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Board of Directors

Thirteen Councilors elected to the Board of Directors set League policy and approve the budget and all land purchases.

Board of Directors

Justin Faggioli

Chair

Justin Faggioli is a rancher/vineyard owner and business executive.

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He manages family ranches and vineyards in Sonoma and Tulare Counties (California). He has been a CEO and Director of Niman Ranch, Executive Vice President and Director of Ravenswood Winery, and a member of the management teams at E. D. Bullard Co. and Sitka Inc. Justin is currently Vice Chairman/ Director of E. D. Bullard Co., and a member of the Board of Directors of several other corporations. He also served for 8 years as a councilmember (2 years as Mayor) of his hometown, Belvedere, California. A graduate of The Thacher School, Justin received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Earth Sciences from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Justin devotes considerable time to nonprofit endeavors. He has served as President and Trustee of The Thacher School and President and Director of Family Winemakers of California. Justin has served as a League Councilor for many years. He was elected to the Board in 2011 and was elected Board Chair in 2015. He serves on the League’s Audit Committee and Personnel Committee, and has served on the League’s Committees Task Force 2015, the 2012-2013 Strategic Plan Refresh Work Group, and he chaired the 2012-2013 executive search committee. Justin and his wife, (League Councilor) Sandra Donnell, have two children: Nathaniel (34) – married to Stacie Wang – and Claire (32) – married to Daniel Sternberg. He is an avid naturalist, SCUBA diver, and traveler.

 

Peggy Light

Vice Chair

Peggy Light is Vice President of Rite Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation.

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She has strong financial skills and has had a successful career in public accounting (CMA, and CPA (retired)), operational auditing, food distribution, and for the past 18 years has helped manage her family’s boiler manufacturing business in Southern California. She received a BA in Political Science and an MBA with an emphasis on Accounting and Information Systems, both from the University of California at Los Angeles. Peggy is passionate about the natural world and spends as much time as possible in nature – hiking, fishing and travelling. She is a 3rd generation supporter of Save the Redwoods League, and has served on the Audit and Nominating Committees, and on the 2013-13 Strategic Plan Refresh Work Group. She currently serves as Chair of the Development Committee and the Redwoods 2018 (Centennial) Task Force.

 

C. Blake Williams

Treasurer

Blake Williams is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division at Oppenheimer & Co. and serves as head of its Hardware and Emerging Technology practice.

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In this role, he provides a wide range of capital formation advice, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, private capital raising, PIPEs, convertible debt and leveraged finance, as well as strategic advisory services including mergers and acquisitions and proxy contests. He has over 20+ years as a trusted advisor to public and private technology companies from growth-oriented investment banking platforms, including Cowen and Company, Piper Jaffray, Robertson Stephens and CS First Boston. Early in his career, he also practiced as a corporate and securities attorney at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.

Blake received his bachelor’s degree (AB) from Harvard University and received his Juris Doctorate degree (J.D.) from Columbia University School of Law.

Blake has a passion for redwood conservation, re-forestation, ecosystem protection and exploring the science around climate change. As a young boy, his inspiration was heavily influenced by admiration for his father, Dr. Carroll B. Williams, Jr., who is a retired scientist for the U.S. Forest Service, was an Adjunct Professor Emeritus in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California at Berkeley, and served on the Board of the East Bay Regional Park District. His father is also among the first African-American men to receive both a Masters and a Ph.D. in forestry and entomology in the U.S. A key part of Blake’s personal mission is to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs, conservationists and youth to environmental sciences through education and by providing access to diverse communities.

 

Andy Vought

Secretary

Andy Vought is a retired CEO for multiple start-up companies.

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Over the past 35 years he has held CEO, CFO and Director positions of many semiconductor chip companies with a focus on broadband communications. Andy holds a BA in Environmental Studies and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School. Andy developed his relationship with the League through his work with the Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, where he serves as Director and past President. Andy was elected to the League’s Council in 2012, joined the Board in 2013, and served as Chair of the League’s Audit Committee. Andy currently serves as League Secretary and chairs the League’s Governance Committee. After 30 years enjoying Redwoods in the Bay Area, Andy moved with his wife Andrea to Venice, California, in 2015.

 

Matthew K. Berler

Board Member

Matt graduated from Cornell University (A.B. in History) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.).

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Before Harvard, he was a Research Associate at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia from 1983 to 1985, conducting national security studies for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In addition to a lifelong interest in public policy and conservation, Matt is an avid outdoorsman, endurance athlete, art collector and land steward on his ranch in the Mayacama Mountains. Matt, his wife, Amy, and their four children live in San Francisco.

