Chairman of the Board at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Consultant at Inverness Associates
Executive Director at The Charlie Cart Project
Associate Partner at EHDD
Executive Director at Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Retired Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at The Head-Royce School
User Experience Designer at Wikipedia
Senior Program Associate, Education Program at S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Director at Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University California, Berkeley
Executive Director at SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education)
Education Program Director at The Center for Ecoliteracy
Former Director of Admissions at The Mountain School
The Field Semester mourns loss of Yolanda Peeks, who committed her life to advancing education and made tremendous contributions to our community.
Retired Associate Superintendent at Oakland Unified School District
Mark has a degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. He has spent 35 years in both public and private real estate development and served as San Francisco’s first Director of Economic Development under Joseph Alioto and later served as the first Director of the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency from 1977 to 1985. He was a founding member and first President of CALED, the California Association for Local Economic Development and has served on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission under Dianne Feinstein. Mark is Chair of the Board of the Edible Schoolyard Project, Chair of the Board of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, President of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission, and Chair of the Board of the America’s Cup Organizing Committee. Buell is married to the former Susie Russell Tompkins and has two children from a previous marriage: Sabrina and Justin.
Paul currently works as a consultant, supporting schools in sustainability, strategic planning, governance, and leadership mentoring. In the spring of 2012, he published Greening America's Schools: The Environmental Sustainability Movement in K-12 Education. His perspective has been shaped by career in education in which he served for over 25 years as Head of the Head-Royce School. He also was Assistant Head and Academic Dean at San Francisco University High School and Associate Director of Admissions at Reed College. Raised near Chicago, Paul attended Hinsdale High School and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in History from Yale, and an M.A. in American History and a Ph.D. in the History of Education from Stanford. Active in the professional education community, Paul is a member of the Country Day School Headmasters Association and the Headmasters Association and currently serves on several boards, including School Year Abroad, San Francisco Friends School, the UC Berkeley Library Advisory Board, and SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) Advisory Board. He has served on the boards of The National Association of Independent Schools, The Hamlin School, San Francisco Day School, Marin Country Day School, and the California Association of Independent Schools. During 2010-11 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford and UC Berkeley schools of education and Principal in Residence at the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley.
Carolyn is the founder and Executive Director of the Charlie Cart Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to scale food education in the classroom. For 15 years, Carolyn has worked to transform the food system through educational programming, school lunch reform, and activism. She served as Development Director and Executive Director of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project (formerly Chez Panisse Foundation), consulted to the Jamie Oliver Foundation, co-founded the UC Berkeley Food Institute, and co-produced the Edible Education series at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan. Carolyn is the parent of two children in the Berkeley public schools, where she teaches cooking in the classroom on a volunteer basis.
Rick Feldman, AIA, LEED® AP, BD+C joined EHDD in 1987 and has played a major role in the firm’s design of academic, student housing, museum and aquarium facilities. With a background in political science and journalism, Rick is an expert at managing complex institutional projects incorporating lots of client and community input. One of the most significant projects he’s worked on is the Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco. Working with the client since 1998 to study their previous location and search for a new site, Rick completed the new facility this year on the Embarcadero. Rick's other prestigious projects include academic buildings, residence halls and student centers for UC Berkeley and Santa Cruz as well as The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. Rich holds a BA in Political Science and a M.Arch. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Allen Fish was hired as the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s first director in 1985. With a background in evolution and ecology, and avian biology and conservation from UC Davis, Allen has a particular interest in bird population responses to urban development, climate change, and other human pressures. Allen has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Raptor Research, was Chair of the Hawk Migration Association of North America’s Research Committee for a half-decade, and has taught classes and led tours for the California Academy of Sciences. Since 2003, he has taught an upper-division Raptor Biology class at the University of California at Davis. In 2003, HMANA awarded him the Maurice Braun Award for contributions to hawk migration study & conservation. At GGRO, Allen is the lead staff contact for GGRO’s Hawkwatch Program, and for hawk nesting studies in the Presidio and Berkeley. He also handles fund-raising, budgeting, publishing, image collections, docents, and media/public relations.
Jason began his career in his homeland of Australia as a quartermaster and instructor to new recruits in the Royal Australian Navy. He later became a contractor specializing in marine concrete. He worked on many complicated and fascinating projects including building his own fully concrete, boat-shaped, off-the grid home on a remote island off the coast of Australia. After years of this work, he moved to California where he became the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the Head-Royce School. For over 25 years he managed the school's campus and played an enormous role in the school's retrofitting and accreditation as a Green Business. These days, when Jason isn't flying his homemade Ultralight glider around the Bay Area, he can be found making biodiesel or working on the grounds of his, and his wife Nancy's, bed and breakfast where he has planted incredible gardens fully equipped with mini greenhouses, chickens, grey water recycling and many more creative sustainability solutions.
