Nancy Scolari has been the Executive Director of the District for 20 years helping farmers and ranchers with regenerative practices that improve soil, water, air, plants, wildlife and the viability of agriculture. Nancy works with a dedicated board and staff, implementing grant-funded projects such as the Marin Coastal Permit Coordination, Pine Gulch Instream Flow Enhancement, Conserving Our Watersheds and Carbon Farming Programs. As a founding member of the Marin Carbon Project she has helped develop opportunities in addressing the health of our working landscapes with livestock producers. She received a B.A in Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University with an emphasis in water quality. Nancy enjoys rock climbing and her dog Herbie.
Sarah Phillips, Urban Streams Program Manager, has over twelve years of experience in the field of restoration and natural resources management with a focus on riparian systems and salmonid habitat enhancement covering a variety of sectors; non-profit (both international and national), private consulting, and state government. Her work with the Marin RCD focuses on stormwater management through LID applications, collaborative stakeholder engagement through facilitation and mediation, fisheries monitoring, leading hands-on technical trainings, in addition to writing and implementing grants. She also acts as the ombudsman and communication liaison between local, state and federal regulatory agencies. Sarah received a B.A in Restoration and Conservation at Sonoma State University in its Environmental Studies and Planning Department with a minor in vertebrate biology. There is nothing Sarah loves more than hopping on a plane and exploring far away exotic lands on solo journeys as well as volunteering in her community. Sarah serves as the Chair to the Lagunitas Technical Advisory Committee and acts as an advisor to the Tomales Bay Watershed Council and Gallinas Watershed Council, is the Secretary on the Board of the Salmonid Restoration Federation, and Vice President of the Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited Chapter.
Simone Albuquerque, Conservation Program Manager, has over five years of experience coordinating programs to support food systems in California and conserve natural resources. She recently joined the Marin RCD to manage the Conserving Our Watersheds program that helps ranches and dairy comply with water quality regulations. Simone has a M.S. in Environmental Science & Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she focused on water resources management and market-based solutions. Prior to joining the MRCD Simone collaborated on a geospatial tool that prioritizes forested hillslopes by their erosion potential. This tool aids land and water managers in California’s headwaters in strategically reducing forest fuels and risks to drinking water supplies. Additionally, Simone has created educational materials for all-ages that characterize food and water systems in the context of policy and management. In 2019, she published a scientific article in Insects on urban farm and garden management practices and their implications for biodiversity.
Preston Duncan, Monitoring and GIS Manager, grew up in Ventura, California and studied Environmental Studies and Biology at UC Santa Cruz, where he became enamored with the natural world and the small (and big) wonders that one might notice one slows down to observe. Since undergrad, he has been working as a field ecologist and ornithologist, mainly working with Point Blue Conservation Science during the past six years in Bay Area ecosystems from Mount Tamalpais to the Farallon Islands, banding birds, nest-searching, spotted owl monitoring, and conducting point counts, among many other things. He is currently working on his Master’s thesis in the Geographic Information Science department at San Francisco State University studying spotted owl biogeography in Marin County. Particularly, his thesis is investigating the relationship between territory selection and reproductive success in the Marin County population. Preston has a strong interest in how we manage our relationships with landscapes and wildlife in a post-industrial world, and how we can best preserve our resources in a sustainable and equitable way. Most recently, he has become interested in learning more about the uses and benefits of prescribed fire on our landscapes, and he has obtained his firefighter type II certification to be able to participate in burns across the north bay area. He is excited to join the team and many partners working with the Marin RCD to manage the GIS and monitoring, as well as support in the planning and implementation of projects on Marin’s working lands.
Darrylin Mollath has over ten years of experience as the Bookkeeper and Office Manager in the non-profit, education and private sector while accounting for over $12 million of private and public funds. With family farm roots herself, she enjoys being a part of the work the MRCD spearheads. Her responsibilities since joining the district include assisting the agency’s financial, human resources, and risk management functions, creating and managing new social media platforms, and initiating new creative projects all while working alongside the Board of Directors, landowners and funders. She earned a BA in Editorial Illustration from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Darrylin enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling, gardening, and an endless array of creative endeavors.
