Board & Advisory Board

Board of Directors

Tom Adams is a member of the board of directors at Ten Strands.

Dr. Tom Adams

Dr. Adams received his BA in history from CSU Chico in 1983, and his PhD in modern European history from UC Davis in 1995. He worked in education policy and programs from 1992 to 2019. He also worked for the California Department of Education and served as the executive director of the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission and subsequently the Instructional Quality Commission. In 2015, Dr. Adams was appointed to be the deputy superintendent of the teaching and learning support branch. He was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 to the board of the Davis Joint Unified School District. Among his professional accomplishments, he lists the adoption of the Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum, and the development of the California History–Social Science Framework.

Susanna Cooper

Susanna Cooper uses her expertise in education policy, vision-setting, leadership development, project initiation and management, legislative strategy, philanthropy, and communications to help organizations improve public education in California. Her projects span early education and care, K-12 education, and community colleges. Susanna is the founding Executive Director of Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research, a nonprofit institute at the University of California, Davis, School of Education. She is Special Advisor to the Stuart Foundation, a San Francisco-based philanthropy focused on education and child well-being. She serves as president of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit EdSource and as a director of the James B. McClatchy Foundation and consults to select clients in the education and child welfare arenas. Previously, Susanna was senior education policy advisor to Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. Her work at the intersection of policy, politics, and pragmatism has produced major public policy changes impacting public education.

Candice Russell is a member of the board of directors at Ten Strands.

Candice Dickens-Russell

Candice Dickens-Russell is the president and CEO at Friends of the Los Angeles River. Formerly, she oversaw environmental sustainability, education, and equity for the social impact firm, DoGoodery. Candice also served as the California Regional Environmental Education Community coordinator for Los Angeles County for over a decade. She has worked with tens of thousands of teachers and thousands of schools designing equitable, standards-based environmental education curriculum and programs for state, regional, and local partners. She serves on the Friends of the LA River board of directors and USC Sea Grant advisory council. She also served on the original Blueprint for Environmental Literacy taskforce, and majored in environmental studies with an emphasis in sustainability and social justice at SFSU.

Rishi Gurjar

Rishi Gurjar is a freshman at Cornell University, where he is double majoring in Statistics and Environment & Sustainability. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, he founded Beyond Terra, a nonprofit organization aimed at restoring and protecting biodiversity, and previously founded and chaired the Sierra Club’s Southern Alameda County Conservation Committee. Rishi has worked to bring climate literacy to students across California through his efforts at the Sierra Club, ClimateScience, and the Fremont Unified School District Climate Literacy Network. Additionally, he researches the anthropogenic impact at Stanford and MIT, focusing on areas such as unsustainable capture fishery trade networks and variability in mangrove forest deforestation.

Adrian Hightower is a member of the board of directors at Ten Strands.

Dr. Adrian Hightower

Dr. Hightower is an experienced manager, educator, and consultant with expertise in education, energy, and water technologies that address the water-energy nexus. He has managed numerous technical teams in academic and industrial settings. Currently, Dr. Hightower manages the education unit of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and is responsible for water-related education outreach programs that serve five million students and teachers. These programs engage pre-K–12, college, vocational, and university students and teachers in critical thinking of water policies, infrastructure, and the shared environment. Dr. Hightower has published numerous peer-reviewed academic papers, holds several patents, and received his BS, MS, and PhD from the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kelley Le, Ten Strands Board Member

Dr. Kelley Lê

For more than a decade, Dr. Lê has been in the educational field as a high school science educator, instructional coach, and educational leader. She is currently leading the UCI Science Project to support K–12 science educators and leaders. Previously she served as a coordinator, lecturer, and program designer for the UCI CalTeach science and mathematics program. Her prior roles include being the California science instructional specialist for a program authored by the Lawrence Hall of Science, curriculum consultant for the UCLA Curtis Center, and program designer and facilitator for the UCLA Science Project. She currently develops and facilitates programs in the areas of climate change education, environmental literacy, science and equity, nanoscience, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Dr. Lê is also the author of the book, Teaching Climate Change for Grades 6–12: Empowering Science Teachers to Take on the Climate Crisis Through NGSS (Routledge, 2021).

James Mousalimas

James Mousalimas was elected as the 26th San Joaquin County superintendent of schools in November 2014, re-elected in 2018, and led the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) until his retirement in June 2021. During his seven years as county superintendent, SJCOE implemented several initiatives including the establishment and expansion of the Greater Valley Conservation Corps (GVCC), the Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ), the opening of the Discovery Challenge Academy (DCA), the STEM Department, and the acquirement of the Sky Mountain Outdoor Education Center. SJCOE also competed for and won a $21 million federal Head Start grant.

Prior to becoming SJCOE’s superintendent of schools, Mr. Mousalimas served as deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent of SJCOE from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Mousalimas served as assistant superintendent of Human Resources and director of alternative education with the Tracy Unified School District from 1998 to 2008. His education career began as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher and basketball coach in Niger, West Africa in 1985. Following his Peace Corps experience, he coached basketball at Oakland High School and taught mathematics in Richmond, CA. For the next eight years, Mr. Mousalimas and his wife, Diane, worked in American International Schools in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Mousalimas was a math and French teacher, assistant principal, and principal during his eight years in the Middle East.

Superintendent Mousalimas received his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of California at Berkeley; his master of education in administration from The College of New Jersey; and his administrative services credential from California State University.

