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 to manage 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, and has focused the next three years of environmental programming to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin.
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.
Morgan currently serves as co-chair of the Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative and is a director of the Marin State Parks Association.
In addition to managing the organization, Morgan's program and policy work focuses on MPA Watch, Wildlife Protection, and Agriculture.
Ashley Eagle-Gibbs, Esq. Conservation Director
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.
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. 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. 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.