Alex is a designer interested in exploring what makes educational experiences meaningful and effective. He currently works for Wikipedia, on a team focused on understanding and enriching the various ways people use Wikipedia to learn. He has practiced various forms of design over the past several years, including graphic and identity design, textile design, and most recently interactive digital design. Prior to Wikipedia he worked for AltSchool in San Francisco, designing educational software and environments for K–8 education. He has a bachelors degree from Swarthmore College, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Alex is a Senior Program Associate at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, focusing on youth character development with an environmental focus. He strongly believes in the role of quality, relevant environmental education programming in developing the next generation of environmental leaders. Alex manages a cohort of national organizations to ensure best practices are being shared, evaluation is driving improvement, and professional development opportunities are coordinated throughout the field. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alex was a program manager for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. There, he led community-based volunteer programs to restore park sites and partnered with local schools to provide academic and professional learning opportunities for high school and college interns. He also worked to conserve marine wildlife at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and as a naturalist in the San Juan Islands. Alex received his bachelor’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota, where he conducted research on plant diversity and water resource issues.
Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010. He is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities. Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 300 peer-reviewed journal publications, testified more than 40 times to U.S. state and federal congressional briefings, and has provided various governments with more than 50 technical reports. Dr. Kammen also served for many years on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility, has been a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He is a frequent contributor to or commentator in international news media, including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. Kammen has appeared on 60 Minutes (twice), Nova, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. Dr. Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society. In the US, he serves on two National Academy of Sciences boards and panels.
Sibella has developed innovative and acclaimed sustainable agriculture marketing, education, and land use projects for over 30 years. Since 2001, Sibella has been president of SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) a nonprofit supporting regional food systems and multifunctional agriculture. Sibella directed, from 2006-2009, the Agriculture in Metropolitan Regions program at the University of California Berkeley and was then an affiliate with the University’s Diversified Farming Systems Workgroup. Prior to founding SAGE, Sibella was founding director of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) and created the acclaimed San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. Under her direction, from 1993-2000, CUESA also developed highly praised education programs at the market, in schools and in the community. In the 1980s, she created other seminal urban-rural linkage projects, including the Tasting of Summer Produce and the Farm-Restaurant Project. In the early 80′s, Sibella was a cook at Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse Restaurant. Throughout her career, Sibella has worked as a print and television journalist covering regional food and agriculture, primarily for the San Francisco Chronicle and NBC-TV.
Yolanda earned a B.A. in social science and teaching credentials from California State University in Hayward and a M.A. in education from San Francisco State University. She has been a public school educator for over 40 years, most of these as teacher, principal of two elementary schools, principal on special assignment for school renewal, and associate superintendent of curriculum in the Oakland Unified School District. In the latter stages of her career, Yolanda joined the staff of Developmental Studies Center in Oakland and established a national cadre of teacher trainers who served as facilitators and coaches of DSC’s Caring School Community—a program that fosters caring relationships between students, teachers, and families while building student success. As executive associate with Performance Fact Inc., Yolanda focused on leadership coaching and strategic plan implementation to help districts galvanize services into a system-wide approach to successful student learning. In her semi-retirement, Yolanda joined Pivot Learning Partners as a leadership coach working in partnership with district and school leaders to accelerate student achievement and close achievement gaps. Yolanda has volunteered on the advisory boards of the National Writing Project, the National Center for the Study of Writing, as a teacher consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, and has served on the boards of Partners in School Innovation based in San Francisco and the East Bay Conservation Corps (now Civicorps Schools) in Oakland. Up until her final days, Yolanda was on the board of Leadership Public Schools, a network of four charter high schools in Richmond, Oakland, Hayward, and San Jose. Yolanda passed away in May of 2018.
Carolie is the Education Program Director at the Center for Ecoliteracy and is responsible for organizing and directing the Center's professional development work for educators. She founded a high school for at-risk youth and taught at San Francisco State University and public schools in Davis and Napa, California. Carolie earned a doctoral degree in science education from the University of California, Berkeley and has coauthored the award-winning California State Environmental Education Guide and the Center for Ecoliteracy's Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment and discussion guides for the films Food, Inc. andThe Last Mountain.
Colleen has worked in private school admission for 7 years, most recently as the Admissions Director at the Mountain School of Milton Academy—the first semester school to open in the US. Prior to that, she served as an admissions officer at Dartmouth College, managing recruitment and selection of students from the West Coast, NYC, and Latin America. On the side, she enjoys leading month-long backpacking trips for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). Colleen grew up in Portland, Oregon, earned BA at Dartmouth, and recently completed her MBA and MA Education at Stanford. She currently lives in Seattle with her fiancé and works for Boston Consulting Group.