Diane is currently the program officer for The California Endowment’s San Francisco Bay Area regional office. Diane has more than 13 years of experience working to address the health and human service needs of diverse communities, and focuses her grant-making activities on improving community health and the elimination of health disparities.
Prior to joining The California Endowment, Diane was a program director at the Prevention Institute in Oakland, CA, where she was responsible for shaping and advancing the organization’s programs addressing health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and the built environment.
Diane also has considerable experience in philanthropy, including seven years as a program officer for The San Francisco Foundation and she was also a project manager for the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley.
In addition to her experience in philanthropy, Diane has considerable experience as a health advocate. She served as a project coordinator for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, where she developed regional coalitions of community-based organizations and health professionals throughout California, and facilitated their engagement in advocacy and public policy development.
Liwen, an attorney at Fenwick & West, focuses his practice on emerging technologies. Among other things, he counsels clients on the protectability of software or online content, access to computer systems, gathering and the use of competitive intelligence, along with the licensing of intellectual property. Liwen is also committed to professional diversity efforts and participates in an active pro bono practice for various conservation, immigration, and media organizations. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Liwen worked in semiconductor quality and reliability for Altera Corporation.
Laura is a Policy Analyst at the University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute, where she researches the impact of nutrition and physical activity on public health, with an emphasis on informing public policy to eliminate health disparities. She has long pursued an interest in food and nutrition. From teaching at an elementary school garden program in Mountain View, CA, to running a summer camp kitchen in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, to fighting hunger at City Harvest, an emergency food provider in New York City, Laura has diverse experience working towards a more equitable food system.
Originally hailing from Montara, CA, Laura spent a brief cold period on the east coast, graduating from Wesleyan University with a BA in English, before beating a hasty retreat to California’s sunnier climes. Laura is a registered dietitian and holds an MPH from the University of California-Berkeley. When she’s not at work, you’ll often find her cooking, hiking, or swimming in the bay.
Raj is the principal of Pilarcitos High School in Half Moon Bay. Before becoming principal he taught math at Cunha Intermediate School, also in Half Moon Bay. In his free time he enjoys learning about South Asian culture, making chai, listening to music, and hiking with his dog Bodhi. Raj is excited to bring his decade of experience in education to the Youth Outside table.
Eric is a Partner at Greenhouse Capital Partners, a growth equity investment firm that promotes health and sustainability in the areas of Food, Agriculture and the Environment. Before joining Greenhouse, Eric was an investment professional at Robin Lane Capital, a consumer goods focused private equity investment firm. He previously held roles in corporate strategy and product development at Philips and Revolution Foods, and was a Mergers & Acquisitions consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands.
Eric is excited to bring his 12+ years of experience in finance, strategy, fundraising and private company board membership to the Youth Outside program. In his free time, Eric is an avid skier and enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking.
Eric earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley and London Business School, and a BS degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona.
Sonia has a background in nonprofit programming and organizational development through
leadership recruitment. At Waldron, Sonia brings her lens of community work, passion towards
equity, and a strategic mindset to implement inclusive recruiting efforts to diversify
leadership in the social sector. Prior to Waldron, Sonia established the Bay Area site for The
Posse Foundation where she built the nominating network and recruited diverse, student
leaders for prestigious full-tuition scholarships to Boston University, The University of Puget
Sound, and Lehigh University. As a Trainer, Sonia was responsible for Scholar retention on
campus by implementing inclusion strategies, facilitating on-campus events, and serving as a
liaison between Scholars and University administration.
Sonia has also dedicated her career to education equity through youth and family programs in
Southern California and Madison, WI. As a Programs Manager, she built programming using a
restorative justice approach to support Latinx families and marginalized communities. Some of
the programs she established and implemented were: El Centrito’s STEAM Academy, Family
Literacy Program, Nuestras Voces, ComVida, El Club de Pesca / Fishing Club.
Outside of work, you can find Sonia painting, exploring the outdoors, partaking in DIY’s, and
reading. Sonia has had a keen appreciation for the outdoors since she was a child growing up in
Southern California. Her first family trip to Kern River was a pivotal moment in her life, since it
sparked curiosity in nature. Although, not an environmentalist by training, Sonia values the
transformative power of the outdoors.
