Executive Board:

 
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Valentin Lopez, President. Tribal member and Chairperson and member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

Valentine Lopez has been the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band since 2003, and the President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust since its inception in 2015.  Valentin is a Native American Advisor to the University of California, Office of the President on issues related to repatriation. He is also a Native American Advisor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Valentin is actively involved in efforts to restore tribal indigenous knowledge and ensure our history is accurately told. 

 
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Kent Lightfoot, Vice President. Ph.D. Professor in the Department  of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley.

Kent Lightfoot has been a faculty member at UC Berkeley since 1987 and is currently a Professor of Anthropology.  He also serves as the Curator of North American Archaeology in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology and as a Faculty Associate of the Archaeological Research Facility on the Berkeley campus.  Kent has been very involved in the efforts of AMLT, leading multiple research projects aimed at better understanding the role of native peoples in stewarding the California Coast.

 
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EkOngKar Singh Khalsa. Executive Director of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust.

As the first Executive Director of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, EkOngKar brings more than 40 years experience facilitating the successful growth of small organizations. Previously, as Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association, EkOngKar secured more than $6.5 million in public and private support and engaged more than 1,200 volunteers each year while rapidly expanding organization staff and capacity. Prior to this, as Director of Project Development at Hallmark Companies, EkOngKar managed real estate projects valued at more than $65 million. Using an open space, landscape preservation development model, EkOngKar and and the development team at Hallmark transformed real estate development practice and placed more than 10,000 acres of land into permanent conservation through land trusts in the greater Boston area. 

 

Eleanor Castro. Tribal member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and Tribal Elder for the Native Stewardship Corps.

Ed Ketchum. Tribal member, Tribal Historian and Vice Chair for the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

Bianca Vasquez. Tribal member and Tribal Youth Representative for the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

Veronica Martinez. Tribal member and direct descendant of Ascension Solorsano.

Reed Holderman. Former Executive Director of Sempervirens Fund.

Jeff Pace. Director of Operations and Finance for the Christensen Fund.

Diane Talbert, Secretary. Real estate specialist, and Sempervirens Fund board member.

 

Staff and Research Associates:

M. Kat Anderson, Technical Advisor, Ph.D. Ethnoecologist.

Rob Cuthrell, Ph.D. Director of Archaeological Resource Management for the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and post-doctoral scholar in Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Rick Flores, M.A. Traditional Resource Management Specialist and Steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program, University of California, Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Sara French, M.S. Tribal Ethnobotanist for the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

Marion Martinez, Treasurer. Tribal member, former Tribal Secretary, and direct descendant of Ascension Solorsano.

Nicole Heller, Ph. D. Climate Adaptation Scientist, Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative, Pepperwood Foundation.

Jay Scherf, Program Coordinator AMLT affiliate since 2013.