Staff

JillRatner

Jill Ratner
President, Senior Program Advisor & Co-Founder

Jill Ratner was trained as an attorney and specialized in environmental and financial law. She serves as the President and Co-Director of our New Voices Are Rising program, a youth leadership development program delivering environmental justice and civics curricula to underserved East Bay high school students. Before co-founding the Foundation in 1992, Jill 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. Other former appointments include the Los Angeles City Environmental Quality Commission, LA City Solid Waste Advisory Board, Council of the Foundation Partnership for Corporate Responsibility Advisory Board, and the Boards of Communities for a Better Environment and Californians Against Waste.

 

TimLittle

Tim Little
Executive Director & Co-Founder

Tim Little is Rose Foundation’s chief executive and principal grants officer. Starting 25 years ago from an endowment of zero, Tim built a family of environmental and consumer protection grantmaking funds at the Foundation – most supervised by expert advisory boards – that collectively award $3 – $7 million each year. Tim is an evangelist about the power of grassroots community activism and the need to funnel resources toward the grassroots base of the environmental movement. He is also a nationally-recognized voice in the field of sustainable investing and has co-authored The Environmental Fiduciary series of publications related to fiduciary responsibility and corporate environmental performance. Before co-founding Rose Foundation, he held leadership positions with a number of non-profits including the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, and Communities for a Better Environment. Other past affiliations include serving on the board of the Sierra Nevada Alliance and Confluence Philanthropy.

 

Pamela Arauz
Administrative Director

Pamela is an experienced administrative professional who is applying her skills and passion to the environmental health and justice movement. She has volunteered for various groups and projects including Latin American Club during college to raise scholarships funds for low-income Latino students, registering new voters during presidential campaigns and motivating them to make their voices heard, and most recently as a founding member of Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition to fight environmental injustices committed against disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Bachelor of Science in International Business with a minor in Latin American studies and Master in Business Administration. Pamela is absolutely thrilled to have joined the Rose Foundation team as a Administrative Manager.

 

Sage BachmanSage Bachman
Communications Assistant

Sage grew up in the East Bay and migrated north to study Marketing and Spanish at the University of Oregon. Following graduation, she moved to Spain to teach English and experience life in a foreign country. She has spent the past year reconnecting with and serving Bay Area communities through volunteer work, canvassing for the Census Bureau, and supplying generous portions of Italian comfort food at Lo Coco’s on Piedmont Avenue. Sage is excited to use her marketing skills to uplift the voices of grassroots organizations. She also looks forward to celebrating community resilience in the wake of a difficult year.

 

JadaJada Delaney
New Voices Program Associate

Born and raised in Oakland, Jada joins us for her fourth year with New Voices. Over the summer, Jada supported the virtual 2020 Summer Climate Justice Academy. While she completes her third year at Arizona State University studying Landscape Architecture, she continues her environmental justice work with Rose. Her goal is to introduce urban and landscape design to New Voices youth and its connections to environmental justice issues in our communities. Jada enjoys golf, ultimate frisbee, and herb gardening. And one day, she would like to care for a pet baby ball python.

 

Anya Diamond
Program Officer

Anya has a long history at the Rose Foundation, starting as an intern in 2006 and circling back after she pursued her degree in Urban Planning from UC San Diego. After her return, she stepped back in to train new program officers and has administered many of Rose’s grantmaking funds. Currently, Anya is the Program Officer for the Consumer Privacy Rights and Consumer Financial Education Funds, and serves as project manager for other capacity-building projects at Rose. She also works in experiential outdoor education, and enjoys hiking, dancing, and eating other people’s cooking.

 

Rachel FarahbakhshRachel Farahbakhsh
HR Administrative Assistant

Rachel has over 15 years’ experience providing operational support to nonprofits in the education, microfinance, and capacity building sectors on both coasts and in Latin America. A child of immigrants from Cuba and Iran, she has honed her ability as an empathetic interpreter and likes to design processes that make her colleagues more efficient and effective. Outside of the office, you can find Rachel performing samba reggae with Batalá San Francisco and taking her rescue dog Feli on adventures.

 

Laura Fernandez
Program Officer

Laura is a socio-environmentalist and development professional. She has 10 years of grassroots and non-profit sector experience, including water advocacy, philanthropy, research, and communications around climate change and sustainability. Laura is originally from Colombia, and her passion for social and the environment justice brought her to the Rose Foundation. As a Program Officer, Laura helps manage the Foundation’s various grantmaking programs by communicating with applicants, coordinating grants processes and administering grant contracts. She holds bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Geography, and studied a master’s program in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. When Laura is not helping enable water and community driven grants, she is playing soccer, visiting Bay Area breweries, and hiking.

 

Qin HeQin He
Summer Academy Youth Co-Coordinator

Born in China and raised in Oakland, Qin has been a long-time advocate of environmental justice and sustainability. She is majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Systems and Society at UCLA. As Youth Co-Coordinator of the New Voices Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy, Qin hopes to spread knowledge and accessible information to the public. It is vital to her that affected communities can communicate about the issues impacting them and find solutions. In her free time, you can find Qin enjoying a nice picnic, dancing, or finding the next show to binge-watch.

 

Aurora Heying
Program Officer

Inspired by the tenacity, resourcefulness, and passion of Rose Foundation grantees, Aurora is honored to support their work as the Program Officer for Rose’s grassroots funds. Originally from Napa, CA, Aurora joined the Rose Foundation in 2018 as the Administrative Assistant, where she gained experience with nonprofit administration, finance, and human resources. She is excited to bring her experience to bear, building community solutions to protect the environment and helping grassroots groups build capacity and navigate the grant-seeking process. She holds a degree in cultural anthropology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. When not in the office, Aurora can be found dancing Cuban salsa by Lake Merritt, doting on her succulent garden, or catching up with her reading.

