Jill Ratner (she/her)
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.
Tim Little (he/him)
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 (she/her)
Director of Finance & Administration
Pamela is an experienced financial and administrative professional who is applying her skills and passion to the environmental health and justice movement. She has volunteered for various groups and projects 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.
Sage Bachman (she/her)
Development and Communications Associate
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.
Timothy Bell (he/him)
Program Officer, Pacific Northwest
Timothy joins the Rose Foundation from the land of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people where he worked to promote community voice and equity in the policy-making and implementation process before moving from direct advocacy to full-scale systems change work through philanthropy. He is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance where he graduated with degrees in non-profit management and ethics. Timothy is the proud father of two adorable cats, loves hiking and climbing, as well as spending time in and on the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. He is passionate about philosophy, tea, and, most importantly, engaging with communities to solve their most pressing issues. He looks forward to partnering with the many passionate Rose grantees as they seek to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our lands and waters.
Jenny Cabrera (she/her)
Jenny was born in LA and raised in the San Jose Bay Area. Working as an office administrator for Cisco Catering, Jenny developed strong attention to detail and human resource skills . While working full time, Jenny pursued her goal of helping others and completed her Medical Assistant Certification. After 3 years of assisting doctors, nurses, and patients at Sutter Health Hospital, Jenny joined the Rose Foundation. She is excited to utilize her administrative, organizational and people skills to support the team and greater community.
Suzie Convery (she/her)
Development and Communications Director
Suzie Convery recently joined the Rose Foundation as Director of Development and Communications. Suzie has 30 years of experience working with mission-driven, social justice non-profits throughout the West, and has extensive experience in nonprofit management, strategic planning, facilitation, board development, and organizational change. She most recently served as Director of Development at Western Center on Law & Poverty for nearly a decade, helping the organization increase its impact on low-income, communities of color through systems change in health care, housing and economic benefits. Prior to her work at Western Center, Suzie’s 20+ year consulting practice covered a variety of development and organizational change projects including environmentally conscious manufacturing, self-sufficiency in Native American communities, and women’s micro-enterprise, among many others. Suzie has a BA from College of the Holy Cross, a CORO Executive Fellow and has served as a trustee on boards of directors in New Mexico and California.
Aurora Heying (she/her)
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.
Senior Manager Institutional Giving
Amy has spent over 20 years working with underserved, frontline communities in California and around the world on developing and implementing environmental justice and sustainable development strategies that are equitable, durable, and scalable. Before moving to California, Amy worked on social and political development issues as a program officer and fundraiser specialist for a variety of international organizations including the United Nation’s Millenium Promise, EastWest Institute, Habitat for Humanity, TreePeople, and Peace Corps. Her work has allowed her to live all over the world – including China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Panama, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Korea, Botswana, England, and Australia – where she has had the opportunity to explore beautiful landscapes, meet fascinating people, and eat delicious food. She has a BA from Hamilton College of in Cultural Anthropology, and a Master of Science from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the International Development Studies focus on the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development. In her free time, you can find Amy during the day getting lost in wild spaces with her adventure cats, Lil Dude and Pico De Gato, and at night attending concerts, plays, and art installations.
Jodene Isaacs (she/her)
Mitigation Funds Director
Jodene is a public interest attorney who has exclusively represented non-profits in federal enforcement cases related to water and toxic waste pollution. Jodene has a master’s degree in Geography, and prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a planner and geographic information systems analyst at environmental consulting firms and a major utility where she contributed to planning documents. After many years of practicing litigation, Jodene is pivoting to philanthropy as a more direct means to advance social progress, promote change, and improve people’s lives. Jodene regularly volunteers with several local organizations including her county’s civil grand jury. She is also a trained mediator and has helped unrepresented litigants settle claims in in Bay Area Superior courts. In her free time, she hikes with her smallish labradoodle in the hills of Marin County.
Perla Orozco (she/her)
Finance and Administrative Associate
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.
Mykela Patton (she/her)
New Voices Are Rising Associate Program Director
Mykela Patton first joined Rose in 2016 as a Summer Academy student and over the years has taken on ever-increasing leadership roles in the program. Mykela has played an integral part in defining and building New Voices’ youth leadership pipeline including designing youth leadership positions and mentoring many students to help them develop their skills and gain experience in environmental justice work. We are thrilled to have her back now that she has completed her environmental policy degree with a justice concentration at Colby College.
Andrea Pineda (she/her)
Associate Youth Coordinator
Born and raised in Oakland, Andrea joins us for her 6th 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!
Lorena Rodríguez (she/her)
Grassroots Program and Training Lead
Lorena Rodríguez is an environmental community organizer, researcher, artist, and fermentation enthusiast on a mission to drive social transformation. Lorena brings a unique perspective to her work from a diverse background in history, political science, and social and environmental justice. She holds a Master’s degree in Politics and International Studies from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, where she was a Rotary Peace Fellow. Lorena’s dedication to creating a sustainable future led her to actively participate in peace and environmental initiatives in her home country of Colombia. She worked with the Colombian High Commissioner for Peace during the 2016 Peace Dialogues and collaborated extensively with indigenous and peasant communities to revalue their biocultural resources. Now based in California, Lorena has contributed her expertise as a Mitigation Specialist, providing legal and social services to individuals impacted by incarceration, specifically those facing the death penalty. Alongside her professional endeavors, she joins her two passions of art and nature through community projects that provide paths for social and environmental justice
Gabriel Rosenstein (he/him)
Grants Administration and Contract Lead
Gabriel supports the Rose Foundation’s mitigation fund grant making. Before this role, his career in the environmental sector included leading trail work with crews of disadvantaged high school students, managing fundraising operations at Rainforest Action Network and Earthjustice, assisting Indigenous environmental sovereignty projects in Ecuador and New York, and performing geospatial research with NASA. Although originally from Los Angeles, he regularly visited the Shasta-Trinity National Forest’s jagged mountains and gentle rivers while growing up, which remains a favorite natural space to this day.
Susan Stock (she/her)
Susan is a Floridian with 30 years of accounting and operations experience with a myriad of employers including non-profits, a trade association, an executive recruiting firm and custom marine fabricators. Most recently she was the accounting manager for Florida Rising, a people-powered alliance advancing social justice across Florida. She is very excited to apply her love of optimizing workflows at another organization focused on community empowerment. When not working she enjoys exploring the bay area, meditation, music and spending time with her family. Susan’s favorite wild space is the ocean. Growing up in Florida, she always loved being near salty water. Living now on a very different coastline, she can’t get enough of the incredible cliffs and giant waves of the Pacific.
Pearl Wang (she/her)
Database and Operations Lead
Pearl can’t help but choose to work at organizations and companies that inspire their surrounding communities to improve the world. She grew up in Maryland, graduated from the University of Virginia and, after staying on the East Coast for 10 years, followed her sister to the West Coast. Pearl has previously worked as a trainer at an Apple Store, an artist at Whole Foods, and, most recently, an operations manager at Bay Area nonprofit Children Rising, which provides reading and math tutoring to local Title 1 elementary schools in Oakland. She’s very happy to join the Rose Foundation in providing grassroots groups with the means to protect their community and environment.
Sarah Quan (she/her)
Sarah has spent over a decade working to strengthen and resource organizations building more healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. She is proud to be a part of values-driven organizations advancing racial, economic, and social justice, including seven years at LeaderSpring, a Fellowship for 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 Rose Foundation’s Operations Director, Sarah is excited to meld her love of shaping organizational systems with her commitment to environmental health and justice.