Director, Smart Growth California
Nina Bohlen helped to found Smart Growth California in 2009 and has overseen all aspects of Smart Growth California’s work since then. Partnering closely with the Steering Committee, Nina has helped to grow the network of funders involved in Smart Growth California to more than 440 grantmakers.
Nina has worked with foundations and nonprofits for many years, specializing in environmental issues, biodiversity conservation, community development, and smart growth. Prior to launching Smart Growth California, Nina managed a consulting business that specialized in philanthropic advising, program planning, evaluation, fundraising, and meeting facilitation. Nina consulted for a wide range of foundations, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the Nevada Community Foundation, and the East Bay Community Foundation, among others.
Nina served as an associate program officer for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and was an interim program officer for the Peninsula Community Foundation. She helped launch the Energy Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable energy resources. In this role, she helped to develop a proposal that was used to raise $100 million from three national foundations (Rockefeller, MacArthur, and Pew) to fund the Energy Foundation for ten years. Nina was also the director of strategic development for Global Footprint Network, the director of the Training and Management Program for Sustainable Development for the World Wildlife Fund, and worked for the Ford Foundation and the US Agency for International Development in Mexico. Nina holds a BA in Economics with honors and an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University. She is fluent in Spanish and is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council.
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Kerry Gallagher joined Smart Growth California in 2016 as Program Consultant. With over 15 years of nonprofit experience, Kerry has served as a volunteer, fundraiser, program staff, Executive Director and Board member of various nonprofits throughout California. Her passion for community empowerment, social justice and urban development has fueled her drive and commitment to her community.
For a large part of her career, Kerry worked as an activist and community organizer, empowering residents to use their voices for sustainable change in their neighborhoods and cities. Most recently she was Executive Director of Housing Long Beach, an organization committed to developing long-term solutions to address the housing crisis and create quality housing options for all individuals and families. She has worked with many diverse communities on the myriad issues impacting their health and wellbeing, and has a personal and professional commitment to social change for those most impacted by the greatest challenges of today’s world.
Kerry holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Azusa Pacific University.
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, Smart Growth California
Marta oversees Smart Growth California’s communications strategy, website, social media presence, and funder-only newsletter. As a communications consultant, Marta has worked with many nonprofits focused on transportation, land use, social justice, and sustainability. Marta served as the communications director at TransForm, California’s leading transportation advocacy organization, as well as the interim communications director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Marta has a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in San Francisco.
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Coordinator, Los angeles Funders’ Collaborative
Ron Milam joined Smart Growth California in 2014 as the coordinator of the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative. Ron brings 16 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, having served over 150 sustainability-oriented organizations as a consultant.
Ron is skilled at developing leadership, building stronger teams, improving organizational effectiveness, and facilitating collaborative change. He brings an understanding of issues related to transportation, land use, environment, health, arts and education. He served as the founding executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Under Ron’s leadership, the organization grew from an idea into a 1,000 member organization.
Ron studied planning, public policy, and management at the University of Oregon, and has a Masters in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, where he wrote his thesis on managing collaborative change efforts in Southern California.
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