CNPS Staff

Saving and celebrating California’s native plants

CNPS staff IDing plants at Abbotts Lagoon. Photo: Elizabeth Kubey

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There’s nothing more gratifying than working for a cause we value. Thanks to supporters like you, we’re able to do our part to make a difference for California’s native plants and habitat. Reach out. We’d love to hear from you!

Aaron Sims

Rare Plant Program Director

Abra Schlotz

Abra Schlotz

Assistant Field Botanist

Adam Hoeft

Lead Field Vegetation Ecologist

Adam Searcy

Rare Plant Botanist

Alexis LaFever-Jackson

Lead Field Vegetation Ecologist

Alyssa Huante

Education Program Specialist, College and Professional Programs

Amina Sharma

Communications Manager

Ann-Marie Benz

Horticulture Program Manager

Annie Zell

Associate Vegetation Ecologist

Barbara Lezon

Membership Manager

Brendan Wilce

Conservation Program Coordinator

Brock Wimberley

Senior Operations Director

Bryce King

Bryce King

Lead Field Botanist

Caroline Martorano

Restoration Senior Coordinator

Caty Franco

Caty Franco

Strategic Communications Specialist

Christine Pieper

Development Director

Connor Griffith

Senior Operations Coordinator

Courtney Matzke

Field Coordinator

Denali Lowder

Lead Field Botanist

Desirae Cogdell

Major Gifts Officer

Doug Stone

Associate Rare Plant Botanist

Ellen Dean

Associate Rare Plant Botanist

Evelyn Kenney

People Operations Generalist

Gavin Arblaster

Information Technology Administrator

Isobel Nairn

Wyss Conservation Fellow

Jake Hernandez

Assistant Field Botanist

Jennifer Aguilar

Education Specialist, Youth and Community Programming

Jennifer Buck-Diaz

Vegetation Ecologist Manager

Jessica Woodard

Calscape Product Manager

Jordan Collins

Field Botanist

Jose Esparza Aguirre

Community Science Coordinator

Julie Evens

Vegetation Program Director

Dr. Jun

Jun Bando

Executive Director

Kaitlyn Green

Senior Rare Plant Data Coordinator

Kate Cooper

Digital Giving Coordinator

Kendra Sikes

Vegetation Ecologist

Kristen Neslon

Kristen Nelson

Rare Plant Program Manager

Laura Breidenthal

Assistant Field Botanist

Lindsay Dula

Foundation and Grants Senior Coordinator

Liv O’Keeffe

Senior Director, Public Affairs

Lyra Martin

Assistant Field Botanist

a woman smiling and holding a cup. In the background people are walking and there is a large balloon.

Mara Huang

Associate Vegetation Ecologist Data Analyst

Maya Argaman

Horticulture Senior Program Coordinator

Michael Mulhern

People Operations Manager

Mike Heine

Mike Heine

Lead Field Botanist

Nguyen “Savannah” Vu

Assistant Vegetation Ecologist

Nick Jensen

Conservation Program Director

Nick Shaw

Lead Field Botanist

Paul Excoffier

Associate Vegetation Ecologist

Samantha Swatling-Holcomb

Lead Field Botanist

Sarah Barnes

Director of Education and Stewardship

Sean Finn

Lead Field Botanist

Sharon Estrada

Lead Field Botanist

Tanumeet Kaur

Senior Accountant

Thomas Van Eyk

Associate Vegetation Ecologist

Timothy Gaffney

Assistant Field Botanist

Tom Reyes

Vegetation Field Data Specialist

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Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) covered with red berries.