Board of Directors
Sudhanshu Jain — President
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.
Catherine Elvert — Vice President
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.
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.
Philip Brosterhous, MD, is the retired chief medical officer (CMO) of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). A southern California native he came to the Bay Area as a Stanford undergraduate. He attended UC Davis for his medical training and returned to the Palo Alto area for his wife to attend Stanford graduate school. Over his career, Dr. Brosterhous witnessed dramatic changes in the science of clinical medicine and the organization of its delivery. Joining a group of 40 physicians as a primary care physician in 1979, he retired in 2015 as the CMO of a 1,200 physician multi-specialty group. Similarly, over his lifetime Dr. Brosterhous witnessed dramatic changes in California – the quadrupling of the state’s population to 40 million with the attendant stresses on the environment. He believes the health of the environment is essential to the health of us all.
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. She 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.
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.
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.
Anne Sanquini, PhD, is a geologist and multidisciplinary disaster scientist. Her research interests include methods to accelerate the mitigation of natural hazard risk and improve community resilience. Anne serves on the board of GeoHazards International, a nonprofit working to reduce death and suffering from natural disasters in developing countries. She grew up in rural Minnesota, earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and worked for the 3M Company. Anne came to Silicon Valley in the late 1970s. She held VP, Marketing positions at National Semiconductor and Sun Microsystems, and was the General Manager of a $200 million software business for Mentor Graphics. Anne “retired” from tech and returned to school, earning an MS in Geology from San Jose State, and a PhD in Geological & Environmental Sciences from Stanford. A lifelong hiker, she also served as Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Trails Committee, for the City of Saratoga.
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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