2019 - 2020 Board of Directors



Linda J. Novy, Fairfax

Linda J. Novy is a long term MCL member, previously serving on the Board from 1998 – 2000. She rejoined the board in 2014 is currently President. She is an active landscape management consultant in the bay area and has a passion for protecting the environment. Her volunteer experience includes serving as a Marin County Economic Commissioner, Parks and Open Space Commissioner, Marin Horse Council,  Marin Stables and Trails Board of Directors and former IPM Commissioner. She currently is a Volunteer Mounted Patrol member for the Marin County Parks and Open Space District.

For the last two decades, Linda has been involved with MCL’s Business & Environment Breakfasts, developed to help foster more communication and collaboration between business entities and  environmental concerns. Linda lives in Fairfax where she hikes the trails regularly.

Back to top


1st Vice President

Bob Miller, San Rafael

Bob Miller is Emeritus Professor of Health Economics at UC San Francisco where he was a faculty member for 25 years until he retired in 2015; he received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. Bob's primary focus is on the economics of greenhouse gas mitigation--especially on barriers/facilitators to increasing renewable energy use for electricity, transportation, and heating that together account for most of Marin's greenhouse gas emissions.

Bob was a member of the Environmental Forum of Marin’s Master Class 42, served on the City of San Rafael's Climate Change Action Plan Update Committee, and serves on its General Plan 2040 Steering Committee.

At MCL, he is active in the Climate Action Working Group, and serves on the Executive Committee, Finance, and Membership Development. Bob moved to San Rafael in 2013 in part to be closer to Marin’s protected parklands, open spaces, and farmlands.

Back to top


2nd Vice President

Doug Wilson, Mill Valley

Doug was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been a member of MCL since the 1980s. His interests have tended toward land use, transportation and open space policy. In past years Doug served on the Fairfax Town Council and as mayor, on the Marin County Parks, Open Space and Cultural Affairs Commission, chaired the Marin County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and represented Marin on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Previously he served as a member and Chair of the Sierra Club Marin Group Executive Committee.

Doug is a retired builder and construction manager with a BA, and MA from UC Berkeley and now has time for pursuing art. One of his recent ceramic sculptures won top honors at the Marin County Fair.

Doug currently serves as co-chair of MCL's Climate Action Working Group.

Back to top

Kenneth Drexler


Ken Drexler, Fairfax

Ken is an estate planning attorney in San Rafael. He formerly chaired the State Bar Commission on Administration of Justice and serves as Secretary to the PRE Road Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and is a member of the California Planning & Conservation League, and Sierra Club, among environmental non-profits.

Back to top

 Susan Stompe


Susan Stompe, Novato

Susan is a retired businesswoman, has been active in conservation and civic affairs for many years. She served as MCL's President in 1997-1998, 2000-2002, and 2011-2013, she chairs both its North Marin Unit and Land Use and Transportation Committee and coordinates MCL’s Coastal Cleanup efforts in Novato.

Susan has served Novato as mayor, councilmember, planning commissioner and co-chair of Novato Clean and Green Day. She has also served on the boards of The Olompali People, Marin Baylands Advocates, League of Women Voters, Environmental Forum of Marin, Marin State Parks Association., Novato Human Needs Center, and Sierra Club/San Francisco Bay Chapter.


Back to top



 Nancy Benjamin

Nancy Benjamin, Tiburon

Nancy grew up in Saxtons River, Vermont, worked with Christie’s NYC & SF and has lived and been active in environmental causes in the Bay Area for 25 years. Nancy is a One Tam Ambassador focused on community outreach and development, a CA State Parks Interpretive Docent on Mt. Tam, and serves on the Board of the Environmental Forum of Marin.  Nancy has also served as editor of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s green business e-newsletter, on various committees for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and San Francisco Friends School.



 Bob Berner

Bob Berner, Dillon Beach

Bob served as Executive Director of Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) for 28 years from 1984 until he retired in 2012. Prior to MALT, he was Executive Director of San Francisco Heritage (formerly, The Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage), and Vice-President, Director of Finance for the Nature Conservancy. He currently serves as a member of the Marin County Measure A Community Oversight Committee. Bob previously served on the MCL Board from 1993-1999. He was awarded the Peter Behr Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and the Marin Green Award in 2009.

