Roger Williams Chairman, is an executive with one of the world's largest internet companies. Roger's appreciation for the beauty and uniqueness of Hetch Hetchy Valley grew out of many hiking and fishing trips in Yosemite National Park. As a backpack leader with the Sierra Club, he regularly takes others into the mountains to share in his enjoyment of these amazing natural resources. He lives in San Francisco and so has drunk a lot of water from the Tuolumne River that did not need to be stored in a national park.
Mark Cederborg Vice Chairman, is a Restoration Specialist, Manager and Principal at Hanford ARC, a general engineering construction firm specializing in heavy civil construction and habitat restoration in sensitive resource areas. In partnership with The National Park Service and other Federal, State and local agencies, Mr. Cederborg implements innovative construction techniques to protect and restore delicate ecosystems. Mr. Cederborg has constructed over 60 habitat restoration projects totaling $35 million over the past 14 years. In 2009, Mr. Cederborg was recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as part of the Partners in Conservation Award, given to the Giacomini Wetland Restoration at Point Reyes National Seashore, for his work on one of California's largest outer coastal wetland restoration projects. Mr. Cederborg's commitment to restoring Hetch Hetchy first began in 1993 when he visited the valley, and realized another hidden Yosemite lay flooded. In 1999 he became a founding board member of Restore Hetch Hetchy.
Peter Van Kuran Treasurer, has 30 years business management experience in the global high-tech industry, and is inspired to work on Hetch Hetchy based on a lifelong love of hiking and climbing in Yosemite.
Mark Palley Secretary, is a civil litigation attorney and a founding partner of an Oakland law firm called Marion's Inn.
Kathy Bowler is the former head of the California Democratic Party.
Kathy Schrenk is a writer and community activist in Menlo Park. She enjoys road biking, hiking and photography and tries to get her husband and sons, ages 5 and 3, to Yosemite as much as possible.
Douglas Harnsberger is an architect specializing in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. His firm, Legacy Architecture, provides rehabilitation design services for landmark buildings and their settings in the Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and Virginia markets. He is an alumni of the UC Berkeley School of Environmental Design, an avid Sierra backpacker, and is committed to advancing RHH's goal of seeing the Hetch Hetchy Valley return to it's pre-dam state of wilderness. He and his family reside in the Philadelphia bourough of Swarthmore, PA.
Lance Olson is a Sacramento attorney who specializes in election and political law. He is an avid back packer and road bike enthusiast. He and his wife Suzette enjoy visiting Yosemite National Park many times each year and are devoted to the cause of restoring Hetch Hetchy. He joined the board in May, 2007.
Bill Resneck is a lawyer representing seriously injured people in private practice in Orinda. After graduating from Oberlin College with honors in economics, he earned a law degree from Indiana University Law School in 1970, finishing first in his class. As an avid whitewater rafter, Bill developed a profound love of rivers and wilderness. His keen interest in Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite valleys grew out of his frequent rafting trips on the Tuolumne River and hikes on the trails surrounding O’Shaughnessy Dam. When he came to understand that the dam in Hetch Hetchy Valley was not essential to the San Francisco water system, he joined in the fight to restore this beautiful valley.
Kate Looby works for the Sierra Club in San Francisco. As the former State Director of Planned Parenthood in South Dakota, tackling challenges against great odds is nothing new to her and is one of the things that excites her about working to restore Hetch Hetchy. In addition to enjoying camping and hiking throughout the Bay Area and Yosemite she is the mom of four children.
Ron Sundergill has served as the Pacific Region Director of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) since 2005. Prior to NPCA, he served as the CEO of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy in Santa Rosa California, a non-profit organization that educates leaders working to create sustainable public policy. He also represented the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of issues, including renewable energy, federal energy budget priorities, and tax policy. Prior to joining UCS, Ron served as the Director of Legislation in the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Ron served as president of the Frederick County, Maryland, Board of County Commissioners from 1990 to 1994. This was an elected position representing 150,000 residents. He was also responsible for the management of the county during the time period, serving as the county chief executive and board chair. Prior to his work as an elected official at the county level, Ron worked for the U.S. Catholic Conference’s Campaign for Human Development (CHD) where he directed a program targeted to support cooperative business ventures and cooperative housing in low-income communities in the United States. While employed at CHD, he co-founded the National Network of Grantmakers. Ron holds a B.A. in political science from Hood College in Maryland.As the Pacific Region Director of NPCA, his work includes advocating for protection of, and greater funding for, national parks in the states of California, Hawaii and Nevada. NPCA has over 110,000 members and supporters in the three states that make up the region.
Rex Hime is a political consultant from Sacramento and serves as the President and CEO of California Business Properties Association. He previously served on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. He is a UCD graduate in political science and received his law degree from UCD School of Law. He served as a Regent of the University of California and currently sits as a member of the Cal-Expo Board of Directors. Rex joined the RHH Board in January of 2013
Virginia S. Johannessen resides in Southern California and is active in the entertainment industry.
Ann Hayden is the California Habitat Markets Director for Working Lands. She will be leading the overall development and implementation of the pilot project, including building support for the exchange among agencies, landowners and other stakeholders. Ann joined the Environmental Defense Fund in 2002 to help lead EDF's efforts to improve urban and agricultural water supply reliability and restore the San Francisco Bay Delta estuary. She currently leads EDF's work to advance habitat markets to restore critical habitat to benefit the environment and agriculture in California, where she is building broad coalitions of state and federal agencies, non-profit partners, landowners, and the private sector to support the development and implementation of environmental markets that help increase California's healthy freshwater and terrestrial systems and improve delivery of the environmental services these habitats provide. Previously, Ann sat on the steering committee for the Bay- Delta Conservation Plan which seeks to improve urban and agricultural water supply reliability and restore the San Francisco Bay- Delta estuary. Ann has earned an M.A. in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz.
Ariana Katovich is currently the Director of Restoration Initiatives at Earth Island Institute. She oversees the expenditure of Earth Island settlement funds in the Community Wetland Restoration Grant program which gives over $200,000 annually to wetland restoration projects in Southern California. Prior to the Earth Island Institute she was a campaign organizer for the Sierra Club's Gaviota Coast Campaign in Santa Barbara county focusing on multi-stakeholder consensus on local protection options. She co-founded the Coastal Fund at her alma mater, the University of California Santa Barbara, which has allocated over 3 million dollars to coastal research, restoration, and service projects. Ariana lives in Oakland with her husband and son.