Advisory Board

Jay Beckwith

Playground Designer & Author

Called by many as one of the “fathers of the modern playground,” Jay began designing unique play environments in 1970. As new materials came into use early in the 1980s, he designed one of the earliest “post and deck” play structures, which quickly became a trend that he later decried as resulting in more and … Continue reading Jay Beckwith

Andrew Butt

VP & Director, Interactive Resources

As lead architect and principal in the Bay Area firm Interactive Resources, Andrew has amassed a wealth of experience designing projects within a cultural and historical context.  Andrew has served as planning commissioner for the cities of El Cerrito and Richmond, and chaired the Richmond Design Review Board and El Cerrito Planning Commission and is … Continue reading Andrew Butt

Gina Moreland

Founder & Executive Director, Habitot

Gina founded the award-winning Habitot Museum in 1992, a museum with a mission to help parents from all walks of life raise curious creative and confident children. The award-winning museum was founded as a place where all Bay Area children can experience the joy of play and become 21st century learners and has welcomed over … Continue reading Gina Moreland

Tony Thurmond

California State Assemblymember

As a member of the California State Assembly for over a decade, Tony has worked to pass legislation supporting public education, foster youth and improving health and mental health programs for students. Tony has a wealth of experience at the intersection of policy and actualization to support organizations and has a background as an executive … Continue reading Tony Thurmond

Fred Lambright

VP of Community Development, Mechanics Bank

Fred is Vice President of Community Development Manager/CRA Officer at Mechanics Bank where he supports community-based projects. Prior to joining Mechanics Bank, Mr. Lambright was the Principal at F. Lambright Consulting, supporting community based organizations and banks with developing and funding of affordable housing projects. Mr. Lambright also has experience as a Senior Community Investment … Continue reading Fred Lambright

Sarita Waite

Developer & Partner, Temescal Alley

Sarita is an artist, an expert in urban revitalization and development and a lawyer who practiced family law in Berkeley for 17 years before she turned to sculpture. She is co-owner and founder of the iconic Temescal Alley in Oakland, a vibrant retail alley in historic downtown. Temescal Alley is a successful experiment in urban … Continue reading Sarita Waite

Chris Kelly

Director, The Conservation Fund

Chris directs the Conservation Fund’s California Program. Since joining the Fund in 2003, he has led the development of the North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative, which has pioneered the non-profit ownership of working forests in California, the use of low-interest public financing and participation in the voluntary and compliance carbon markets to generate significant capital … Continue reading Chris Kelly

Dan Burden

Director, Blue Zones

Dan leads the company in reinventing streets, neighborhoods and towns with walkability and bikeability solutions. He is the nation’s most recognized authority on walkability, bicycle and pedestrian programs, street corridor and intersection design, traffic flow & calming, road diets, and other city planning elements. The White House recognized him as one of the top ten … Continue reading Dan Burden

Josh Meyer

Director, LGC

Josh is a distinguished expert in creating livable and walkable communities. He has years of experience directing numerous transportation projects that enliven neighborhoods, including designing streets for increased energy efficiency, livability, land efficiency and walkability. He has presented at national and state conferences and has a vast range of experience and knowledge to help empower … Continue reading Josh Meyer

Joan Almon

Director, U.S. Alliance for Childhood

Joan is the Founding Director of the Alliance for Childhood and currently serves as its Director of Programs. She is a former co-chair of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and a consultant on early childhood education. She believes that one of the best ways to support children is to support their play … Continue reading Joan Almon

Ron Holthuysen

Founder, Scientific Art Studio

Ron is a world renowned designer and builder of children’s play environments and the founder and creative director of Scientific Art Studio, a local business that has operated in the Iron Triangle for 40 years. This state-of-the-art and highly-celebrated shop, has completed world-class projects, including the new play area at the San Francisco Zoo, play … Continue reading Ron Holthuysen

Carla Javits

President & CEO, REDF

Carla is President and CEO of REDF (The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), a pioneering venture philanthropy that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get good jobs, keep those jobs, and build better lives. Through her stewardship, REDF has invested in more than 100 social enterprises in 21 states. These businesses have generated $392 million … Continue reading Carla Javits

Julie Turrini

Director, Resources Legacy Fund

Julie focuses on conservation financing, real estate transactions, and conservation philanthropy, with particular emphasis on providing strategic advice for program-related projects. Before joining Resources Legacy Fund, Julie served as senior attorney for The Nature Conservancy’s California Program where she provided legal support for real estate acquisitions, government and private grant and loan financings, and stewardship … Continue reading Julie Turrini

Daniel Iacofano

Founding Principal, MIG

Daniel is a nationally recognized as an expert and innovator in design, community participation, consensus building, and facilitation, and a founding principal of MIG, a multi-disciplinary firm of urban and strategic planners, urban designers and landscape architects, and communications and media professionals. Founded in 1981, MIG’s work is known nationally and internationally for its creative … Continue reading Daniel Iacofano