Suzanne Tan
Suzanne Tan, Interim Executive Director
[email suzanne (at) sustainablesanmateo (dot) org]

While the Board of Directors prepares for a new incoming director, Suzanne Tan will be assuming a 6-month role as Interim Executive Director of Sustainable San Mateo, effective October 18, 2017.

Suzanne brings over 20 years of experience in senior management positions in community-based nonprofit organizations, primarily in the arts, including serving as Executive Director of both Berkeley Art Center and Richmond Art Center, and previous experience as an interim director.

She is skilled in strategic planning directives, organizational development issues, nonprofit fundraising, and Board development.  Her consultancy practice focuses on strategic planning, transition management, and community engagement for small-medium sized nonprofit organizations.

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Flora Kaplan, Indicators Program Manager
[email flora (at) sustainablesanmateo (dot) org]

Flora has always been passionate about social justice and environmental issues. After earning a degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, she returned to the Bay Area to work in various fields, including social service, tech, and higher education. Several years ago, she decided to pursue her dream of a career driving sustainability and completed a Master’s degree in Sustainable Management. Through this program she gained expertise in cultural transformation, renewable energy, climate change, food systems, and waste management. At that time she also served as the Environment and Natural Resource Fellow at a national nonprofit conference where she harmonized corporate and nonprofit partners to craft panel discussions on global water security, reforestation, ecological economics, life-cycle analysis, and sustainable design. After contributing research to the Sustainable San Mateo Indicators Report for 7 years, she became the Program Manager in 2015.

Jane Richards
Jane Richards, Administrator
[email jane (at) sustainablesanmateo (dot) org]

Jane Richards joined Sustainable San Mateo County in July 2017 as their administrator. Jane has been a passionate advocate for sustainability for many years, showcased by her food and environment blog Green Eatz. She recently graduated with distinction with a Sustainability Certificate from UCLA Extension, and has been involved in environmental activism for over a decade.

Jane moved to the Bay Area in 2012, where she took on the role of Metro Ambassador for the non-profit Cleantech Open, a startup incubator for cleantech entrepreneurs. She was quickly promoted to Social Media Chair with further responsibilities in outreach, operations and planning.

Jane hails from the UK where she worked in software development, initially in analysis and programming. She showed her potential as a leader and was soon promoted to project management roles. She then started her own software consultancy, Beach Computers, specializing in financial legacy systems.  After moving to Australia in 2002, she also studied and qualified as a nutritionist, reinforcing her interest in veganism and healthy eating.

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From the 2017 Indicators Report

Annual per capita greenhouse gas emissions in California have dropped by 14% from a peak in 2001 of 14.0 metric tons per person to 12.0 metric tons per person in 2013.

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