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About Our Board


Golden Gate Audubon’s Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, June, September and November. Meetings are held at Golden Gate Audubon’s main office or a location in San Francisco.

Officers

Linda Carloni (President,Co-Chair of the Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge Committee and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee) is retired from the practice of law, most recently as General Counsel of an Oakland educational software company. Previously, she was a founder of a health care startup, worked in technology transfer for the University of California and provided legal representation for technology and medical device companies on business and securities law matters.  She is a graduate of GGAS’s first Master Birder class.  Linda is an Alameda County Master Gardener and serves on the board of Alameda Backyard Growers, a network of gardeners who provide education on urban agriculture and donate extra fruit and vegetables to the Alameda Food Bank.  She received a B.A. in political science from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Carol Baird (Vice President and Chair of the Development Committee)is Executive Director Emeritus for the California Institute for Biodiversity, an education nonprofit that fosters environmentally informed citizens by improving science literacy, environmental education, and the use of appropriate technology in the classroom. Carol was formerly an Instructor in Zoology at U.C. Berkeley, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Ecology and Vertebrate Biology. She earned her PhD in Biology from U.C. Berkeley, which involved the study of interactions among nectar-feeding birds and insects in Costa Rica.  She is on the Board of Directors of Bay Nature magazine, which covers the unique habitats and wildlife of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bruce Mast (Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee) is a nationally recognized thought leader on residential green building. He helped found the nonprofit Build It Green in 2004 and has served as its Deputy Executive Director since 2006, leading business development activities and translating Build It Green’s strategic priorities into practical program designs. He honed his birding and citizen science skills as a volunteer at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Central Texas, where he mapped nesting territories of endangered Black-capped Vireos and Golden-cheeked Warblers. He also served as a City Councilmember for City of Albany, California, and a high school science teacher in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. Bruce holds a BA in Physics from Rice University.
Eric Schroeder (Secretary) worked at UC Davis where he had a thirty-year career as a lecturer and administrator. He taught for several departments—including the University Writing Program, the English Department, and the American Studies Program—and spent his last decade at UCD as the Director of Study Abroad for which he still leads summer programs in Australia, South Africa, and Scotland. His local volunteer work includes serving as president of the Tilden Wildcat Horseman’s Association for seven years and being a member of the East Bay Regional Park District’s Volunteer Mounted Patrol. He recently completed the Master Birder Program sponsored by GGAS and the Academy of Science. He received his BA in Greek and English from UCLA, his MA in Renaissance Studies from the University of Sussex, and his PhD in English Literature from UCLA.

Directors and Committee Chairs

Sharon Beals (Co-Chair of the San Francisco Conservation Committee) is a photographer, author and a self-described citizen scientist. Her book, Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them (Chronicle Books), is her effort to create interest in the conservation issues affecting birds. Her photographs have appeared in Audubon, National Geographic, and Birding magazines, and a show of her nest photographs  has traveled from the National Academy of Scienes, to Massachusetts Audubon, and to Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates. Since publication of her book, Sharon has had the opportunity to give presentations about conservation issues, including a TED Earth talk and a presentation to architects on bird-safe buildings.

Diane Bennett is a retired California educator who spent 30 years teaching science, math, and computers to middle school students and is credentialed to teach English Language Learners. Diane regularly participates in GGAS field trips and volunteers with the Eco-Education program. Her other volunteer commitments include San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Point Blue Conservation Science, and the Oakland Zoo, where she is treasurer of the Docent Board. Diane graduated with a B.S. degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and earned a M.A. degree in educational technology from San Francisco State University.

William Hudson has worked in private finance, as a long term lender to established companies for an insurance company and as an investment banker for a small firm in San Francisco. He was an early volunteer and later board member for Save Open Space-Gateway Valley, which worked closely with Golden Gate Audubon to minimize the environmental impact of the Gateway Valley development in Orinda. He is currently treasurer of the Gateway Settlement Fund Alliance, a related organization with representatives from SOS-GV, Golden Gate Audubon, and the Sierra Club. William also serves on the board of Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area and does pro bono nonprofit consulting through the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team. He received an M.B.A. from Stanford University, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in engineering.

Dominik Moser is the full time animal keeper at the Randall Museum. Dominik reviews bird records for San Francisco eBird,  and maintains the “SFbirds” listserv, When he has the time, he takes his observations further afield to surrounding Bay Area counties, the Sierra and beyond.

Dan Roth

Leslie Storer is  Bay Area native and started developing her passion for birds at the age of twelve as a volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo.  She also volunteered at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience (then Alexander Lindsay Junior Museum), the California Raptor Center, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, and Project Wildlife in San Diego.  She has worked with a variety of wild animals, with an emphasis on birds, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (then Marine World Africa USA), the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (then San Diego Wild Animal Park).  Leslie is currently an animal care manager at the Oakland Zoo, where she is part of the team of people specially trained to treat wild California condors for lead toxicity.  Leslie received a  BS in Zoology from UC Davis.

Pam Young (Chair of the East Bay Conservation Committee)  is an aviculturist, birding guide, and environmental law specialist who worked for many years as a bird curator at zoos including the Toledo Zoo and Dallas Zoo. Her skills with birds include rescue and rehabilitation, reproduction in captivity for repopulation programs, and falconry. As a member of several working groups, Pam participated in the recovery of the California Condor, proposals for breeding and reintroducing the Black-capped Vireo, field studies on Prairie Falcons, and behavioral studies of breeding Roseate Spoonbills. Among her consulting activities, Pam was a reviewer of the Wild Bird Conservation Act for the U.S. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and a member of the International Advisory Committee for the National Avian Research Centre in Abu Dhabi. She studied avian ecology as an undergraduate and earned a J.D. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

 

We mourn the loss in December 2015 of board member Allen Hirsch. Click here to view an online gallery of some of Allen’s wonderful bird photographs.