Our Board

Susan Stephenson

Vice President

Susan is the Executive Director at Interfaith Power & Light. Susan has over 15 years experience developing and implementing issue-advocacy and electoral campaigns for environmental and other public interest organizations. Prior, she served as vice president of the Oakland-based campaign consulting firm The Next Generation. Beginning in 1999, she organized and coordinated the California Global Warming Campaign, which implemented a proactive strategy resulting in several landmark legislative victories. Susan received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina.

Gregory Chan

Board Member

Greg has over 30 years working in Public Affairs and has most recently served as the Senior Community Affairs Officer at the East Bay Municipal Utility District, coordinating regional and local advocacy and initiatives. He has sat on the Executive Committees of the Green Chamber of Commerce, the East Bay Environmental Network and has chaired the Asian American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County. Trained as a community organizer, he is an ordained Presbyterian minister and recently acted as the Interim Executive Director of a multi-service non-profit agency on the edge of San Francisco's Chinatown. He holds a BA in Social Welfare from San Diego State University, a Masters in Divinity from Princeton and San Francisco Theological Seminaries and a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.

Kari Smith Board Member

Kari Smith

Board Member

Kari is Division Manager of Regulatory and Legislative Policy for the City of San Jose’s Community Energy Department. Kari has over 25 years of experience in advocacy and policy development in the U.S. electric sector. She served as Director of Policy for SunPower Corporation for 16 years where she advanced solar markets across the U.S. and served on the board of directors of numerous renewable trade associations. Prior to SunPower she led advocacy on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), and directed California’s first climate change policy and mitigation study for the California Energy Commission (CEC). Kari has an M.A. in Public Policy from University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mike Daley

Board Member

Mike worked as an Organizer and Organizing Manager for the Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter for almost 10 years and volunteered for several more. He feels fortunate to have worked on Alameda County Measure B in 2000 and on a number of successful local and regional environmental efforts. He also worked as Communications Manager for EAH Housing, a nonprofit builder and manager of affordable housing in California and Hawaii. Affordable housing and sustainable urban living are two of the most important ways to combat climate change. Currently retired, Mike is proud to rejoin the board of LCVEB after a hiatus of several years. He lives in West Contra Costa County and will focus on campaigns in Contra Costa County.

Alex Katz

Board Member

Alex has worked as a public servant and a journalist in the East Bay since 2001.

Valerie Kane

Board Member

Valerie is a Management Analyst for the County of Alameda Social Services Agency, where she leads efforts in responding to federal policy, the State budget, and immigrant rights. Valerie brings more than 15 years of policy expertise, ranging from a community response to a superfund site to affordable housing development, services to youth experiencing homelessness, and the protection and expansion of human services. She has provided volunteer expertise in budget advocacy, strategic management, capacity development and grassroots organizing both internationally and in the U.S. for organizations serving a wide range of community needs. Valerie has a BA in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Norman LaForce

Board Member

Norman has been a environmental advocate in the East Bay for over 40 years. He has focused on parks and open space, working to create new parks to preserve habitat and wildlife and to provide recreational opportunities for East Bay residents. He was a leader in creating the McLaughlin East Shore Park and is now working on saving Point Molate as a regional park. As a lawyer he has represented Sierra Club, Golden Gate Audubon Society, and other local environmental groups in litigation to save open space, habitat, and wildlife. He currently is one of the attorneys in the legal efforts to save Point Molate. He also knows local government, having served as mayor and councilmember in El Cerrito. He was a key leader in the tax measure to rebuild the El Cerrito pool and chaired the campaign to renew that measure in 2019 to fund necessary maintenance. He co- or vice-chaired the successful East Bay Regional Park District tax measures, AA, WW, CC, and FF that has funded the Park District’s acquisitions (AA and WW), doubling the size of the Park District and funding operations and maintenance (CC and FF). He helped draft the Park District’s vegetation management plan to make the East Bay hills more fire safe, which is funded by Measures CC and FF. He brings his legal skills, experience in local government and passion for the environment to the organization.

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