One Tam

One Tam is a cross-jurisdictional partnership designed to leverage expertise and critical resources of its partners to steward resources on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. Through thoughtful and strategic collaboration, these agencies are better positioned to meet a range of mounting pressures from climate change, population growth, invasive species, aging infrastructure and shrinking budgets with a unified approach. One Tam employs a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to restoration, education, volunteer support and fundraising activities, and for managing the mountain and its watersheds as a socially and ecologically integrated system. One Tam is the result of a 20-plus-year evolution of formal and informal partnerships among the five partners.

Partners

  • National Park Service
  • California State Parks
  • Marin Municipal Water District
  • Marin County Parks
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Sharon Farrell

Vice President, Stewardship & Conservation, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Contact Sharon about: Project & Program Management, Ecological Restoration, Stewardship Program Delivery, Strategic Partnership Formation/Delivery, Community Engagement, Environmental Compliance

Sharon Farrell is the Vice President of Stewardship and Conservation with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Ms. Farrell has worked for more than 25 years as an ecologist, park planner and project manager. She has a background in vegetation management, restoration ecology, and natural resources planning. Ms. Farrell holds a MS in Park Management with emphasis on Ecological Restoration and Community Stewardship, and a BS in Chemistry. Her team manages the Conservancy’s stewardship and conservation programs – Park Stewardship, Native Plant Nurseries, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, One Tam and several landscape-scale vegetation management projects.

Prior to working with the Parks Conservancy, Ms. Farrell was the Executive Director of the Watershed Project. Her work included capacity building for “Friend” groups, with a focus on partnership and fund development with municipalities and local governments. Ms. Farrell also worked as an ecologist with the National Park Service, a resource planner with the Presidio Trust and an environmental consultant.

Roles:

  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: Vice President of Stewardship and Conservation
  • Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: Working Group Member and Facilitator
  • CA Network: Core Team Member and Facilitator

Contact Sharon:
415-561-3065
[email protected]

Matt Leffert

Director, Philanthropic Initiatives and Acting Deputy Director for the One Tam Initiative, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Contact Matt about: Fundraising, Marketing, Community Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Partnerships

Matt has led the Conservancy’s corporate development strategies and emerging initiatives since 2012, and helped launched the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative in 2014. His portfolio has included several largescale community engagement efforts, including the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and host of other programs and projects within the Golden Gate National Parks (Alcatraz, Institute at the Golden Gate, Muir Woods and others). Matt has over 18 years of fund development experience that spans a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations including Point Blue Conservation Science, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco – the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. In New Orleans post hurricane Katrina, Matt served as the Development Director for New Schools for New Orleans where he led a $40MM campaign to rebuild and reform the devastated public schools system in New Orleans.

Roles:

  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: Director, Philanthropic Initiatives and Acting Deputy Director for the One Tam Initiative
  • Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: Working Group Member
  • CA Network: Core Team Member, Funder Forum Working Group Member

Contact Matt:
(415)561-3069
[email protected]

Kevin Wright

Government and External Affairs Coordinator, Marin County Parks and Open Space District

Contact Kevin about: Strategic Partnership and Coalition Building, Visitor Research, Government Relations, Tax Measure Administration and Oversight, Community Engagement, Resource Management, Grant Program Development and Management, Structural Racism and Equity, and Planning and Construction Project Management

Kevin Wright is the Government and External Affairs Coordinator for Marin County Parks and the Marin County Open Space District. Mr. Wright has prioritized community involvement and the use of strategic partnerships to achieve desired outcomes in diverse professional fields including forestry and natural resource management, multi-modal transportation planning and safety improvements, community development, cross-jurisdictional land stewardship, legislation, and programs that promote access to the outdoors. Mr. Wright holds a BS in Forestry with a minor in Environmental Ethics. He coordinates department staff and government, private, and non-profit partners throughout the Bay Area to accomplish countywide and regional goals focused on funding, racial equity, public health, legislation, and other matters related to the management of parks and public lands.

Prior to working in Marin, Mr. Wright worked in rural Northern California as a consulting forester, planner, facilitator, designer, and in construction management serving local governments, communities, and small family timber farmers. Mr. Wright also directed a volunteer stewardship organization supporting local parks, chaired the Eureka Transportation Safety Commission, and co-authored research on the regenerative effects of redwood stump sprout thinning.

Roles:

  • Marin County Parks and Open Space District: Government and External Affairs Coordinator
  • Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: Working Group Member
  • CA Network: Core Team Member, Communications Working Group Member

Contact Kevin:
415-473-2129
[email protected]

 

Michael Swezy

Watershed Manager, Marin Municipal Water District

Mike Swezy leads management of Marin Municipal Water District’s 22,000 acres of watershed lands. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Forestry, Mike worked four years as a forestry consultant in the Pacific Northwest. Returning home in the 1980s to help found the Marin Conservation Corps (now Conservation Corps North Bay) Mike found his passion — managing parklands. Mike conducted fire ecology research at the University of Washington, earning a master’s degree. He spent six years with California State Parks doing statewide natural resource planning, inventory and monitoring, and habitat restoration, including prescribed fire programs in the Lake Tahoe basin. He returned home again in 1995 to head implementation of MMWD’s Mt. Tamalpais vegetation management plan. Mike is past president of FIRESafe Marin and a California registered professional forester. He recently received Marin Conservation League’s Green Award for Environmental Leadership for helping create the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.

Roles:

  • Marin Municipal Water District: Watershed Manager
  • Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: Working Group member
  • CA Network: Representative

Contact Mike:
415-945-1190
[email protected]

 

Michela Gentile

Project Assistant, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Contact Michela about: CA Network Operations and Communications

Michela supports the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Stewardship and Conservation department with project coordination, principally with the One Tam initiative. Prior to this, she most recently worked to implement sustainability policies and programs in local government. She has background in environmental science, sustainability, and public outreach. She has earned a MS in Natural Resources and Environment (University of Michigan) and a BS in Environmental Science (Ohio State University).

Roles:

  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: Project Assistant
  • Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: Operations and communications support
  • CA Network: Operations and communications support

Contact Michela:
415-561-3541
[email protected]