Peter Molnar– Chair
Peter manages Poseidon Vineyard and Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, and is a partner in Obsidian Wine Company and Kadar Hungary wine cooperage. He is the former Board Chair of the Lake County Winegrape Commission and current Co-President of Califrance. He also served as a sea kayaking and sailing instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School in British Columbia, Canada and Baja California, Mexico. In addition to serving on the Baykeeper Board, Peter is a volunteer skipper with Baykeeper’s boat patrol program, which works to find and stop pollution on the Bay, since 1995. He is an avid sailor, open-water swimmer, and enjoys crabbing and abalone diving. Peter brings to Baykeeper a passion for San Francisco Bay and a vision to help it become the healthiest urban estuary in North America.
Diane Livia – Vice Chair
Diane is a retired environmental planner, most recently with the San Francisco Planning Department. She has experience in environmental restoration, permitting, outreach, and program design. Her career included reviewing habitat restoration and mitigation projects at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and a position at the California Coastal Commission, where she helped deny a permit for an off-shore liquefied natural gas processing plant proposed by the world’s largest energy company. From her previous 15-year career in public broadcast media, Diane brings public communication skills to Baykeeper’s Board. Having grown up in the Bay Area, Diane has felt a strong personal connection to San Francisco Bay since childhood and believes the people of California should determine the uses of our natural resources. Diane primarily enjoys the Bay's waters before they reach the estuary—while skiing.
Benjamin Patton – Treasurer
Ben's work is devoted to developing business and market mechanisms for environmental impact. He currently advises renewable energy financing and technology companies on finance and strategy. Previously, Ben directed environmental and humanitarian partnership development at Planet Labs, an early-stage remote sensing satellite technology startup. He launched the emission reductions procurement group at 3Degrees, a San Francisco company that trades renewable energy certificates and carbon emission reductions. He later managed solar power project finance for Chevron Energy Solution and SunEdison. He often serves in a project management role as a liaison between technical roles and business development or management requirements. Ben has a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with a minor in East Asian Studies (focused on Japanese) from Stanford University. Outside of work, he stays busy surfing, kiteboarding, and making Japanese-style pottery.
Jovita Pajarillo – Secretary
Jovita is a retired Water Division manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, in San Francisco. In her 35-year EPA career, she worked in and managed a variety of Clean Water Act programs: the Santa Monica Bay Estuary Program, Los Angeles River restoration, Lake Tahoe, stormwater permitting, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), and building the nonpoint source pollution program in the states of the region (HI, NV, AZ, CA),the Pacific Basin, and on Indian tribal land. Her work with the agricultural sector focused on water quality, watershed protection and restoration, food safety, and regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations. Jovita is an alumna of UC Berkeley and the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class 28. She is a current member of the California Roundtable for Water and Food Supply, the California Envirothon, and the California Water Policy Conference.
Tim Eichenberg, J.D.
Tim is Adjunct Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School, where he teaches Ocean and Coastal Law; a member of the Bar in California and Washington DC, and the former Chief Counsel for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. He holds a BA from Earlham College and a JD from the Washington University School of Law, and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in Marine Policy from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tim co-chaired the Clean Water Network in Washington, D.C., co-founded the Casco Baykeeper Program in Maine, and served as legal counsel for the Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, the Marine Law Institute, the California Coastal Commission, and the Environmental Defense Center. He has authored more than 30 articles and reports on environmental issues, and is an editor of Ocean and Coastal Law, published by the American Bar Association in 2008.
Pete Hellwig is First Vice President, Amalgamated Bank. He bridges his passion for sustainability with finance by bringing capital markets solutions to companies and non-profit organizations focused on environmental protection and socially responsible business practices. Prior to working with New Resource Bank, a leader in the San Francisco B-Corp community, Pete held various roles with Union Bank structuring renewable energy transactions and with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Pete holds a BA from Claremont McKenna College, is a resident of Marin and spends time on the trails and on the water whenever possible. He's a firm believer that our collective futures and the health of our planet rests squarely on the efforts we exert today.
Palmer Hill is a San Francisco Bay Area native who earned a degree in biology from UCLA. He is a landscaping consultant, and recently retired from his position with Cleary Brothers Landscaping, where for 18 years he managed the landscaping for large homeowners’ associations, commercial shopping centers, business centers, and parks in Walnut Creek, Oakland, Alameda, and San Jose. Palmer loves the Bay Area and especially the water. He believes San Francisco Bay belongs to us all and wants to help Baykeeper protect and preserve it for future generations.
David Jedrzejek, J.D.
David Jedrzejek is Chief Counsel, Finance, Governance and Compliance, at Levi Strauss & Co. In this role, he provides strategic legal advice to the company’s finance, supply chain, and sustainability organizations, and is responsible for maintaining the company's high standards of corporate governance and integrity. David also serves as legal advisor to the Red Tab Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing a financial safety net for LS&Co. employees and retirees. Prior to LS&Co., David practiced law at Gap, Inc. and at two Bay Area law firms. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. David believes that all of us have a part to play in protecting our environment. He loves spending time outdoors, especially on and around the Bay, biking, hiking and kayaking.
Tyler Meade, J.D.
Tyler is the founder of The Meade Firm, a civil litigation firm with offices in the Presidio and Manhattan. He has litigated complex cases around the country since 2000. Before then, he was a prosecutor in San Francisco. Tyler's deep love for San Francisco Bay started early; he grew up sailing on the Bay's waters. He continues to sail the Bay whenever time permits, and is an open water swimmer and member of the Dolphin Club. In the last few years, he has developed a passion for ocean sailing on trips from Vancouver to San Francisco, and from Baja to Hawaii.
Photos of Diane Livia, Ben Patton, and Tyler Meade by Robb Most. Photo of Jovita Pajarillo by Jane Cleland.