As a STRAW Project Manager at Point Blue my work focuses on organizing and implementing professional habitat restoration projects with K-12 graders throughout the Bay Area. I oversee STRAW restoration projects in the Tolay Creek watershed in partnership with the Sonoma Land Trust, restoration at TomKat Ranch and other sites, as well as manage the native plant nursery at San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

I grew up in the Siskyou Mountains of southern Oregon where I learned to value the rugged beauty of the west’s expansive wildlands. At Warren Wilson College, a work college in Asheville, North Carolina, my interests in botany, and ecological restoration collided as the student manager of the Native Plant Crew where we collected seed and propagated more than 75 species of native grasses and flowers for restoration on campus. In 2009 the US Forest Service contracted the WWC Native Plant Crew to grow and indentify ecotypes of 11 native plants ideal for restoration in the South East.

As a member of the STRAW team since 2011 I’ve been involved in rural and urban restoration projects on streams and tidal marsh transition zones. In collaborated with our many partners STRAW has restored over 30 miles of habitat and educated more 35,000 students about the value of restoration and conservation since 1992.

When I’m not in the field or at the native plant nursery, I work from the Point Blue headquarters in Petaluma.

When I’m not at work you might find me in the surf or in the mountains.