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MALT Staff

Jamison Watts, Executive Director
415-663-1158, ext. 301
jwatts(at)malt.org

Jamison is responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership in the execution of MALT’s mission and overseeing all organizational functions, including land protection and stewardship, fundraising, operations, communications, strategic relations and financial management. He joined MALT in 2013 and has worked in natural resources management, land conservation and business development for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining MALT, Jamison served as the executive director of the Northern California Regional Land Trust and as a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology with an emphasis in conservation biology from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in biological sciences from California State University at Chico.

Jamison Watts
 

Kristine Ball, Director of Development
415-663-1158, ext. 318
kball(at)malt.org

Kristine joined MALT in 2007 and oversees its development program that includes capital, annual and planned giving. Prior to joining MALT she served in the development department for the Branson School in the Town of Ross and served as a vice president in the investment banking area of Bank of America. She has formed several book groups and from this experience founded a resource website. She holds an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s in English literature from Williams College.

 Kristine Ball

Kelly Brown, Major Gifts Officer
415-663-1158, ext. 308
kbrown(at)malt.org

Kelly joined MALT in 2007 and is responsible for major donor stewardship and events. Prior to joining MALT, she worked in membership and marketing for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She has volunteered for a number of organizations including the Ross Valley Mothers Club Board and Pixie Park Advisory Board. She recently co-chaired her class reunion campaign at the University of California Berkeley, the most successful 15-year reunion campaign in the university’s history. She earned a bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley.

 Kelly Brown

Julia Busiek, Communications Associate
415-663-1158, ext. 321
jbusiek(at)malt.org

Julia joined MALT in 2014 and manages MALT's email marketing and social media and supports the organization's website, print production, event marketing and media relations activities. She also volunteers as social media director for National Park Experience, a film series that galvanizes youth and underserved communities to visit national parks. Most recently Julia was media relations coordinator at the Presidio Trust, and prior to that worked as a biological sciences technician for the National Park Service. She holds a bachelor's in religion with a minor in environmental science from Carleton College.

 

Michelle Cooper, Stewardship Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 320
mcooper(at)malt.org

Michelle joined MALT in 2013 and manages MALT's stewardship program. She also represents MALT in local and regional organizations, activities and projects related to land stewardship and conservation planning. She serves on the Board of Directors for the California Native Grassland Association. Prior to joining MALT, she served as land steward at the University of California-Bodega Marine Reserve where she managed invasive species and conducted grassland restoration research projects and natural resource monitoring.  She earned a bachelor’s in botany from the University of Washington and a master’s in biology from Sonoma State University.

Christine Harvey, Database Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 309
charvey(at)malt.org

Christine joined MALT in 2008 and is responsible for managing membership databases and preparing reports and analyses on all aspects of membership and development. Prior to joining MALT she served as the database manager for the Marin Community Health Foundation, which raised money for both Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Christine holds an associate’s degree in social science from the College of Marin and a bachelor’s in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

 Christine Harvey

Colleen Hogan, Office Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 300
chogan(at)malt.org

Colleen joined MALT in 2014 and is responsible for office management and executive support for MALT's Executive Director and Board of Directors. Prior to joining MALT, she worked for E-Myth Worldwide, a business coaching, education, and training organization. She is a member and officer of several non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation of bluegrass, folk, and old time music, and is co-director of the Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival. Colleen holds a bachelor's from Whittier College.

 

Jim Jensen, Stewardship Field Associate
415-663-1158, ext. 313
jjensen(at)malt.org

Jim joined MALT in 2013 and is responsible for assisting landowners in a variety of conservation programs and projects. He assists in the monitoring of agricultural conservation easements, developing weed management plans, GIS mapping, and training stewardship volunteers. He continues to work on his family's 6th generation sheep and dairy ranch in Tomales. Prior to joining MALT, he served as a supervisory forestry technician in Wildland Fire Management for the National Park Service and as a certified arborist for Western Environmental Consultants. He holds a bachelor’s in forestry and natural resources and a minor in rangeland resources management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Maggie McGill, Development Associate

415-663-1158, ext. 306
mmcgill(at)malt.org

Maggie joined MALT in 2014 and is responsible for managing the monthly giving program and works with the Annual Fund Manager overseeing annual giving and planned giving programs. Prior to joining MALT, she was a class action settlements project manager and also has a background working in nonprofits related to animal welfare and education. Maggie holds a bachelor’s in history and a Master of Public Administration from Sonoma State University.

 

Noelle Moss, Annual Fund Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 312
nmoss(at)malt.org

Noelle joined MALT in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing annual giving and planned giving programs, as well as MALT's Corporate Circle. She recently served as the marketing team leader at Whole Foods Market Novato. Noelle also has more than 10 years’ experience as an event planner with San Francisco Opera, University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles. She received her bachelor's in political science/sociology at Smith College and a master’s in communication management at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication.

 Noelle Moss

Denise Rocco-Zilber, Event and Volunteer Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 310
drocco-zilber(at)malt.org

Denise joined MALT in 2012 and manages MALT's Hikes, Tours & Tastings program, major fundraising events and the volunteer program. Prior to working with MALT she had produced and designed events set in unique West Marin locations utilizing only local foods, sustainable businesses and resources. Before her career in event production, Denise was a professional environmental photographer reporting stories from over 15 countries. She holds a BFA in documentary photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Denise Rocco-Zilber

Jeff Stump, Director of Conservation
415-663-1158, ext. 303
jstump(at)malt.org

Jeff directs all aspects of land protection, stewardship, and state and federal government relations for MALT. He joined MALT in 2006 as the Easement Program Director and has worked in land conservation and policy at the local, state and national level for more than 20 years. Prior to joining MALT, Jeff served as the vice president and director of coastal programs for the American Land Conservancy and legislative coordinator for the California Coastal Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California at Davis.

 Jeff Stump

Stephanie Tavares-Buhler, Esq., Easement Project Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 302
sbuhler(at)malt.org

Stephanie joined MALT in 2013 and supports the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements. Prior to coming to MALT, she interned at the Upper Valley Land Trust, and worked as an energy, environment, and business journalist in Las Vegas. Stephanie grew up in a farming family in Central California. She holds a J.D. and a master’s in environmental law and policy, cum laude and magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School.

 

Marisa Walker, Marketing & Communications Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 311
mwalker(at)malt.org

Marisa joined MALT in 2013 and oversees all communications and outreach activities, including digital and print communications, branding, public relations, marketing, events, advertising, the speakers bureau and community outreach. She has 15 years of communications and marketing experience, primarily for nonprofit organizations, including the Breast Cancer Fund, Forest Ethics and TreePeople. Marisa holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and psychology from Northwestern University.

 

Lisa Whitaker, Accounting Associate
415-663-1158, ext. 316
lwhitaker(at)malt.org

Lisa joined MALT in 2014 and is responsible for the day-to-day accounting tasks for the organization as well as supporting the Director of Finance with reporting, organization, programs and budgets. Prior to joining MALT, she worked in environmental consulting. She was a founding partner in two environmental drilling firms, where her accounting skills were honed by maintaining financial control of rapidly-growing businesses. Lisa holds a bachelor’s in geology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

 

Stacey Witchel, Director of Finance and Administration
415-663-1158, ext. 307
switchel(at)malt.org

Stacey joined MALT in 2011 and is responsible for managing the financial resources of the organization and overseeing human resources and other office management areas. She has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations for organizations and businesses. Prior to joining MALT she served as the director of general accounting operators for Littler Mendelson, an employment and labor law firm. Stacey holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Lehigh University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 Stacey Witchel