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. 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.
Cindy Levers, Seedling Starter Program Lead. Cindy runs the seedling starter program as the lead volunteer. She creates and delivers training materials, is the lead contact for the volunteers in the seedling starter program. She independently prepares and manages distribution and finalization of all the seedlings. She also provides advice and helps with seasonal planting plans, testing of new varieties, and assists with any troubleshooting problems that may arise.
Ron Piovesan, Development and Marketing Advisor. Ron meets regularly with the communications and development teams to offer advice and general expertise on current development and communications projects. He brainstorms with interns on best practices to increase engagement and bring more people into the EGC Community. He also offers insight to other communications channels that may be useful to EGC’s own social media. Lastly, he provides feedback on past projects and offers how to best improve going forward.
Karen Nierenburg, Development Advisor. Karen advises the Director of Development about our ongoing projects, ranging from donor communications to grant applications. She has decades of non-profit experience and understands how to engage funders and establish meaningful relationships with members of the community. She meets weekly with the Director of Development, answering questions and providing feedback on current projects. She offers advice and suggestions to the Director of Development, who then decides which projects are priorities for the development team. Karen’s industry knowledge helps to inform EGC of best practices so that we can navigate the space more effectively as a new all volunteer organization.
Lorraine Lew-White, Senior Garden Stewards Advisor. She oversees the senior gardens at The Villages sites. She visits the sites and provides feedback on the program that is then used to make changes and improvements within the program. She also maintains relationships with the senior garden stewards
Sonya Rowen, Lead Volunteer for the Living Campus Program. Sonya assists with garden maintenance and workday coordination for the Living Campus Program. She consults on projects as needed, and assists with photographing the gardens to use on our website and social media accounts.
We are fortunate enough to have a team of over 20 interns on multiple teams working together to bring our vision to life!
Communications and Outreach
Our communications team is responsible for driving awareness of EGC’s mission through multiple channels, including social media, website, newsletters, and events. They also develop and execute EGC’s strategy regarding communication and marketing, in collaboration with other EGC intern teams. They compile and analyze website and social media analytics to refine outreach and communication strategies.Lastly, they develop 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.
Haley Lester, Social Media Manager
Arya Jawadekar, Content Manager
Grant Writing & Development
The Development Team researches potential funders to identify and prioritize applications for funding to support EGC’s various programs and services. They create a database of potential grants and timelines for grant writing process as well as maintain a Grant Calendar detailing grant application, notification and reporting task management and deadlines. In consultation with the CEO, Project Manager and Program Development lead, they draft and submit grant applications. The team develops and executes strategies for securing individual donations. The team also works with CEO, Project Manager and Program Development lead, to develop a strategic 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.
Development and Grant Writing Interns:
Alex Grant-Hudd, Director of Development
Education & Curriculum
Members of the education and curriculum team work to develop 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. They collaborate with staff and other interns to incorporate educational components into EGC’s broader programs and activities. Lastly, they design curriculum and educational support materials like educational posters and supplemental activities around EGC’s mission areas.
Education and Curriculum Interns:
Zoee Tanner, Nutrition
Weiqi Mai, P-5 Education
Maria Solio Lopez, Food Security and Public Health
Erin Madlangbayan, Low-Income, Gentrification & Food Security
Horticulture & Design
The Horticulture and design team create complete landscape plans for a variety of sites, including school gardens, non-profit grounds, and private residences. They develop resources lists of culturally-diverse crops, including relevant seasonal and maintenance information. They also develop care guides to be distributed to Garden Stewards to educate and assist with maintenance.
Horticulture and Design interns:
Volunteer management interns work to coordinate volunteer recruitment, training, scheduling, and recognition. They serve as first-line point of contact for volunteers, including promptly responding to inquiries and corresponding as necessary. They manage volunteer records within EGC’s customer relations management system Neon SSO. They also coordinate with the Communications Team to develop regular communications to volunteers across platforms and collaborate with Education & Curriculum Team to develop educational resources for volunteers. Working closely with the EGC administrative team, they periodically assess needs for volunteer expertise and level of volunteer staffing.
Our Volunteer Management interns are:
. . . plus a growing team of more than 200 volunteers, all working to bring EGC’s vision to fruition!