Matt currently serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee, and Trustee, of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation; Chairman of the Investment Committee, and Trustee, of the Contemporary Jewish Museum; and Trustee of the Shalom Hartman Institute; and, is a member of the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Land and the Investment Committee for the Shimon ben Joseph Foundation.

During his 14 years (2003-2016) at Osterweis Capital Management Matt served in a number of capacities, starting as an investment analyst and ending up as a lead Portfolio Manager, President and CEO. Prior to joining Osterweis in early 2003, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in the Equity Research Division. He served as the Senior Analyst covering the North American Paper and Forest Products industries and as Team Leader of both the Global Forest Products Research Team and the North American Basic Materials Team at Morgan Stanley. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 as a Principal and he was elected Managing Director in 1998. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked from 1987 to early 1994 in research at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, where he was a Vice President.

 

Rosemary Cameron

Board Member

Rosemary Cameron’s career has been in the public sector with management experience in regional and municipal parks and recreation, city management, and legislative affairs.

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For 20 years, she served as East Bay Regional Park District’s Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, leading integrated marketing communications programs for the largest local park agency in the United States. In addition, she served as Executive Director of the Regional Parks Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization that raises private support for Regional Park District programs. Since retiring in 2010, Rosemary has had an active consulting practice and she continues to speak on marketing, branding, communications, social media, and fundraising at professional conferences and trainings.

Rosemary holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Mills College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Her volunteer involvement includes serving on the boards of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, National Association of Park Foundations Advisory Council, and the California Parks and Recreation Society’s PAC. She currently serves as Chair of the League’s Education Committee and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee, and she was active on the 2012-2013 Strategic Plan Refresh Work Group and with the League’s Centennial Visioning process.

 

William Croft

Board Member

Bill Croft is Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico.

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He received his A.B. and A.M. degrees from the University of Chicago, his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and previously taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Manchester (UK). His primary research interests are in syntax (from a crosslinguistic perspective), semantics, and evolutionary models of language change. He has written nine books and over 100 articles and book chapters. He has been invited to present his research in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institutes of Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and he was recently elected a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America. He serves on many editorial boards for academic journals and scholarly presses.

Bill was elected to the League’s Council in 1987, contributed to the sequoia grove section of Sequoia National Forest Mediated Settlement Agreement in the 1980s, and has served on the League’s Master Plan Task Force and chairs the Science Committee. He and his wife Carol Toffaleti have hiked in most of the redwood parks and sequoia groves, and love hiking in the forests of California and in the deserts of the Southwest where they presently live.

 

Melissa Harris

Board Member

Melissa Harris graduated from Temple University, with an AD in Horticulture, and has a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Maine, where she taught briefly as an adjunct.

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A mother of three, Melissa raised her kids primarily in Maine and was involved with many and various activities in their multiple schools. She has become more and more involved with another lifelong passion, photography, and now travels as frequently as possible on phono tours with an emphasis on remote and vanishing cultures. She and her husband Shep have been in the Bay area for 9 years. Upon arrival in San Francisco, she became an active volunteer for the Alcatraz garden restoration project. Visiting the redwoods was love at first sight and they continue to inspire her, hence her interest in the League. With a lifelong passion for gardening and forestry, most of Melissa’s experience derives from the management of their private properties. At home, she splits her time between the City and their house in Marin, exploring the area redwoods, beaches and parks. Melissa is honored to do whatever it takes to preserve the redwoods. She now has a young grandson whom she can’t wait to introduce to the magic of the redwood forest!

 

Caryl Hart

Board Member

From 2010 to 2017, Caryl Hart was Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks, a system of more than 50 parks and regional trails.

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Under her leadership, Regional Parks experienced great success in increasing park attendance, acreage and revenues. Caryl was a member of the California State Park and Recreation Commission, appointed by three successive governors, and served for thirteen years, seven as Chair, until 2013. She then joined the Parks Forward Commission assembled by Governor Brown to assist California State Parks after the 2012 fiscal crisis impacting the Department. Caryl founded the Parks Alliance for Sonoma County, which supported the innovative management of state parks in Sonoma County during the state parks budget crisis.

Caryl graduated from Cornell University (A.B.-Economics), University of San Francisco (J.D.) and University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.-Environmental Science, Policy and Management). At UC Berkeley, her focus was on the role of California State Parks and other public land systems in addressing the challenges of climate change. She returned to UC, Berkeley, as Visiting Professor in 2010 to teach a course on the history and challenges confronting the state parks. Caryl serves on a number of boards including the UC, Berkeley School of Natural Resources Advisory Board, the UC Natural Reserve System Board of Councilors, and the National Parks Conservation Association-Western Regional Board. Elected to the Board of Directors in 2017, Caryl has been a League Councilor for more than ten years. She, her husband, Mickey Hart, and their daughter, Reya, reside in Sebastopol.

