Our Board

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.

brad@sustainablelafayette.org

Kim Overaa

Kim has been a Lamorinda resident for 40 years, raising her three sons in Moraga, and moving to Lafayette in 2008.   In 2005 she became a Master Gardener and has loved being part of teams that start gardens from the ground up.   By joining the Local Foods Group in 2011 she became involved in the planning and fundraising  for the Lafayette Community Garden and is now on the Advisory Board. In 2011 she was a student in a year-long program to become a certified Sustainable Building Advisor. Kim is a huge fan of DailyActs.org, Eric Corey Freed, and The Commonwealth Club. She has a passion for running and this summer hiked the French Route of Camino de Santiago.  

kim@sustainablelafayette.org

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.

amanda@sustainablelafayette.org

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.

gailene@sustainablelafayette.org

Melinda Krigel

Melinda is a Bay Area media professional who has been an active member of the Lafayette community since moving here in 2008. Her career has focused on television news and media relations management, and she currently directs media relations at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.  She has also worked as Denver bureau chief, national field producer, and media relations manager for CNN; executive producer and managing editor at KGO-TV, and assignment manager and political producer at KRON-TV.  Melinda served as co-chair of the “Wastebusters” Committee at Happy Valley Elementary School for several years, and volunteered with the Girl Scouts and SEED. She was a board member of Temple Isaiah and currently serves on the temple's Environmental Action Committee.  She is married to David Krigel and they have a 13 year-old daughter Sasha.

melinda@sustainablelafayette.org

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.

john@sustainablelafayette.org

James Leach

James is the author of "he Sustainable Way: Straight talk about global warming - what causes it, who denies it, and the common sense transition to renewable energy" - a 50-page booklet focused on the abundance of affordable energy and the consequences if we don't transition away from fossil fuels. Prior to authoring this book, James was an information systems business analyst, U.S. Air Force Veteran, and a native son and graduate from Indiana. Go Hoosiers!

james@sustainablelafayette.org

Pam Palitz

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

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