Sustainable Conservation greatly appreciates the guidance and advocacy of our devoted Board and Advisory Board members in accelerating and expanding our conservation efforts across California.

Board of Directors

Charles Ahlem
Owner, Charles Ahlem Ranch and Hilmar Cheese Company

Laura Beaudin
Partner, Bain & Company

Chris Buchbinder, Board Chair
Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President, Capital Group Companies

Kim Delfino
California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife

Dan Dooley
Of Counsel, Bolen Fransen Sawyers LLP

Jennifer Hernandez
Partner / Co-Chair, National Environmental Team, Holland & Knight LLP

Chip Koch, Secretary
Manager, Environmental Planning and Permitting, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Cynthia Hunter Lang
Director of Business Development for Brazil, Urban Innovation Exchange

Steve McCormick
Co-Founder, Earth Genome Project

Adán Ortega, Jr.
Principal, AOA (Adán Ortega Associates)

Tina Quinn
Co-Founder, Industrial Property Manager and Broker, Oppenheim Properties; Co-Founder, Sustainable Conservation

Russell Siegelman
Educator, Investor, Philanthropist

Mark Valentine, Treasurer

Stuart Woolf
President and CEO, Woolf Farming Company

Advisory Board

David Anderson
Attorney at Law; Land Conservation Consultant

Paul Betancourt
Director of Strategic Vision, VF & B Farms

Frank Boren
Co-Founder, Sustainable Conservation

Don Bransford
Owner, Bransford Farms

Louis Calcagno
Supervisor, Monterey County 2nd District

Frank Casey
Ecosystem Services Theme Lead for the Center for Science, Decisions, and Resource Management, United States Geological Survey

Ralph Cavanagh
Senior Attorney and Co-Director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Energy Program; Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford University and UC Berkeley

Gretchen Daily
Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

John Dawson
Co-Founder, Zentek Technology

Dan Emmett
Co-Founder, Douglas, Emmett and Company; Board Chairman, Douglas Emmett, Inc.

Bob Epstein
Co-Founder, E2

John Finegan
Founder, Beck Ag

Steve Gross
Vice President of State Relations, Wine Institute

Charlene Harvey
Co-Chair, Campaign for the Presidio and the Golden Gate National Parks; Board Member, Presidio Trust

Laura Hattendorf
Portfolio Director, Mulago Foundation; Co-Founder, Sustainable Conservation

Winston Hickox
Partner, California Strategies, LLC

Kristine Johnson
Founder and Executive Director, Kingfisher Foundation

Rich Kelley
Co-Founder, Search Fund Partners

Bob Kirkwood
Director of Government and Education Affairs, Hewlett-Packard Company (Retired)

Sally Liu
The Nature Conservancy

Jerry Meral
Director of the California Water Program, Natural Heritage Institute

Richard Morrison
Senior Vice President, Bank of America (Retired)

Jeff Mount
Senior Policy Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center

Rebecca Patton
Chief Operating Officer, Wildlife Conservation Network

Wendy Pulling
Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy, California Karen Ross
Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Greg Rosston
Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Co-Director, Public Policy Program, Stanford University

Deborah Schmall
Partner, Paul Hastings

Rebecca Shaw
Associate Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund’s Land, Water, and Wildlife Program

Lester Snow
Executive Director, California Water Foundation

Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Jr.
Perry L. McCarty Director, Woods Institute for the Environment

Kris Timken
Artist, Photographer, and Visual Studies UC Santa Cruz PhD Candidate

Tony Turkovich
Farmer/Proprietor, Turkovich Family Wines

Allison Harvey Turner
Program Director, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Stanley Van Vleck
Partner, Stern, Van Vleck & McCarron

Paul Wenger
President, California Farm Bureau Federation

Photo of Buchbinder family

Sustainable Conservation’s Board Chair Chris Buchbinder and his wife Nina with their sons (left to right) Holden, Dane, Rhys, and Jude.

Meet Our New Board Chair

“Finding common ground between environmental and economic interests isn’t just a smart option for California – it’s the only option,” says Chris Buchbinder, whom Sustainable Conservation’s Board of Directors elected as Chair in December 2014.

Impressed by Sustainable Conservation’s track record of uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing California’s land, air, and water, Chris joined our Board in 2006. Ever since, he has brought his financial expertise as a portfolio manager and senior vice president at the Capital Group Companies to bear on guiding the economic foundation of Sustainable Conservation’s environmental solutions.

While Chris excels as a professional investor, that role comes second to his identity as a father. Chris and his wife Nina raise their four boys among the redwoods of Mill Valley, a special pocket of California that highlights our state’s staggering physical beauty and the myriad recreational opportunities on offer within our outdoor playground. Sustaining California’s natural wealth for his children to enjoy means a lot to Chris.

Chris succeeds former Chair Russell Siegelman, who helmed Sustainable Conservation’s Board for 13 years. We are grateful for Russell’s legacy, which helped deliver our collaborative approach to conservation to the forefront of the environmental movement in the Golden State – and we look forward to Chris’s leadership to expand our impact even further in stewarding the resources on which we all depend.