 

Wendy Hayward

Board Member

Wendy is a San Francisco CPA, specializing for the last 20 years in high net worth individuals, estates and trusts.

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She holds a BA from Columbia University and a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University. She has also been the Executive Director of her family’s foundation for the last 19 years, overseeing all finances, every site visit and every grant. She spends her free time volunteering in the community. She is a 3rd-generation Junior Leaguer, has run two of her chapter’s largest fundraisers and has been the Mount Tamalpais School auction treasurer for the last nine years. Wendy is also a 4th generation native Californian and a 4th-generation member of a lumber family that was using sustainable practices long before it was popular. Both she and her family have been long time supporters of Save the Redwoods League and she has spent a lifetime learning about trees, preservation and sustainability. When her father passed away 6 years ago, her family honored his memory with a lead gift to protect the Noyo River redwoods. Wendy serves on the League’s Finance and Investment Committee and she has been active in the development of the League’s Centennial Campaign and 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan. She and her husband, Rich, have been married for 18 years and have two children: Cody (15) and Katie (12).

 

Robert E. Mellor

Board Member

Following graduation from law school, Rob Mellor practiced corporate law in San Francisco with corporations and the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.

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Following his career in law, he was the Chairman and CEO of a public company in the building materials distribution and homebuilding industry. Upon retirement Rob remains the chairman of Coeur Mining, Inc., a public company, director of the Cal Atlantic Group, Inc., a national public company homebuilder, and the lead director of Monro Muffler Brake, Inc., a public company in the auto maintenance and aftermarket tire industry. Rob graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, with a BA in sciences, and from the SMU Dedman School of Law. He is on the executive board of the law school. He served previously on the board of the California State Chamber of Commerce.

Rob has been in California since 1968 and has been a League Councilor for many years. He has hiked in the redwoods of Northern California and throughout the Sierras. He has also been involved for years with the American Himalayan Foundation. He and his wife, Suzanne, have lived in Marin for over 40 years and have made many trips to, and done many hikes in, the redwoods.

 

John Montague

Board Member

John Montague currently owns Scope Dog, a film production company that specializes in film financing and story production.

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Credits include last year’s Oscar-winning Moonlight, where John served as an associate producer. He is also a member of the board of directors at The Footprint Foundation. John is a graduate of The University of Virginia (B.A. in Theatre) and Northfield Mt Hermon School. John studied comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

John wears many hats as a leadership volunteer at the League. He has served on the League’s Council since 2015. He spends a great deal of time deep in the forest, collecting data to aid redwood conservation planning by locating residual old-growth redwoods, identifying field sites for the next phase of the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative research, and measuring sword ferns for the League’s Fern Watch project. John also serves on the Education Committee. Independently, John is currently assisting researchers Chris Atkins and Steve Sillett with the re-measurement of every redwood over 350’ tall. He is also building the first-ever complete inventory of every redwood over 18’ dbh (diameter at breast height). In his spare time, John enjoys performing stand-up comedy at open mics, writing music on his guitar, and running. He resides in Arcata with his wife, Jessica, and their two daughters, Holly and Lucy.

 

James Sergi

Board Member

Prior to founding CSSi LifeSciences, Jim Sergi has held various positions in academic oncology and cancer research before co-founding ProED, a healthcare services and drug development company.

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Jim’s academic and medical experience includes Director for the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the Case Western Reserve University, and Lecturer for Oncology at the Cleveland State University. He has authored over 75 scientific and medical publications. Jim serves as an advisor to numerous private equity and venture backed investment firms. Jim is also a scientific reviewer for the NIH SBIR/STTTR Commercial Readiness Program and as a mentor to the NIH/NHLBI and the NIH Larta FeedForward programs. Jim serves as a member of the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland and the NorCoBio Task Forces. In addition, Jim is a frequent speaker focusing on accelerating commercial readiness and value through strategic regulatory and clinical planning. Jim serves on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards, including Save the Redwoods League.

A League Councilor since 2005, Jim has served on committees and task forces, including the League’s Development Committee, Governance Committee, Redwoods 2018 (Centennial) Task Force, Climate Change Task Force, and 2012-2013 executive search committee, and he currently chairs the League’s Audit Committee. Jim enjoys fishing, biking, and open water competitive swimming.

 

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