Tom Hammond is a Professional Engineer registered in Californica for Agricultural and Civil Engineering. His responsibilities at the RCD started in 2022 and include providing Partner Engineering services to the Sonoma, Gold Ridge, and Marin RCDs. Tom graduated from Cal Poly, SLO in Bioresources and Agricultural Engineering. He has been practicing engineering in Sonoma County since 2007. In that time he as worked for public municipalities, private consulting firms, and private businesses providing solutions for water, power, and soil systems. Tom grew up in Sonoma County and is enjoying raising his family there as well.
Emilie Winfield, North Coast Soil Health Hub Coordinator, is an agroecologist whose work focuses on agricultural sustainability, soil health, and impactful collaboration. She is motivated by the intersection of climate change and agriculture and is thrilled to join the regional efforts of the North Coast Soil Hub. Most recently Emilie worked at the USDA California Climate Hub where she engaged diverse stakeholders to craft education and outreach materials on climate adaptation practices and climate-smart agriculture. Additionally, she spent 6 years managing farms and agricultural partnerships in NY and CA, supporting successful relationships between farms and restaurants and promoting local foodsheds. Emilie is dedicated to education around sustainable growing practices and soil health and teaches classes at a nonprofit in San Francisco. Emilie holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from UC Davis and a B.S. in Plant Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. She has conducted research on mycorrhizal fungi and root systems architecture in soil. She is enthusiastic about soil microbes and good food, and believes agriculture plays a key role in creating a more resilient and just future for communities and the planet.
Chad White, Project Manager supporting the Marin Biomass Project. Chad brings twenty years of experience in environmental research, systems analysis, and lifecycle management to this project as well as more recent experience in public contracting and grants management. He has been a leader in collaborative regional planning around biomass recovery in the Bay Area for the last five years. He holds a doctorate in sustainability management (from UC Berkeley) and a bachelors degree in chemical engineering (from The University of Michigan). He has previously worked as a professor of sustainability and as a program lead at sustainability management consultancies.
Thank you to our departing staff members!
Michelle Katuna, Agroecologist, grew up between the tidal slough and oak woodland hills of Petaluma, California – a landscape that has inspired her work as an agrarian, ecologist, and writer. For the past ten years, Michelle has studied sustainable agriculture, California native flora and ecology, low-stress livestock handling, consensus facilitation, soil science, rhetoric, GIS mapping, and biology and has worked in ecological farming and grazing, pastured meat production, local land conservation, and education. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus in Sustainable Agriculture and worked in a microbial ecology lab. Michelle continues to pursue the question: how can our lands and lives be managed for social, cultural, environmental, and economic health? Michelle’s work at Marin RCD involves the planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of ecological practices and projects on working lands, in collaboration with local land managers and local, regional, state, and federal organizations and agencies. Michelle is committed to working with others to build a more just, equitable, and inclusive future for local land stewardship.
Tara Krantz, 21/22 GrizzlyCorps Fellow, is a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in both Environmental Science and Spanish. During her time at school she focused on sustainable agriculture practices and community resiliency. She previously authored a research paper that investigated the relationship between different agriculture techniques and insect diversity as they relate to agricultural health in the Chocó cloud forest region. During her year as a GrizzlyCorps fellow she is working with staff and partners to learn and explore the issues of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice within the MRCD’s agricultural-focused partnerships, GIS data analysis, and connecting with farmers and ranchers to further relevant projects.
We will miss you!
The Marin RCD Board holds five seated positions. Directors serve the community voluntarily during 4-year terms of office. It is their direction at monthly meetings which guides environmental stewardship across the county landscape and it is this change that perpetuates their desire to serve. If you are interested in serving, go to the “Join Our Team” page for more information.
President, Sally Gale
Director since 1996 , term up 2022
Sally Gale is a rancher who lives with her family in Chileno Valley, and raises grass fed beef to sell directly to families.
Director, Robert Giacomini
Director since 1998, term up 2022
Bob Giacomini is a retired dairyman in Point Reyes Station.
Associate Board Members
Associate Director since 2020
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Attn: Director’s Name
Marin Resource Conservation District
P.O. Box 1146
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
The Board of Directors follows the following Conflict of Interest Policy.
Learn more about Marin RCD board role, selection process, conflict of interest policy, and project selection opportunity: How We Operate