President, Program Director & Co-Founder
Jill Ratner is an attorney specializing in environmental and financial law. She serves as the President, General Counsel, and Program Director of the Rose Foundation and directs the 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. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Foundation Partnership for Corporate Responsibility, and the California Coalition for Investor Responsibility. 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 and Californians Against Waste.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Tim Little is Rose Foundation’s chief executive and principal grants officer. Starting 20 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.
Development and Communications Manager
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
New Voices Are Rising Project Coordinator
Carlos Zambrano is the New Voices Are Rising Coordinator for Rose Foundation. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, he moved to the Bay Area for school and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Geography and a minor in Ethnic Studies. He began working on environmental justice issues in Oakland, and through that experience he found his voice. He is excited to be a part of the Rose Foundation team, in particular to be coordinating the New Voices Are Rising Project, because he wants to spark creativity and confidence in youth and help foster a new generation of environmental justice leaders.
Laura is a socio-environmentalist and development professional. She has over five years of grassroots and non-profit sector experience in advocacy, research and communications around climate change and sustainability. Laura is originally from Colombia, and her passion for community driven change and the environment brought her to the Rose Foundation. As a Program Office, Laura helps manage the Foundation’s various grantmaking programs by communicating with applicants, coordinating grants processes and administering grant contracts. She holds bachelor degrees in International Relations and Geography, and studied a master’s program in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
Megan comes from a grassroots organizing background, and brings her professional experience of working in the environmental nonprofit sector with her to the Rose Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in Environmental Science and Sociology in 2015, where she discovered her passion for environmental and food justice. After graduating, Megan spent a year working with Food Shift to reduce food waste, create jobs, and feed underserved populations in Oakland. During her year with Food Shift, Megan ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, worked on writing and tracking grant proposals, and created a comprehensive development strategy for the organization. Since joining the Rose Foundation team, Megan has enjoyed working closely with grassroots groups to further strengthen their communities. In her free time, Megan enjoys gardening, cooking, and swing dancing.
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 disadvantage 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 the new Administrative Manager.
Maria is originally from Peru. From an early age she experienced the hardship of growing up in a country where violence and poverty are common. In her barrio in Lima, people took matters into their own hands creating a more positive environment for themselves by organizing community events including communal gardening. Now, she is a dedicated mother and wife. Currently Maria is pursuing her career in business administration with a concentration in accounting at Los Medanos College while getting an introduction to the non-profit sector at the Rose Foundation. She is excited to learn about environmental issues while teaching her two-year-old daughter, Kassandra to care for nature.
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 studies from UC San Diego. Most recently, she stepped back in to help train new grants program staff last year. Now, she’s back as a Fund Coordinator, recently running the New Voices summer crowdfunding campaign and managing the Consumer Privacy Rights 2017 grant cycle.
Pamela Tapia is joining the Grants Team as an intern. For the past seven years, Tapia has dedicated herself to the protection of disadvantaged communities of color and the environment as a youth advocate through the New Voices Are Rising program. A community college graduate transferring to Mills as an International Relations major, Tapia hopes to continue her commitment to community action and environmental protection.
Roscoe is a communications and fundraising intern at the Rose Foundation. He grew up in the East Bay and went to college at Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, he majored in political science and minored in environmental studies. Roscoe found a passion for environmental issues when he participated in a campus campaign calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies. Outside of school, he gained experience in communications interning for Earthjustice and the San Francisco Democratic Party. He is excited to build on his communication skills and learn about fundraising by contributing to the Rose Foundation.