 

Nancy Huizar
Program Associate

Nancy is a longtime South Seattle resident with over 10 years of leadership experience in environmental justice. They hold a degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. Nancy has experience in research, policy, community organizing, and education and outreach. They are excited to join the philanthropic sector with the Rose Foundation to utilize their technical background and community advocacy experience to continue building a thriving community.  In their free time, Nancy can be found exploring with their dog or munching at local eateries and restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Jodene IsaacsJodene Isaacs
Program Officer

Jodene is an attorney who worked to enforce various environmental and public interest laws on behalf of community-based groups for many years. She also has a graduate degree in Geography and worked as a geographic information systems analyst at private consulting firms and a major utility. Jodene is a trained mediator and regularly volunteered her time in Bay Area Superior courts to help settle business claims and restraining orders among unrepresented litigants. She is thrilled to join the Rose Foundation as the Program Officer for the Consumer Products Fund.

 

Mars KeithMars Keith
Youth Coordinator

Mars was born and raised in San Francisco’s Bayview – Hunters Point neighborhood. Her interest in environmental justice grew out of living in a known EPA Superfund site and watching her family and community experience many adverse health effects. She then went off to study Forest Resource Conservation at Humboldt State University and continues her education at her local community college. Mars is passionate about creating new narratives around the environment, so Black and Brown people can find belonging, joy, and healing in nature. As Program Coordinator, Mars helps develop and implement workshops, field trips, and actions to build New Voices students’ environmental justice knowledge and leadership skills. She enjoys watching youth spark their passions while in the program.

 

Tierra LuTierra Lu
Development Assistant

Tierra first gained footing in environmental stewardship when she led kayaking, backpacking, and whitewater rafting trips for under-resourced youth in the Bay Area. Since then, she has been passionate about serving communities and the environment and continues to learn about the critical relationship between the two. She has found her way to the Rose Foundation after finishing her B.A. in English and American Literatures at Middlebury College and serving a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Her goals include sustaining and supporting the Foundation’s important mission as the Development Assistant and, in her free time, writing stories in incredible, green places.

 

Yenny MarinYenny Martin
Communications Intern

Yenny grew up in Richmond, CA, leaving the sunshine to study visual arts and film production at Bennington College in Vermont. This is also where she discovered a passion for farming, food security, and environmental conservation, which only continued to solidify after graduating in 2014. She has spent the last handful of years working on a pangolin conservation documentary film project in Singapore and then at food rescue nonprofits in Los Angeles and Boston. She is currently pursuing an MA in environmental advocacy art at NYU and is excited to learn more about change-making and community action from the Rose Foundation.

 

Perla OrozcoPerla Orozco
Administrative Assistant

Raised in San Francisco, Perla previously worked with Heart of the Town (HOTT), bringing operational support and event production work to Oakland’s arts and culture events, festivals, and fairs. She has also worked with Kiva to commemorate International Women’s Day at Oakland’s City Hall. Perla is now applying her event planning experience to administrative and support work at Rose. She is excited about being part of the team and learning about the impact the Rose Foundation has in the Oakland community. When Perla is not working, you can find her taking pictures or whipping up new recipes.

 

Andrea Pineda

Andrea Pineda
Summer Academy Youth Co-Coordinator

Born and raised in Oakland, Andrea joins us for her 4th year with New Voices Are Rising. As Youth Co-Coordinator, Andrea helps plan and run the New Voices Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy. She is passionate about making learning fun and accessible for everyone, especially when it’s about environmental justice. Andrea loves using her creative ideas to make work feel less like work, and more like fun!

 

Sarah QuanSarah Quan
Data and Evaluation Director

Sarah comes to the Rose Foundation with over ten years of experience strengthening and resourcing organizations committed to building more healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. She is proud to work with values-driven organizations advancing racial, economic, and social justice, including seven years at LeaderSpring, a Fellowship for progressive social sector leaders in the Bay Area, and operationalizing the launch of She the People, a national effort to elevate the political voice of women of color. As the Data and Evaluation Director, Sarah is excited to lead the continued development, implementation, and refinement of the Rose Foundation’s data management and evaluation tools and systems. A devoted daughter of the Bay Area, you can find her strolling around Lake Merritt or trying to send the latest boulder problems at Berkeley Ironworks.

 

Maria RiveraMaria Rivera
Administrative Assistant

Originally from Lima, Peru, Maria learned to create a more positive environment by organizing in her own community, hosting events, and creating gardens and parks. Now, she is a dedicated mother and wife and enjoys helping others. After moving to Elk Grove, CA for a better environment for her daughter, she has returned to the Rose Foundation team as an Administration Assistant while pursuing her career in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at Consumnes River College. Through her four years in the nonprofit sector with Rose Foundation and Community Water Center, she is excited to teach her daughter about protecting and loving nature and make a difference for her future.

 

Sheela Shankar
Development and Communications Director

Sheela has extensive experience working within and fundraising for Bay Area environmental nonprofits, including working for Earth Island Institute and KIDS for the BAY. She long admired the Foundation and its work to empower youth, communities, grassroots environmental organizations, and consumers.  After many years of soliciting grants from the Foundation, she’s excited to step into a role within the organization to strengthen relationships, increase visibility, and raise funds for the Foundation and its grantees.

 

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar
Interim New Voices Program Director

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar is a longtime climate and environmental justice organizer in a variety of urban, rural, and indigenous communities throughout California and Arizona. Jessica interned with the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative in 2003, working with organizations across the U.S. on issues of climate justice. She is currently an Energy Democracy organizer with the Local Clean Energy Alliance and has been hosting youth from New Voices Are Rising for years. Jessica enjoys comedy, art, traveling, scary movies and spending time with family; especially the toddlers!
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