Speaker Biographies


Sharon Farrell, Vice President for Stewardship and Conservation at Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, has worked for 25+ years as an ecologist, park and project manager.

She has a background in vegetation management, restoration ecology, and natural resources planning. She currently manages watershed-scale open space projects, with a focus on wetland and coastal habitat restoration. Sharon also facilitates two multi:- agency collaboratives – the – the Redwood Creek Watershed Collaborative and the Mt Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (One Tam). Both involve partnerships between local, state and federal agencies and a non-profit organization. Sharon also partners with the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust in managing the GGNRA’s native plant nurseries and citizen-based monitoring programs. Prior to working with the Parks Conservancy, Sharon was the Executive Director of the Watershed Project, where she assisted in building partnership and fund development capacity for “Friend” groups. Sharon has also worked as an ecologist with the National Park Service, a resource planner with the Presidio Trust and an environmental consultant. Sharon holds a MS in Park Management with emphasis on Ecological Restoration and Community Stewardship, and a BS in Chemistry.

Dr. Daniel Gluesenkamp is Executive Director of the California Institute for Biodiversity.  He earned his PhD from UC Berkeley, and previously worked as ED of Calflora, the California Native Plant Society, and as Director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch’s 31 preserves. In 2009 Dan discovered a presumed-extinct Franciscan manzanita plant growing on a traffic island at the Golden Gate Bridge. Recent work includes helping Gov Brown and Gov Newsom advance California's ambitious California Biodiversity Initiative. Now he is leading CIB, a 25 year old California education and conservation nonprofit, in securing systemic change to empower all Californians to save our remarkable biodiversity hotspot, now, forever.

Dr. Lisette Arellano works at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy as the Community Science Program Manager for the One Tam collaborative. One Tam is a partnership between four public agencies--Marin Water, National Park Service, California State Parks, and Marin County Parks-- and the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to leverage the skills and resources of each partner and inspire community members to support the long-term stewardship of Mt. Tam. Together they protect protecting some of the most beautiful, ecologically rich, and well-loved open spaces in the region, and an important source of drinking water for Marin County residents. The One Tam Community Science team supports the health of Mount Tamalpais through a variety of community science activities that aim to address ecological data gaps, implement long-term monitoring, provide meaningful educational opportunities, and promote curiosity and participation in a wide range of audiences. Dr. Arellano is an ecologist, naturalist, educator, and storyteller with broad interests.

 As the Associate Director of Conservation Education at The Marine Mammal Center, Adam Ratner challenges visitors to the hospitals and community partners to think differently about ocean conservation using the stories of individual patients that are rescued by the Center. He incorporates topics including climate change, ocean trash, and sustainable seafood into the Center’s messaging, providing the spark of inspiration and empowerment that allow others to see themselves as the heroes of their community and environment.

Adam was named one of the 30 under 30 Game Changers for the Planet by the North American Association for Environmental Education, serves as the Training Director of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, and is currently oversees the Center's Climate Literacy Collaborative.

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