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Open Call to join Greenbelt Alliance's Board of Directors

Greenbelt Alliance is seeking new Board members to support our vision of a Bay Area of healthy, thriving, resilient communities made up of lands and people that are safe during climate disasters and recover quickly from wildfire, floods, and drought. A Bay Area where everyone is living with nature in new and powerful ways for generations to come.


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.


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.


Break down silos, amplify strengths, and support individual and organizational growth.


Encourage an environment where it is safe to express opinions, bravely engage new ideas, and take smart, calculated risks.


Clearly communicate expectations, listen carefully, and always assume best intent.


Recognize, understand, and appreciate the unique perspective and shared humanity of others.


Honor your commitments to yourself and your team, and accept the vulnerability of admitting when you cannot.


Foster a culture of trust by sharing information, decision-making strategies, and compensation ranges at all levels.


Reflect the complete spectrum of Bay Area residents, ensure equitable processes, and prioritize marginalized and underrepresented communities.


Channel the inherent joy of doing work you believe in towards creating a positive environment.

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