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

Edward Sarti, 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.

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.

Brett Robertson, Vice Chair

Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel StubHub, Inc.; Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ask Jeeves, Inc.; former Vice President, Strategic Development and General Counsel, Critical Path, Inc.; former General Counsel, Broderbund Software, Inc.; co-founder, Neurogesx, Inc.; practiced law with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, O’Melveny & Myers, and Cooley Godward et al. Advisory Board Member Public Radio International. JD, University of Virginia School of Law; BA, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, UC Berkeley.

Carolyn Johnson, Immediate Past Chair

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.

Rebecca Patton, Director, Secretary/Strategic Planning Committee Chair

Chief Conservation Strategies Officer, The Nature Conservancy; former management consultant with SRI International; former marketing manager, IntelliCorp; former marketing and communication manager, Apple Computer; former manager, Apple’s PowerBook Marketing Group; former senior vice president, E*Trade; former CEO of WeddingChannel. MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business; BA in Economics, summa cum laude, Duke University.

Megan Colwell, Finance Commitee 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.

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.

Martha Ehmann Conte, Director

Current member William Kent Society Advisory Board of Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, Trails Forever dinner committee and Gateway High School luncheon committee; former Board Member of The Little School, Annual Gala Co-Chair of Cathedral School for Boys, Reunions Co-Chair--Princeton University, Discovery Council--Bay Area Discovery Museum, Board Member and Vice Chair--St. James Preschool; former Brand Strategy Consultant and Director--self-employed and Prophet Brand Strategy; former Management Supervisor--McCann-Erickson, VP/Account Supervisor--Ogilvy & Mather; A.B, Economics, Princeton University.

Edith Eddy, Director

Former Executive Director, Compton Foundation; former program officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation; co-director, Action Research Liaison Office, Stanford University; instructor in Biology and Assistant Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College;
Board member, National Wildlife Refuge Association; former Chair, Environmental Grantmakers Association; lead founder, Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights; Advisory Board Member, the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Coyote Point Museum, Global Philanthropy Forum, and Consultative Group on Biological Diversity;  participant, Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro and Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing; M. Ed. from Harvard University, B.A. in Biology, Swarthmore College.

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.

Simon Francis, Director

Founding Partner, Lancor Partners LLC; former Partner, CTPartners (the former Christian & Timbers), former Practice Leader, Private Equity, CTPartners; former Associate and Principal, Heidrick & Struggles; Lord Foley Scholar, London School of Economics; Law Degree, Inns of Court School of Law, Grays Inn, London; recognized by Silicon Valley Business Journal’s ’40 under 40; featured in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune Magazine and Financial Times.

Ana Galutera, Director

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.

Stuart Jacobsen, 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.

Jeffrey Kimball, Director

Member, Board of Directors, The Kimball Foundation; Member, Board of Directors, The Acorn Foundation; made a number of award-winning short dramas, documentaries and experimental films; worked in the film industry as a filmmaker, director, executive producer and music supervisor, working closely with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Robert Altman, and Julian Schnabel; produced and directed an hour-long documentary that he originated, about the birds and birders of New York’s Central Park—Birders: The Central Park Effect, and is developing ideas for further films; manages investments and runs a commercial real estate holding company with his siblings; M.F.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Peter Norvig, PhD, 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.

Mary Power, Ph.D., Director

Professor, Integrative Biology; Faculty Director, Angelo Coast Range Reserve; Director of the California Biodiversity Center (CBC), a Berkeley Organized Research Unit started in January 2001. The California Biodiversity Center fosters collaborations between the Berkeley Natural History Museums, Berkeley's Natural History Field Stations, and other partners studying changes in California's biological diversity, past, present, and future.

James F. Quinn, Ph.D., Director

Professor, Environmental Science and Policy and Director, Information Center for the Environment, University of California, Davis; former Lecturer in Biology, University of Pennsylvania; Head, California Node of the National Biological Information Infrastructure; NSF-ITR Science on the Semantic Web: Prototypes in Bioinformatics; principal investigator on numerous state, federal, and international projects applying geographic information technology to public policy on biodiversity, land use, water quality, and climate change; Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Washington, A.B. cum laude, Biology, Harvard University.

Ivan Samuels, Director

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.

Robert S. Schwarts, J.D., Director

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.

Honorary Board Members

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 and his wife, Pat, live in Sonoma and have four married children and 9 grandchildren. They 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.