Board of Directors
Lucille Glassman — President
Lucille Glassman is an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast who retired from a career in high tech to focus on climate change and sustainability. After decades of working with the tremendously capable and talented people of Silicon Valley (at Xerox, DEC, Open Market, and Ariba), Lucille is convinced that this group of people can do anything if we put our minds to it. We can and must be leaders on climate change. Lucille has a B.S. in English Literature from Stanford and spends her spare time swimming with a local Masters club, volunteering at high school, college, and club swim meets, and hiking. Her favorite places to hike are the local open space preserves and Yosemite National Park.
Susan Dunn — Vice President
Susan Dunn is a practicing corporate attorney with a lifelong interest in the environment. A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, she has spent her professional career representing high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Susan has served as a director and corporate secretary of Woodside Vaulters, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that supports the sport of horse vaulting, since 2008. She has been a member of The Nature Conservancy since 1984 and a supporter of the Peninsula Open Space Trust since 1993. Now that her two children have left home for college, she looks forward to having more time for personal and community activities, including gardening, hiking, and land restoration.
Michael Hindery — Treasurer
Mike Hindery brings to Acterra and its Board financial, organizational development and change management experience and skills. Mike has served as an officer of four universities and managed a $1.8 billion budget at the University of California San Francisco and helped negotiate the merger and de-merger of UCSF-Stanford Health Care while working at Stanford University. Mike has served on several non-profit Boards, including those of the Stanford Federal Credit Union and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mike was a volunteer Big Brother for nearly 25 years. Mike has a life-long enjoyment of the outdoors and has hiked and climbed in the Pacific Northwest, California, Alaska, Iceland, southern Africa, Nepal and Australia. His environmental activism includes work with Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. Mike holds a B.S from Santa Clara University, a M.U.P from the University of Washington and a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lindsey Kalkbrenner — Secretary
Lindsey Kalkbrenner is the Director of Santa Clara University's Center for Sustainability. She was hired as SCU's first sustainability coordinator in 2006. She fosters collaboration among campus stakeholders, develops a culture of sustainability among the university community, and has built the Center for Sustainability around an internship program designed to provide students with opportunities to develop experience as change agents for sustainability. Lindsey holds a B.S. in biology and a MBA, both from Santa Clara University. She was born and raised in Hawaii.
Peter Cross is a retired engineer/physicist with a post-career passion for sustainability. After earning degrees from Caltech (BS) and UC Berkeley (PhD), he had a post-doc in Germany and then worked in R&D for some huge companies (AT&T, HP). In the ‘80’s, he got a case of “Silicon Valley Fever” and dove into the world of start-ups, ultimately retiring from Bay Networks/SynOptics as Sr. VP of Engineering. After that, Peter was an angel investor and advisor/board member for small, private companies. He has also been active in the non-profit sector on alumni boards for his alma maters, and is currently a Trustee for the San Jose Museum of Art and an advisory board member for the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech. He and his wife Melanie also “walk the walk” of sustainability and have recently built a low-environmental-impact home in Palo Alto that is all-electric, zero-net-energy and landscaped with drought tolerant, California native plants.
Ranae DeSantis was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BA in psychology accompanied with minors in both biological sciences and education. With her sights set on teaching, she furthered her studies to attain a California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After graduating, she immediately gained employment with a Bay Area public school district teaching third grade. She gained experience working in Title I schools and also served on the School Site Council during an accreditation year. Later she went onto become a private tutor for students in every level of elementary school. She is passionate about the environment and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Grades of Green. Ranae is also partner in Silicon Valley Social Ventures and active in the local philanthropic community. She is a skier and equestrian who shares her home with her two young children and four rescued pets.
For 21 years, Edith Eddy was the executive director of the Compton Foundation, a private family foundation with assets of approximately $65 million. The Compton Foundation's grants are focused primarily in the areas of peace and security, population and family planning, and environment and sustainability. Ms. Eddy has served as chair of the Management Committee of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and was the lead founder of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, and one of the founders of the Peace and Security Funders Group. From 1996-2000 she served as a member of the International Committee of the Council on Foundations. Ms. Eddy serves on the board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, as well as PRBO Conservation Science, based in Petaluma, CA.
