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.
Kate Berry, Associate 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 community giving 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.
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.
Allison Chan, Bay Smart Communities Campaign Manager
Allison manages Save The Bay’s Bay Smart Growth campaign, which advocates for urban development policies that protect the health and accessibility of the Bay and overall sustainability of our region. Prior to Save The Bay, Allison worked for the Ocean Foundation's Coastal Ocean Values Center developing economic indicators of ecosystem health in Santa Monica Bay, Morro Bay, and Elkhorn Slough.
Robin Erickson, Director of Finance and AdministrationRobin 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.
Meghan Macaluso, Chief Development Officer
Meghan is a political and charitable fundraiser who has worked for nearly 15 years at leading Bay Area non-profits, political campaigns, and private sector firms. Meghan is responsible for meeting Save The Bay’s ambitious fundraising goals through oversight of the Development team and all resource mobilization efforts. She has served in senior leadership positions at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Population Action International, and Planned Parenthood Northern California. In her free time, Meghan serves as a volunteer fundraising trainer for Emerge California, a statewide organization that trains Democratic women to run for elected office, and provides fundraising consulting services for political candidates. Native to landlocked Denver, Meghan relocated to the Bay Area for the quality of life and natural setting. A graduate of Boston College with a BA in History, Meghan lives in Oakland with her family.
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.
Beckie Zisser, Climate Change Campaign Manager
Beckie joined Save The Bay in June 2015 as climate change campaign manager, working to promote wetlands restoration as a means of adapting to flooding and sea level rise. Beckie joins the organization after spending more than ten years in Washington, DC, working on federal environmental and tribal policy on Capitol Hill and in the non-profit and private sectors. Most recently, she served as a lobbyist at Oceana, where she promoted responsible federal fisheries policy and international seafood traceability. Prior to her work at Oceana, Beckie worked in the United States Senate, first on environmental and tribal issues for U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and then with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. She holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Washington. A native of Seattle, Beckie resides in Oakland with her family.