Board Members: Keith Hammond | Bonnie Holman | Nicole Johnson | Obi Kaufmann| Jessica Loya | Mariana Maguire | Steve McClary | Annie Nyborg | Russell Scofield
Staff Members: Linda Castro | Dup Crosson | Steve Evans | Julene Freitas | Ryan Henson | Andrea Iniguez | Chris Morrill | Hayley Paronish | André Sanchez
Board of Directors
Keith Hammond grew up camping and hiking in the National Forests of Southern California and the red rock canyon country of Southern Utah. He graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and has split his career between magazine journalism (Mother Jones, Make:) and wilderness conservation (Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, California Wilderness Coalition). A former communications director for CalWild and a dedicated surfer, he is currently Projects Editor for Make: the nation’s leading DIY technology magazine, and lives with his family in Santa Rosa.
BONNIE HOLMAN, Secretary
Bonnie manages sustainability certification programs for SCS Global Services where she works with companies (global supply chains) to engage in more environmentally and socially responsible production practices. She holds a M.A. in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College Institute of International Studies. Growing up in the American West, Bonnie fell in love with public lands and wilderness early in life and spends most of her free time backpacking, skiing, running rivers and trails, and photographing California’s wild places. She currently lives in Mammoth Lakes, California where she can easily access Sierra Nevada wilderness.
Nicole currently lives in the LA region and is a Tribal Law and Policy Attorney. She does work for various tribes in a government relations capacity and worked with CalWild closely on our efforts to protect the California desert. She also serves as Secretary on the board of the Native American Land Conservancy which works to acquire, preserve, and protect sacred lands. Nicole is eager to help CalWild expand its partnerships, particularly with tribal groups.
Artist-naturalist Obi Kaufmann is the author of several San Francisco Chronicle bestselling books, including the California Field Atlas (2017, Heyday). Inspired by decades of activism and exploring the backcountry, Obi’s work blends science and art to tell a new story about our relationship to the local, natural world and the message is resonating with a growing community of fans. Now amassing a reputation for public speaking, Obi routinely presents his work to land trusts and organizations across the state, including giving the keynote at the Water Board of California’s annual symposium 2020 and at the 2020 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, for which he was also this year’s featured artist. With three more books on the way, Obi is excited to bring his passion and work with a team for his CalWild board term for further exploration into the nexus of inclusive activism and long-term, regional conservation and restoration.
Jessica Loya is the National Policy Director at Green Latinos where she works to elevate Latino voices on public land, climate, and conservation. She is a dedicated advocate for increasing access and representation of diverse communities in the environmental movement. She received her degree in environmental studies and economics from University California Santa Cruz. She is a native Californian, currently living in Washington, D.C., and enjoys taking friends and family outdoors for new and fun adventures.
Steve McClary is a lifelong backpacker and camper who grew up with California wilderness as part of his childhood. He has worked, camped, and trekked around the world but California remains his home base. Now retired from a career in energy consulting working with state policymakers, consumers, developers and producers in the energy industry, he brings a lifetime of experience to helping CalWild grow and increase its effectiveness in advocating for wilderness.
MARIANA MAGUIRE, Chair
Mariana is a cross-functional professional with over a decade of policy, advocacy, and public affairs experience in government and non-profit, leading high-impact campaigns, programs, and projects. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Mariana served as committee and personal office staff, and led the Congressional Global Road Safety Caucus and the Bipartisan Working Group on Women’s Issues. She also spearheaded the effort to designate the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, working closely with CalWild as a vital coalition member. Mariana also served as Conservation Lands Foundation’s first Southern California Associate Director for Conservation, and then its first Associate California Program Director. Under her leadership, CLF’s California program built its most inclusive partnerships and cultivated new diverse and nontraditional leaders, achieving significant conservation policy gains and defense across more than 5 million acres of public land. She appreciates CalWild as a scrappy organization with an excellent mission and looks forward to helping them in their consensus-building and legislative efforts.
