma County Organization Empowers Latinx Community
Latino Service Providers is a Greenbelt Alliance partner and we are honored to spotlight the women-led organization with a special interview this Women’s History Month. Alayza Cervantes found her passion to serve the Latino community while studying psychology and Chicano Studies at UC Davis. Born in Sonoma County as a first generation Mexican American, she