Photo: Martin Swett


We work closely with our members and partners to ensure that the Bay Area’s natural resources are protected for generations to enjoy.

Scroll down to see our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, staff, mission, history, and more.

Board of Directors

Kate Bickert, President

Director, Park Initiatives and Stewardship, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Ron Brown, Treasurer


Pat O'Brien

Consultant, O'Brien Consulting

Holly Potter

Chief Communications Officer, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Paul Ringgold

Save the Redwoods League

Advisory Council

Paul Ringgold, Chair

Save the Redwoods League

Elizabeth O'Donoghue, Vice-Chair

The Nature Conservancy

Craig Anderson


Brian Aviles

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Nicole Braddock

Solano Land Trust

Linus Eukel

John Muir Land Trust

Matt Gerhart

California Coastal Conservancy Bay Area Program

Bill Keene

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Max Korten

Marin County Parks

Andrea Mackenzie

Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Erich Pfuehler

East Bay Regional Park District

Tim Ramirez

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Noelle Thurlow

Peninsula Open Space Trust

Jamison Watts

Marin Agricultural Land Trust

John Woodbury

Napa Regional Park and Open Space District

Open Space Council Team

Annie Burke

Annie Burke

Interim Executive Director

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson

Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation

Mission & History

our mission

For the health of our land, water, and people, we the Bay Area Open Space Council foster an interconnected system of healthy communities with parks, trails, agricultural lands, and natural areas throughout the region.

our vision By 2025

The Bay Area’s two million acres of thriving parks, trails, agricultural lands and natural areas sustain our quality of life and provide natural beauty, diverse habitats, native flora and fauna, affordable healthy food and clean air and water.

Every Bay Area neighborhood is within walking distance of a park, trail or natural area, and most Bay Area parks are reachable by public transit.
Sustainable funding exists to acquire and maintain important lands and provide healthy habitats, recreation and educational opportunities.

Our history

In the 1980s land trusts and public agencies struggled during a weak economy and limited funding for land conservation. A small group of visionary leaders created the Open Space Council in 1990 to collaborate on funding, create regional maps, and share tools and innovative practices.

What started as a casual network of colleagues, the Open Space Council is now an organization with a small team, established programs, and a large and active group of member organizations. Open Space Council members range from small land trusts to large public agencies and include national leaders in land conservation. By working together, the Open Space Council and its members achieve more toward the long-term protection of sensitive habitat and open space lands in the Bay Area.


Contributions to the Open Space Council are used to provide relevant, timely and needed programs and services to the land conservation community of the Bay Area.

Donate online

or you can send a check by regular mail at:

Bay Area Open Space Council
2150 Allston Way, Suite 320
Berkeley, CA 94704

Please make checks out to the Bay Area Open Space Council. 
Our Federal Tax ID number is 46-1573954.

Feel free to contact Melanie Hogan at (510) 809-8009 ext. 252 or [email protected] if you have any questions.
Thank you for supporting the Open Space Council!

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