Back to top



 Nona Dennis

Nona Dennis, Mill Valley

Nona is a retired Environmental Consultant and Environmental Educator, and was formerly adjunct faculty in the University of San Francisco graduate program in Environmental Management. She is a past board member and Life Member of the Environmental Forum of Marin and frequently an instructor in the Forum Training Program; past chair of Mill Valley Planning Commission; past state President of the Association of Environmental Professionals and director of the National Association of Environmental Professionals. Nona served on the St. Vincent’s/Silveira Advisory Task Force and on the Sustainability Working Group for the Marin Countywide Plan update. Nona served as President of MCL from 2008 – 2011 and is currently the chair of the Parks and Open Space Committee and the editor of the MCL News.

Back to top


 Roger Harris, Corte Madera

After teaching political science at an Historically Black College in Mississippi, Roger made a mid-career shift and went back to school to make his avocation his vocation. He became a Certified Wildlife Biologist, was the assistant director of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center for the National Audubon Society, and then director of another nature center before becoming a principal in an environmental consulting firm, where he specialized in endangered species, wetlands, and native habitat restoration. Now retired, Roger frequently leads field trips and does lectures locally for a number of environmental organizations, including the Marin Audubon Society. He also leads international trips for the Oceanic Society. Roger is current vice chair of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission and past president and current board member of the Task Force on the Americas, a 42-year-old human rights organization based in Marin.

Back to top

Larry Kennings

Larry Kennings, Mill Valley

Larry is a land use planning consultant with 45 years of professional experience in Marin County, including the Master Plan for the GGNRA, General Plans for Fairfax and Mill Valley, and community plans for Bolinas and Marshall. He currently serves as a member of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission. He also is on the Board of Directors of the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative and the Steering Committee for the Housing Crisis Action Group. He was a Founding Director of the Environment Group Hawaii, the International Association of Public Participation, and the Alumni Association of the University of California's College of Environmental Design.

Back to top


David Lewis, Novato

David Lewis is Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension offices in Marin and Napa Counties. He is also the Watershed Management Advisor in the North Bay. He is a Carleton College graduate and holds a Master’s of Science degree in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis. His training and background are in geology, soils, and watershed hydrology.  

He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having contributed to the African Food Systems Initiative in Niger, West Africa from 1990 to 1992. He subsequently developed programs and trained volunteers in Zimbabwe and Albania. 

In his UCCE role, he oversees all research and extension programs in Marin and Napa Counties, bringing research, science-based information to bear on local community needs and issues. He also develops and implements projects that integrate natural resource conservation with agricultural land use management. He is committed to developing and disseminating the tools and practices that support beneficial contributions of working landscapes to local economies and the environment.

David currently serves as co-chair of the Agricultural Land Use Committee.

Back to top

 Sarah Loughran

Sarah Loughran, San Rafael

Sarah Loughran: a resident of San Rafael and recent graduate of and current Treasurer of the Environmental Forum of Marin, Sarah and her EFM project partner successfully led all Marin County cities and towns to convert 100% to MCE’s Deep Green option.  She currently serves on the San Rafael Planning Commission and Climate Action Plan Update Committee and the Center for Market-Based Conservation Advisory Board of the Nature Conservancy of California.

Back to top

 Larry Minikes

Larry Minikes, San Rafael

Larry joined the Bay Area Trails Preservation Council in 1992 and served as its president from 1997 – 2002. In 1993 he joined the Tamalpais Conservation Club (TCC) board and served several years as the TCC corresponding secretary. Starting in 2003, he began serving the first of six non-consecutive terms as TCC president representing community interests at public meetings. In 1999/2000 Larry founded the Marin Municipal Water District Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee (WCAC). After two years of successive meetings the WCAC successfully developed and received board approval for its 50-year watershed protection plan.

For the past fourteen years Larry has run a product design, development and marketing company, A/V Stim, LLC. His latest Silicon Valley and Harvard-based venture, Wellness Realities, focuses on health and wellness augmented and virtual reality mobile applications, along with biometric device development. He and his wife have been partners for 38 years and have two lovely daughters. Larry loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker and mountain biker who gets out on the mountain and into open space several times each week.

