By Lisa Micheli
President & CEO
January is National Mentoring Month and the month when we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., who more than 60 years ago declared “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
Thanks to the philanthropic leadership of our founders, Herb and Jane Dwight (pictured left) and our Board, Pepperwood is committed to serving our community. Twelve years ago, the Dwights gifted this land to you, to science, and to the greater good through the creation of the Pepperwood Foundation. Our growing Board of Directors is now tasked with mentoring our team and ensuring we consistently serve the public trust.
We’ve recently welcomed four new Directors to our Board: Lisa Carreño, Julie Kawahara, Mark Dwight, and Lorez Bailey. Each are outstanding community leaders in their own right (you can see their bios HERE). Every Board member brings their individual perspectives, experiences, and leadership to support and amplify our work.
We are now entering the third year of our five-year Strategic Plan. Pepperwood’s team is unified around our mission of inspiring conservation through science. To meet our strategic goals we focus on effective collaborations and leverage our 3,200-acre living laboratory and extensive data on climate, water, and biodiversity to meet the resilience-building needs of our community. Our purpose is to ensure our programming is accessible, equitable, and useful to everyone.
We couldn’t do it without your support!