board of directors
Bridger Mitchell, Ph.D, President
Bridger and his wife Katherine are actively involved in the West Marin community. Bridger returned to Inverness after more than five decades of extended weekend family trips to visit his parents and sail on Tomales Bay. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional career has focused on anti-trust and telecommunications regulation, energy policy, and health care. He is a former director of the Inverness Association and has closely monitored Marin County’s coastal development proceedings for many years.
Ken Drexler, Esq., Vice-President
Ken is an estate planning attorney in San Rafael. He formerly chaired the State Bar Commission on Administration of Justice and serves as Secretary to the PRE Road Advisory Board. He is a member of the California Planning & Conservation League, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club, among environmental non-profits, and serves on the Board of the Marin Conservation League.
Terence Carroll, Treasurer
Terence Carroll has been an EAC board member since January 2007. He served for three years on the board of the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group, including one as Vice Chair. A long-time volunteer with SPAWN, Terence has been active in protecting and conserving the habitat of the endangered salmon in Lagunitas Creek. He is a member of the Environmental Forum of Marin Class XXX. Terence and his wife have lived in West Marin since 1998.
David Weinsoff, Esq., Secretary
David is an environmental attorney in Fairfax, where he has served on the Town Council since 2005. The focus of his environmental work is litigation under the California Coastal Act and the federal Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts. David is a former member of the Marin Conservation League’s Board of Directors and teaches environmental law to the next generation of young Marin environmentalists at Dominican University.
David Wimpfheimer is a biologist and a professional naturalist and guide with a passion for birds and the natural history of the West. During twenty-five years of excursions, David has imparted a great deal of information about all aspects of nature. He plans and leads trips sponsored by organizations, such as the Point Reyes Field Seminars, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Elderhostel, and several Audubon chapters. He is also an accomplished wildlife photographer. More info is available at www.calnaturalist.com.
Gerald Meral, Ph.D.
Gerald H. Meral, Ph.D. is the Director of the California Water Program at the Natural Heritage Institute (NHI), an international conservation organization focused on restoring and preserving aquatic ecosystems. He directs NHI programs regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, California groundwater, and other related water programs. He previously worked for Governor Edmond G. Brown, Jr., serving as California Natural Resources Agency Deputy Secretary for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) for three years from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Meral was executive director of the Planning and Conservation League from 1983 to 2003. He served as deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources from 1975 to 1983 under Governor Brown. Dr. Meral holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Inverness with his wife Barbara.
Daniel Dietrich is a professional wildlife photographer and a certified California Naturalist. His travels have taken him and his camera to every continent on the planet to photograph wildlife. When home, he spends nearly every day in Point Reyes National Seashore. Daniel lives in Point Reyes with his wife Jessica and daughters Evelyn and Ruby.
Cynthia Lloyd, PH.D.
Cynthia is a recent arrival in West Marin. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. Her career has included a faculty position at Barnard College and research and management positions at the United Nations and the Population Council (an international NGO). In recent years, her research has focused on the challenges facing adolescent girls in developing countries. She moved to Berkeley from New York City in 2010 to be near her family. Since 2014, she has become a part-time resident of Point Reyes Station and is currently embarking on a project to restore a seasonal wetland on her property. She has had a life-long love of nature and the outdoors (nurtured by her mother – a passionate admirer of Rachel Carson) and has resolved to spend her remaining years, for the sake of her granddaughters and all those of their generation, dedicated to issues related to the environment and climate change.
Morgan Patton, Executive Director
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Morgan is a fifth-generation Marin County resident and environmental advocate raised in the Sonoma Valley and West Marin. Holding a deep appreciation for the environment and environmental education, Morgan joined EAC in 2011 and strengthened the organization with her project management, membership relationship management, and communications background, which were developed over a decade in the health and wellness industry. In 2015, she began to build community through a process called “citizen-science” that promotes civic engagement through coastal and marine science education in collaboration with the Point Reyes National Seashore and California Academy of Sciences. Morgan spent her childhood in Dogtown on her great-grandmother's property and has fond memories of Bolinas and Stinson beaches, of horseback riding on our trails and exploring the outdoors. Morgan is a graduate of Dominican University with a B.A. in Humanities with a concentration in Environment, Culture, and Sustainability and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Ashley Eagle-Gibbs, Esq. Conservation Director
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Ashley is a Marin County native and brings with her a strong background in environmental policy and advocacy. Ashley’s love of the outdoors and desire to preserve the environment prompted her to obtain a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law, where she graduated with Certificates of Specialization in both Public Interest and Environmental Law with Distinction. While Ashley studied law at night, she worked as a Legal Secretary for Lawyers for Clean Water. During law school, Ashley also worked as a certified student clinician at Golden Gate’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic and interned at the Center for Biological Diversity. Following law school, Ashley volunteered at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she worked on the India Initiative, a project designed to increase United States and India’s cooperation on energy efficiency and climate change. Following her work with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Ashley re-joined Lawyers for Clean Water as an Associate Attorney where she worked on water quality issues. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, where she obtained a B.A. in Comparative Sociology, with minors in French and Environmental Studies.
Jessica Taylor, Development & Outreach Director
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Jessica’s first love of the outdoors came as a young child in Illinois where she spent whole days playing outside, collecting fireflies, riding bikes and tilling the soil in her Grandma’s backyard. Later, family camping trips fueled her desire to find a career in the outdoors. Her professional career has included working as a crew leader for the Youth Conservation Corps for three summers in Yosemite National Park, as an Interpretive Park Guide and Volunteer Coordinator for Point Reyes National Seashore for seven years, and as the Annual Fund Manager for Point Reyes National Seashore Association for 9.5 years. She brings with her years of experience in development, managing events, working with volunteers and youth, while bringing with her a deep sense of connection to the park, people and places that make up our West Marin community. Jessica holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Public Relations from Sonoma State University, an A.S. in Forestry with a minor in Interpretation and an A.A. degree from Reedley College.