Meet Our Team
Melissa has a long history of service to Sonoma County’s nonprofit community as a consultant, board member and volunteer. Executive director of the Parks Foundation since 2011, Melissa is especially proud of her work supporting Regional Parks’ environmental education programs, building new trails, and restoring historic buildings like the Ft. Ross Schoolhouse. Prior to this position, she worked as executive director of the Sonoma County Book Festival, and she provided management and marketing support to leading Sonoma County nonprofits and public agencies for more than a decade. Melissa holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business with a specialization in marketing and nonprofit management and graduated with honors from Duke University. In 2017 she was recognized as a leading Sonoma County nonprofit executive through the North Bay Nonprofit Leadership Awards.
Contact Melissa directly by email or call (707) 565-1830
Development and Events Consultant
Linda supports the Parks Foundation with a background in marketing and communications across multiple industries, including publishing, consumer products and financial services. A transplant to Sonoma from Marin County, Linda served as a Mill Valley Parks and Recreation Commissioner for 6 years. Her community engagement includes serving on the boards of the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Volunteer Center, The Outdoor Art Club and the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation. Linda attended the Fund Raising School, a program of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Jodie joined the Foundation in 2020 as our new Program Associate, with responsibilities for donor acknowledgment, commemorative furniture, corporate sponsorships and grants. Jodie is passionate about the outdoors and conservation, and is enthusiastic about working for an environmental organization. She brings strong organizational and writing skills, including six years in membership/ communications at The Marine Mammal Center and more recently at SSU Theatre Arts. Jodie loves visiting parks with her family and dog Gigi.
Contact Jodie directly by email or call (707) 565-1355