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.
Merrell Maschino, Secretary
After a 5-year stint in San Francisco, Merrell moved to Fairfax in 2000 and never looked back. Merrell is passionate about building links between community organizations to share resources, manpower, and information. She draws inspiration and enthusiasm from the other Board members and volunteers in the community.
Merrell recently completed a Four-Seasons permaculture course at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, and has an interest in native plants and permaculture landscape management. In her spare time, she is an ecommerce software professional and mother of two little boys, who can often be found helping to set up and clean up after town events.
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.
She is personally committed to living as sustainable as lifestyle as possible and sharing her knowledge with others, being a role model especially as a bike commuter. Boog rides 18 miles to work and 27 miles to school. As well as the previously mentioned jobs, she is a carpenter by trade and wiliderness guide. 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.
She has lived in Marin County for over twenty years, and ten in Fairfax. She spends a great deal of time hiking, biking, kayaking and enjoying the amazing natural resources surrounding us and wants to insure they remain preserved forever. Boog also went through the Environmental Forum of Marin program.
Boog is interested in renewable energy and transportation reform, social justice issues, values driven business, and community organizing. She is committed to incorporating integrated systems thinking, both in the environment and in social systems and within the office. She wants to become more engaged with her local community and feels that being the Treasurer of Sustainable Fairfax is an ideal scenario for her to contribute her skills to make an impact.
Jen Jones, Events
Jen Jones, a talented local artist, has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and a resident of Fairfax for 15 years. She is currently Event Coordinator.
Originally from England, Jen studied Art and English Literature in college and has been making art ever since she was a little girl. Jen has an innate aesthetic sensibility – her nature is to create and beautify, and all those around her benefit from her artistic expression. She began her career as a book illustrator for herbal, health and children’s books. Jen is a sought-after painter specializing in exterior and interior decorative painting as well as the crafting of beautiful hand-made signs. Her fine art, decorative paintings and hand-made signs can be seen all over Fairfax: at Sustainable Fairfax, the Sleeping Lady Restaurant, Good Earth Organic & Natural Foods, many town events and as downtown banners along Bolinas Road.
Jen is a very active member of our community and is an integral part of many local events. She has been on the Fairfax Ecofest Committee since its inception and has held the position of Ecofest Coordinator for the past two years. For six years, Jen has worked with children via her Peace Flag Making project. To date, over 1,200 peace flags have been created. The flags have traveled all over the Bay Area to decorate events, schools, and even a wedding. They also grace the façade of our Sustainability Center.
Jen is passionate about making art, gardening, caring for critters, keeping bees and engaging with her community. Sustainability and cherishing our environment is second-nature to her. Jen’s hope is contribute to the movement towards a better future.
Lisel Blash, Communications
Lisel has worked as a social science researcher for the last 19 years on projects ranging from studies on social capital in urban neighborhoods and public transportation ridership to workforce issues in rural health care. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from SF State University, and has completed graduate-level coursework in urban and regional planning at UC Berkeley. Her interests include social determinants of health, alternative transportation, social justice, sustainable agriculture, deliberative democracy, and tiny-house living.
A life-long affinity for the wilderness and an ongoing interest in environmentalism led her to work in habitat restoration, first in K?ke?e State Park in Kauai where she observed the devastating impact of invasive species on this spectacular high-elevation rainforest, and then closer to home with San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program. She participated in educational efforts to garner support for the protection of the City’s remaining ecological islands.
Lisel also spent several years as an outings leader, conservation chair, membership chair, and newsletter editor with local Sierra Club activities sections. By leading outings in wilderness, urban, and suburban settings, she sought to foster participants’ appreciation for the local environment and exploration of how human communities can interface with nature in a healthy way.
She loves the fact that Fairfax is a creative and engaged community with a deep sense of place. She hopes to use her research and journalism skills to help Sustainable Fairfax spread its message that sustainability is life-affirming, community-building, and fun.
Joelle Levy, Local Business Liaison