Marty Coleman-Hunt, Interim Executive Director
Marty Coleman-Hunt is a leader in land and water conservation in Northern California and nationally, with experience that spans executive management, strategic planning, advocacy and community relations. After graduate school, Marty had the extraordinary opportunity to work for Dianne Feinstein for two years on a campaign about exposure to toxics, which led to a 20-year career in Silicon Valley.
During a short sabbatical she became enchanted by the Sierra Nevada landscape, and mid-career she emigrated from the Bay Area to Nevada City. Marty became the local land trust’s executive director, a position she held for nearly a dozen years before becoming an organizational consultant. In her time there she significantly grew the organization’s conservation footprint, resources and assets. The position allowed her to engage on broader environmental initiatives locally and regionally. She developed relationships with elected and agency leaders, NGO executives, and philanthropic donors. She has spoken in public venues and written for publications on conservation topics – in particular on how communities can protect their important and beloved natural resources, agriculture, habitat and water. She holds influential roles on conservation alliances and councils – all while remaining passionate about the Sierra Nevada watershed in which she lives.
Chris Benfield, Maintenance Supervisor
Chris Benfield grew up in the north of England. His interest in art led him to move to New York in the 90s after completing a B.A. in Fine Art (Painting) at Wimbledon Art School. After moving to San Francisco during the Dot Com Boom he became involved in activism via Art & Revolution’s street theater and prop making for demonstrations. Burning Man was a main focus for him for many years with its large art building through collectivism and wild, edgy possibilities, until a spiritual hunger that couldn’t be satisfied in the desert, demanded a grounding in earth-based traditions which he has been devoted to for the last 10 years.