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2018 Donors

Sustainable Conservation extends our gratitude to the following individuals and institutions who contributed generously between January – December 2018. Thank you for diving in with us to ensure California communities, farms, and wildlife all have access to clean, reliable, sufficient water.


In 2018, Sustainable Conservation celebrated 25 years of uniting people to solve our Golden State’s toughest environmental challenges. That’s a quarter century of bringing Californians together across many divides: environment and economy, farmers and lawmakers, industry and citizens. We’ve done a lot over the two-plus decades we’ve worked to steward California’s land, air and water, and we’re proud of our impact! But, don’t take our word for it. We had the great fortune to sit down with a handful of our dedicated donors and partners this year to talk about what inspires them to champion the environment and why they support Sustainable Conservation’s efforts.

Sally Liu
Sally Liu

Sustainable Conservation supporter since 2006; Sustainable Conservation Advisory Board member
Sally’s holistic conservation ethos encompasses California’s streams, mountains and all the species that depend on them. She’s supported Sustainable Conservation since our Brake Pad Partnership days, and admires how our sincerity and ability to build trust with our partners has never wavered.

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Suds Jain

Sustainable Conservation supporter since 2003
With an eye on climate change, and the tech savvy to see solutions on the horizon, Suds works to model how engineering technology and clean energy can brighten our future. Suds appreciates our science-based solutions and educational approach to environmental stewardship.

Charlene Harvey
Charlene Harvey

Sustainable Conservation Board member; Sustainable Conservation supporter since 2004
Charlene’s civic leadership is a model for all Californians – for over 50 years, she’s worked with nonprofits, parks and environmental organizations with a focus on climate change and resource stewardship. She lends her expertise to our esteemed Board of Directors to help guide what she sees as our tried and tested approach to bridging gaps between stakeholders in California.

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The Giacomini Family of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

Sustainable Conservation supporter since 2018
Farming innovators and environmental champions, the Giacomini Family is modeling how agriculture and conservation can go hand in hand. They produce award-winning cheeses at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company while stewarding the land under their care. The Giacominis appreciate how advocates like Sustainable Conservation help them, and their industry, make inroads on essential environmental stewardship while maintaining healthy businesses.

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Eric Lee

Sustainable Conservation Science and Analytics Manager; Sustainable Conservation supporter since 2013
Eric Lee’s conservation journey began early. From the inspirational media of his youth to the expertise he brings to his work as our Science and Analytics Manager, his conservation journey focuses on how data, and the stories behind that data, drive smart solutions for a better tomorrow.

Founder Circle

Gifts over $100,000

Anonymous (2)

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Chris and Nina Buchbinder

California Department of Water Resources

California State Coastal Conservancy

Delta Stewardship Council

Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation

General Mills

The Land-Sea Connection program of Resources Legacy Fund made possible by the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment

Morgan Family Foundation

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Farm Bill

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Conservation Innovation Grants

Water Foundation

Visionary Circle

Gifts between $50,000 and $99,999

The Annenberg Foundation


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

California Natural Resources Agency

The Coca-Cola Foundation

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

The Landers Family

Russell and Elizabeth Siegelman

Tundra Glacier Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Innovator Circle

Gifts between $25,000 and $49,999

Anonymous (2)

David and Lyn Anderson

The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

The Duka Foundation, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Dan and Rae Emmett

The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

Kissick Family Foundation

The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation

Northern California Water Association

Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC

Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation

Flora L. Thornton Foundation

Cindy Starrett

Entrepreneur Circle

Gifts between $10,000 and $24,999

Chuck and Druann Ahlem

Tom Barry and Brenda Christensen

Laura and Girard Beaudin

Beller Moses Family Foundation

California State Parks

Chevron Corporation

Anne D. and Walter B. Clark Family, an advised fund of Schwab Charitable

Annette and Tom Counts

Cox Family Fund

The Mary A. Crocker Trust

Dancing Tides Foundation

Dawson Family Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Raymond M. Deméré, Jr. Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Driscoll’s, Inc.

Kristy and Michael Frantz

Mrs. Charlene C. Harvey

Laura Hattendorf and Andy Kau

Jennifer Hernandez

The Holmstrom Family Fund

The JEC Foundation

Kristine Johnson and Tim Dattels

Darcy and Richard Kopcho

Maricopa Orchards

JR and Jennifer Matthews

Peggy Miller

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Janet and Robert Mountjoy

MYDAR Foundation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Rebecca Patton and Tom Goodrich

Payne Family Foundation

Noel Perry

J. Miles Reiter and Rosanne Reiter Family Foundation

The Schmitz-Fromherz Family Fund

The Nancy and Greg Serrurier Fund, an advised fund of Vanguard Charitable

Partner Circle

Gifts between $5,000 and $9,999

Anonymous (3)

