Jenny brings over 15 years of experience leading conservation work, in collaboration with diverse partners, to serve as the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s(SNA) Executive Director. Raised in the Sierra, Jenny is pleased to lead SNA in fulfilling its mission to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. Jenny has partnered with SNA on a variety of projects, including the management of several AmeriCorps member conservation projects. Her career background leading up to this role included work in erosion control, wildlife management, horiticulture as a Master Gardner, initiating the Aquatic Invasive Species prevention and control projects for Lake Tahoe, watershed restoration, and to protect and restore native trout throughout the Northern Sierra. Jenny also has a strong background in fundraising, outreach, advocacy, and management. Jenny has a B.A. in Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Rachel grew up in Arizona, exploring the desert and dreaming of the mountains. She left the city to study Zoology at Northern Arizona University, where she fell in love with the Ponderosa pines and mountain life. After earning her BS, Rachel traveled extensively, living and working in Maine, Spain, Colorado and the UK before returning to Flagstaff for graduate school. Back at NAU, she studied riparian ecology, focusing on community ecology and the linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This research led to an MS in Biology and ignited a love for field work and education. Rachel served an AmeriCorps term with Coconino Rural Environment Corps in Flagstaff, AZ, and was a SNAP member with Sierra Streams Institute in Nevada City. She is excited to be reconnected with the Alliance and the SNAP program and looks forward to bringing her background in ecological research, environmental education, nonprofit collaboration and program management to her role as SNAP Program Director. When she’s not working, you can find Rachel practicing and teaching yoga, hiking, running, skiing, boating, and traveling.
Growing up in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Lake Tahoe fueled Nicole’s passion for exploring, conserving, and restoring the ecosystems of the Sierras. Nicole brings 6 years of experience in various conservation planning, project management, outreach and education, and environmental data analysis positions with government, non-profit and private sector organizations. Through these experiences Nicole decided that she wanted to pursue the rest of her career in the non-profit sector and is excited to continue down that path with the Sierra Nevada Alliance. Since completing a B.S. In Environmental Science from Sierra Nevada College in 2012 she has worked for the Maine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Land Management in NV, Alpine Watershed Group as a SNAP member, and for a private GIS data visualization firm in Truckee while also getting involved in local, state, and federal political organizing. Nicole has served on the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council to Placer County since 2015. She is thrilled to bring her passion for protecting the Range of Light and experience and knowledge of the Sierra’s forest health issues to her position as Sierra Corps Program Director. Nicole enjoys rock climbing, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, adventuring with her dogs and partner, Dave, and seeing as much live bluegrass music as possible.
Sara began her teaching career as a TEFL volunteer in Peace Corps, Romania. After discovering a passion for experiential education, Sara spent six years working in the field of environmental education where she taught a wide range of science topics. Sara also possesses experience in curriculum development, program and staff management, and program evaluation. Additionally, Sara possesses a Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado and an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara in Psychology and Spanish. After living in Colorado for three years, Sara is excited to be back in her home state of California, applying her passion for the environment and her experience in her role as Education and Communication Director at the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
Brooke was born and raised in little Yuba City, CA. She studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is also an avid dog petter, mushroom forager, and an amateur sailor seeking a boat ride. Brooke enjoys spending her time outside with her two dogs Yeti and Winnie, skiing with her friends and riding her bike along the West Shore. She is interested in learning and interpreting people’s stories told by the environment.
Jodi graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She moved to the Tahoe region in 2009 to pursue her career in conservation. She worked with the Tahoe RCD in the aquatic invasive species program for six years. She has always had a love and respect for the Tahoe Region since she was young coming up with her family and friends to snowboard. She enjoys boating, snowboarding, hiking, biking, paddle boarding and spending as much time out doors and with her family as possible. On a day to day basis you can find her crafting and running her business at Tahoe Modern Makers.
Lexi grew up in Oakland, California and recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Environmental Policy. She started to gain a deeper interest in conservation through childhood visits to national parks and high school trips that focused on ecology and science education. At college, she realized that she was most interested in western land and water policy, and eager to return to the west coast. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the protection and restoration of the ecosystem and landscape of the Sierra Nevada at the Sierra Nevada Alliance!
Originally from the Chicago area, Meredith Anderson recently graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Environmental Science and a minor in Political Science. She worked as an apprentice at Santa Clara University’s organic farm and hopes to pursue a career addressing the intersection between food systems and climate change. She is excited to be a CivicSpark Climate Fellow with the Sierra Nevada Alliance to broaden her knowledge of local climate change mitigation. In her spare time, she loves gardening, cooking, and backpacking..
Originally from New Hampshire, Sam graduated with a B.Sc in Environment – Renewable Resource Management from McGill University in Montreal, QC. His love for skiing and the mountains brought him west the following winter to pursue his dream to “ski bum” for a season, and the Lake Tahoe area was a natural fit. Sam is thrilled to be joining the Sierra Nevada Alliance and CivicSpark in order to gain valuable experience in the environmental field and build his skills in the realm of fighting climate change. He hopes to see how a variety of approaches to climate action are taken in both the public and private sectors and how different entities can work together to achieve their common goal of keeping the earth clean and green for generations to come.