Northern California Environmental Grassroots Funding Board


Funding Board Members

 cristina_web2 Cristina Kinney, Co-Chair
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area
Ms. Kinney was born in Barcelona and raised in Madrid, Spain. After graduating from law school at Universidad Cardenal Herrera in Madrid, she moved to Menlo Park, where she worked at a law office for several years. The focus of her work was a mix of civil litigation, some criminal cases, some federal cases, and human rights. Cristina then decided to change paths and become an event planner, her profession for seven years before joining the Hewlett Foundation. She speaks six languages.
Anuja Mendiratta, Co-Chair

Practical Visionaries: Women of Color and Indigenous Women in the Environmental MovementSan Francisco Bay Area
Ms. Mendiratta is a philanthropic advisor and independent consultant working with foundations, donors, nonprofits, and coalitions on a range of environmental, human rights and social justice issues. She manages the Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund of the Women’s Foundation of California, and has launched an exciting book project that will culminate in an anthology by Women of Color and Indigenous Women working on an array of environmental issues. She is the co-founder of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and has worked as program staff at the Women’s Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. She is board chair of Women’s Voices for the Earth, a committee member of Center for Environmental Health’s Justice Fund and a member of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
Pam Allen
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, San Francisco Bay Area
Pam Allen is a Senior Program Officer with the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, a San Francisco-based foundation that supports projects related to democracy and civil liberties, education, the environment, health and recreation, the Jewish community, and reproductive health and rights. Pam is responsible for exploring funding opportunities in the areas of democracy and civil liberties and the environment. She worked for the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund for over 15 years and migrated to her current position in early 2012. Her non-profit career began with CalPIRG as director of the consumer rights program in San Diego and includes work with arts organizations in San Francisco. Pam has served on several nonprofit boards and is a member of the executive committee and nominating chair for Headlands Center for the Arts. Pam lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Dan Ehresman
Northcoast Regional Land Trust, North Coast Region
Dan Ehresman is the Executive Director of the Northcoast Regional Land Trust, a Humboldt County-based organization with a focus of protecting farms, forests and watersheds across nearly five million acres on California’s North Coast. He also serves in an advisory capacity for Greywater Action and the McKay Community Forest Advisory Group. Dan has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with numerous conservation-based organizations. He is committed to taking action towards rewilding and realizing sustainable communities, protecting and celebrating the ecological systems that sustain our living planet, and supporting one another to create a more resilient future for all – human and wild. Dan lives on the shore of Humboldt Bay in Eureka, California.
Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, Central Valley 

Ms. Garibay is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. Based in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin and East Coachella Valleys, Leadership Counsel works alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy, to eradicate injustice and secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and place. Areas of focus include land use, natural resources, environmental justice, municipal services, civil rights and government transparency. Prior to launching Leadership Counsel, Veronica was the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Community Equity Initiative (CEI), a program of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). Ms. Garibay led CRLA’s advocacy efforts in the San Joaquin Valley to ensure equitable land use planning in rural communities, access to basic services such as safe and affordable drinking water and wastewater service, and access to public transit.

Marybelle Nzegwu

Environmental Justice Solutions, San Francisco Bay Area

After graduating from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, Marybelle began her legal career at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, co-leading the organization’s civil rights work alongside her mentor, founder Luke W. Cole. She successfully represented community groups in California and across the country using environmental and civil rights litigation and administrative complaints. Following Cole’s tragic death, Marybelle traveled to Italy to join the faculty of the International University College of Torino where she taught environmental justice to international students. Marybelle joined Public Advocates in 2013. There she co-led the Bay Area 6 Wins Coalition and served on the Steering Committee of the California Climate Equity Coalition (formerly the SB 535 Coalition). In 2017, Marybelle founded a consulting firm, Environmental Justice Solutions, where she is the principal consultant. She also joined U.C. Berkeley Law’s faculty as an adjunct professor of environmental justice.

Kerri Timmer
Kerri Timmer
Sierra Business Council, Sierra Nevada
Ms. Timmer is the Government Affairs Director for the Sierra Business Council (SBC), a nonprofit that fosters local projects to promote, develop, and amplify the area’s social, environmental, and economic capital. Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building. Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and she has also served as the Executive Director for South Yuba River Citizens League and the Project Manager and Fundraiser for Environmental Law Foundation. Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping, and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

Tracy Zhu

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Bay Area
Ms. Zhu is a stakeholder and community engagement coordinator at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Previously, she was a Multicultural Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, supporting the Environment Program’s $1.1M portfolio dedicated to building climate equity and community resilience by investing in the communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. At the Foundation, she managed the Healthy Food for All initiative, a partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and funded by the Convergence Partnership to activate public land for urban agriculture. Prior to the fellowship, Ms. Zhu was the coordinator for the Bay Area Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative, which advocated for more equitable regional policies and planning around land use and transportation in low-income communities of color to reduce exposure to toxic air pollution. Her previous experiences also include youth development, environmental education, and program development at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, San Francisco’s first off-the-grid building. She is currently a board member for Kayaks Unlimited, a kayak co-op in Bayview Hunters Point. She received her BA in Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College.


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