Point Blue is deeply grateful to our Board of Directors for their leadership and generosity. 

Megan Colwell, Chair

Senior Vice President & Partner with Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., San Francisco; co-chair of Woodruff-Sawyer’s Insurer/Market Security Committee, and Trustee on the corporate ESOP Committee. Former SVP with Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.  Former board member and chair of Finance Council for IBA West, a not-for-profit trade association.  BA, Geography, San Francisco State University.

Ellie Cohen, President and CEO

Ellie came to Point Blue Conservation Science in 1999 with extensive management, fundraising and policy expertise.  Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Ellie received her undergraduate degree with honors in Botany (focus on ecology) from Duke University.  Field studies in butterfly ecology brought her to California in 1979. Read Ellie's full biography here.

Ivan Samuels, 1st Vice Chair

Executive Director, March Conservation Fund; Survey Crew Leader for the USGS SW Biological Science Center/Colorado Field Station; Survey Crew Leader, University of Nevada, North Sierra Nevada Mountains; Field Researcher, Institute for Bird Populations in Sequoia National Forest; Field Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Society in Papua New Guinea; Intern, Point Blue Conservation Science, Farallon Island NWR, and Palomarin Field Station; Lead Collaborator on a Point Blue publication on riparian birds following a fire incident. M.S. in Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville; B.A.s in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ivan brings with him direct experience in avian research, restoration ecology, environmental education and sustainable forestry.

Jeffrey Kimball, 2nd Vice Chair

President, Board of Directors, New York City Audubon; Member, Board of Trustees, The Kimball Foundation and The Acorn Foundation; has made a number of award-winning films including the Emmy-nominated "Birders: The Central Park Effect” for HBO;  has also worked in the film industry as a producer, cameraman and music supervisor, and founded the Music Dept. at Miramax Films; runs a commercial real estate holding company; M.F.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, Secretary

Founding member and Partner, Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman, LLP; member, State Bar of California; member San Francisco Bar Association; arbitrator and mediator appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court and the San Francisco Bar Association; adjunct faculty member for the University of San Francisco School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program; Chair, Richmond District YMCA Board of Directors. Former Deputy City Attorney – Trial Team, San Francisco City Attorney; former Associate, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough; former member and Acting Chair, San Francisco Ethics Commission; former member, Board of Trustees, The Asheville School. J.D., The George Washington University Law School; B.A., University of Virginia.

Edward Sarti, Immediate Past Chair

Edward R. Sarti, attorney at law; formerly with The Schinner Law Group, San Francisco and Robert W. Wood, PC, San Francisco; member, State Bar of California; Certified Public Accountant, State of Texas; JD, University of San Francisco School of Law; BS, Business Administration, Rider University, New Jersey.

Martha Ehmann Conte, Advancement Chair

Civic Leader and Philanthropist. Currently: Trustee and Advisory Group, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Institute at the Golden Gate; Catalyst Committee Chair and Gala Committee, Exploratorium; Advisory Council, National Partnership for Women and Families.  Formerly: Trustee, Berkeley Repertory Theater; Chair, Gateway Public Schools 10th Anniversary Luncheon; Trustee and Strategic Planning Committee, The Little School; Gala Co-Chair, Cathedral School for Boys; 20th Reunion Co-Chair, Princeton University Class of 1985; Discovery Council, Bay Area Discovery Museum; Trustee and Vice Chair, St. James Preschool; Brand Strategy Consultant and Director, Prophet Brand Strategy, San Francisco; Management Supervisor, McCann-Erickson, San Francisco; VP/Account Supervisor, Ogilvy & Mather, New York; A.B., Economics, Princeton University.

Ana Galutera, Finance Chair

Principal and President, Galileo Planning Group. Former Principal, Brownson Rehmus & Foxworth. Former VP Finance, Post Communications. Board member, Polly Klaas Foundation. B.S. Business Administration, Washington University. MBA Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Nadine Peterson, Policy Chair

Nadine Peterson was formerly the Chief Deputy Executive Officer for the California Coastal Conservancy where she was responsible for legislative affairs, federal funding for nationally significant projects, administrative functions, strategic planning, and for developing and overseeing the agency’s climate policy, project selection criteria, and Climate Ready program. She served on and lead many steering committees including the Bay Area Ecosystem Climate Change Consortium, the BAECCC executive committee responsible for the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Climate Update, the CA Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and the Alliance of Regional Collaborative for Climate Adaptation.  As the Conservancy’s first San Francisco Bay Conservancy Manager she oversaw a collaborative effort to develop and implement regional program goals and strategic plan objectives, grant program that provided technical and financial assistance to hundreds of priority conservation and recreation projects, and oversight of the planning and implementation of major national resource restoration projects including the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration, Hamilton/Bel Marin Keys, the Napa River Salt Pond Restoration, and the Invasive Spartina Removal project. Nadine holds a Masters, degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal State University at San Jose and a BA degree in Environmental Studies from Cal State University at Sacramento.

