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MALT Staff

Jamison Watts, Executive Director
415-663-1158, ext. 301

Jamison Watts has led MALT since January of 2013. Prior to joining MALT, Jamison served as the Executive Director of the Northern California Regional Land Trust for six years, and as a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant for more than a decade. 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. He is a recipient of the Jack Rawlins Ecology and Conservation Award and the Research and Creativity Award, both from California State University at Chico.

Jamison Watts

Kristine Ball, Director of Development
415-663-1158, ext. 318

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 Web site. 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

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

Michelle Cooper, Conservation Easement Stewardship Associate

Michelle joined MALT in 2013 and is responsible for assisting with the monitoring of MALT-protected farmland. 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

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

Jim Jensen, Stewardship Field Associate

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.

Noelle Moss, Annual Fund Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 312

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 BA in Political Science/Sociology at Smith College in Massachusetts 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

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.  Prior to 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, Easement Program Director
415-663-1158, ext. 303

Jeff joined MALT in 2006 and is responsible for the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements and public agency fundraising. He has worked in land conservation and policy at the local, state and national level for the past 18 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’s 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

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, Nevada. 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

Marisa joined MALT in 2013 and oversees its online and print communications, public relations, marketing, events, and outreach programs. Marisa came to MALT from the Breast Cancer Fund, an environmental health advocacy organization, and previously worked in communications at Forest Ethics and TreePeople. Marisa holds a bachelor’s in English and psychology from Northwestern University.


Lisa Whitaker, Accounting Associate
415-663-1158, ext. 316

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

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