ANNIE NYBORG, Treasurer
Annie is the Director of Sustainability for Peak Design, a San Francisco-based product design company. She leads all of the company’s environmental and social initiatives. She was also a founding team member of Climate Neutral, an organization aimed at helping companies measure, reduce, and offset their entire carbon footprint. After spending 15 years in the Bay Area, she moved back home to Ojai with her family where she’s enjoying the slower pace of life and the beautiful trails.
Russell retired in 2020 as the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Implementation Coordinator for the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) after 31-years of public service. He previously served in key positions for BLM both in Sacramento and the desert. He also served as the Department of Interior’s Executive Coordinator for the California Desert Managers Group. He is a wildlife biologist and in his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, and photography. Russell and his wife have lived in the desert near Joshua Tree since 1993.
In 2014, Linda joined CalWild and now serves as our Assistant Policy Director. She is based in Southern California. Linda was a military “brat” who lived in Europe and South America for a significant portion of her childhood before arriving in Texas. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, and then moved to California and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School. She practiced law for years while volunteering her time with and serving on the Board of a Santa Clarita-based non-profit that works to protect and restore wild places and rivers in southern California. Some of Linda’s most significant accomplishments with CalWild include the approval of the DRECP in 2016, the designation of the Mojave Trails National Monument in 2016, and the passage of the John D. Dingell Conservation and Recreation Act of 2019. Linda lives in Southern California and is an avid tent camper, backpacker, and hiker.
Dup Crosson works as CalWild’s Development Director in charge of all fundraising, membership engagement, grant writing, Group Memberships/partnerships, and managing our Voices for a Wild Future donors. A proud native of the Maine coast, Dup grew up fishing on the river that inspired the Clean Water Act (the Androscoggin) and went on to study Environmental Management and Music at UNC-Asheville. He’s worked for nonprofits and campaigns in conservation, environmental advocacy, education, and marriage equality. Free time is a foreign concept to him, as he is often busy writing music for his project Saint Solitude and his production house EDBL Music Collective, in addition to being a freelance drummer in the Bay Area. Otherwise he spends his weekends packrafting whitewater rivers and living vicariously through other people’s animals.
Steve Evans has more than 37 years of volunteer and professional experience in the protection of public wild lands, rivers, and other natural resources. Steve worked for Friends of the River for more than 20 years, and because of his work, more than 2,300 miles of streams on federally managed public lands have been identified as candidates for the Wild & Scenic protection, and more than 341 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers in California are permanently protected. Steve is CalWild’s Wild Rivers Director, where he also served on the Board for more than 20 years. Steve is a published writer (author of Tops Trails Sacramento, Wilderness Press, 2008), an avid hiker, rafter, kayaker, and photographer.
Julene has over 20 years of administration and outreach experience working with many Bay Area non-profits including Restore Hetch Hetchy, California Institute for Community, Art & Nature, the David Brower Center, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Children’s Defense Fund-CA. She is excited to join the CalWild team and apply her broad range of skills, commitment to and passion for the natural world and social justice issues. She holds a degree in Environmental Management and Restoration from Merritt College. She currently volunteers for the Marine Mammal Center and has volunteered for the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, and Inner City Outings (Sierra Club) as a river and cross-country skiing guide. During her free time, she loves adventures, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her two daughters, two dogs and cat, dancing, getting lost in the woods, and swimming in the ocean.
Ryan Henson was born to a logging family in Mendocino County. After serving in the Navy, Ryan graduated with honors with a BA in history and political science from the U.C. Davis in 1993. He began volunteering for CalWild while a student and joined its staff in 1994. After directing the first-ever effort to map all of the state’s wilderness-eligible lands, he helped launch a legislative campaign in 2001 to gain permanent protection for these areas. His greatest achievements to date are the approval of the Mendocino National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan in 1995, his leadership of the California Stop the Rider Campaign in 1995-1996, defense of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in California from 2002-2006, passage of the Big Sur Wilderness and Conservation Act of 2002, revisions of the four Southern California National Forest Plans in 2004, passage of the North Coast wilderness bill in 2006, the Public Land Management Act of 2009, the establishment of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in 2014, the establishment of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in 2015, the designation of the Mojave Trails National Monument in 2016, the approval of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) in 2016, and the passage of the John D. Dingell Conservation and Recreation Act of 2019. Ryan’s work was recognized in Congress in speeches on the House floor and in the documentary film “Forever Wild.” Ryan also received the Gary Pichon Conservation Award from the Sierra Club Motherlode Chapter in 2004, the “Partner of the Year” award from the U.S. Forest Service Region Five in 2010, and the Phil Burton award from CalWild in 2016. Ryan lives in Anderson with his wife, Bonnie.