Richard Barker

John Bidart

Ashley Boren and Dan Purtell

Don and Diane Bransford

George Cogan and Fannie Allen

Dan and Diana Dooley

Susan and Eric Dunn

Sally and Craig Falkenhagen

The E. & J. Gallo Winery / Gallo Family Charitable Fund

Susan and William Gray

Bill and Daryn Horton

Hotchkis Foundation, designated by Sarah Hotchkis Ketterer

Julie Juergens & Erik Budde

The Kutter Family Fund, an advised fund of Schwab Charitable Fund

Cynthia Hunter Lang

MacTon Foundation

McDorobush Family Foundation

Lawry and Charles Meister

Chuck and Susie Nichols

The Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Charitable Fund

Leadership Circle

Gifts between $1,000 and $4,999

Linda Rosenberg Ach and Andrew Ach

ACR Foundation

Anonymous (4)

The Applewood Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

Aufmuth Family Foundation

Joe and Toni Bagley

William C. Bannerman Foundation

Frank Boren

Philip and Jamie Bowles

Kristen and Ted Breck, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Michael Bush

Jerome Buttrick of Buttrick Projects A+D

Sandy Carlson and Steven Rudman

Blair Adams Carty Donor Advised Fund, an advised fund at the California Community Foundation

The Mark and Carrie Casey Family Fund

The Jan Clayton Charitable Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Beth Cross and Tony Stayner

The Cygnet Foundation

Amanda Dyson and Kevin Lai

Eades Foundation

Angie and Michael Earnhardt

East Creek Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

The Ecke Family

Environmental Science Associates

Bob Epstein and Amy Roth

Faucett Catalyst Fund at Schwab Charitable

Laura and John Fisher

Alison and Chuck Gardner

Fred Gellert Family Foundation

Joe Gervais and Bonnie Brown

Hansen Watkins Family Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Amy and Bob Healey

Ann-Marie Hogan

Holland & Knight LLP

Iverson Family Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Sudhanshu and Lori Jain

Rich and Gina Kelley

Kriken Family Charitable Fund, A Fund of American Endowment Foundation

Chip Koch and Tricia Stone

Landau/Purcell Charitable Lead Trust

Dr. and Mrs. Roger Lang

Eric Lee

The Suzanne Legallet Charitable Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Bryce and Jill Lundberg

Lili Lynton and Michael Ryan

Steve and Katy McCormick

Deb and Tim McCune

John and Sandra McGonigle Donor Advised Fund at Schwab Charitable

Kirsten and Arthur Miller

Richard Morrison Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation

Leslie Moulton-Post

Daniel Mountjoy

Patricia Munter and Jeff Loomans

Jan Nash

Doug and Emilie Ogden

Mrs. Patricia B. Oppenheim

Adán Ortega, Jr. and Susan Allen

Brian Ostrom

Julie Packard

The Peterson Family Foundation

Tina and John Quinn

Rosendahl Family Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Rosston Family Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Ruth Shaber

Michael Spiegelman

Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery

Richard Storrs

J. Stacey Sullivan and Adrienne Alvord

Dana and Jeff Swisher

Traynor Charitable Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Allison Harvey Turner and Michael Turner

Tom and Janet Unterman Family Gift Fund, an advised fund at the California Community Foundation

Lisa and Ted Williams

Stuart and Lisa Woolf

Collaborator Circle

Gifts between $500 and $999

Anonymous (2)

R. David & Kathryn Arnold

Atherton Garden Guild

Carol Baird and Alan Harper

The Scott and Ky-Van Benson Charitable Fund

Emmy Cattani

The Victoria Chen and Jeffrey Guild Fund

Cathy and Sandy Dean

Dino Giacomazzi

Kay Sprinkel Grace

Steve Gross

Ellen Hanak and Robert Valletta

Julie and David Hodge

James Kennedy

Stephen Koch and Kathy Nyrop

Caron Lee

Megan and Todd Lewis

Nancy McCallister and Fred Benz

Fran Miller and Daniel McLaughlin

Sandra V. Naftzger Fund, an advised fund at the California Community Foundation

Carol Ostroff

Elisabeth and Jeff Ostrow

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (corporate matching gifts)

Potente Huddleston Family Fund

Felisa Preskill and Zachary Scholz

Gordon Rausser

Tres and Julie Reid

Pamela Sergio

Tom Shannon

Lester Snow

Camille and Jim Spar

Alexandra and Douglas Standing

Bill and Jane Stocklin

Andrew and John Thomas

Thomas Tierney

Tony and Joan Turkovich

Wendy and Mason Willrich

Contributor Circle

Gifts between $1 and $499

Andrea Adams-Morden and Bruce Morden

Leah and Brahm Ahmadi


American Consumer Opinion

Marsha and John Anderson

Anonymous (9)

Ann and George Anterasian

Murray Aronson

Susanna Aulbach

Chiye Azuma

Adam Bester

Paul Betancourt

Neil Black

Blue Shield of California

Kathy Brown

Michael Bruner

Janel Brynda

Julie Buchwald

The Buckner Charitable Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Nancy Budge