Kelly is a passionate advocate for the outdoors, where she spends a considerable amount of time hiking, cycling, and exploring the backcountry. Her favorite memories in nature are from her long distance backpacking adventures, including the 220-mile John Muir Trail and the 175-mile Tahoe Rim Trail.
Indoors, Kelly is the director of corporate reputation at Levi Strauss & Co, one of the world's largest brand name apparel companies and a leader in delivering profits through principles. Prior to joining Levi Strauss, Kelly led communications for several fast-growing initiatives at Alphabet and Google, including Google Fiber, emerging projects at X (Alphabet’s innovation lab), and Google.org. Prior to joining Google, Kelly worked in marketing and communications for Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Her 15 years of experience in communications has largely focused on the intersection of business and social impact.
Originally from Northern Virginia, Kelly made her way to California more than a decade ago, where she graduated with an MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. She holds a BA in English from Duke University. A recent transplant to Marin after a decade of city living in San Francisco, you can find her exploring the trails on the weekends with her husband and son, Skyler.
Scott B. Murray is a Senior Commercial Litigation Counsel for Apple Inc. He handles individual and class action litigation, especially matters involving antitrust, consumer protection, privacy and technology issues. He handles matters for Apple in state and federal courts, as well as in international jurisdictions including Canada, China and Korea,
Prior to joining Apple, Mr. Murray practiced at law firms in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey for over a decade, most recently as a Member at a regional, New Jersey-based law firm. In private practice, he litigated for and counseled clients including technology companies, commodity and luxury product manufacturers, commercial landlords, health care providers, an international industrial manufacturer and several financial institutions. He also advised clients regarding the full range of antitrust issues, especially before state and federal antitrust agencies. Mr. Murray was the Co-Chair of the Hiring Committee and the Diversity Committee at his last firm.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Murray spent almost three years with the Telecommunications Task Force of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he was involved in a number of high profile merger and non-merger investigations. Prior to joining the Antitrust Division, Mr. Murray clerked for the Honorable Samuel D. Natal, Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County Vicinage, Criminal Division.
While practicing law in New Jersey, Mr. Murray served on the Board of Directors for the Newark Regional Business Partnership, the Business and Community Council of the Newark Museum, and the Advisory Board for the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP). He also served on the Essex County District Ethics Committee, and on several American Bar Association Committees.
Mr. Murray is a 1994 graduate of the Rutgers-Camden School of Law, and a 1991 graduate of Princeton University.
He and his wonderful wife, Lisa, have one son, Cole, who is the apple of their eyes.
Christine Nota is retired from the United States Forest Service. She has 40 years of experience working in both in field and leadership positions with the Forest Service throughout California. When she retired she was the Pacific Southwest Region’s (California and Pacific Islands) Regional Forester’s Representative. Christine helped the Region develop its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which guides all restoration activities and daily management on the 20 million acres of National Forest lands in California. Christine also helped provide region wide leadership for large-scale initiatives and partnerships that help move the Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration forward. She represented the Forest Service in its coordination and collaboration with state legislators, state and federal agencies, and non-government organizations. Earlier in her career she was District Ranger on the Sierra National Forest where along with managing a large diverse landscape she was a leader in involving youth in the hands-on stewardship of the land. In any given summer the District would host and mentor California Conservation Corps, Youth Conservation Corps, Local City Conservation Corps, Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, Central California Consortium Interns, a unique special education crew and many other youth programs. Her district won a national award for extensive use of youth groups in managing public lands and in mentoring and developing youth through outdoor work and experiences.
Christine has been on the Stewardship Council since it’s inception in 2004 and was part of the Youth Investment Committee since it’s very beginning. She with others helped develop recommendations for the development of the Stewardship Council Youth Program including the goals, focus and structure of the then new program. After her retirement she was appointed to the Stewardship Council as a member-at-large by the Public Utilities Commission and continues to be an active member of the Youth Investment Committee.
