Larry Simi

Larry Simi guides the day to day operations of Greenbelt Alliance and has overall responsibility for carrying out our mission of protecting open space and promoting thriving neighborhoods in the Bay Area. He comes to the organization with a long history as an executive in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Greenbelt Alliance, Larry was interim CEO of Build it Green and STAND! For Families Free of Violence. He had… Read More

Justin Probert

Justin Probert oversees the financial and administrative operations of Greenbelt Alliance. He arrives with over 20 years of nonprofit experience and equally important, an enthusiastic passion for the mission of Greenbelt Alliance. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Justin is committed to social justice, equity, smart growth, protection of the natural landscape, and the creation of affordable housing. A graduate of Cal Poly, he has retained the “learn by doing” philosophy of… Read More

Matt Vander Sluis

Matt Vander Sluis guides Greenbelt Alliance’s campaigns and projects that protect the Bay Area’s natural and agricultural landscapes and create thriving neighborhoods with homes affordable to all. Prior to joining Greenbelt Alliance in 2010, Matt managed the climate policy program for the Planning and Conservation League, a statewide environmental nonprofit in Sacramento, where he shaped state policies to shorten commutes through better land use planning. His work has been covered by a… Read More

Amy Henson

Amy Henson is her best self when caffeinated and working for a great cause. For more than a decade she’s driven growth strategies for non-profit organizations and higher education. At Greenbelt Alliance, Amy works across the organization to foster unified, creative, and data-backed marketing, program, and fundraising efforts. In addition to her marketing focus, she is serving as Interim Advancement Director. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Amy lived and worked in Chicago, IL where she… Read More

Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt leads Greenbelt Alliance’s Natural Landscapes and Farms & Ranches Forever initiatives. He guides team development of policy and advocacy to protect our region’s 3.6 million-acre greenbelt of natural and agricultural landscapes. Prior to joining Greenbelt Alliance, Brian ran an environmental consulting practice and was elected to public office as a director and vice chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. An environmental lawyer, Brian’s background include work for Committee for… Read More

Nadia Benafghoul

Nadia’s deep-rooted admiration for the Bay Area’s natural beauty and diversity leads to her passion in enhancing its communities to make them more inclusive, sustainable, and healthy. As Advancement Assistant, Nadia helps to manage Greenbelt Alliance’s fundraising programs, connecting funders and donors to the organization’s mission of promoting development that will yield social and economic equity, while protecting the region’s natural and agricultural landscapes. Prior to joining Greenbelt Alliance, Nadia attended UC… Read More

Jessie Brennan

Jessie’s passion for the environment and nature motivates her to use her marketing skills to work strategically to develop and implement marketing initiatives that drive the mission and vision of Greenbelt Alliance. Collaborating across departments, Jessie strategizes and executes digital marketing tasks for the organization to achieve fundraising and advocacy goals. A large portion of her work is focused on recruiting new activists and donors while upholding Greenbelt Alliance’s brand. Originally from… Read More

Nora Cullinen

As a sixth generation Bay Area native, Nora is passionate about regional land conservation and smart growth development that will benefit the next generation of Bay Area residents. At Greenbelt Alliance, Nora helps connect donors to the mission of the organization through donor events, stewardship, and cultivation opportunities. She helps plan and implement all aspects of individual fundraising and is motivated by raising support for Greenbelt Alliance’s mission. Nora began her career… Read More

Adam Garcia

Adam Garcia brings a diverse background rooted in environmental and city planning to the Greenbelt Alliance team. His background allows him to lead cutting-edge research initiatives, public policy analysis, and mapping services. As a devoted hiker and bicyclist, he knows what is at stake to ensure the Bay Area continues to be the best place to enjoy both the great outdoors and the local communities. He brings experience learning from and helping… Read More

Lilibeth Gonzalez

As Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Lilibeth helps to ensure daily operations run smoothly at Greenbelt Alliance. She brings a passion for advocacy in creating more equitable communities. Prior to joining Greenbelt Alliance, she was Executive Assistant to Early Edge California—an advocacy organization devoted to quality early childhood education. She is committed to Greenbelt Alliance’s mission of smart sustainable growth grounded by sound policymaking. A native Californian raised in the Philippines, Lil… Read More