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Andrea Iniguez was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to Southern California with her family at the age of two. Now a resident of California for over 27 years, she joins the CalWild team as our Riverside County Public Lands Fellow through the Wyss Fellows Program. Andrea became an active member of her community at an early age. In college, for instance, she successfully organized multiple fundraisers, food drives, and volunteer groupsfor Skid Row (a historically disadvantaged neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles). She received her B.A. in Political Science, with an emphasis on Global Politics, from California State University, Long Beach. Following her graduation from CSULB, she was offered a management position with Nationwide Theatres Corporation which she accepted. Andrea was inspired to transition into a career in public lands advocacy by her love of California’s natural landscape and a profound sense of responsibility to the success of her community. She feels motivated when she is able to collaborate with others to make a positive change, so she is thrilled to work with Riverside community leaders and members to protect California’s beautiful and diverse public lands. In her spare time, Andrea is an aspiring beekeeper and enjoys spending time outdoors. She is an active member of the Los Angeles Beekeepers Association. A non-profit organization dedicated to educating the general public on the importance of honeybees in our lives. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include hiking, camping, snorkeling, and stargazing with close family and friends.
Chris Morrill, Executive Director, brings to CalWild years of international and domestic experience as an organizer, political strategist, and communications expert. Prior to working with CalWild and The Next Generation, he held policy and political roles with the California League of Conservation Voters and Save the Children. He previously served as CalWild’s Communications Director for two years and improved engagement with our supporters, including managing social media campaigns and re-starting our monthly newsletter. Through Chris’ leadership, the organization has continued to increase our online advocacy work and effectiveness and has also been one of the driving forces in building CalWild’s defensive work challenging the extreme measures coming from the Trump administration and Congress. Chris received a B.A. in Communications from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins. Currently, Chris resides in Oakland with his wife, Kate, seven-year-old son, Caleb, and four-year-old daughter, Audrey. His favorite outdoor activities include hiking and camping in the Northern Sierras and the northwest coast where he has lots of extended family.
A native of west central Pennsylvania, turned transplant to Donner Summit, CA, Hayley is CalWild’s Engagement Manager. She graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a Communications Media degree, and in the years to follow, made her move out west to pursue her love of recreating on big mountain terrain. With over 7 years of marketing and graphic design experience, and some additional volunteer work in the non-profit space, she’s excited to bring her creativity and love of the outdoors to tell the great work of CalWild. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her mountain bike, dirtbike, motorcycle, snowboarding, camping, and just spending time outdoors.
Growing up in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, André was raised in the agriculturally fueled town of Madera, CA. A community where working the land was the norm and recreating in nature seemed foreign to most members of his community. Fortunately for André, one of his uncles enabled opportunities for André and his immediate family to experience nature, ultimately instilling a passion for ecosystem restoration and conservation. After receiving a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from UC Davis in 2014, André went on to work for several state and federal agencies, including conducting aquatic restoration in Yosemite National Park, which was one of the most influential places visited in his formative childhood years. After gaining perspective from his work experiences, André returned to academia to pursue an M.S. in Natural Resources at Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt). André is additionally deeply involved with Latino Outdoors, a latine/x-led organization that connects and engages leaders and community members in the outdoor, conservation, and nature movement. Previously serving as CalWild’s first San Joaquin Valley Organizer, he now serves as the Community Engagement & Conservation Policy Manager. André is excited to see public lands advocated for and protected, especially those that inspired him and provide ecosystem services for his community, as well as being excited to be part of the movement for Justice, Equity, Access, and Inclusivity. André resides in the Central Valley and loves to recreate outdoors via a number of activities, particularly in or near water, and simply observing the raw beauty that nature delivers.