Lewis Butler

Celeste Cantu

John Cardoza

Robyn Carliss and Joshua Pieper

Ralph Cavanagh

Mike and Hildy Chaple

Joe Choperena

Jennifer Christian

Heana Chung

Gregory and Jessica Coleman

Don and Diane Cooley

Brooks and Chrissie Crawford

Eric and Mary Crawford

Karen Dell and Ron Vale

Nona Dennis

Jennifer Doublet

Michelle Eaton

Rachel Edelson

Debbie Falzone

Stephanie Falzone

Natalie Fawzi

Richard Fike and Sara Thorpe

Ryan and Erica Flaherty

Margaret Flores

Randy Fox

Kendall and Peter Galli

Stephen Garry

Michele Good

Grinstead Family Charitable Fund, an advised fund at Schwab Charitable

Tracy Grubbs and Richard Taylor

Allison Hartman and Patrick Koepele

Christa Harader

Ayris Hatton

Janet Hause

David Hayes

Jack Henderson and Gail Tint

Martha Henderson and Steven Ladd

Andrea Higgins and Pete Chung

Betty and Bob Hogan

Katherine Humpstone and Jeremy Koch

Amy and Rob Hurlbut

Joni Janecki

Jean-Paul Jassy

The Johnston-Reading Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Steaven K. & Judith G. Jones Foundation

Marie Kaneko

Richard Kannisto

Alex Karolyi and Seana O’Shaughnessy

Arthur Keller

Deborah Kemp

Lois and Leland Kent

Dara Kerkorian

Linda Kilb

Sabina King

Stephen Kirby

Christina Kohler

Jane Lew

Edna and Matthew Lewis

Nancy Lindsay and Timothy Vendlinski

Henry Peck Little

Jody London and Michael Aronson

Peggie Macleod

Allan Marks

Kelli McCune

Frank McGuire

Stuart McNichols

David Menefee and Karin Anderson

Jerry and Barbara Meral

Donna Meyers

Kenny and Lindsey Meyersieck

Leah Middleton

Ashlin Mountjoy

Trish Mulvey

Jim and Liz Musbach

Rebecca Nako

Tracie Neuhaus

Lisa Newman-Wise

Barbara and Conrad Nicoll

David Orth

OSIsoft, LLC

Joan Osterman

Karen Pankey

Teresa Parker

Gary Patton

Andrea Peterson and Michael Rubin

Katie and Clark Porter

Jane Quinn

Cristina Reis de Araujo

Ann Rice

Evette and Dennis Richardson

Susan Rikalo

Robert Giacomini Dairy Inc

Evelyne and Richard Rominger

Joan and Marty Rosen

Michael and Sara Rosenthal

Kirsten Rosselot

Susan Ryan

Samuel Salkin and Alexandra Derby

Elmo and Joan Sanders

Erich Franz Schimps

Mary Schmidt and Shelby Winkler

Shaffer Charitable Fund

Jananne Sharpless

Susan Sheeran

Stanton Shelly

Igor and Shirley Skaredoff

Ann Silva

Candace and George Skarlatos

Scott and Madeleine Sklar

Jesse Smith

Stephanie Smith and Ted Radosevich

Leon and Shirley Sobon

Berta Steele

Carl Stein

Diane and Hugh Stevenson

Elizabeth Storey

Sam Strasser

Douglas and Susan Swaim

Taketa ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation

Sarah Taylor

Kathy and Tom Thackeray

Alvin Thoma

Elena and John Thompson

Tiger Fund at Schwab Charitable

Jennifer Trainor

Margaret Trumbly

Brandon Vance

Varsity Technologies

Kathy Viatella

Paul Vlahakis

Miriam Vu

Gail Waldron

Austin Whitman

Jack Williams

Susan and Chris Willrich

Brian Wilson

The Woodward Family, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Michael Abrams, in honor of Nora Abrams

Anonymous, in honor of Carrie and Ed Merrell

Anonymous, in honor of Tina Quinn

Anonymous, in honor of Joe and Julie Yaffe

Vijay Bharadwaj, in memory of Yukti Bharadwaj

Jocelyn and Gregory Cortese, in honor of Lawry Meister

Shannon Flaherty, in honor of Ryan Flaherty and Family

Channah and Lawrence Katz, in honor of Leah Katz Ahmadi

Myla Kelly, in memory of Peggy Mack

Jan Merryweather, in honor of Susan Corlett

Mauree Jane and Mark W. Perry, in honor of Charlene Harvey

Alice Pickett, in memory of Gary Pickett

Margaret Race, in honor of Ashley Boren

Harriet Reiter, in honor of Jonathan Reiter

Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation, in honor of Frank Boren and the 25th Anniversary of Sustainable Conservation

Traynor Charitable Fund, an advised fund of Fidelity Charitable, in honor of Charlene Harvey

Gregory Wendt, in honor of Chris Buchbinder

In-Kind Gifts

Russell Faucett


Paul Hastings LLP

Holland & Knight LLP