Robert S. Shwarts, J.D., Human Resources Chair

Partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP.  Office Leader at Orrick’s San Francisco office; Member, Orrick’s Risk Management Committee; Member, The Employment Group; Member, American Bar Association; Member, State Bar of California; Member, State Bar of New York; Former Associate, Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman; Former Associate, Mayer, Brown & Platt; Former Managing Editor, The George Washington Law Review; J.D., The George Washington University Law School; B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Rob has provided pro bono legal services to Point Blue for the past 3 years.

David Ackerly, PhD, Director, Science Advisory Committee Chair

Associate Professor and Gill Chair in Natural History, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley; former Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Stanford University; Fulbright Teaching/Research Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Faculty Affiliate, Energy and Resources Group, University of California Berkeley; Curator of Ecology, University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California Berkeley; Associate Scientist, Ecology Dept., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Division, University of California Berkeley; Ecological Society of America, Cooper Award; Co-chair of Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Consortium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Clinton Moloney, Strategic Planning Chair

Clinton is the Sustainability Advisory Leader for PwC in the United States and a Managing Director in the firm. He has advised CEOs, Boards, Leadership Teams and Elected Officials on sustainability with a particular focus on strategic transformation, innovation, leadership and culture change. Recently, Clinton led a team that supported the Mayor of Los Angeles to create the first ever sustainability plan for that city. Currently, Clinton is supporting more than a dozen global companies through the World Business Council on Sustainable Development to understand the innovations needed for the emerging global middle class to live well, but within the planet’s boundaries. In addition to serving on Point Blue’s board, Clinton serves as the National Board Secretary of Friends of the Children based in Portland, OR. He received his MBA from Stanford University, Graduate School of Business and his BEng with first class honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Julie Baldocchi, Director

Julie Chase Baldocchi for the past 21 years is the co owner and V.P. of Pacific Nurseries, a wholesale plant nursery serving northern and southern San Francisco bay area regions. She has her Bachelor of Arts from Brooks Institute of Photography. After graduating she ran a commercial photography studio for over 15 years working with clients from Apple Computer, Pacific Bell, Informix, and Octel. Actively involved in her families cattle operation for the last 30 years, her fine art and editorial photographic work focused on portraits of working California family ranches. One of her ranching passions is implementing Allan Savory’s practice of holistic management with the goal of restoring and regenerating grassland and modeling this method to other ranchers as a “best practice”. She has actively served as a board member for Marin CASA; committee member for numerous NRDC fundraising events; 14 years with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Trails Forever Committee; 6 years as Committee Member and Co-chair of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Gala Events; and 8 years as a Marin Country Day School Parent Board member. Presently she is a volunteer with National Ski Patrol at Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley.

Anne Chadwick, Director

Writer and photographer Anne Chadwick is past president and current board member of the Truckee Donner Land Trust; former International Trade Policy Advisor to the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture; served on the Advisory Committee on Small Business and Agriculture, Federal Reserve Bank 12th District; past board member of California Council on International Trade, California Wheat Commission, California Association of Wheat Growers, and North Tahoe Arts; and former advisor to High Sierra Resource Conservation and Development District. As owner of a 140-acre ranch in California’s Sierra Valley, Anne negotiated a conservation easement with the Feather River Land Trust to extinguish development rights in perpetuity. In 2014, her ranch pioneered the “Learning Landscapes” program, which brings school children outdoors to study wildlife, farming, riparian habitat, stream biology, bird migration, and more. She has traveled extensively and splits her time between Northern California and Vancouver, B.C.

