Our Board

Annie Drevno

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.

Eric Law

Angela Ristow

Angela joined the Sustainable Lafayette Board of Directors in 2020 and has been a volunteer since 2015.  Her degree is in social work and she practiced for 12 years in that field before having children.  Starting a family highlighted theimportance of environmental awareness and eco friendly practices.  

Since moving to Lafayette in 2014, her focus has been volunteering at Lafayette Elementary School and in various ways with SL.  She served as an LES PTA Board Member as the Campus Environment Chair.  In 2016 when a class of 3rd graders was granted Sustainable Lafayette’s first Leaf Award, she coordinated with faculty to establish a parent run garden for students at Lafayette Elementary School.  Much of the last three years has been focusing on co- chairing and teaching students in the LES Leopard Garden.  For 4 years she also led the school’s student Green Team program aiming to foster student interest in environmental practices by coordinating: shoe recycling drives, campus waste audits, student tours of our community’s recycling facilities, campus clean up days and Earth Week activities.  She also contributed to the Lafayette Unified School District Wellness Committee for two years exploring ways to sustain the emotional, physical, and academic health of the students and families of our public school district.

She finds the most enjoyment in knitting our community's experience by sharing and developing sustainable initiatives with others, and can also be found experimenting in her home garden with her children and advising for the LES garden.

Mike Rohde

Sejal Choksi

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.

John Kikuchi

John is a long-time Lafayette resident and CPA with RK Taylor in Walnut Creek. 

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Brad Crane

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.


Amanda Walter

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.


Gailene Nelson

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.


John Eaton

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.


Pam Palitz

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

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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. 

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