Johanna Silver

WATER Institute Communications and Project Manager

As the Communications and Project Manager with The WATER Institute, Johanna’s job is to build enthusiasm around beaver, process-based restoration, and other WATER Institute programs…

Andros Howes

Landscape Project Manager & IT Manager

Andros Howes (He/Him) is OAEC’s Landscape Project Manager and Information Technology Manager. Before coming to OAEC, Andros was the farm manager at Foxhole Farms in Sebastopol and also worked for five years before that at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange…
Andros Howes

Brock Dolman

Co-Founder; Program Director

Brock Dolman (He/Him) co-directs the WATER Institute, Permaculture Design Program and Wildlands Program. He has taught Permaculture and consulted on regenerative project design and implementation internationally in Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China, Canada, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba and widely in the U.S. .
Brock Dolman

Dave Henson

Co-Founder; Executive Director

Dave Henson (He/Him) has been the Executive Director of OAEC since it’s founding in 1994, and is a founding member of the Sowing Circle intentional community. At OAEC, Dave’s responsibilities include strategic planning, fundraising, and overall organizational management. Programmatically, he works within sustainable agricultural, environmental and social justice movements…
Dave Henson OAEC

Doug Gosling

Garden & Nursery Program Director

Doug Gosling (He/Him) is a lifetime gardener, cook and educator and has managed the Gardens at OAEC for 30 years. He originated the Plant Sales at OAEC 18 years ago, and manages the new Greenhouses and Nursery. He is the Director of the Mother Garden Biodiversity Program, curates the plant and seed collection and directs OAEC’s seed saving efforts and Seed Exchanges…
Doug Gosling

Hannah Wilton

Development and Program Associate

Hannah Wilton (She/Her) plays a key role in OAEC’s fundraising activities as well as the development and success of its diverse programs, partnerships, and fiscally sponsored projects…

James Pelican

Facilities Manager, Theater Manager

James Pelican (He/Him) is the Facilities Manager as well as the producer of the Chautauqua Revue and other theater related events. He has been overseeing the facilities department since 2001.  Since 2009, he has managed the upgrading of OAEC’s facilities, including construction of the new Guest Housing buildings, the Meeting Hall, and the Upper Nursery…

Jenyng Wu

Special Projects

Jenyng Wu (She/Her) has spent over 10 years building companies from the ground up. Before OAEC, she worked as the Finance and Operations Director at Blu Skye, a sustainability consulting company that works with C-level clients in Fortune 500 companies. Within six years, she help lead the growth of a virtual company to a thirty-person firm in two Bay Area offices managing over $10M+ in gross revenue…
Jenyng Wu

Jim Coleman

Ecologist; Photographer

Jim Coleman (He/Him) earned a MS in Biology studying grassland restoration at Sonoma State University in 2005 and since that time has been primarily focused on that work within the OAEC ecological preserve. In addition to Jim’s endeavors at OAEC, he has worked as a field ecologist for the California Native Plant Society in their efforts to help generate a vegetation and habitat map for Sonoma County…
Jim taking photos

Kate Lundquist

WATER Institute Director

Kate Lundquist (She/Her) is a watershed advocate, artist, educator, and community collaborator. She co-directs OAEC’s WATER Institute, a program she has been working with since 2005. Kate manages our Bring Back the Beaver Campaign towards the greater inclusion of beaver in watershed restoration and the recovery of salmon…

Kendall Dunnigan

Permaculture Design Program Director

Kendall Dunnigan (She/Her) is the Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s Permaculture Program and co-teaches the Permaculture Design Certification courses with Brock Dolman. Her ecological design work focuses on facilitating collaborative design processes with priority given to working with economically and environmentally marginalized communities in the US, Latin America, and Haiti…

Maureen Murray

Kitchen Manager

Maureen Murray (She/Her) guides the creation of healthy, beautiful and seasonal meals for our guests, community and staff. She is proud to be part of this effort, and hopes our kitchen inspires the message that our food system is our most powerful tool for health, stability and cultural richness. Maureen performs affinage for award-winning cheeses at the Tomales Farmstead Creamery. 

Michelle Krieg

Garden Manager

Michelle Krieg (She/Her) is an ecologist, land steward, gardener, and educator. She has worked for over ten years in regenerative land use and education in California, Europe, and Central America, most notably serving as the Land Stewardship and Education Manager for a 500-acre wildland park in Oakland, California, where she managed a native plant nursery and designed and delivered watershed and land-based learning programs…

Miles Horobin

Landscaper and Nursery Assistant

Miles Horobin (He/Him) is the Nursery Assistant and Landscaper at OAEC. He grew up in Sonoma County, and spent much of his childhood exploring the land and getting to know the plants and animals that inhabit this region. In 2020, he came to OAEC for the Garden Internship Program and is continuing his work in the Mother Garden Biodiversity Program propagating plants and maintaining landscaping…

Olivia Rathbone

Communications Director

Olivia Rathbone (She/Her) was the lead author and project manager of the award-winning Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Cookbook (Chelsea Green Publishing 2015)…



Rad (She/Her/Ellx), a New Jersey native, has been living her dream life in her paradise of Sonoma County since 2012. She transplanted herself to the rich soils of Northern California in 2011 after graduating from New York University with a degree in Environmental Science and Pre-Medicine…

Reva Navah

Retreat and Office Manager

Reva Navah (She/Her) is a mother, earth steward, teacher, dancer, and community builder. She has worked with a number of organizations on community resiliency, women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, and environmental policy along the US / Mexico Border and in Jordan and Israel. Reva’s broad professional experience also includes nature mentoring and teaching youth…

Sunny Hill

Financial Controller

Sunny Hill (She/Her) has been specializing in non-profit financial management for fifteen years. She has worked with several Bay Area NGOs including Groundswell Fund, PLAN, CTWO, AlterNet, ILRCSF, and is currently the Treasurer with Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center…

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