Sandra has worked for the SFBJV since 2003, first as Assistant Coordinator through 2018, then officially becoming Coordinator in March of 2019. In this role she works closely with members of our broad partnership on conservation planning, policy, communications, and implementation of strategic action in the San Francisco Bay region.
In her nearly 25 years as a conservation professional, Sandra has coordinated multi-scale program and project stakeholder engagement, complex project management, and staff and team building to achieve effective conservation planning and delivery. Significant roles prior to coming to the JV included coordinating the California chapter of the land bird focused initiative Partners in Flight. With a biological research and broad environmental studies education, Sandra is a believer in programs that offer multi-disciplinary and creative solutions to today’s biggest environmental challenges through partnership and concrete action.
Sandra lives in Santa Cruz with her husband. When she is not working, she likes to spend time with family and friends. Her favorite activities include hiking, biking, dancing, and traveling. Connect with Sandra HERE!
Nikki Roach, Ph.D.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA (Ramaytush Ohlone Lands) Nikki has spent the last decade working in conservation across academia, NGOs, and international institutions. Nikki’s work has been at the intersection of biodiversity conservation and climate change. During her M.S. at Clemson University, Nikki led the first-ever state-wide surveys for Eastern Black Rails in South Carolina. While living in Colombia for her Ph.D., she worked with coffee farmers to enhance sustainability practices and with local practitioners to understand the vulnerability of amphibians to land use and climate change.
Nikki is excited to return home and dedicate her efforts toward strategic implementation for the SFBJV partnership. Nikki is a gregarious and adaptable person and loves to meet new people from all walks of life. She is a certified yoga instructor, heliophile, dancer, and music and animal lover.
She is a member of the Generative Council for Center for Nature and Leadership, three IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Groups (climate change, amphibian, small mammal), and associate scientist for NGO Re:wild. Nikki was a Fulbright Scholar (Colombia 2017-2018) and the Director of Communications for the Latin America and Caribbean Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (2018-2020). She is fiercely dedicated to improving equity across the conservation sector and looks forward to getting to know everyone in the partnership! Connect with Nikki HERE!
Over the past 11 years, Jemma has managed, monitored, and helped to implement small to large-scale ecological restoration projects spanning from rangelands to tidal marshes. Jemma has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors supporting community-based stewardship, restoration planning and implementation, amphibian and fisheries biology, and biological monitoring. She is trained in basic wetland delineation and is a CRAM-certified practitioner.
She landed in the Bay Area seven years ago and has worked in ecological restoration, conservation, volunteer coordination, and environmental education at the Sonoma Ecology Center and the Napa Resource Conservation District. In her most recent role as a Biologist/Project Manager in environmental consulting, Jemma managed a variety of complex projects, performed regulatory permit application preparation and management, and mitigation site sourcing and planning.
Jemma enjoys reading, digging in her garden, pottery, traveling, hiking, photographing nature/wildlife, and working with herbs and fermented foods. She believes that sustainable systems can be achieved through collaboration, creativity, and implementing nature-based solutions. Connect with Jemma HERE!