Staff Managing Partners Governing Council
Lucy Blake,
Levi Miller,
Campaign Director
Kaley Dodson,
Deputy Campaign Director
Emily Walker,
Campaign Associate
Shelton Douthit,
Feather River Land Trust
David Edelson,
The Nature Conservancy
Steve Frisch,
Sierra Business Council
Markley Bavinger,
The Trust for Public Land
Perry Norris,
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Jim Morgan,
Veronica Arthur
Ned Barnholt
Bob Gilliom
Arthur Hall
Charles Holloway
Dan Kalafatas
Ken Kurtzig
William Landreth
Lee Lockie
Michael Mantell
Dan Martin
Becky Morgan
Paul Newhagen
Elizabeth Patterson
Jason Subotky
Lida Urbanek



Lucy Blake, President

Lucy Blake joined the Northern Sierra Partnership as President in July 2011, after chairing the Partnership’s Governing Council for almost two years. For the past thirty years, Lucy has worked at the intersection of conservation and business, as founder and President of the Sierra Business Council, facilitator of the California Desert & Renewable Energy Working Group, and CEO of the Apollo Alliance, among other roles. Lucy has been honored with a number of state and national awards including the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award from the California Council for Economic and Environmental Balance (CEEB) and the MacArthur Award, awarded to individuals for exceptional creativity and initiative. Lucy owns and operates a cattle ranch in the Sierra Valley where she has worked first-hand to build the economic and ecological productivity of the landscape. In her free time, she and her family love to hike, ski, backpack, and otherwise explore the expansive beauties of the Sierra Nevada. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and her ranch in the northern Sierra.

Levi Miller, Campaign Director

Levi Miller joined the Northern Sierra Partnership in the summer of 2018. He has been with The Nature Conservancy’s development team for seven years working with individual donors and foundations throughout California to fund the organization’s highest conservation priorities, including most recently the 25,000-acre acquisition of the Dangermond Preserve at Point Conception on the central coast of California.

Prior to working with the Conservancy, Levi was a wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service based on the Teton National Forest in Wyoming. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Georgetown University where he was also an all-American long-distance runner. He grew up on the rural coast of Maine and currently resides in a much more temperate climate in Marin County, California.

Kaley Dodson, Deputy Campaign Director

Kaley Dodson joined the Northern Sierra Partnership in early 2016, to help manage NSP’s multi-pronged fundraising strategy and support it with compelling communication and marketing material. Kaley previously worked for Sequoia Riverlands Trust where she served as a volunteer coordinator and helped with the land trust’s educational programming.

Emily Walker, Campaign Associate

Emily Walker recently joined the Northern Sierra Partnership in the summer of 2020. Previously, Emily worked at the nexus of science and conservation, teaching Rocky Mountain ecology at Teton Science Schools and researching native pollinators at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a B.A. in both Biology and Studio Art from Whitman College, where she spent four years learning about and interning on eastern Washington’s agricultural lands. Emily grew up in Seattle and is thrilled to be back on the foggy west coast. In her free time, she loves spending time in the mountains illustrating wildflowers, backpacking, and rock climbing.
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Managing Partners

Shelton Douthit, Executive Director
Feather River Land Trust (FRLT)

Shelton Douthit has been working in the land conservation field for the past twenty-nine years. Shelton has played many roles in the land trust movement. From field coordinator with the Sempervirens Fund, to Executive Director of the Riverside Land Conservancy and Project Coordinator of The Wildlands Conservancy, he has helped protect and restore over 800,000 acres of wilderness, parkland, rangeland and forest throughout California. His specialty has been land acquisition and due diligence and he has assisted nonprofit land trusts and public agencies nation-wide to complete a wide variety of land conservation transactions, from ¼ acre lots within the Carrizo Plain National Monument to the 430,000 acre Catellus acquisition (former railroad land grant lands) in California’s Mojave Desert. Shelton is honored to join the FRLT team and carry on the land saving mission Paul Hardy and a dedicated band of volunteers initiated.

David Edelson, Sierra Nevada Project Director
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

David Edelson has more than twenty years of experience promoting ecologically sound management of the Sierra Nevada’s national forests. At The Nature Conservancy, David is responsible for developing and implementing TNC’s conservation strategies within the Sierra eco-region, representing California on TNC’s North American Forest Priority team, and developing a regional market for voluntary payments for environmental credits to restore forest habitat.

Steve Frisch, President
Sierra Business Council (SBC)

As SBC President, Steve Frisch manages SBC’s program staff and programmatic development. In his years at SBC, Steve has managed a variety of programs including Placer Legacy, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy effort, and the Working Landscapes Initiative—a program that has protected 30,000 acres of working farms and ranches that are essential to the region’s economy, wildlife, and cultural legacy. Steve also manages sustainable business and building projects to encourage the adoption of socially responsible business and development practices. Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee, California and was president of the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association.

Markley Bavinger, Sierra Program Manager
The Trust for Public Land (TPL)

Markley has been working to protect priority landscapes in California for over a decade. At the Trust for Public Land, Markley focuses on the landscapes of the Sierra and the surrounding foothills. Her portfolio of work at TPL also includes the establishment of a new national monument on California’s North Coast and the first expansion of Yosemite National Park in over sixty years. Markley’s work in land conservation is complemented by a master’s degree in ecological design, years as a financial analyst for a commercial real estate firm, and a decade of work as a designer and project manager of habitat restoration and water quality improvement projects.

Perry Norris, Executive Director
Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT)

Perry Norris joined TDLT in 1996, before which he was Chief Operating Officer at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. His previous posts include Deputy Director at the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and Headmaster at Cedar Smoke School. Sierra Business Council awarded Perry its Vision 20/20 Award “for his achievement in building one of the most effective land trusts in California.”
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Governing Council

Jim Morgan, Chair

Jim Morgan is the Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of Applied Materials, Inc., a global leader in nanotechnology manufacturing solutions for semiconductor, flat panel, and alternative energy products. He is actively involved in The Nature Conservancy serving on the Global Board, Asia-Pacific Council, and Trustee for the California Chapter. Jim has served as Vice Chairman for The President’s Export Council and Co-Chairman of Japan-Western U.S. He is an advisor to the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Jim was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Clinton; named International Citizen of the Year by the World Forum of Silicon Valley; given the National Friendship Award by the People’s Republic of China; and has also been a recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award from The Tech Museum of Innovation, the Global Pioneer Award, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), and the Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He co-authored the book, Cracking the Japanese Market: Strategies for Success in the New Global Economy. Jim holds a BSME and MBA from Cornell University. He lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and enjoys spending time with his wife Becky in the Northern Sierra.
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