Barbara Erny, MD joined Acterra’s board in June 2017. Dr. Erny has been practicing ophthalmology for over 25 years at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She graduated cum laude in Neurobiology from Cornell University, and obtained her MD from Stanford, with Honors in Research. Dr. Erny was awarded the Santa Clara County Medical Association Community Service Award for her volunteering in developing countries, and she continues to do international charity work. he currently serves on the Physicians for Social Responsibility National Toxics Committee. Lecturing on the topics of both environmental health and ophthalmology is a passion of hers, and she gives presentations to physicians, students, and the community. Socially she has been a docent for over 15 years at Edgewood Park, has coached under-privileged girls to do social change projects, and participates in several environmental groups, starting with Bay Area Action in 1995.
Catherine Elvert is the Communications Manager for the City of Palo Alto Utilities. She oversees public relations for all aspects of the City’s water, gas, electric, fiber optics, wastewater and renewable energy services, as well as coordination across the City for green building development, urban forestry, sustainability and climate protection. Catherine has worked in the field of utility resources management for over a decade in both the public and private sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from San Jose State University. Prior to working with the City of Palo Alto, Catherine directed the northern California operations for a statewide environmental consulting firm and managed water efficiency programs for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. She has served in several advisory roles to environmental non-profits, including two terms on the Executive Committee of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club (also as Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator) and Board of Advisors for Wholly H2O. She chaired the planning committee for Acterra’s 2016 Party for the Planet. Catherine is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, biking and running. She lives in the coastal redwood mountains of La Honda with her husband Kurt, who also works in the water conservation industry, and her German Shepherd-mix dog Dakota.
Nancy Grove is a semi-retired physician who, with husband Bill, has made sustainable lifestyle and civic activities her focus. Nancy is a Master Gardener, co-founder and Past President of Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Counties. She raises close to 100% of the produce enjoyed by the couple, sharing the harvest with St. Anthony Padua and Second Harvest Food Banks as well as family and friends. She teaches food preservation workshops at San Francisco Botanical Garden and Little House. Nancy founded the environmental stewardship commission, EDEN, at Trinity Church in Menlo Park and is a member of the Commission on the Environment of the Episcopal Diocese of California. She has also served on Vestry (governing board). Nancy has just completed three years as Treasurer of a regional land trust, The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, in the mountains of western North Carolina, as well as a six-year board term where she led the land trust initiative toward national accreditation. Professionally, Nancy is a pathologist and medical executive who currently maintains a consulting practice in laboratory management and medical quality improvement. She was formerly Chief Medical Officer at SurroMed, Inc., and at Pathwork Informatics, Inc. Prior to those positions she served as laboratory director at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Vice President for Laboratory Services at Sutter Health. She earned her M.D. at UCLA and her M.B.A. at Stanford.
Jerry grew up in the area, graduating from Los Altos High School and Stanford University. After doing graduate work in Germany, he began teaching at Peninsula School in Menlo Park in 1969, where he was instrumental in developing the school's innovative and highly successful Upper School Program. He retired from teaching in 2012 but continues to volunteer at the school on the board and in the classroom. Jerry has been active in leadership positions with a number of local environmental organizations, including Acterra and the Environmental Volunteers. On the national level, he served on the Sierra Club Environmental Education Committee and the Youth in Wilderness Program as well as chairing the national Youth Task Force. He is a founding member of both the San Francisquito Watershed Council and the San Mateo County Fish & Wildlife Advisory Committee, and currently sits on the Santa Clara County Community Resource Group that oversees Stanford's land use issues.
Bruce Hodge is an environmental activist, fine art photographer, and computer scientist. He’s spent most of his computer science career at Adobe Systems, where he currently works on a team that writes drawing apps for iPads and iPhones. As a photographer he attempts to use the form, texture, and colors of the landscape to make photographs that are often abstract or not easily recognizable. Bruce counts himself as a life-long environmentalist, with his first concerns about climate change surfacing in about 1985 or so. Since about 2006, Bruce has concentrated on getting Palo Alto to implement cutting edge environmental policies, while keeping a close eye on many aspects of climate change in general. He founded Carbon Free Palo Alto in 2011 and played a crucial role in convincing the City of Palo Alto to provide carbon neutral electricity to all customers. Since then, he’s worked to keep Palo Alto in the vanguard of cities striving to implement a low-carbon energy future by focusing on strategies such as community solar and environmentally beneficial electrification. Bruce received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Georgia.
