Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

RTC Advisory Board

Scott Anderson – Director of Community Development, Town of Tiburon; Past employment: City of San Rafael Planning Department, City of Commerce Planning Department, City of Petaluma Planning Department. Master of Urban Planning, CA Polytechnic University , B.S. Environmental Planning and Management, University of California, Davis.


Sheldon Axler – Dean, College of Science and Engineering, San Francisco State University; Professor, Mathematics Department, San Francisco State University. Past Employment: Mathematics Department, Michigan State University, Mathematics Department, M.I.T. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, A.B., Princeton University.


Eleanor Bloch – Member, Marin Commission on Aging. Senior Senator, California Senior Legislature. Co-founder and Mediator, Mediation Services, Marin County. Vice Chair, Marin City Community Development Board. Member and Former President, Tiburon Sunset Rotary. BA, Music, Boston University.


George B. Brewster – Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Long-Term Solutions, LLC.  Past Employment: Numerous CEO/COO positions in public and private companies in real estate development, investment and asset management, and public and private equity advisory and investment. Board of Directors, Marin Open Space Trust, member emeritus of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB), founding member of the ULI Environmental Council, author of The Ecology of Development and technical advisor to Habitat for Humanity. J.D. Columbia University, B.A., Bard College.


Margaret Gould Burke – Director of Science Integration and Operations, California Academy of Sciences. Fellow, California Academy of Sciences. Board member, California Science Teachers Association. Past Employment: University of Mary, Department of Biology; University of North Dakota , Department of Biology; U.S. Department of State; Ph.D. Duke University, B.A. Hollins College.


Terrence Gosliner – Senior Curator in Invertebrate Zoology and Provost, with responsibility for management and integration of Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium and research and education divisions, at the California Academy of Sciences. Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, A.B., University of California, Berkeley.


John E. Hafernik – Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University. Trustee and President, California Academy of Sciences; Interim Director (2013-2014), Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies; Chair (1992-2005), Department of Biology, San Francisco State University; Fellow (1982), California Academy of Sciences; Ph.D., Entomology, University of California, Berkeley. B.S., Entomology, Texas A&M University.


Brooke Halsey – Attorney, Law Offices of Brooke P. Halsey. Founder/Executive Director, Tiburon Salmon Institute. Member, Board of Directors: Tyee Foundation; Marin Highlanders Rugby Team (Youth Coordinator); Tiburon Landmark’s Society. Member: SF Tyee Club; Marin County Wildlife and Fisheries Advisory Commission; California Fish and Game Recreational Abalone Advisory Commission. BA, Political Science, San Diego State University. JD, Santa Clara University School of Law.


Russell D. Keil, Jr. – President, The Keil Companies. Former President of The Society of California Pioneers and the the Union Square Association, advisory board member of The University of California Bancroft Library and City National Bank; BA from Wheeling Jesuit University.


Michael Keran – Intermittent Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Russia, Romania and Kyrgyz Republic, former Resident Advisor; former Vice President and Chief Economist for Prudential Insurance Company of America; Paradise Drive resident and neighbor of the Romberg Tiburon Center. Ph.D. Economics, M.A. Economics and B.B.A. Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota.


John H. Kern – Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Founding Director Point Bonita YMCA Center, Marine Mammal Center & Travis AFB Fisher House; Founder Autodesk, Inc.; Military Coordinator GGNRA, U.S. Army Liaison to National Park Service; General Manager Bank of America Technology Center; Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute & Missouri School of Mines; Tiburon Construction Advisory Board, Belvedere/Tiburon Recycling Committee; Volunteer Tiburon Police Dept. Education: BA Johns Hopkins University, BS, MS, Civil Engineering, Missouri School of Mines; MA, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Registered Professional Engineer, MO.


Lynette R. Koftinow - President (creator), San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society Chapter. Board Member, National American Cetacean Society. Past Experience: Commercial Fine Artist. Day Crew and Education Docent, The Marine Mammal Center. Docent, Bay Shore Studies Program. Fine Arts, BFA, California College of Arts.


Michael McComish – Senior Vice President of Presidio Bank.  Vice President, Presidio Bank (In Organization), Vice President Golden Gate Bank, Credit Officer, Mellon Private Bank.  Vice President and Finance Committee Member of the Society of California Pioneers.  Analyst in the Washington D.C. Office of U.S. House Representative, Robert T. Matsui. BA, Social Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Mark Reynolds – Senior Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy, California Chapter. Adjunct Professor, SFSU. Current Board service: PRBO Conservation Science, Audubon California, California Partners-in-Flight Executive Steering Committee. Previous employment: Executive Director San Diego State University Field Station Programs, Co-Director Sedgwick Reserve - U.C. Santa Barbara, Co-Manager Sagehen Creek Field Station - U.C. Berkeley. Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley, M.S. Idaho State University, B.A. University of Iowa.


Peter K. Scott – Founder, Glacier Point Capital LLC. Past employment: Specialist, Pershing LLC; Equities Trader, Integrated Capital Management; Vice President, Director of Marketing, Groh Asset Management. Mentors students interested in Bay sailing sports and environmental awareness issues. Coach for PACT 95 America's Cup Defense Team San Diego. Sailing career highlights: J-24 World Championships, Melbourne Australia; J-35 North American Championship, San Francisco; Wilson Cup, West Kirby, England; 505 North American Championship, San Francisco; 505 World Championship San Francisco; many J-105 Big Boat Series Championships, San Francisco; PACT 95 Americas Cup Defense Team, San Diego. Education: BA, Legal Studies and BA, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley.


E. Payson ("Skip") Smith – Co-founder and Partner, FLG Partners LLC; Past employment: CAO and Managing Director, GCA Savvian LLC; CFO and Senior Managing Director, BondDesk Group LLC; Senior Vice President and CFO, Xigo Inc.; Executive Vice President and CFO, QuadraMed Corporation; Senior Vice President and CFO, Raytel Medical Corporation; Senior Vice President Corporate Finance, Van Kasper & Company; General Partner, Concord Partner; Vice President, First Chicago Venture Capital. Director and Chair, Finance Committee, Board of Directors & Chairman of the Finance Committee, Exploratorium, San Francisco. Education: Masters of Management, J. L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; BA, Business Administration, Monmouth College, IL.


Ed Ueber – Regional Implementation Assistant and Senior Policy Advisor for the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Former manager of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries, and co-manager of the northern portion of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Department of Commerce trustee for the Apex Houston and Cape Mohican oil spill settlements.



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