Working for lands, people, and communities
We are the champion and regional voice of the resilient lands that are integral to a thriving Bay Area and all people who live here.
Our vision is a Bay Area that is home to healthy lands, healthy people, and healthy communities where we address the impacts of climate change through collaboration. We live in a just and equitable society where we live in relationship with the land that sustains us now and will sustain future generations.
Board of Directors
- Tim Ramirez, President – San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Natural Resources and Lands Management Division Manager
- Laura Rodriguez, Vice President and Secretary – Youth Outside, Director of Programs
- Noelle Thurlow, Treasurer – Peninsula Open Space Trust, Senior Director, Land Programs & Transactions
- Ana Ruiz, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, General Manager
- Andrea Mackenzie, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, General Manager
- Annie Burke, Together Bay Area, Executive Director, ex-officio board member
- Bill Keene, Sonoma Ag and Open Space District, General Manager
- Lisa Baldinger, East Bay Regional Park District, Legislative Analyst
- Liz Westbrook, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Trail Director
- Max Korten, Marin County Parks and Open Space District, General Manager
Annie Burke, Executive Director
Annie brings people together to achieve shared goals. Her skills and experience are in coalition building, strategy, communications, convening, and fundraising. Annie led the Bay Area Open Space Council’s convening program, fundraising, and communications from 2010-2017. Prior to that she worked for large and small nonprofits in various fundraising and organizational development capacities. She has produced three films about partnerships between Native American Tribes and conservation organizations. She led a family-nature group called Outside Kids, and continues to write about ways to get kids into nature. Annie has a masters in Organization Development from University of San Francisco and a B.A. in psychology from Denison University. She completed two National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) courses. Annie grew up playing at Pescadero State Beach, running the trails at Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, and listening to Jon Miller on the radio.
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Shelana deSilva, Political Director
This coalition stands on the shoulders of the Bay Area Open Space Council. The Council was formed in 1990, helped form the Bay Area Program of the California Coastal Conservancy in 1997, launched the Conservation Lands Network in 2011, convened dozens of events, and helped form relationships across the region.