Sudhanshu Jain has been designing integrated circuits for 25 years. In 2008, he decided that the impending climate crisis was far more important than designing the next switch chip for computer networking and he "retired" from Broadcom Corporation to become a "professional volunteer". He has been involved with Acterra (PCC) since 1991 when he was a member of the Environmental Action Committee at Adaptive/NET. He attended many brown bag lunches in BEN (Business Environmental Network). He was also in the pioneer class of Acterra's Be The Change Leadership program and helped with the pilot of the Green at Home Program. He has also installed solar panels on low income housing with Grid Alternatives. He's active with Citizen's Climate Lobby which advocates for a carbon tax with 100% revenue recycling (dividends to consumers). Since Sept. 2011, he's been teaching a Climate Change Science class to middle school students at Discovery Charter School. Sudhanshu holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from MIT.
Bruce Klafter currently serves as vice president, corporate social and environmental responsibility, at Flex, an electronics manufacturing services company. He is responsible for Flex’s global leadership on environmental, health and safety standards, human rights, and product environmental compliance. Previously, he worked from 2004 to 2013 as managing director, corporate responsibility and sustainability, at Applied Materials.
Prior to joining Applied Materials, Bruce had a distinguished legal career in public and private practice, specializing in environmental and natural resources law. Bruce began his legal career as a California Deputy Attorney General, representing numerous State agencies in a wide variety of complex environmental matters. He also practiced with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a top 100 law firm, serving for a time as head of Orrick's Environmental Group. Bruce currently serves on the Acterra Business Environmental Awards (BEA) Advisory Committee and he has been active in the BEA for over 10 years. Bruce earned a B.S. from Tufts University in Massachusetts and received his law degree from the University of California-Davis.
Mark Ostrau is a partner at Fenwick & West LLP and co-chair of the firm's Cleantech Group. He assists clients with assembling the key pieces they need to acquire, develop, commercialize and market new clean technology and other high technology products and services. Mark is also co-chair of the firm's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Group, advising clients on a wide variety of antitrust, distribution, marketing, M&A and intellectual property issues. Mark was an economics major at Yale, where he was a founder of a student group promoting energy efficiency at the university. He received his law degree from Stanford in 1985. He's been on the board of the Eichler Swim & Tennis Club, TheatreWorks, and Congregation Beth Am. An avid though aging trail runner, he has covered most of the trails in the Palo Alto, Woodside and local MROSD preserves and parks. Mark's most recent Acterra experience has been as part of a core group of neighbors doing invasive plant removal and native planting along San Francisquito Creek and Palo Alto Avenue.
Dan grew up in San Jose and attended Harvard (AB) and Stanford (PhD). After a postdoc in Germany, he taught physics at Tufts University, initiating a course on Energy and the Environment. He moved to SRI's Decision Analysis Group, where he used his analytical and modeling skills to assist a number of public and private entities facing difficult decisions in uncertain circumstances; several involved long-term energy policies. This morphed into a career in financial engineering, derivative securities, and financial risk management with Bank of America and other firms. He retired in 2000 from a financial risk management company he helped found. In retirement he has deepened his involvement with local environmental and social justice organizations. He served on the Board of Hidden Villa (1994-99; 2001-07). He is also a seasoned guide in Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Program, and a docent at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. An avid photographer, he has donated his work to local conservation organizations, including Acterra, Jasper Ridge, Sempervirens Fund, POST, Environmental Volunteers, Committee for Green Foothills, and Hidden Villa. Dan and his wife Helen (Professor of Physics at Stanford, emerita) have lived in Portola Valley since 1977. He joined the Acterra board in 2012.
Kristin Sterling is a manager in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice at Ernst & Young, LLP in San Jose and a certified public accountant. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Environmental Studies from Santa Clara University. Kristin has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and has served on engagements relating to environmental, social, and governance reporting, supply chain audits for human rights, strategic gap analyses, environmental liability assessments, and assessing carbon footprints for clients in various industry sectors.
Jonathan Taylor is an associate at McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco. Previously, he worked in renewable energy in San Francisco at both Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Foresight Renewables. At PG&E, he worked to allow for more efficient use of renewable energy in the California energy market. Before that Jonathan developed utility scale solar projects across the U.S. Southwest. Prior to joining Acterra’s board, he volunteered as part of Acterra's Green@Home program. Jonathan received a BA from Yale University in Political Science and a MBA from Stanford University.
Japjit is a software executive at eBay and is also involved in the company's giving campaign. He joined eBay in 2015. Before that he was at Microsoft, StumbleUpon and Google. Japjit has been in the software industry for 20 years in the Bay Area and Seattle area. His hope with Acterra is to start a movement to address climate change, starting at the local level, to inspire change at the global level. In his spare time, Japjit enjoys technology, writing code, flying single engine planes, biking (motor and pedal), playing golf, and spending time with his wife and two children — a daughter and son.
Board Alumni Association
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