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 the new Administrative Manager.

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 studies from UC San Diego. After her return, she stepped back in to train new grants program staff and has helped administer many of Rose’s grant funds. Currently, Anya is the Program Officer for the Consumer Privacy Rights and Consumer Financial Education Funds, and administrator for the Just and Resilient Future Fund.

 

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 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 Officer, 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. When Laura is not helping to enable grants she is playing and coaching soccer, visiting Bay Area breweries, and hiking our public lands.

 

Katherine Funes
New Voices Are Rising Acting Program Director

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katherine moved to Oakland to attend Mills College, where she majored in Ethnic Studies and Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis. As the Youth Engagement Co-Director for New Voices Are Rising, Katherine develops and implements workshops, field trips, and actions to build the environmental justice knowledge and leadership skills of New Voices interns and Summer Academy students. She’s passionate about focusing the environmental movement on healing people of color, as well as the natural world. Katherine loves seeing the vision New Voices students have for healing their own communities and is excited to help them make their visions real.

 

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.

 

Aviva Kardener Communications AssociateAviva Kardener
Communications Associate

Aviva is excited to bring her communications skills and commitment to environmental justice to her work at the Rose Foundation. Born and raised in Oakland, Aviva lived through snowy winters at Tufts University, studying the communications and policies surrounding the environmental and climate justice movements. She has applied her formal education to her work with No Coal In Oakland, fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment, and the Sunrise Movement’s #GreenNewDeal. Aviva is happy to be back in the Bay Area, contributing to the mission of the Rose Foundation and supporting its grantee organizations’ community-based, grassroots solutions.


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.

 

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.

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