Heather is the Director of Programs for the Special Hope Foundation and formerly, was the Program Director for the California Consumer Protection Foundation. She has worked in philanthropy for over 16 years, and worked as a health educator and manager in the Contra Costa County Department of Health Services. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology with an emphasis in bio-basis of behavior/pre-med and a master’s degree in health education with an emphasis in public/community health. She co-founded Plug-In America, was a planning commissioner in Mariposa County, and is the Board Chair for the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation. Heather has owned three small businesses and currently resides in Mariposa County on her small cattle ranch where she advocates for family agriculture and quality land use policy. Her Tribal affiliation is Yoeme [Yaqui].
Areas of expertise: grants; advocacy; public health; electric cars; bio-fuel; community organizing; nonprofits
Terry grew up in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Willamette University as a psychology major, did advance work in chemistry and botany from the University of Portland, and spent a year at Washington State’s School of Forestry.
Terry is a fourth generation family member of the Collins Pine Company, the first privately owned forest products company to be independently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Collins Pine has 90,000 acres of sustainable managed timberland and a state-of-the-art sawmill in Plumas County. Terry has been a forester for the Company in Chester, Lakeview, and Kane, and currently serves on the board and oversees the Collins Pine Museum.
Areas of expertise: sustainable forestry and land management; museum management
Louise Fortmann is Professor Emerita of Natural Resource Sociology and Professor of the Graduate School Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley and a grandmother. She has studied property, gender, community management of natural resources, and the democratization of science in Africa and the US. Her ability to milk a cow has been the source of considerable amusement in African villages.
Areas of expertise: property; gender; community management of natural resources; democratization of science in Africa and the US
Gerry is a forest conservation leader and policy expert with 25 years of experience working in Washington, DC, with American Forests, a national nonprofit conservation organization. He has significant expertise working on public policy issues related to the restoration, protection, and maintenance of public and private forests in both rural and urban areas.
Since the mid-1990s, Gerry has worked with national partner networks to advance community-based forestry in the U.S., particularly in helping to bring the voices and expertise of local rural and urban partners to the national policy arena.
Gerry holds a Doctor of Forestry degree from the University of Minnesota (1987), a Master of Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1982), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale University (1978).
Areas of expertise: forest conservation; rural and urban forest policy; community-based forestry
Jonathan is the founder and Executive Director of Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. He received a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sociology and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a visiting scholar and instructor before launching the Sierra Institute. He received his Masters Degree in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Jonathan and the Sierra Institute focuses work at the intersection of community health and well-being and environmental health and sustainability. For the past five years, Jonathan and Sierra Institute have been exploring and advancing ways to utilize biomass (woody renewables). Jonathan’s research focuses on social indicator use and evaluation, community well-being and assessment, and community-based group processes
Areas of expertise: socioeconomic measures and assessment; community capacity building; natural resource policy; collaboration; non-profit boards and organization
Logan McCoy is a joint master’s degree candidate in Environmental Management and Business Administration at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management. His studies focus on sustainability metrics, supply chains, and stakeholder engagement. Logan has worked with a diverse range of organizations across sectors including Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing Company, 1% for the Planet and the US Forest Service. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Areas of expertise: stakeholder engagement, energy efficiency financing, college/university sustainability, corporate responsibility, sustainability metrics, industrial ecology, palm oil
Ken Roby has lived with his wife Marsha in Indian Valley (Plumas County) for over 35 years. They raised their two children here, and are involved in numerous community organizations and efforts. Ken taught a stream monitoring class at Feather River College for ten years and has coached baseball at Greenville High School for over twenty years. Ken was raised just north of San Francisco in Marin County, where he caught lizards and snakes, hiked and rode cardboard on the hills around his home. He also spent a considerable amount of time playing baseball. Ken attended UC Berkeley, earning an undergraduate degree in water science and a master’s in aquatic ecology. His graduate work studied the effect of logging on stream aquatic invertebrate communities, and led to his interest in forested watersheds and aquatic systems. Ken gained extensive experience with these systems during a thirty year career with the US Forest Service in the northern Sierra as a fisheries biologist and hydrologist. Currently, Ken works part time as a consultant in the areas of watershed and aquatic resource management. He serves on the board of the Sierra Institute as well as the Feather River Land Trust and the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Areas of expertise: watershed improvement and assessment; stream assessment; stream monitoring and ecology; fisheries ecology; monitoring plan development; aquatic organism passage; wildland hydrology; technical writing and data analysis
Steve Wilensky has been a union and community organizer since 1971, specializing in service employee international union (SEIU), which represents 1.5 million service workers. He is the current board president of Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS), which involves contract negotiations, conducting interagency relations, developing organizational strategies and economic plans, supervising Sierra Fellows, and chairing the Board.
He has co-founded a number of collaboratives, including the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group, Sierra Nevada Forests and Communities Initiative, and Sierra Cascades All Lands Enhancement Project. He has served as a board member for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority. Those at Sierra Institute know him as “Farmer Steve.”
Areas of expertise: democratic practices, unions, governance, socioeconomic health and well-being, farming