Our Board is a group of hard-working, community-minded individuals who have committed their time and energy to making life in Fairfax and beyond healthier, stronger, and more sustainable.
As Executive Director, Jennifer’s focus is to foster positive change by building strong partnerships and collaborations, and providing the means for Ross Valley residents to work together to create a resilient community and a healthy environment. She is passionate about combatting climate change and providing the resources needed for households, businesses and policymakers to implement practices and policies that reduce emissions so that our planet, people and economy can prosper for many years to come.
Prior to coming to Sustainable Fairfax, Jennifer worked as a paralegal on lawsuits related to toxic waste sites and consumer protection. She has been active in political campaigns, and served as the Election Reform Committee Chair for DemocracyAction, a San Francisco Democratic Club.
Jen received her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in 2010.
She lives in Fairfax with her fiancee Brian, and two boys Keegan and Aidan. She enjoys the strong sense of community here in Fairfax and wants to encourage and support its progressive values and commitment to sustainability principles.
Elizabeth Baker, President
Elizabeth moved to California from the East Coast to attend college and never left. She has lived with her family in Fairfax for over 25 years. Her vision is to create educational and supportive resources for the community to understand the importance of localization and the inter-relatedness of food, watershed, environment, and well-being for all.
Elizabeth has been a volunteer with Sustainable Fairfax since 2005 and currently serves as the Board President. She enjoys participating in the local community to provide support and access to resources that helps us live on the earth respectfully.
Elizabeth is a graduate of the Environmental Forum of Marin and the Regenerative Design Institute 4 season permaculture program. She became a Marin Master Gardener in 2010 and helped to launch the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden in Novato. Elizabeth has a BA from Mills College and advanced training in Higher Education Administration from Bryn Mawr. She has been the Director of Admissions for a California college and the Director of Health & Wellness at the Marin Jewish Community Center.
Renee Goddard, Vice President
Renee joined the board in the summer of 2007. Combining the experience of her work as a whitewater guide and team building coordinator for Project Raft (Russians and Americans for Teamwork) with her Masters degree in Drama Therapy, Renee learned to listen, organize and activate people around common passions and goals most often in the outdoors and often in adverse conditions.
Ms. Goddard saw An Inconvenient Truth last year and was moved to bring her voice and her dedication to making a positive difference for the planet to her home. She organized the ‘Inconvenient Group’, a family-based grassroots group with the deep belief that activating community and raising awareness to inspire individual and collective behavior was a way for her to contribute.
Working on Green Wednesdays with Sustainable Fairfax has reinspired her belief in what a community can accomplish with a clear mission, a dedicated team, and the desire to make change.
Boog Bookey, Treasurer
Boog holds an MBA in Sustainable Management where her emphasis was on local economies and local currencies. She has worked in the environmental field for over 35 years in a plethora of different situations from community recycling in the early days to running work crews for the Marin Conservation Corps; training at risk young adults in carpentry and natural resource management skills and then directing the whole work program. She also initiated the recycling in parks program on a statewide level when the bottle bill was first passed. She has worked with organic food and fiber, environmental education, wilderness preservation, ecotourism and renewal energy. For the last sixteen years she has had her own business providing financial management services to small local sustainable oriented businesses and has been an income tax professional for individuals for 12 years.
Scott Barrett, Development
Laura Vernon, Development
Stephanie Schipper, Systems Thinking
Joelle Levy, Business Outreach