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, 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 at University of San Francisco.
Morgan currently serves as co-chair of the Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative and is a director on the Marin State Parks Association board.
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 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, and an offshore oil opposition coalition.
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. 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.
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. She continues to work for EAC to protect the Tomales Dunes and wetlands at the mouth of Tomales Bay.
WES GIBBS, NATURALIST for OUR YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wes Gibbs joined EAC in 2017 helping EAC to develop its youth education curriculum and lead our youth programming. Wes is a passionate naturalist and outdoor educator born and raised in Marin County. He grew up in love with wild species of every form and their bizarre inter-related communities and has spent years following, tracking, and observing wildlife in every type of habitat that can be found in Northern California. He graduated from Pitzer College in Southern California with a degree in ecological design and has considerable experience assisting with the teaching and study of wildlife tracking in Southern Africa.
Sophie Kaineg, Conservation Policy Intern
Sophie joins EAC for the summer of 2018 as a legal and policy intern. In addition, she will be assisting with the Marine Protected Area Watch program as an intern. Sophie currently studies law at the University of California: Hastings College of the Law concentrating on environmental law. She completed her first year and is entering her second this fall. Before coming to the Bay Area for law school, Sophie graduated from the University of Chicago where she majored in English literature. She then lived and worked as a content marketer in Austin, Texas. Over the course of the summer, Sophie will be helping the EAC team research legal issues affecting land and water use in Marin County. She hopes to learn as much as possible about the intersection of the law, the environment, and the community.