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A wild welcome to the newest CalWild board members

Introducing some new and exciting additions to the CalWild board of directors!

Originally from Germany, Daniel and his wife moved from Frankfurt to the Bay Area in California. While preparing for the California bar exam, he spent a lot of time hiking through California’s National Parks and fell in love with California’s diverse landscape and wildlife. Daniel is an attorney licensed in California and Germany with experience in corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. He holds a law degree from Goethe University and an LL.M. (Master of Law) in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University. In his spare time, he plays basketball and enjoys hiking with his wife and friends.

Daniel’s passion for protecting California’s wild places

As a passionate outdoor enthusiast, Daniel believes in our mission of protecting and preserving California’s natural landscapes, watersheds and wildlife for future generations. He’s impressed by our commitment to advocating for policies that promote conservation and restoration of ecosystems, as well as our efforts to engage communities and educate the public on the importance of wilderness areas.

 

Andrea is a writer, trail runner, and nonprofit fundraising consultant with a background in international disaster response, climate resilience and workforce development. She is passionate about centering historically excluded voices in the design of programs advancing social and environmental justice.

Andrea’s passion for protecting California’s wild places

The opportunity to join CalWild as a board member represents the evolution of her own connection and
personal responsibility to California’s mountains, deserts, rivers and forests. Throughout her career, getting outside and feeling connected to the land has provided her with the resilience to continue this work for the long haul. Her experiences as a trail runner and avid backpacker opened her eyes to the pertinent issues our National Forests face today, and strengthened my belief in community-led protection of fish and wildlife, sustainable recreation, and equitable access to public lands.

 

Born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay, Sarah is currently a San Francisco-based consultant helping start-ups develop their Customer Success strategy. For the past 15+ years, she has held leadership roles in Customer Success and Product Marketing at small to medium-sized tech companies. Prior to that, she was a barista, a professional photographer and an active vacation guide in Alaska and the San Juan Islands. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard and an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. When she’s not working, you can probably find her hiking in Point Reyes, skiing in Tahoe, volunteering with North Beach Citizens or taking photos of local wildlife and landscapes.

Sarah’s passion for protecting California’s wild places

It has become clear to Sarah in the past few years, especially with the terrifying realities around climate change and the current state of our divided nation, that she is being driven to do much more to actively protect the wilderness areas in our state. As a new board member at CalWild, she’s excited to apply her unique skillset and collaborate with a diverse group of individuals who share the same goal: protecting California’s wild areas.

 

Johnathan moved to California from the UK in 2012 with his wife. In the UK, he always loved being outside, but what struck him shortly after moving to California, was the sheer scale and majesty of the landscapes. Over the past 11 years, Johnathan and his family have camped up and down the coast, kayaked on lakes and rivers, and hiked in the desert. When not exploring, Johnathan has spent his career in the tech start-up community in various roles helping bring new products to market and scaling organizations – most recently as COO and board member.

Johnathan’s passion for protecting California’s wild places

Johnathan is aware of the impact an effective board can have on an organization – the thought partnership, network, and oversight can amplify the valuable work the organization is doing. He feels fortunate to live in California and have the opportunity to spend time outside in wilderness areas, and wants to use  his experience to help us, help others have the same experience for generations to come.

Learn more about our board of directors here.