Jeff Russell, J.D. – Chair
Jeff serves as legal counsel for a renewable energy company that builds, owns and operates solar power facilities across North America. Previously, Jeff was a senior fellow at UC Berkeley Law School, where his research focused on law and policy-based solutions to achieve California's clean energy goals. He was also an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he engaged in litigation and regulatory advocacy to rebuild West Coast fisheries and protect marine habitat. An open-water enthusiast, Jeff swims in San Francisco Bay and enjoys surfing and exploring California’s coastline. Jeff holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell.
Diane Livia – Vice Chair
Diane works in habitat restoration at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She has experience in environmental permitting, planning, outreach, and program design. Diane has felt a strong personal connection to San Francisco Bay since childhood. She brings great public communication skills to Baykeeper’s Board from her previous 15-year successful career in public broadcast media.
Benjamin Patton– Treasurer
Ben's work is devoted to developing business and market mechanisms for environmental impact. He currently advises renewable energy financing and technology companies on finance and strategy. Previously, Ben directed environmental and humanitarian partnership development at Planet Labs, an early-stage remote sensing satellite technology startup. He launched the emission reductions procurement group at 3Degrees, a San Francisco company that trades renewable energy certificates and carbon emission reductions. He later managed solar power project finance for Chevron Energy Solution and SunEdison. He often serves in a project management role as a liaison between technical roles and business development or management requirements. Ben has a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with a minor in East Asian Studies (focused on Japanese) from Stanford University. Outside of work, he stays busy surfing, kiteboarding, and making Japanese style pottery.
Doreen Gounard – Secretary
Doreen is Harbor Manager and a resident of Galilee Harbor, an affordable, cooperative, floating community of Maritime Workers & Artists on the Sausalito waterfront. With her husband, Marc, she helped construct their home – a 33ft sailing catamaran Imani. Aboard Imani, they completed a circumnavigation of the world between 1999 and 2004 while homeschooling their two children. Living aboard for the last 17 years has given Doreen a unique perspective of our local and international waters. She currently serves on Sausalito's Parks and Recreation Commission. Doreen received her BA in Communications from American University in Washington, DC.
Brian is a founding partner of Corporate Diligence Specialists, LLC, (“CDS”) a financial consulting firm providing due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms and strategic buyers on mergers & acquisitions transactions. Prior to the formation of CDS, Brian was in the Transaction Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in San Jose and Coopers & Lybrand, LLP in Los Angeles. Brian graduated with honors from University of California at Santa Barbara. He has served a variety of nonprofits over the years, with a primary focus on environmental advocacy and youth assistance and education.
Tim is Chief Counsel for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; adjunct professor of law at the Vermont Law School, where he teaches Ocean and Coastal Law; and a member of the Bar in California and Washington DC. He holds a BA from Earlham College and a JD from the Washington University School of Law, and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in Marine Policy from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tim co-chaired the Clean Water Network in Washington, D.C., co-founded the Casco Baykeeper Program in Maine, and served as legal counsel for the Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, the Marine Law Institute, the California Coastal Commission, and the Environmental Defense Center. He has authored more than 30 articles and reports on environmental issues, and is an editor of Ocean and Coastal Law, published by the American Bar Association in 2008.
Peter manages Poseidon’s Vineyard and Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, and is a partner in Tricycle Wine Company and Kadar Hungary wine cooperage. He is Board Chair of the Lake County Winegrape Commission and Co-President of Califrance. Peter has been involved as a volunteer skipper with Baykeeper’s Bay patrol program for more than a decade and is an avid sailor and open water swimmer.
Christina (Tina) Swanson, Ph.D.
Tina is the Director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Science Center, which helps ensure that the nation’s environmental policies are based on sound science. She previously served for 12 years as the lead scientist and then Executive Director of the Bay Institute. Tina brings deep knowledge about the Bay’s ecology and environmental threats, as well as expertise in communicating with public officials about complex scientific issues. A former Fulbright scholar, Tina has authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and is nationally known for her expertise in water quality policy and fisheries management.