Sustainable Lafayette Board

Meet the board...

Mike Rohde

Mike Rohde

Board Member, President

Mike Rohde has been a Lafayette resident since 2009 when he and his wife and two kids moved here primarily for the schools, and have since discovered the bountiful nature trails and idyllic surroundings. For several years Mike has been involved with the Lafayette community through Scouts and coaching LMYA. In 2019 he joined Sustainable Lafayette to help promote Sustainable Sunday and became Vice President in early 2020. Mike is currently serving as board President for 2021. 


mikerohde@sustainablelafayette.org

Sejal Choksi-Chugh

Sejal Choksi-Chugh

Board Member, Vice President

An Atlanta native, Sejal now considers the Bay Area her home.  She moved to California in 1999 for law school and earned a J.D. with a specialization in Environmental Law from UC Berkeley.  She's now the Executive Director of San Francisco Baykeeper, a local non-profit that has held polluters around the Bay accountable for more than 30 years using science, law, and a patrol boat.  Sejal has lived in Lafayette since 2007 and before that was in Moraga for five years.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking cookies, hiking, and playing board games (especially Pictionary!) with her family.


sejal@sustainablelafayette.org

Brad Crane

Brad Crane

Board Member

Brad Crane is a 13 year Lafayette resident and long time bicycling enthusiast. He has three kids in the local schools and rides to school with them everyday. He also does all the family’s grocery shopping by bike and enjoys front row parking every time. In 2009, he became active as a local cycling advocate and was appointed to the Lafayette Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) advising the City Council on bike/ped issues (Committee Chair for two years). He helped establish the bike valet parking at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival as a permanent feature of the event and organizes the annual Earth Day Festival Self-Propelled Parade. Brad is also a member of the Sustainable Lafayette Green Schools Committee, helping our schools move towards more sustainable practices.


brad@sustainablelafayette.org

Annie Drevno

Annie Drevno

Honorary Board Member

Annie Drevno is a Lafayette native and the Sustainability Director at Saint Mary's College.   Annie was raised by two Acalanes High School teachers (Janet and Ramsay Thomas) with a strong commitment to service, public engagement and environmental stewardship. After spending 10 years in Santa Cruz, Annie, her husband (also a Lafayette native) and their two children decided to put their roots back down in their hometown.  Annie has several years of experience in diversified, organic farming and managing school garden programs.  Annie holds a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


annie@sustainablelafayette.org

John Eaton

John Eaton

Board Member, Treasurer

John is an experienced social entrepreneur. Recently retired after 11 years as GM and CFO of NextBus, he led a team that developed technology that delivers real-time bus arrival information to riders.  John and his wife Beth Ferree are key members of the team that’s created the new Lafayette Community Garden and also were part of the original Urban Farmers project.   Their own gardens include fruit trees, native plants, vegetables, and chickens.  Outside of Lafayette, John heads the Pugwash Park Commissioners, the non-profit steward for the Canadian National Historic Site called the Thinkers Lodge.  John received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Saint Mary’s College.


john@sustainablelafayette.org

Eric Law

Eric Law

Board Member, Safe Routes to Acalanes

Eric Law lives in Lafayette, CA with his wife Stacia and sons Conner and Asher. Eric enjoys the great outdoors and has had a tremendous respect for nature since attending Outward Bound in high school. Protecting our natural resources and the environment has become a passion of Eric’s. He joined Sustainable Lafayette’s board in 2019 with the organization’s sponsorship of the Safe Route to Acalanes bike/ped path project, which he founded.


eric@sustainablelafayette.org

Gailene Nelson

Gailene Nelson

Board Member

Gailene has been defining and building software applications and services as a Product Management professional for over 15 years. She follows her passion to improve healthcare, education and the environment. Gailene and her family moved from San Francisco to Lafayette and she immediately found opportunities to fuel her interests. She has been an active member of the Lafayette Elementary School Green team, the Green Ribbon Schools team and Volunteer Coordinator for the Lamorinda Rugby Club. She is a proponent of biking and pedestrian transportation, nature and the outdoors, walks her youngest to school every day, has organized neighborhood Walking Schoolbus groups and does whatever she can to get people out of their cars and onto their feet.


gailene@sustainablelafayette.org

Angela Ristow

Angela Ristow

Board Member, Secretary

A California transplant, Angela fell in love with environmental activism at Earth Day on her university campus. Inspired through a mix of experiences rooted in community outreach, health science and facilitating early childhood activities, Angela quickly developed a deep passion for environmental advocacy and community work. This resolve stuck with her beyond college, leading her to get her LCSW in Social Work. Practicing as a social worker for 12 years before moving to Lafayette to grow roots with her young family, Angela has volunteered extensively at Lafayette Elementary School leading students on educational field trips and collaborating to create the school’s first teaching garden.  She provides support to the Sustainable Lafayette Board and is happy spending her days gardening at home, crafting with her children and working with friends in the community to make Lafayette an amazing place to live, one project at a time.


angela@sustainablelafayette.org

Pam Palitz

Pam Palitz

Staff

Pam is Sustainable Lafayette's only paid staff member, providing invaluable support and insight for the board.


pam@sustainablelafayette.org

Ella Heydenfeldt

Ella Heydenfeldt

Junior Board Member

Ella is a senior at Campolindo High School and alumni of Stanley Middle School. With deep roots in Lafayette, she moved here almost six years ago to be closer to family. An avid hiker and nature-lover, she is passionate about the environment and wants to make a difference in her own community. In her free time, she plays volleyball, enjoys cooking with her family, and painting. Ella has big dreams and plans on studying Environmental Policy in college and going onto become an Environmental Lawyer.


ella@sustainablelafayette.org

Amanda Walter

Amanda Walter

Honorary Board Member

As a communications professional, Amanda Walter works with progressive architecture and planning firms nationwide to help them share their expertise and ideas for creating socially, economically and environmentally sustainable spaces, places and communities. Amanda lives and works from her home among the oak trees adjacent to one of Lafayette’s protected open spaces. She tries to do her part to conserve non-renewable resources and to pass along to her kids the enjoyment she gets from biking (and BARTing) instead of driving and her love for being outdoors.


amanda@sustainablelafayette.org