David Lewis, Executive Director
As Executive Director of Save The Bay since 1998, David Lewis has been San Francisco Bay's top advocate for more than 15 years. Under his leadership, Save The Bay stopped San Francisco International Airport's plan to pave more of the Bay for runways, and has taken on industry giants Cargill Inc., and the American Chemistry Council. David testified before Congress on oil spill prevention and restoring Bay wetlands to combat the impacts of climate change. David was born and raised in the Bay Area, and previously worked for nuclear arms control in Washington, D.C., including in the U.S. Senate, and on election campaigns across the country. He holds a B.A. in Politics and American Studies from Princeton University and is still trying to catch up to his daughters on the ski slopes.
Donna Ball, Habitat Restoration Director
Donna brings over 10 years experience as a salt marsh ecologist on the West Coast to Save The Bay, where she currently guides the Habitat Restoration Team in providing on-the-ground community-based habitat restoration programs utilizing over 5,000 volunteers annually. Previously, Donna worked at H. T. Harvey & Associates as a senior restoration ecologist working on a variety of large and small-scale tidal restoration projects throughout San Francisco Bay. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, with a focus on Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems.
Betsy Cardis, Director of Major & Planned Giving
Betsy has come to Save The Bay with ten years of fundraising experience, including Earthjustice, UC Berkeley, the Haas School of Business, and UC San Francisco School of Medicine. She is focused on continuing the growth of Save The Bay's Major Gifts program by fostering strong relationships with Save The Bay’s loyal supporters. Betsy also oversees Save The Bay's Legacy Society and planned gifts. An Oakland native, Betsy studied Environmental Science and Psychology at UC Berkeley. She also holds a Master’s degree in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University, and she is an ordained Interfaith Minister through the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley.
Robin Erickson, Director of Finance and Administration
With 13 years of experience in non-profit administration, Robin has been responsible for overseeing Save The Bay’s finances, human resources, facilities, and computer systems since 2005. Prior to joining Save The Bay she served as Fiscal Manager for Emergency Shelter Program, Volunteer Manager for Environmental Volunteers, and Camp Director for the City of Oakland’s Touch The Earth Day Camp. She earned a B.A. in International Relations and Japanese from UC Davis.
Paul Kumar, Political Director
Paul joined Save The Bay in 2014 as an accomplished leader, strategist, and campaigner, with many years of experience advocating for Bay Area organized labor and other progressive causes. In 18 years of policy and government affairs leadership with the Service Employees International Union throughout California and nationwide, he led ambitious political and electoral efforts to expand health care access and improve caregivers’ wages, benefits, and working conditions. He has also been a consultant on numerous high profile Bay Area campaigns, including the defense of San Francisco environmental impact review process and the generation of unprecedented community benefit commitments around new hospital construction. Paul attended Wesleyan University.
Cyril Manning, Communications Director
Cyril Manning leads communications for Save The Bay, with a focus on growing the organization’s constituency, highlighting critical issues facing San Francisco Bay, and driving public engagement in protection and restoration efforts. He oversees public relations, online communications, public outreach campaigns, and the Save The Bay brand. He has more than 10 years of communications leadership experience, including at The Bay Institute, Aquarium of the Bay, San Jose State University, UC Berkeley, and Children’s Hospital. He can often be found running and riding the Bay Area's fabulous trails.
Tracy "TJ" Warfield, Director of Information Technology
TJ oversees all of the internal technologies and databases for Save The Bay, focusing on increasing communications capacity, streamlining data, network resilience, and security. TJ has an M.S. in Computer Information Systems and more than 10 years of experience in Information Technologies. With a previous background in Marine Biology, TJ has served as a docent for Friends of the Elephant Seal and a volunteer researcher for Bimini Biological Field Station and NOAA/Scripps. As a certified SCUBA diver since high school, TJ remains passionate about shark diving and is an avid hiker who is proud to call the Bay Area home.
Kate Berry, Interim Director of Development
Kate brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit direct response fundraising with a focus on strategy, analysis and donor stewardship. As manager of Save The Bay’s comprehensive and integrated Annual Fund fundraising program, Kate is passionate about smart communications that motivate people who love the Bay to make a difference. She is inspired by the founding story of Save The Bay and is humbled when she gets to spend time with Sylvia McLaughlin, one of Save The Bay’s co-founders. Kate is a Bay Area native who loves camping with her husband and son, enjoys throwing parties and is the most likely to start an impromptu 80’s dance party in the office.