Advisory Board

Meet our Advisory Board

Steve Leonoudakis

Advisory Board Chair

Steve is a native San Franciscan, raised in the shadow of Mt. Davidson, site of many childhood adventures, and where he gained an appreciation for open spaces in the city. He worked as director of UCSF’s Outdoors Unlimited, a cooperative outdoor adventure program that served both the campus and the community for 29 years. He has lived a block from Mt. Sutro’s Stanyan Street trailhead for 35 years, and reaped the fruits of Sutro Stewards' labor to open the mountain’s unique and rare nature to the people of San Francisco.  

Mike Grade

Advisory Board Treasurer

Mike first discovered Mount Sutro years ago, seeking running trails. Every time he went into the Reserve, he noticed a different section of the trail had been improved or maintained. He wanted to be part of the crew and community that did that trail work, making the reserve an accessible and enjoyable resource for current and future generations.

After volunteering regularly for years, Mike took the crew leader training and that’s opened up a new opportunity for him. Mike enjoys continuing to learn more about the history of the hill and the flora and fauna, and the efforts to address loss of biodiversity to invasive weeds and monoculture. He looks forward to playing a role in how the open space continues to develop.

Maryann Rainey

Advisory Board Secretary

Maryann is a California native and a former pediatric nurse practitioner, now retired. She obtained my undergraduate degree from SFSU and my masters from UCSF. She was the charge nurse on the kidney transplant unit in 1989 at UCSF when the earthquake hit. The rocking and the rolling of the building was unforgettable! Maryann is married and loves to bird watch and garden in her free time. She has lived in the Inner Sunset of San Francisco for over four decades. She is devoted to habitat restoration in order to foster biodiversity. Thanks to the education that she has received as a volunteer for the Sutro Stewards' Native Plant Nursery, she's seen the tapestry of vegetation with greater detail than before.

Becca Berry

Advisory Board Member

Pursuing her career as an Environmental Consultant, Becca moved to San Francisco 3 years ago. Becca has since decided to leave the private sector to spend her time investing in our community. Now she shares her extensive knowledge and love of nature volunteering for the Mt. Sutro Stewards and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Becca also serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of San Francisco. Here, she helps support many of the Junior League’s community partners, such as the Institute on Aging, SMART, Breakthrough SF and Safe and Sound (formerly, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center). 

Janis Gomes

Advisory Board Member

Janis has lived in San Francisco for over 35 years, with 26 years in Midtown Terrace just across the way from Mt. Sutro. Much of her career was spent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Environmental Specialist. During that time she worked with Native American tribes to protect water quality and natural habitat on reservations by providing federal funding and technical assistance. Working with the tribes made Janis aware of how much we need to protect our natural resources including native plant habitats that help to sustain wildlife and prevent non-point source pollution. Janis discovered Mt. Sutro on a walk one day in 2015 after retiring from the EPA, and began volunteering soon after. The peaceful trails and native flora are like an oasis in the middle of the city for her.  As a Sutro Stewards volunteer and crew leader – and now Advisory Board member – Janis is happy to ensure its care for future generations to enjoy.

Bob Siegel

Advisory Board Member

Following seven years of service in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and administrator, Bob returned to San Francisco and taught ESL at City College of San Francisco. Presently, Bob serves on the board of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, leads hikes, and  performs citizen-science surveys for Pt. Reyes National Seashore and Beach Watch.

Kevin Siegel

Advisory Board Member

Kevin is a Bay Area native and 30-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his wife and raised his two daughters.  He regularly hikes, bikes, and runs the streets of San Francisco, and particularly loves the urban oasis that is Mt. Sutro Reserve. Having enjoyed the reserve for many years, Kevin is happy to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the trails as a trail crew volunteer and to the leadership of the Sutro Stewards organization as a member of the Advisory Board.  In his professional life, Kevin is a public agency lawyer, representing cities and other local agencies regarding land use, environmental, tax, elections, contract, condemnation, and other areas of municipal law.  

Adrienne Sullivan Smith

Advisory Board Member

Adrienne is a native Californian, raised in San Diego. She is an education leader with humble beginnings, being teacher of kindergarteners. As one who loves reading and writing, Adrienne considers herself a logophile. One of the ways Adrienne finds peace and centering is hiking on trails with the tallest, strongest, most beautiful redwoods, where she is forced to look up.

Kevin Ku

Advisory Board Member

Kevin was born in the Desert Southwest and grew up surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountains and Red Rock Canyons but never had opportunities to go and explore those daunting yet majestic places. As an advisory board member, he hopes to help ensure Mount Sutro is actively accessible to everyone from all walks of life.

Kevin has dedicated his career working to promote clean energy and is currently in Wells Fargo's Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance group where he manages the bank's investments in wind and solar projects. In his free time, Kevin enjoys riding his bike and exploring the countless landscapes the Bay Area offers. 

Sutro Stewards protects and enhances one of the most beautiful public spaces in San Francisco. Kevin is excited to join its passionate and knowledgeable board and to bring his finance and organizational experience as well as the perspectives of a weekly visitor of the space!

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Read all about our organization here.

Our mission is to  build community, connect people with nature, and protect and enhance Mt. Sutro, one of the city’s wildest and most beautiful green spaces.

Our vision is a wild and thriving Mount Sutro that offers adventure and respite to the people of San Francisco. We envision the open space as a treasured place where well-maintained trails, expanses of restored locally native plant communities and a healthy and diverse forest support flourishing wildlife habitat and foster deep connections to nature.

Joining the Sutro Stewards Advisory Board will give you the opportunity to engage in having a positive impact in your community, take action for the environment at a local level, and learn more about nature.  We are a fun and dedicated group of individuals passionate about ensuring Mt. Sutro is a thriving green space for all to enjoy. You can read more about our current Board members above.

Joining the Board at this moment in our organization’s history would position you to make great impact at a time of both uncertainty and potential. Sutro Stewards is poised for growth, including a promising proposal to launch a Health in Nature program in partnership with UCSF; and dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus on our programs.   Board members will have input into new strategic and conservation plans that are in development.  It is a moment for creativity and determination. These are exciting times!

We've identified the following priorities as we seek new Board members:

  • Perspectives -- Individuals who reside or work in San Francisco and are interested in both conserving natural spaces and making those spaces accessible. We are also seeking a diverse array of perspectives including people of color; LGBTQ people; and people with a physical disability.

  • Knowledge --  finance, conservation, land use management, trail building, native plants, natural areas/biodiversity, environmental education

  • Skills -- Engaging underserved communities, managing volunteers, strong interpersonal skills, fundraising

  • Commitment -- Our valued Board members contribute time and expertise to ensure Mt. Sutro continues to be a welcoming and wild green space. In addition to regular board meetings, board members are encouraged to participate in our conservation and/or trail management efforts on Mt. Sutro.

We cannot wait for you to join us in taking effective action to have a positive impact on our community! Interested? Please fill out the questionnaire with the button below!

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Sutro Stewards is a project of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit public benefit corporation.