Bill KortumBill Kortum of Petaluma

A Remembrance
From Bill’s wife Lucy Dec. 20, 2014: “Bill died last night. Just after Julie and our caregiver gave him his 4:00 medications his breathing faded away, quietly and as calmly as have been the last days here at home. We sat by the bed for a while and talked quietly, and are planning a celebration of his life early in the new year. Thank you for all the loving support he and we have received. Your comforting messages have surely reached him, and his presence fills our lives and our home.”


You can help continue Bill Kortum’s legacy with a donation to a special fund.


Michael AllenMichael Allen of Santa Rosa, Board Chair

A North Bay community leader for over 40 years, Michael has a record of activism and extensive legislative experience that makes him uniquely qualified to tackle the diverse issues facing our neighborhoods and our state. Michael has had an extensive career as a registered nurse, lawyer and then labor leader right here in the North Bay. Elected to the State Assembly in November 2010, Michael was appointed to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader shortly thereafter. Since then, he has worked to improve safety at our state hospitals, help working families, and create local jobs. After serving in the Assembly he was appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board by the Assembly Speaker Perez in January 2013. He raised his five children here and was proud to see them go on to graduate college and become successful in their own right.


Neal FishmanNeal Fishman of Petaluma, Board President

Raised on a ranch in Penngrove. BS Conservation, UC Berkeley. Worked 32 years as project manager, legislative coordinator, and Deputy Executive Officer for the Coastal Conservancy. Drafted legislation creating the California Coastal Trail. Instrumental in creating the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy, and several statewide conservation bond acts. Served as chief consultant to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. Serves on board of Sonoma Land Trust. Married to Maxene Spellman. They have two children.



David KellerDavid Keller of Petaluma

David Keller brings his love for social justice, political activism and dedication to the environment to SCCA. He is the Bay Area Director for Friends of the Eel River, and founder of the Petaluma River Council. He’s held elected office as a Petaluma City Council member, and as board member of the Bolinas Fire Protection District. He’s worked on river and coastal lagoon restoration, water and watershed resources, downtown revitalization and infill development, flood management, water and wastewater privatization, and protection of utility ratepayer interests. He is also a long-time manufacturer of patented woodworking tools for cutting dovetail joints.


Janis Watkins

Janis Watkins of Healdsburg, Board Secretary

Janis grew up in Sonoma County where her father was a farm advisor. After graduating from SRJC, she went on to higher education and UCLA Law School. She returned home and has been a practicing attorney (civil appeals) for more than 35 years. She finds her passion working on environmental issues and social and environmental justice in Healdsburg and Sonoma County. She is on the Board of North Bay Organizing Project. Janis and her husband Warren enjoy their grandchildren, hiking and playing tennis, and getting out to their rural property in Mendocino County.


Jane NeilsonJane Nielson of Sebastopol

Jane has had a 25 year career as a field and research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA. She also has taught Environmental Geology and other courses at California State University, Haywar and Pomona College, Claremont, CA, and is co-author of The American West at Risk, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. A co-founder of the Sebastopol Water Information Group and Sonoma County Water Coalition, she also serves on the board of directors for the O.W.L. (Open-Space, Water, and Land Conservation) Foundation.


Anne SeeleyAnne Seeley of Santa Rosa

Anne Seeley has lived in Sonoma County since 1977. In 1986 she was a co-founder of Concerned Citizens for Santa Rosa a community interest organization that has been effective in making Santa Rosa government more transparent and attuned to the public. She works through coalitions such as the Sonoma County Water Coalition to help keep Sonoma County a healthy, beautiful place to live. Working full-time as a medical office nurse, she still attends each Santa Rosa Council meeting.


Ed SheffieldEd Sheffield of Santa Rosa, Board Treasurer

Ed has been active in Sonoma County politics since he moved to Santa Rosa in 2003, and is currently the District Director for State Senator Noreen Evans. Ed serves on the board of Santa Rosa’s Measure O Citizen’s Oversight Committee; Sonoma County’s Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health Advisory Board; and is a policy advisor for Sonoma County’s Child Care Planning Council.


Megan Kaun of Sebastopol

Megan’s research on pesticide use in public spaces helped spearhead SCCA’s Toxic Free Future campaign. Through her work as vice-chair of Santa Rosa’s Board of Public Utilities (2013-2017), background in environmental remediation, and passion for keeping toxics away from kids, she has become a local leader in public landscape maintenance policy. Megan was born and raised in Sonoma County but spent her early career working as a hydraulic engineer/hydrologist on stream restoration and dredged material reuse projects for the Army Corps of Engineers in Chicago and San Francisco. She holds engineering degrees from Northwestern and Stanford.


Chris Grabill, Director of Watershed Protection

Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Chris grew up volunteering with the Madrone Audubon Society and the Bird Rescue Center. Worked in field ornithology labs as a teenager. Studied Urban Planning and International Policy at UC Berkeley. Has worked in Latin America and elsewhere on humanitarian issues of autonomy, sustainability and refugee relief. Currently on the Board of Public Utilities, works as a general contractor and is a local musician. Active advocate for environmental justice, affordable housing and healthy watersheds.


Former Board Members and Contributors:

Mark GreenMark Green, Founding ED

Mark Green was a statewide canvass director for the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), where he met Bill Kortum, whom at the time was on the Board of CLCV. Bill and Mark hit it off, and went on to form Sonoma County Conservation Action with Mark as the founding Executive Director, a position he served in from 1991-2000. Mark blazed critical environmental policy trails in Sonoma County and became a major force for the protection of open space and Russian River watershed.