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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.

Lynn Figone, Administrative Assistant
415-663-1158, ext. 300

Lynn joined MALT in 2010 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the office. She currently serves as the State President Elect for California Women for Agriculture, a 5,000-member advocacy and education organization that promotes the importance of agriculture to consumers and legislators. Prior to joining MALT, Lynn worked for the Lake County Farm Bureau and Groth Vineyards & Winery. She is a graduate of the Syngenta Crop Science Leadership Training program and attended Santa Rosa Junior College with focus on Agriculture Communications.

 Lynn Figone

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

Patricia Hickey, Stewardship Director

Patricia joined MALT in 2009 and is responsible for working with landowners in the stewardship of MALT protected farmland. She currently sits on the steering committee for the Marin Carbon Project and is an active member of the Tomales Bay Watershed Council and the Marin-Sonoma Weed Management Area Committee. Prior to joining MALT, Patricia served as the Agricultural Program Director for the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District in Sonoma County and as a coastal planner for Rhode Island Sea Grant and Rhode Island Cooperative Extension. Patricia holds a bachelor’s in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and graduate degrees in Environmental Science & Management and Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island.

 Patricia Hickey

Deirdre Holbrook, Director of Outreach and Communications
415-663-1158, ext. 315

Deirdre joined MALT in 2011 and oversees its public relations, marketing, events, and outreach programs. Prior to joining MALT she worked in nonprofit and business communications for nearly a decade. She served as the Director of Communications for the Peninsula Open Space Trust and as a public relations consultant for Straus Communications. She currently volunteers on the San Francisco Committee of Global Green USA. She holds a bachelor’s in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and master’s in Political Theory and Communications from Northwestern University.

 Deidre Holbrook

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, Easement Project Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 302

More about Stephanie coming soon!


Marisa Walker, Communications Associate
415-663-1158, ext. 311

More about Marisa coming soon!


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

More about Lisa coming soon!


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

Michael Woolsey, Development Associate
415-663-1158, ext. 306

Michael joined MALT in 2010 and is responsible for coordination of development projects. He has more than a decade of non-profit fundraising experience. Prior to joining MALT he served in the Development Department at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California for 10 years, five of which was as the Campaign Associate for its $25 million Campaign for the Future. Michael holds a bachelor’s in Business and Humanities with a minor in Marketing from Golden Gate University with an emphasis in nonprofit management.

 Michael Woolsey