Kristin Prukop grew up wild and free in western New York making burrows out of the snow piles at the edge of her driveway and roaming the woods with her family’s black lab Captain Nemo. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Development Studies she traded her down parka for sunscreen and went to work on community health projects in Samoa and southern Africa. Although a lifelong lover of nature, she did not join the global conservation movement until working for the Ministry of Health in Nepal on a $25,000,000 grant proposal to prevent childhood malaria — a response to increasing malaria rates linked to deforestation and climate change. After a brief freak-out about the future of our planet, she flew to DC and, still jet-lagged, took a job leading strategic partnerships and fundraising for Conservation International’s Asia-Pacific Field Division. She held the position for eight years, leading a global team with staff in Singapore, Indonesia, China and the US, until the birth of her son Nate inspired her to shift her focus locally. She served as Director of Corporate Relations for Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business from 2015-2017. Now based in San Francisco, she is currently raising two boys (ages 3.5 years and 7 months) while deepening her efforts to bring children closer to nature. She believes passionately that all children need nature — wild places to be explored with their senses and imaginations — as a fundamental human right. You can often find her in San Francisco’s Botanical Gardens and Glen Park Canyon with a bug viewer and backpack full of snacks.
Dan Quigley recently retired from the East Bay Community Foundation, where he spent four years as a consultant and Senior Program Officer managing corporate accounts, grant-making to the Oakland Unified School District, nonprofit capacity-building work, and other projects in the Foundation’s portfolio. He had previously spent 2 ½ years as the Executive Director of the Oakland Schools Foundation, raising funds for special projects at schools in the most vulnerable Oakland communities.
From 1995-2009, Dan was the Director of Charitable Contributions at PG&E, where he oversaw (1) a grant-making budget that grew to $20 million/year; (2) company-sponsored volunteer programs available to all employees; and (3) an annual workplace giving program. Dan was responsible for strategic direction, public relations, and internal management of these programs. Several environmental initiatives were launched under Dan’s leadership.
Dan’s earlier career focused on energy efficiency policy and included work with the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency.
Dan has a fondness for non-profit governance and management and served from 2008-17 on the Board of the Horizons Foundation, where he served terms as Chair and Vice-Chair. He is also on the Board of Stiles Hall in Berkeley, which promotes the admission of students of color to UC Berkeley as freshmen and transfer students. In addition to past service on the Boards of the United Way, Chabot Space and Science Center, and the Commonwealth Club, he was Chair of the Board of Northern California Grantmakers from 2002-04.
Dan holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, and obtained his M.A. in Education at the University of Kentucky while teaching second grade in inner-city schools through the Teacher Corps. Dan and his husband live in Oakland, where Dan was born and raised.
Guillermo Rodriguez is the California State Director for The Trust for Public Land. He brings over 20 years of successful nonprofit, private sector, and local government experience to the organization. He is responsible for developing, managing, and leading the Trust’s land acquisition, park development and policy activities throughout the state. Before joining The Trust for Public Land, Guillermo worked for the City and County of San Francisco, starting his public service career with Mayor Gavin Newsom, where he was responsible for local hiring programs, workforce development, and the CityBuild program. Guillermo continued with Mayor Ed Lee as the Policy & Communications Director for the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where he was responsible for managing local, state, and federal climate and environmental policy.
Celeste Royer is the Director of Environmental Education at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School and has been with San Luis Obispo County Office of Education for 29 years. She directs the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about outdoor and environmental education to the program. Celeste serves on the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, provides leadership to the California Outdoor School Association and California Environmental Education Foundation, and teaches Wilderness & Environmental Education at Cal Poly SLO. Celeste earned degrees from UCLA, San Francisco State University, and Cal Poly SLO. Married with two adult children, Celeste enjoys nature, family and pet time, traveling, and reading.
Wanda Scott is a Development professional with over 17 years’ experience in nonprofit
administration in key development and marketing roles. Wanda currently serves as the Senior
Development Officer at the East Bay Community Foundation. She is responsible for stewarding and aligning a portfolio of donors with EBCF's new mission of advancing an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay.
