PRESS RELEASE: Pepperwood Announces Leadership Transition

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Zach Winter, Chief Operations Officer
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Margaret Boeger, Acting Executive Director
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March 4, 2024 – Santa Rosa, CA Pepperwood, a leading conservation and education organization dedicated to advancing nature-based solutions for Northern California’s climate resilience, today announced a strategic leadership transition. President and CEO,  Lisa Micheli, PhD will be handing the reins over to Margaret Boeger, currently Pepperwood’s Education Director, effective April 1. Micheli will be shifting into a research affiliate emeritus position with the organization – serving as an ambassador for the Pepperwood model via international collaborations emerging from her recent Fulbright Fellowship.

Dr. Micheli was recruited in 2009 by Pepperwood founders, Herb and Jane Dwight, to launch the Dwight Center for Conservation Science based on the 3,200-acre research reserve. She built on foundational relationships with the California Academy of Sciences and the Santa Rosa Junior College to launch a long-term Sentinel Site monitoring program to measure the impacts of climate change on our local watersheds and ecosystems. This onsite science program informs experiential science learning for all ages.

Stepping into the acting Executive Director role is Margaret Boeger, a seasoned conservationist and educator who has served as Pepperwood’s Education Director for nearly eight years, and who has been with the organization for the last fifteen years. Margaret’s deep understanding of the organization’s core mission and her commitment to environmental education and conservation make her the ideal leader to guide Pepperwood during this transition. Her leadership ensures the continuity of Pepperwood’s strategic goals and the furthering of its impactful research and community education programs. Under Boeger’s leadership, our integrated research and education programming will continue to serve as a place-based conservation hub for our North Bay region that has become a model for communities at the front lines of the climate crisis worldwide.

Supporting Margaret in this new phase of leadership is Zach Winter, the newly appointed Chief Operations Officer. Zach brings a wealth of experience in operational management and strategic planning, with a strong background in socio-technical system design. His expertise will be invaluable as Pepperwood continues to grow and expand its reach within the community and beyond.

Together the new leadership team will be building on global connections that link the conservation work done here in Sonoma County with similar work being done all around the world. Pepperwood’s Board and Staff Team extend their heartfelt gratitude for Lisa’s outstanding leadership over the past 15 years. They also warmly welcome Margaret Boeger and Zach Winter in their new roles and look forward to a seamless transition and a bright future for the organization.

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