We have received support from many people and organizations. Our advisory board consists of those we turn to frequently, who offer their expertise to us on a regular basis.
Mayor City of Sacramento, 2000-2008
Founding member, Sacramento Tree Foundation
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Management, University California Davis, 1975. Attended, Revenue Sources Management School, Boulder, 1981. Attended, Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 1991.
Board member Environmental Council of Sacramento, 1983—1989. Member Sacramento City Council, 1989—1998. Mayor City of Sacramento, California, 2001—2008.
Chair board directors Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Board directors Sacramento Area Council Government, Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization.
Attorney at the law firm of Taylor & Wiley
Board member, Sacramento Steps Forward
City of West Sacramento’s Economic Development and Housing Commission.
Matt is involved in several community groups and nonprofit organizations. He has served as Chair on the Board of Directors for Next Move, which provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to families experiencing homelessness, and for Sacramento Steps Forward, which manages the continuum of care for homeless services throughout Sacramento County. He served the City of West Sacramento as a member of its Economic Development and Housing Commission. Matt is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and has been active with the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, participating in its Leadership program, class of 2011.
Scientist Emeritus for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
California Water Science Center
Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey for over 30 years. Neil has spent most of this time focusing on large-scale multidisciplinary water-quality investigations as a manager for the USGS’s National Water Quality Program (see USGS Circular 1350 "Nutrients in the Nation’s Streams and Groundwater, 1992-2004"). Prior to this Neil conducted studies on trace elements, nutrients, and pesticides in rivers and groundwater in California. Neil has worked on a broad range of topics, including surficial processes (M.A.), the geochemistry of abandoned coal mines (Pennsylvania DEP), the geochemistry of inactive uranium tailing (Ph.D), and nonpoint contaminants from intensive agriculture. Neil is particularly interested in redox controls on contaminant migration, chemical transport between groundwater and streams, and integration of transport process understanding into large-scale models.
President at Knowledge Transference Inc. (KTI)
Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum
Mark Freeman is President and Lead Production Designer for the firm and has over 15 years’ experience in workforce compliance, talent development, learning technology planning and training center management. Mr. Freeman’s ability to manage highly competent technical teams simultaneously translating business goals into technical tasks has won him praise between clients and sub-contractors alike. In addition, Mr. Freeman is also competent in synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, rapid elearning authoring tools, video production, and photography.
Mr. Freeman studied at Sacramento State University and received certification in Instructional Design for eLearning, is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum, and is a member of the National Association of Talent Development. Mr. Freeman previously worked at Evaluation, Management and Training Associates as their Senior eLearning Manager.
Mr. Freeman’s is a respected leader in talent development and has provided board guidance in the nationally recognized Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, the 100 Black Men Mentoring Program and the MLK365’s Social Justice Leadership Program. In addition, Mr. Freeman provides many hours of pro-bono consultation and services to grassroots community-based organizations who have limited funding options.
Proprietor, Flori-culture Nursery and Supplies
Manager, plant nursery, Marie Selby Botanical Garden