Prior to joining EBCF, Wanda led the Office of Institutional Advancement for
Pacific School of Religion, a progressive interdenominational seminary committed to social
change located in Berkeley, CA. There she led the fundraising, marketing and communications,
and alumni relations team. Prior to Pacific School of Religion, she served as Director of
Development at Case Western Reserve University, and held positions at John Carroll University,
The Cleveland Orchestra and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Wanda served on the
planning committee and led workshops for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Annual
Development Officer’s conference of over 200 attendees representing seminaries from the
United States and Canada and held committee positions with the Association of Fundraising
Professionals (AFP). Wanda holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Cleveland State University,
Ohio, and a Master of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University
in Atlanta, where she focused on Biblical Studies and Feminist Interpretations of the New
Testament. Wanda has served as an Adjunct Religion Instructor at John Carroll University, and
also at Cuyahoga Community College. She has moderated and served on panels on
interreligious dialogue and religious education and presented workshops on the topic. She
contributed the chapter “The Religion Classroom as a Site for Justice” to the 2016
book, Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom: Hybrid Identities, Negotiated
Boundaries (Routledge, 2016).
Wanda is native Clevelander who is delighted that she no longer has to survive Cleveland
winters. Her background includes the performing arts as a trained ballet dancer and classical
pianist. Although now she is only an admirer rather than a performer. She loves all-things Frida
Kahlo, 80s music, traveling, and hiking. On any given weekend you can find her on a local trail or
traversing the forest and coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore, her “happy place."
Katrina is originally from the Pacific Northwest, where she fell in love with hiking, sunshine, and coffee. After living in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, she now calls beautiful San Francisco home.
Katrina is currently the Vice President of Marketing at Unity Technologies -- the creator of Unity, an intuitive and flexible development platform used to make wildly creative and intelligently interactive 3D, 2D, and VR/AR content. The "author once, deploy everywhere" capability ensures developers can publish to all of the most popular platforms.
Prior to joining Unity Technologies, Katrina was VP Global Marketing at Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. While at EA she built several successful teams and businesses across Subscriptions, Digital Marketing, eCommerce, Mobile Marketing, Player Network, and Brand and Product Marketing. She has been on the EA team twice in her career. Before rejoining EA in 2009, she spent several years at Microsoft leading Partner Marketing for the Xbox 360 and Games for Windows businesses.
When Katrina's not out running or hiking, she's usually focused on launching an exciting new product or service. She has spent 15 years in the videogame industry, where technology and creativity intersect to create remarkable innovation and entertainment. Katrina attended the University of Oregon as an undergraduate and as an MBA student. She has a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and an MBA with a focus in Sports Marketing from the University of Oregon.
Elizabeth has dedicated her academic and professional career to the advancement of environmental, social, and economic justice. She has worked for more than twenty years in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors to define and advance equity agendas at the local, regional, state, and national level. Before starting her own consulting practice in 2011, she held the following positions: Senior Director of Development and Planning at Urban Habitat; Program Officer at French American Charitable Trust; Multicultural Environmental Program Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation; and Program Director of the Environmental Justice Department the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners.
Brett's life work is building more resilient organizations and communities, whether that's through the mitigation & adaptation to climate change or expanding access to a more inclusive commons. An inspiration for that work resides in his connection to natural spaces. That connection started as a kid on family road trips, extended to becoming an Eagle Scout, and currently resides in both brief & extensive outdoor adventures.
He brings a decade of experience to his current role as Customer Programs Manager at MCE, a community-owned energy provider serving 34 communities in the Bay Area. Prior to graduate school, he managed energy efficiency, electricity purchasing, and solar installation programs for 5 years at Groundswell, a non-profit that leverages a community’s shared purchasing power to create access and change policy in the clean energy economy for producers, consumers, and workers. In that role, he was a creative fund developer across family foundations, pay for performance contracts, and government grants. Brett’s other professional experience is rooted in experiential education (Truman State University, Student Conservation Association), community organizing (Sierra Club, Renew Missouri, political campaigns), and policy planning (The White House Council on Environmental Quality, National Park Service). Brett received his B.S. in Biology from Truman State University, his MPA in Energy & Sustainable Development from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and his Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship in a joint program from SPEA and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.