Board Of Directors

JillRatner

2017 Board Members:

Jill Ratner, President
Program Director; Co-Founder
Independent Voting Member

Ms. Ratner is an attorney specializing in civic engagement, and environmental and financial law. She serves as the President, General Counsel, and Program Director of the Rose Foundation and directs New Voices Are Rising, the Foundation’s youth leadership development program. Before co-founding the Foundation in 1992, Ms. Ratner organized a multi-cultural recycling advocacy coalition in the Los Angeles area, effectively moving the City of Los Angeles to implement a curbside recycling program, and previously was an associate at the Los Angeles law firm Irell & Manella. She is a member of the Six Wins Coalition, Oakland Climate Action Coalition, and Ditching Dirty Diesel. Former appointments include the Los Angeles City Environmental Quality Commission, LA City Solid Waste Advisory Board, and the Boards of Communities for a Better Environment, Californians Against Waste and Foundation Partnership on Corporate Responsibility. She chairs the Foundation’s Executive Committee, and is a member of the Development, Governance and Finance committees.

KevinHendrick

Kevin Hendrick, Vice President
Consultant
Independent Voting Member

Mr. Hendrick is an expert in municipal waste management and recycling, and served as the Director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority for 20 years until his retirement in 2013. During this period Mr. Hendrick also represented Del Norte County on the Board of Directors of the Rural Counties’ Environmental Service JPA and on the Board of Directors of the California Product Stewardship Council. In addition to his service as the Rose Foundation’s Vice President, Mr. Hendrick manages some of the Foundation’s Pacific NW grant funds, and has represented the Foundation as the project manager for the Coast to Crest Trail project, restoring the historic Kelsey Trail to create a 50 mile, world class hiking trail from the coast in Crescent City to crest of Harrington Mountain in the Siskiyou wilderness. Prior to working in Del Norte County, Mr. Hendrick worked as the Environmental Program Manager for the City of West Hollywood, and was the Los Angeles Director for Citizens for a Better Environment. He is a member of the Foundation’s Executive and Personnel committees.

AmyLyons

Amy Lyons, Treasurer
Executive Director, John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
Independent Voting Member

Ms. Lyons is the Executive Director of the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation. She was previously the Executive Director of the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund and the Goldman Environmental Foundation, which administers the Goldman Environmental Prize. Through her past 25 years service in the field of philanthropy, she has developed a broad understanding of numerous not-for-profit sectors including the environment, reproductive rights, civil society and Jewish affairs. She chairs the Foundation’s Finance Committee, and is a member of the Governance Committee.

NancyBerlin

Nancy Berlin
Nonprofit Consultant
Independent Voting Member

Ms. Berlin is the Policy Director for the California Association of Nonprofits. Before joining Cal Nonprofits, she worked on poverty, homelessness and welfare rights issues for more than 30 years. In addition to working in family shelters and on Los Angeles’s skid row, she has designed and organized campaigns for the rights of very low-income people and directed a statewide coalition fighting poverty in California. In addition to her service with Cal Nonprofits, she consults with nonprofits on organizational development, community organizing, meeting and retreat design and facilitation and staff coaching. She Chairs the Foundation’s Audit Committee, and is a member of the Personnel Committee.

EllenHauskens

Ellen Hauskens
Partner, Iarussi, Gelhaus & Hauskens, CPAMs.
Independent Voting Member

Ms. Hauskens is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has acted as a Special Master to help run a variety of family businesses during dissolution proceedings, and is recognized as an expert witness in her field by the Superior Courts of both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Along with the Treasurer, she helps lead the Foundation’s Finance Committee.

DaveMichelfelder

David Michelfelder
Retired
Independent Voting Member

Mr. Michelfelder’s career spanned over 20 years of service as a labor representative for unions representing California’s health care, service workers, and public sector employees, as well as more than a decade with community-based environmental nonprofits in California and Wisconsin. He chairs the Foundation’s Personnel Committee.

Cindy Tsai Schultz

Cindy Tsai Schultz
Program Development Consultant
Independent Voting Member

Ms. Tsai is a program development consultant and was active in public health and social justice for 20 years, including working as the Project Coordinator at Organic Exchange where she implemented strategies to expand rural economic opportunities, develop sustainable agricultural practices, reduce rural poverty, and protect the environment in India. She was also the Associate Director of Community Health Works where she developed college curriculum on health disparities, used films and documentaries to examine inequalities in health, and helped develop a pediatric asthma program. She was Co-Founder of the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project in the early 1990’s. She chairs the Foundation’s Development Committee.

Alan Ramo

Alan Ramo
Emeritus Dean and Professor
Independent Voting Member

Professor Alan Ramo is an Emeritus Dean and Professor of Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, where he directed its environmental law program and for many years its Environmental Law and Justice Clinic. Under his leadership, the Clinic won awards from the American Bar Association’s Section on Environmental Law, US EPA Region IX, the Environmental Law Foundation and the Clinical Legal Education Association, as well as a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Before becoming a professor and founding the GGU environmental justice clinic, he was the legal director for Communities for a Better Environment; prior to that he co-founded the Western States Legal Foundation addressing nuclear issues. Mr. Ramo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and his law degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He also has a master’s degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including San Francisco Baykeeper, the San Francisco Estuary Institute, the Impact Fund and the Jewish Film Festival, and the Los Angeles based Environment Now Foundation has awarded Mr. Ramo the Wells Family Award in the area of Urban Renewal.

KyleLivie

Dr. Kyle Livie
Associate Professor
Independent Voting Member

Dr. Kyle Livie is Associate Professor of History at Ohlone College.  He has worked with high school and college students for over 15 years, through teaching and mentoring students at a variety of institutions, including San Francisco Sate, Cal State Monterey, UC Berkeley’s Early Academic Outreach Program, and UC Berkeley’s successful Summer Bridge program. (Summer Bridge is an intensive, six week residential program that helps students from underserved academic backgrounds transition from high school to the University’s extremely rigorous and competitive academic environment.) Dr. Livie also formerly served as the Rose Foundation’s Development Director, and he is active on the New Voices Are Rising advisor Board. He is currently researching community development and cultural formation in American cities in the early twentieth century, with special interest on how marginal groups shape collective identity and economic production. His recent work focuses on curriculum development and teacher mentoring in the social sciences, helping to develop new approaches to classroom learning in government, politics, and cultural studies.

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