Board of Directors & Advisory Board
Judy Pirkowitsch, President
Judy, CRPC®, CDFA™ came to Santa Barbara over 36 years ago to complete her Math degree at UCSB. She utilizes her analytical skills as an Investment Advisor and Business Financial Advisor, with 23 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial. Judy enjoys being actively involved in the community, and is an avid bicyclist.
Dave Davis, Vice- President
Leading Environmental Activist
Dave has been deeply involved in environmental matters for over 45 years dating back to his student days at UCSB during the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Dave has served as Board President and CEO of the Community Environmental Council, managed community development and city planning for the City of Santa Barbara and taught environmental studies at UCLA and Moorpark College. Dave currently serves on many civic and non-profit boards which focus on transit, air quality, water and climate change. Dave received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Diane Wondolowski, Treasurer
COO and CFO, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Diane Wondolowski is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. After beginning her career as a CPA, Mrs. Wondolowski went on to serve as Director of Finance with the Museum of Natural History before moving to become CFO for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and then returning to the Museum of Natural History. She co-founded the Not-for-Profit Networking breakfast, facilitated the Santa Barbara Nonprofit Financial Manager’s roundtable, and presents on nonprofit financial topics in addition to actively serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.
Katy Allen, Secretary
Katy moved to Santa Barbara from rural New York in 1975 with her family and although she has lived and worked elsewhere since the 80s, she returned to SB in 2011. Katy has worked for several environmental nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay area, worked as a ski instructor, a counselor for adults in crisis, and a landscape gardener. In 2003, she and her husband Gary moved to Mendocino County and homesteaded on a remote piece of land and built a small solar powered home off grid. Now back in SB, she works as a keeper aide at the Zoo, spending most of her time with the Big Cats. International Wildlife Conservation is her passion. She has traveled widely from the Peruvian Amazon to India and brings a unique perspective to EDC.
Founder/Board Chair, Allen Construction
Dennis Allen is Chairman of the Board of Allen Construction, a general contracting firm, specializing in environmentally-friendly, custom residential building. Dennis is active in community organizations: the Green Building Alliance, the Architectural 2030 Challenge, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Santa Barbara Contractors Association. Currently as President of the Bren Graduate School Dean’s Council at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he is heavily involved in efforts to infuse sustainability into campus curriculum and buildings. For the past 12 years, he has served as a consultant on the County’s Innovative Building Review Committee, a committee that encourages energy efficiency and sustainable practices in building projects.
Angela Antenore has over 20 years’ experience working with non-profits serving as either a Board member or consultant. Her consulting firm, Antenore & Associates, focuses on organizational effectiveness, facilitation, leadership and staff development, and training, and works with businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. She travels world-wide for her work, as well as for pleasure. Social justice and environmental stewardship are priority areas for her work and volunteer efforts.
CEO, Next Energy Technologies, Inc.
Daniel is co-founder and CEO of Next Energy Technologies, Inc., a developer of printable, transparent solar coatings. Daniel has spent his career at the intersection of energy and the environment including as Managing Director of Innovo Energy Solutions Group and as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now. Daniel has also worked on energy efficiency and conservation in the commercial real estate sector, for a Los Angeles charitable foundation, and with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. He holds a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies and Economics and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University. Daniel serves on the Boards of the EDC, Seventh Generation Advisors, and the UCLA Law Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Richard, appointed to the Board in September, 2012, has been a community activist for all of his 30+ years in Ventura. Richard co-founded and authored the SOAR initiatives which protect agriculture and open-space, putting him at the forefront of environmental protection issues throughout the county. As the former Mayor of Ventura, and the owner/director of his own multi-attorney law firm, he brings a unique skill set to the Board. Richard enjoys being with his wife, Nancy, a Planning Commissioner for the City of Ventura, traveling and being “empty nesters,” having raised their twins Hannah and Dillon, each currently attending different UC campuses.
Director of Sustainability, Sonos
Mark is Deckers Brands’ Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. Mark is responsible for developing Deckers sustainability strategy and driving key initiatives in the areas of environmental sustainability, community affairs and fair and safe factories. Mark also sits on the board of directors for Conservation Alliance (a coalition of outdoor businesses that fund conservation projects). In his spare time, Mark enjoys paddlesurfing, volleyball, yoga and woodworking.
Gary J. Hill, Esq.
Gary has practiced as a litigation attorney in Santa Barbara for over 35 years concentrating in resolving business and personal disputes in a wide variety of areas including corporate, financial, and real estate. He has served on a number of nonprofit Boards and as counsel to several public Boards and is currently actively involved in teaching Buddhist mindfulness meditation.
James W. Hammock, MAI
Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant
Jim brings a wealth of experience in real estate valuation in the local region following a 40-year career in Santa Barbara as senior partner in the firm of Hammock, Arnold, Smith and Company. His long-time association with conservation groups such as The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and The Trust for Public Land provides a valuable resource. Jim retired from the Board of the Santa Barbara Humane Society recently, after 29 years of service and several terms as Board President. Jim, and his wife Lisa, are long-time docent volunteers at the Land Trust’s Arroyo Hondo Preserve on the Gaviota Coast.
Educator, Environmental Film Maker
Gail, JD, University of California, Davis (1975), worked as a lawyer in the branches of the federal government, helped draft the California Coastal Act, taught coastal and ocean law and policy, served on the Vermont Water Resources Board, and is currently an independent documentary film maker. She has co-authored or edited three books on the Arctic and has served on EDC’s Board since 2004.
Jim is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at the Environment School at UCSB and the UCLA Law School. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he has written more than eight books and eighty articles. He frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on environmental policy on every continent except Antarctica. Active in policy debates, he serves on EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council and on the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee. He has been a visiting law professor at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale as well as at five foreign universities.
Upon arriving in Carpinteria for high school, Sally was overtaken with the natural beauty of California’s south central coast, and she knew this was a place she wanted to call home. She relocated permanently to Santa Barbara in 2007. As a trustee for the Roger S. Firestone Foundation, Sally is dedicated to environmental conservation, education and dog rescue organizations on the South Coast. She holds a B.A. in English and Italian from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has a professional background in writing, communications and marketing, and event production. Sally enjoys brunch, traveling, gardening, sailing and horseback riding.
Intellectual Property Counsel, Patagonia
Rob is Intellectual Property Counsel / Director of Brand Protection at Patagonia where he is responsible for Patagonia’s intellectual property portfolio, litigation, and legal support for marketing and advocacy. He is a member of Patagonia’s Grants Council and advises the company on its environmental advocacy programs. Prior to joining Patagonia he was a litigation partner in a San Francisco law firm. He and his family moved to Santa Barbara in 2014.
Filmmaker and Activist
Renner is currently the Co-Director of the non-profit, Cambridge Documentary Films. For 35 years he has made documentaries about social justice and labor history, and received an Oscar for Defending Our Lives, a film about domestic violence. He and his partner, Margaret Lazarus, created the film and music for the worldwide Women’s Rights, Human Rights presentation at the UN General Assembly. Renner is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked with homeless veterans at the VA and with the Army’s Wounded Warrior Program. He currently a volunteers with the Channel Islands Marine Wildlife Institute (CIMWI), assisting in the rescue of marine mammals on the Central Coast.
Michael Behrman, M.D.
Pauline Abbe, In Memorium
Harriet Miller, In Memorium
Selma Rubin, In Memorium
Herman Warsh, In Memorium