Morgan Patton, Executive Director
Since 2016, Morgan has led EAC as its Executive Director. Morgan initially joined EAC in 2011 as a volunteer, and was later hired in 2013 overseeing accounting and membership. In 2015, she was hired full-time managing programs and development. She worked to strengthen the organization with her program management and systems background which were developed in the private sector for over a decade. In 2015, she began to build community around the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch program by promoting civic-engagement for the general public and providing educational opportunities for students around coastal and marine science education in collaboration with the Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County Parks, and the California Academy of Sciences.
Under Morgan’s leadership, EAC has established new partnerships in the community, created pathways for innovative environmental education, conducted strategic planning, upgraded the organizations administrative and technical systems, launched youth and community education programming, and has focused the next three years of environmental programming to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin. In addition to her responsibilities at EAC, Morgan currently serves as a co-chair of the Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative, a board member of the Marin State Parks Association, and a conservation representative on the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Morgan is a fifth-generation Marin County resident and environmental advocate raised in Sonoma Valley and West Marin. She is a graduate of Dominican University with a B.A. in Humanities with a concentration in Environment, Culture, and Sustainability and is finishing her Graduate degree in Public Administration at University of San Francisco.
In addition to managing the organization, Morgan's program and policy work focuses on marine and coastal conservation and education, MPA Watch, wildlife protection, and agriculture, and land-use.
Ashley Eagle-Gibbs, Esq. Conservation Director
Ashley joined EAC in 2016 as the Conservation Director. She is a Marin County native and brings with her a strong background in environmental policy, law, and advocacy. While at EAC, she has expanded EAC’s program work, started a legal intern program, and participated in the 2017 Sonoma-Marin Coastal Regional Sediment Management Working Group. Ashley is also the organization representative on the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, an offshore oil opposition coalition, and an endangered species coalition, and leads EAC’s Waters Advisory Committee.
Ashley’s love for the outdoors and desire to preserve the environment prompted her to obtain a law degree. While Ashley studied law at night, she worked at 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. Prior to joining EAC, 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. She obtained her 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.
Ashley's program and policy work focuses on coastal protection, land use planning, and climate change adaptation issues.
Jessica Taylor, Development Director
Jessica's work is focused on our community and member relations through our development wing. She coordinates our annual fundraising campaign, as well as events and outreach. She brings with her years of experience in development, marketing and design, and event and volunteer management, while bringing with her a deep sense of connection to the park, people and places that make up our West Marin community. She is our representative at the West Marin Collaborative, a community group that meets to; illuminate community needs, coordinate local service providers, empower organizations to work together, enhance services that participants can provide their clients, under the shared vision of reducing health disparities and increasing well-being.
Jessica’s 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. 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. 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.
Jessica’s program work focuses on community and member relations, engagement and stewardship planning, biodiversity programs, and managing EAC’s development and outreach.
patricia wimpfheimer, bookkeeper
Patty’s work focuses on business and office management as well as assistance with outreach and events.
Catherine Caufield, Tomales Dunes
Catherine Caufield was Executive Director of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin from 1999 to 2006. In her previous career as a writer she concentrated on environmental issues and international development. From 1980 to 1984 she was the environmental correspondent for New Scientist magazine. Her work has also appeared in London Review of Books, The New Yorker, the Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor. She has written several books, among them In the Rainforest (1985), which called attention to the value of and threats to tropical rainforests.
Catherine spearheads EAC’s 30+ year initiative protecting the sensitive and irreplaceable habitats of the Tomales Dunes and wetlands complex located at the mouth of Tomales Bay.
karen campbell, Education Coordinator
Karen Campbell is a strategic development professional with over 15 years of dedicated experience in the social sector. She is a member of the Malloy Consulting Group where she leverages her career experience within interdisciplinary team settings to deliver strategic business solutions from a Design Thinking approach to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. In previous Development & Fundraising roles at The San Francisco Foundation, Slide Ranch, and National Dance Institute New Mexico, Karen honed her skills in fund development, donor relations and portfolio management while being a passionate advocate for social justice and youth development.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Biological Sciences from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio and is an alumna of the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center Naturalist Training Program. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nonprofit Administration at The University of San Francisco, to be completed May 2019.
