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New Year Brings New Faces

January 17, 2017


For many of us, the New Year signifies a new beginning, and marks a pivot point from which change seems to spring forth. We begin to see gray and humpback whales making their annual migration towards warmer climes. Flowers begin to appear on Bay laurel trees, and the burgundy-striped sepals of California Fetid Adder Tongue bloom.

For the Open Space Council, this beginning has brought with it new additions to its staff, and with them, a fresh sense of enthusiasm, new perspectives, and potential ideas.

We are pleased to introduce these 2 new full-time members to the OSC family. We are confident that their collective experience and passion for open spaces will usher our organization into a new year filled with growth, excitement, and dedication to the causes that serve as our common ground.

Melanie Hogan, Development Director, will be leading the OSC’s fundraising initiatives. She is the Council’s first staff member whose main focus is dedicated to these efforts:

Melanie started her fundraising career in 2002, as a development intern at The Women’s Foundation of California. Later she worked at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, where on the job training taught her how to bring in nearly $2M a year through foundation, corporate and government sources. She then went on to become the Assistant Development Director at The Yosemite Fund helping to lead individual giving campaigns alongside managing their foundation and corporate grants program. At The Yosemite Fund, Melanie found a passion for environmental issues and decided to focus her fundraising career on organizations that support these causes. In 2011, Melanie became the Development Director at As You Sow, an environmental advocacy organization, and increased its foundation and individual support for the organization. Melanie is thrilled to take another leading position in 2017, with the Bay Area Open Space Council as their first Development Director. She holds a BA in anthropology from SFSU and lives in Albany with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she works at their pre-school co-op taking the kids for nature hikes throughout the East Bay hills.

Sarah Noel Ross, Community Engagement Manager, will be leading the OSC’s convening program:

She serves the Council’s convenings (Gatherings and Conference), communications, and engagement programs. Prior to the Open Space Council she worked on national advertising campaigns at Venables Bell & Partners for clients such as Adidas, Audi, and Reebok. She has also worked for a number of environmental education programs connecting Bay Area children with wildlife and the outdoors, as well as on conservation studies in the field. Sarah is passionate about nature and regularly surfs up and down the north California coast. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication design from Skidmore College, and a master’s degree in creative advertising from the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Please join us in celebrating all that the New Year offers by welcoming Melanie and Sarah to the Open Space Council. They can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]