We say it in our mission statement and on our homepage: "the SFBJV is a partnership working to protect, restore and enhance wetlands in the Bay Area for the benefit of birds, wildlife and people.”
But who are these partners?
Here we feature some of the people who make up our partnership and are doing the work to restore our wetlands so that all of us in the Bay Area - whether we live and work here or are just visiting - can take advantage of the many services they provide. Some are out in the field, some behind a desk; and some have a hard hat on while others work with a pen in hand or by a creek with a group of kids planting trees.
Meet the Joint Venture. Americans at work, making a difference for the common good.
Caitlin Sweeney started with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership in 2011 as a Senior Planner and became Director in 2015. Prior to SFEP, she worked for 12 years at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), as a planner and ultimately as Chief Deputy Director. As SFEP’s Director, Caitlin’s typical day is spent running from meeting to meeting, putting out fires and engaging in a variety of tasks, both small and large, all to keep SFEP running. “And” she says, “she loves it all!” More »
Leslie has been working in her current role as a Biologist with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District since 2007. Her professional career began in 2004 after graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with a BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Thanks to landing her great job at the Alameda County Resource Conservation District, her interest in helping restore/create wetlands took off. More »
Arthur Feinstein has been a devoted conservationist for over 30 years, working to protect our treasured wetland habitats and wildlife in a variety of roles. Through his tireless commitment and in this variety of roles, Arthur has helped save and restore thousands of acres of San Francisco Bay wetlands, both tidal and seasonal, including such landmark sites as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Wetland at Arrowhead Marsh, and Bair Island in Redwood City. More »
John Krause is a Wildlife Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties. His career began in the late 1990’s and his work with CDFW in 2001. When asked what drew him to the field of wetland restoration, John said it was the outcome of “his exposure to SF Bay, and spending much of his youth in the American River and the foothills and Sierra Nevada mountains.” He is proud to be a part of the “renaissance” of San Francisco Bay wetlands. More »
Cristina Grosso has been working with SFEI for 16 years and became the Environmental Informatics Program Manager in 2014. After majoring in Mathematics as an undergraduate, Cristina went on to get her graduate degree in Geography. Geography brought together Cristina’s love of learning about new places and the natural environment with a greater understanding of how human activities modify landscapes. More »
Brenda has been working with BCDC for 15 years and became Sediment Program Manager in 2008. Her focus at work, as described in her title, is all things sediment, particularly the beneficial reuse of dredged sediment in an effort to manage a healthy sediment system. More »
Anne has had a devoted career in wildlife management, starting in 1986 when she worked on black-footed ferrets and white-tailed prairie dogs with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department After several temporary seasonal appointments, Anne joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a permanent employee in 1990, working as a Wildlife Biologist for the Alamosa-Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges in south-central Colorado, primarily on migratory birds. More »
Amy Hutzel has been devoted to Bay Area wetlands and wetland restoration for most of her professional life. She is currently a Deputy Executive Officer at the State Coastal Conservancy after having worked in their San Francisco Bay Area Program for 15 years where she was dedicated to increasing access to natural areas for urban populations, protecting open space, and restoring wetland and riparian habitats. More »
Steve is the supervising engineer at DU for projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has over 20 years of engineering and restoration experience within the environmental field and has been directly responsible for the engineering design and construction of over 40,000 acres of seasonal and tidal wetland restoration and enhancement projects totaling $60 million in project funding agreements. More »