Back to top


Vicki Nichols, Sausalito

Vicki joined the Marin Conservation League board in its 75th year, 2009. She has served terms as Secretary and Second Vice President and for several years has chaired the Operations and Development Committee. Living in Sausalito for over 30 years she has been very active in local government. Her current interest is participating in the necessary county-wide planning for sea level adaptation. She currently serves on the boards of Marin Bayland Advocates and Earthshare California.

She continues her love of historical preservation by participating as a classroom and site visit instructor for the Sausalito Marin City School District third grade classes teaching Sausalito history. She is currently working with the City of Sausalito to update their Historical Preservation Regulations. Vicki is completing her first term as a Sausalito Planning Commissioner. She has found the work very interesting and an opportunity to keep planning for Sea Level Rise at the forefront of land use policy. 

Back to top

 Kate Powers  

Kate Powers, San Rafael

Kate has a BA in Environmental Design. She’s lived in the Bay Area for over 25 years, previously residing in Colorado. Kate has volunteered for a number of environmental organizations. She co-coordinated the Reflections on Water exhibit at the Bay Model and the 2013 Marin Watershed Forum in partnership with the Gallinas Watershed Council. She also has co-coordinated Lectures and Master classes for the Environmental Forum of Marin. Most recently she co-directed the Environmental Forum’s Master Class 41. She currently sits on San Rafael’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She served as President of MCL 2015-2018.

Back to top

Jeff Stump

Jeff Stump, Inverness

Jeff is the Director of Conservation Marin Agricultural Land Trust and has worked in land conservation and policy at the local, state and national level for 25 years. Prior to joining MALT, Jeff worked for the American Land Conservancy and the California Coastal Commission. Jeff sits on the Marin Carbon Project Steering Committee and works closely with its implementation task force. He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California Davis. Jeff lives in Inverness and spends much of his free time hiking the local trails.

Back to top

 Mike Swezy

Mike Swezy, Fairfax

Mike recently retired as the Watershed Manager after a 23 year career with Marin Municipal Water District protecting watershed lands on Mt. Tamalpais and West Marin. Prior to MMWD, Mike worked as an ecologist for California State Parks and in the early 80's helped create Marin Conservation Corps (now Conservation Corp North Bay.) Mike has also worked as a forestry consultant and served on fire crews with the US Forest Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science in forestry from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science in fire ecology from the University of Washington and is a California Registered Professional Forester. Mike served on FIRESafe MARIN's Board of Directors for ten years, including three as President. In 2014, he was awarded MCL's Green Award for Environmental Leadership for efforts to create the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, aka One Tam. Mike is interested in supporting MCL's participation in public land management, watershed health, and wildfire protection issues.

Back to top


Arlin Weinberger, San Rafael

Arlin grew up in San Francisco and moved to Marin in 2004. While still living in the city, she joined Friends of Mt Tam (then Mt Tamalpais Interpretive Association) and served on the board for nine years, six as president, ushering in the new name and membership changes. She also served on the board of Tamalpais Conservation Club for eight years, producing its newsletter. She is now in her ninth year as chair of the California Alpine Club Foundation, awarding grants to environmental organizations in Marin and the Tahoe area. Recently, she has become a community “ambassador” for One Tam, the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative initiative.

Arlin has been hiking Mt Tam for over 20 years with her weekly Wednesday group. Her professional background is in corporate communications.

Back to top


Greg Zitney, Novato

Greg is a consulting Environmental Planner and Certified Wildlife Biologist® and has been a resident of Marin County since 1974. His primary areas of expertise include California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act procedures; procedural and reclamation plan requirements under California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act; and biological resource impact assessment and mitigation planning. He has been involved with many projects in Marin County, including the first master plan for GGNRA; an environmental assessment for McInnis County Park; a study of the cumulative effects of dock development and boat traffic on wildlife of Richardson Bay; a peer review of the San Rafael Rock Quarry reclamation plan; and impact assessments for a variety of development proposals along the County’s bay shoreline and upland sites.

Greg previously served on the Board of Directors for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society and the Association of Environmental Professionals, and most recently completed four years of service as a member of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, including two as its Chair.

Back to top




Board Login

Become a Member

Join Now Renew Today

Help support the Marin Conservation League and protect and preserve Marin County's beautiful natural assets. Join us now or renew your membership today!

Newsletter Sign Up



MCL's Legacy: An Interactive View of Our Successes