Helping Build a Better Bay Area for their Daughter

Planned giving helps protect the Bay Area for Daisy.

It was serendipity that helped Wendy and Dan Marinaccio Husman discover Greenbelt Alliance, but a deep connection to our mission that led the couple to make our organization a beneficiary of their estate. When Wendy discovered Greenbelt Alliance during a job search a few years back, she and Dan fell in love with our vision of a sustainable inclusive Bay Area. They soon became monthly donors, because they wanted to help “create… Read More

How Mary Became Walnut Creek’s Affordable Housing Champion

Mary Fenelon is one of Walnut Creek’s most fearless and outspoken affordable housing advocates. For years, she has rallied her community to ensure that everyone in Walnut Creek, and the Bay Area, can live in a thriving neighborhood they’re proud to call home. Through her efforts with the Coalition for a Vibrant and Inclusive Walnut Creek (which Greenbelt Alliance helped form), the East Bay Housing Organizations, and the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, Mary has been essential to providing people in the community with a platform to openly discuss housing policies and fight for their housing rights.

Outings Leader Spotlight: Nancy Topp

From supporter to volunteer to staff member, Greenbelt Alliance’s own Nancy Topp has devoted her passion and talent to a breadth of Greenbelt Alliance programs.

Three of the Coolest Women in Sunnyvale

The women of Sunnyvale Cool (from left to right: Margaret, Barbara, and Janani)

Profound change often comes at the hands of volunteers. In Sunnyvale, the historic block of Murphy Avenue by the Caltrain station remains a charming, bustling shopping and dining district due to the tireless efforts of one such woman, Ann Hines. Today, her legacy lives on through a committed group of environmental advocates who call themselves Sunnyvale Cool.

Meet Nancy Fleming, Climate Rider

Photo: Kip Pierson ©

Nancy just completed her third consecutive Climate Ride, biking down the Northern California coast to raise money for Greenbelt Alliance. Thank you, Nancy!

When David Met Serena

Photo: David Schooley

Sometimes you just have to step away from the computer screen and get outside to find the love of your life. That’s how David and Serena did it. The following is a Greenbelt Alliance love story…

The Man Behind the Maps

Even if you are a longtime supporter of Greenbelt Alliance, a name you might not be familiar with is Adam Garcia. Adam is Greenbelt Alliance’s mad scientist, our policy researcher. Today, Adam is working to improve the Bay Area Priority Conservation Area program.

Her Rural Majesty: Julie’s Story

Julie and her husband fell in love with Sonoma County, so they found a place to call home in Asti. When neighboring Cloverdale was looking to sprawl out beyond its urban growth boundary, Julie teamed up with Greenbelt Alliance and our local partners to fight the expansion.

Local Farms on the Edge

The Bay Area loves chowing down on local food. Yet pressure to pave over our farms and ranches—a huge part of the greenbelt—still exists, especially in Brentwood, east Contra Costa County’s agricultural gem.

What’s Cookin’ in Oakland

Oakland’s Broadway Valdez District will be an exciting part of the city’s future. We can get a glimpse of what the future holds by looking in on things like Kitchener Oakland—a commercial kitchen with a community conscience.