Rob Faucett, Director

Museum Collections Manager, Burke Museum, University of Washington; former Instructor, Louisiana
State University, Department of Biological Sciences; Board Member and Science Committee Chair, Seattle Audubon Society; treasurer, Washington Ornithological Society; member, fundraising committee, Burke Museum Association. MS, Ecology and Evolution, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; BS in Biology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ellen Hines, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Hines is the Associate Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies and a Professor in the Department of Geography & Environment at San Francisco State University. She is in the Pool of Experts in the UN World Ocean Assessment, a member of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force and an invited expert on the Convention on Migratory Species Scientific Council’s Aquatic Animals Working Group.  Her research addresses population and community ecology of threatened and endangered species as related to local conservation efforts and regional scale coastal and marine management science. She is particularly interested in using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing as tools for marine conservation and works closely with Point Blue's marine scientists to mentor graduate students. Learn more about Ellen here and here.

Stuart Jacobson, Director

Former CEO, GT (Gehry Technologies); former CEO, Kivera; former Senior Vice President-Global Sales and Alliances, Saba Software; former Executive Vice President, Novadigm, former Managing Director-International, ViewStar Corporation; former Managing Director, Oracle Corporation, Asia-Pacific; former Manager for defense and high-tech industries; former technical engineering positions, Electronic Data Systems, Applied Data Research.

David Myles, Director

David has been in the biotechnology business for nearly 20 years, currently serving as Executive Vice President, Drug Development at Olema Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Olema, David was cofounder of Epiphany Biosciences, and held senior management positions at Kosan Biosciences, and Chiron Corporation. He has directed research programs identifying new treatments for cancer, infectious disease, and metabolic disease, among other areas. Prior entering the biotechnology sector, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA where his laboratory developed new methods for the preparation of biologically active natural products and analogs. David obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University and was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University.

Peter Norvig, Ph.D., Director

Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google, Inc.; previously he directed Google's core search algorithms group. He is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field, and co-teacher of an Artificial Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Honorary Board Members

Carolyn Johnson

Former Capital Campaign chair for Point Blue, President of the Fledgling Fund, a philanthropic family foundation; former Vice President and Treasurer of The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation; member of education, executive, restoration and finance committees; Co-founder and Secretary/Treasurer of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy; co-founder, Sonoma Wildlife Rehabilitation Center; member, Society of Wetland Scientists and Society of Ecological Restoration. MA, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park; BA, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.

Ted Eliot

Ted Eliot was a career Foreign Service Officer for 30 years, serving in Sri Lanka, Germany, the Soviet Union, Iran and, from 1973 to 1978 as U. S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.  In Washington, his tours included Country Director for Iran and Executive Secretary of the Department of State.  From 1978 to 1985 he was Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, following which he directed the Center for Asian Pacific Affairs at The Asia Foundation.  He has been the director of three corporations, including the Raytheon Company, and is currently a Board member of The Asia Foundation and the Community Foundation Sonoma County.  Birds have been his lifetime hobby, and he joined Point Blue in 1988 and became Board  Chair in 1991 and 1992.  He has also been on the Board of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He lives in Sonoma and has four married children and 9 grandchildren. Ted and his late wife, Pat, have both been active in conservation organizations in Sonoma County.  Ted received Point Blue's Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award in 2007.

Bill Foss

Bill Foss served on the Board of Directors of Point Blue from 1997 to 2007 and was Chair of the Board from 2000 to 2003.  He is a retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DFS Group, an international retailer based in San Francisco. His current environmental focus is on ocean conservation and he is Chairman of the Environment of the Sea Committee of the Cruising Club of America. He is now in the fourth year of an extended cruise aboard his boat, Détente, which is currently in Turkey.

Jack W. Ladd, Chair Audit Committee

Managing Director of Ladd Associates, Inc.,  provider of strategic planning software and consulting services to the publishing industry; Point Blue Board of Directors, 1996-2008; Board Chair 1999-2000; former President, Presidio Golf Club;  Stanford Alumni Consulting Team; Dartmouth College, AB in History; Stanford, MBA

Stephen Thal

Point Blue Board of Directors 1999-2009; Board Chair, Hospice by the Bay; Board of Directors, American Bird Conservancy; Board of Directors, National Hospice Foundation; Chair Emeritus and former Chair, Board of Directors, Hospice of Marin; Former President, Board of Directors, Audubon Canyon Ranch; Member, Birdlife International, National Audubon Society, Marin Audubon Society; Member, Earth Day Every Day Committee, Marin Community Foundation.