Karen joined EAC in March 2019 to spearhead our educational initiatives for youth outdoor education and the Marin MPA Watch community science programs.
ASHLEY WEMP, MARIN MPA WATCH PROGRAM AND POLICY INTERN
Ashley joined the EAC team for a summer internship in 2019. Originally from Aptos, CA, Ashley meant a majority of her childhood boogie boarding and exploring the beach. Her interest in policy began in junior high school where she participated on the Mock Trial team and continued on a team into high school. Wanting to combine her love for the ocean with policy, Ashley earned her B.S. in Marine Science from California State University Monterey Bay. While there, Ashley earned her SCUBA diving certification, volunteered at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Sea Otter Research as well as the Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH) program which focused on mentoring high school students with research projects. In addition, Ashley has worked for California State Parks providing educational programs to school children as well as educating the general public about nature’s wonders.
To further her education, Ashley began her M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University. Understanding the importance between policy and education, Ashley joined the EAC team working with MPA Watch. She is excited to teach the community how to collect scientific data and how this data can be used to inform policy change.
Ashley’s internship is focused on Marin MPA Watch and development of a five-year program report looking at human use trends on Duxbury Reef.
June 2019-August 2019
courtney bloodgood, CONSERVATION legal and policy intern
Courtney joined the EAC team for a summer internship in 2019. Originally from Sacramento, Courtney grew up hiking and traveling throughout California. Through her work as a child in assisting bird of prey research with her family, she realized the importance of environmental protections at a young age.
Courtney has worked with numerous nonprofits and community organizations, impacting local initiatives and environmental protections in California. Her recent work includes serving on the board of directors for The Institute for Criminal Justice Training reform and outreach and education to support better policy protections for California’s forests with the Sierra Club. She is a law student at UC Davis Law School. Very excited to be a part of the EAC team, she is greatly looking forward to protecting the beautiful wildlife and lands of West Marin.
Courtney’s internship is focused on public lands, specifically Point Reyes National Seashore.
May 2019-August 2019
JAMES (jd) HENNESSEY, MARIN MPA WATCH PROGRAM INTERN
JD joined the EAC team as an intern during the summer of 2019. Growing up in Fairfax, California, he spent his free time mountain biking, running, and enjoying the outdoors in the greater Mount Tamalpais and Point Reyes area. These beautiful surroundings had a huge influence on his desire to help preserve and protect the environment.
JD will be entering his senior year at the University of Washington in the fall of 2019 studying international relations with a focus on global environmental policy. He hopes to become more involved in work with international organizations and/or jobs that keep him in nature. With EAC, he is excited to spend more time in the Point Reyes area working to inform local environmental policy and spread awareness of the Point Reyes wilderness to the local community.
James internship is focused on Marin MPA Watch.
June 2019-August 2019
Lindsay Deright Goldasich, CONSERVATION legal and policy intern
Lindsay joined the EAC team for a summer internship in 2019. She has just completed her first year at Berkeley Law and is excited to finally be able to put some of her legal knowledge to work.
Lindsay is from Orange County and earned both her B.S. and M.S. from UC San Diego, studying Biology in-between surf sessions. For her master’s work, she studied honey bees and how their foraging behavior was affected by neonicotinoid honey bees. Afterwards, she continued working in research with UC San Diego, but transitioned to microbiology and how microbes impact human, animal, plant, and environmental health. She was also the point-person in the wet lab for the American Gut Project, a citizen science project allowing participants from around the world to learn more about their skin, gut, and oral microbial ecology.
Lindsay transitioned into law with the goal of applying her background in the sciences to environmental law. She will be working with EAC on their marine, coastal, and fresh water projects to help protect and maintain the natural beauty of West Marin.
Lindsay’s internship is focused on groundwater research.
May 2019-August 2019