Sandie Nierenberg, CEO/Founder & Board President. Sandie is an attorney with extensive experience advising private and public entities in both litigation and administrative matters, including in areas of board governance and program management. She most recently served as a Deputy County Counsel in San Mateo County, where she gained critical insight into the extent of food insecurity in San Mateo County as well as the many dedicated non-profits working to alleviate hunger. Each Green Corner was conceived in an effort to bridge this divide and inspire the broader community to join the efforts to end food insecurity via sustainable urban agriculture. Sandie earned her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She lives in San Carlos, California, where she and her family enjoy tending their own urban garden and exploring all the outdoor gems the Bay Area has to offer.
Maggie Law, Board Treasurer (CFO). Maggie is a Certified Public Accountant (CA) and has over twenty years of experience in accounting and finance. She has held various management positions at companies including accounting firm, start-ups and large publicly traded companies. She earned her B.S in Business Administration – Accounting and Finance from California State University, Sacramento. She lives in San Carlos, California and enjoys shopping for fresh produce at local farmers market.
Kali Stanger, MD, Board Secretary. Dr. Stanger is a family physician with more than a decade of experience practicing in low-income communities. She currently serves as the Solano County Regional Medical Director for La Clinica de la Raza, a large federally-qualified health center in the East Bay Area. Dr. Stanger graduated from University Of California, San Francisco School Of Medicine with her medical degree in 2009, and earned her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. Kali lives in Solano County with her husband and three young sons. They are all vegetarians who love growing their own veggies in their raised beds, and fantasize about getting their own chickens soon.
Elizabeth Benson, Board Member. Elly is a senior attorney at the Sierra Club. She has served as lead attorney in high-profile cases involving environmental justice, endangered species, and climate change. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, she was a litigation associate at a private firm. Elly earned her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys shopping at the local farmers market and hiking in the city’s many parks.
Casey Wu, Operations Development and Management Intern. Casey is responsible for understanding, analyzing, and optimizing daily internal and external operations of EGC. He works to standardize workflow processes to effectively scale the organization and he creates workflow documentation and functional guides to support new team members onboarding and learning. He collaborates closely with other interns to understand how to best provide resources and support for their success. Also, he implements technological best practices to support daily operations and collects and analyzes feedback from other team members to implement continuous improvement measures.
Alex Grant-Hudd, Director of Development. Alex provides support on writing donor-facing materials such as donor newsletters and appeals. She tracks metrics for donor touch-points and communications. In consultation with the Chief Development Officer, she leads research, prioritization assessment, outreach and formal application/ask efforts for prospective institutional and individual donors. She also manages EGC’s CRM database with regard to potential and actual donors. In consultation with Development team, she drafts and submits grant applications. She collaborates with the management team to create strategic development plan to identify projected areas of funding need and strategy for meeting needs from all potential funding sources, including grants, individual donations, in-kind donations, and other opportunities. Lastly, she is responsible for recruiting and managing several direct reports, at present exclusively volunteers and interns.
We are fortunate enough to have a team of over 20 interns on multiple teams working together to bring our vision to life!
Haley Lester, Social Media Manager. As the social media manager Haley is responsible for developing innovative approaches to using social media in EGC’s educational and marketing campaigns. She manages social media efforts on a day-to-day basis, including creating and tailoring EGC content for publication across multiple platforms. She moderates and reports on social media engagement and campaign effectiveness. She coordinates with the Communications Team to develop and implement content guidelines across communications. Lastly, she creates content and resources for various target populations related to the mission focus areas, including but not limited to resources for educators, children, public policy makers, and the general public.
Gabby Meerwarth, Volunteer Management Intern. Gabby is responsible for coordinating volunteer recruitment, training, scheduling, and recognition. She serves as the first-line point of contact for volunteers, including promptly responding to inquiries and corresponding as necessary. She manages volunteer records within EGC’s customer relations management system Neon SSO. She works closely with the EGC administrative team to periodically assess needs for volunteer expertise and level of volunteer staffing. Lastly, she develops content and resources for various target populations related to the mission focus areas, including but not limited to resources for educators, children, public policy makers, and the general public.
Nathalia Buriti, Horticulture and Design Intern. Nathalia creates complete landscape plans for a variety of sites, including school gardens, non-profit grounds, and private residences. She develops resources lists of culturally-diverse crops, including relevant seasonal and maintenance information. She also develops care guides to be distributed to Garden Stewards to educate and assist with maintenance.
Zoee Tanner, Education and Curriculum Design Intern. As an intern, Zoee develops educational content and resources for various target populations related to the mission focus areas, including but not limited to resources for educators, children, public policy makers, and the general public. She collaborates with staff and other interns to incorporate educational components into EGC’s broader programs and activities. She designed curriculum and educational support materials like educational posters, and supplemental activities around EGC’s mission areas.
. . . plus a growing team of more than 200 volunteers, all working to bring EGC’s vision to fruition!