Advisors

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DEE SWANHUYSER

Dee founded the Sonoma County Forest Conservation Forest Working Group in 2004 to serve private forest owners “across landscapes and through generations” by providing educational conferences, workshops, materials, and contacts to forest landowner serving agencies and non-profit organizations. She is a co-founder of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District as well as a founder of LandPaths. She currently sits on the boards of Western Sonoma County Rural Alliance and the Bay Area Region’s Greenbelt Alliance and serves on the Ernie Carpenter Fund for the Environment Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation Sonoma County. She was the North Bay Trail Director for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council for 25 years. She earned an A.A. degree from Glendale College. 

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ANN BAKER

Ann is principal and owner of Ann Baker Landscape Architecture in Petaluma, CA.  She specializes in the ecological design of natural and sustainable landscapes with a focus on connecting cultural values with landscape design and care.  Ann’s recent work includes leading the community design process and creating Rebuild Landscape Templates for the Sonoma Water Agency after the 2017 Tubbs Fire, and the 4-acre Wild Garden for the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah. Ann has a A.B. degree from Harvard University and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley. Ann has been a licensed Landscape Architect since 2003.   

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BOB EWING

Robert is a Principal with EBalive, a consulting group offering contractual and pro bono services to nonprofits, governments, and businesses. Key competencies are strategic planning, policy, ecosystem monetization, and organizational development applied to natural resources and environmental systems. Robert recently has been working in California on governance and financial solutions for forest health, wildfire, and climate adaptation challenges. Robert has had a 40-year career in natural resource management and economics. Robert has a PhD in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Vice Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Science Panel, a member of Washington Audubon’s Board, and lives in Burien, Washington. 

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Walter Kieser

Walter Kieser is a land use planner and urban economist who during his 50-year professional career has specialized in economic and financial analysis, land use policy, housing, government organization, infrastructure financing, resource management and land conservation, and facilitation of complex real estate development transactions. Mr. Kieser is founder, and Senior Principal with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., an urban economics consulting firm with offices in Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Denver. The firm serves a diversity of public and private-sector clients throughout the western United States. Walter has degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University. He served in the US Army Intelligence Command from 1967-1970.

Staff

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Assistant Project Director

Anais Morris is a policy analyst and program manager focusing on sustainable development. Anais has managed environmental programs for the Cities of Calistoga and San Rafael as well as non-profit organizations in the North Bay to mitigate and adapt to climate change. She has worked for the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, and the World Wildlife Fund to analyze and help develop natural market initiatives that shift consumers and commodities into a more sustainable market.  Anais holds a MA in International Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.