Sheila Nahi is the chair of Ten Strands' board of directors.

Sheila Nahi

Sheila Nahi has demonstrated strength in advocacy and passion for the environment throughout her 20+ year career as a trial lawyer, environmental sustainability advocate and renewable-energy proponent. She has successfully advocated for solar energy reform before the Public Utilities Commission, and has twice attended week long annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, engaging in multiple, intensive, small group workshops brainstorming with world leaders, scientists and authorities on global climate change and action. She has also held roles as teacher, environmental youth council advisor, and committee chair in the realm of education. A mother of two and outdoor enthusiast, Sheila is committed to climate change and environmental literacy education, and equitable solutions to improve the future of life on this planet.

Will Parish

Will Parish, Ten Strands board chair, is a credentialed public high school science educator with a 38-year record of innovative accomplishments in the environmental and educational fields. He taught environmental science at Gateway High School in San Francisco, and now serves on their board. He served on the California State Board of Education’s Curriculum Commission and then founded Ten Strands as a nonprofit organization to supplement California’s efforts to achieve statewide penetration of high-quality environment-based education into schools.

Glen Price

Glen Price’s public service has included serving as chief deputy superintendent at the California Department of Education and two terms as an elected board member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD). In 2001, Glen founded the Glen Price Group (GPG), a multi-faceted consulting firm providing non-profit, foundation, and public sector organizations with strategic planning and organizational and fund development services. Much of Glen’s work focuses on the design, implementation, and funding of multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary coalitions and collaborative projects focused on community empowerment and equity. Key examples of these activities have included support for the development of the California Labor Management Initiative, the LA Postsecondary Education Funders Collaborative, and the CSU Center for the Transformation of Educator Preparation Programs (CTEPP). Glen holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in environmental studies and has had a lifelong interest in environmental justice and education.

Robert Sheffield is a member of the board of directors at Ten Strands.

Dr. Robert Sheffield

Dr. Sheffield is the California director for the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd. He leads a multi-year initiative that seeks to improve teacher and school leader access to high-quality professional learning resources that support California standards implementation. Dr. Sheffield also serves as a consultant and thought partner to emergent professional learning organizations seeking to scale work within school districts. He started his career as a high school history teacher, and also served as district curriculum specialist. In addition to his K–12 teaching experience, Dr. Sheffield teaches and supervises pre-service History–Social Science teachers at California State University, Long Beach.

Board Advisor

Greg Moore

Greg Moore currently serves as a consultant and advisor to parks, public lands, and
conservation efforts in the United States and globally. He was the founder and longtime
President & CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. During his more than three decades of leadership, the Conservancy grew to become one of the most successful, innovative, and accomplished nonprofit support organizations to any national park in the United States.

The Conservancy is recognized for its accomplishments in park design, cross sector partnerships, environmental education, large scale conservation efforts, philanthropy, community engagement, and public support. Under Moore’s leadership, the Conservancy provided more than $700 million in support to park projects and programs at the Golden Gate National Parks –and supported over 25,000 volunteers annually. During his tenure, the Conservancy received numerous awards for excellence in interpretation, education, conservation, philanthropic and park improvement efforts.

Moore has served as an advisor and consultant to national parks and public land efforts throughout the United States – including well-known locations such as Yosemite, Grand Canyon, the Appalachian Tral and more. He has worked on international assignments as an advisor/consultant to conservation and park projects in Australia, Chile, China, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.

Moore holds a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley with a minor in Landscape Architecture and completed a Mid-career Fellowship in Environmental Planning at the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of the Conservation Lands Foundation and as a board advisor to the British Columbia Parks Foundation and Ten Strands.

Advisory Board

Bill Andrews is a former high school teacher who served 19 years as a science and education consultant to the California Department of Education during which he founded both the California Regional Environmental Education Community Network in 1997 and the California Environmental Education Foundation in 2003. Bill currently serves on California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee.

Jennifer Caldwell heads a family foundation furthering global solutions in education and environmental protection. She initiated the Bay Area Green Schools Alliance, is a trustee of the Exploratorium, and serves on the board of the Environmental Working Group.

Paul Chapman is executive director of Inverness Associates, and is the author of several books and reports on environmental education. Paul is also part of the California Green Ribbon Schools program, serves on the board of Chabot Space and Science Center, was the longtime principal of Head-Royce School, and served on the California Environmental Literacy Task Force.

Jayni Chase is the founder of the Center for Environmental Education and the founding chair of the GREEN Community Schools initiative. She serves on the boards of Cool Globes, the USGBC Center for Green Schools, Friends of the Earth, the NY Harbor Foundation and is a member of Pleiades, a network of women working on sustainability.

Dr. Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Dr. Chen was founding director of the KQED Center for Education in San Francisco, a director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jack Chin is an independent strategy consultant who works with foundations and nonprofit programs to enhance their impact. Jack helped start the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Education Outside, and has served on the governance bodies of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Student Conservation Association, and Resource Media.

Dr. Hardin Coleman is a professor of counseling and applied human development at Boston University where he serve as dean of the School of Education (2008-2017). Dr. Coleman began his career in education as a high school teacher and counselor. He is the current vice chair of the Boston Public School Committee and editor of the Journal of Education.

Diana Dehm is the CEO of Sustainable Business Partnerships, and is founder, producer, and host of Sustainability News and Entertainment Radio. She supported the first UN–US Global Water Scarcity Conference held at the University of California, Irvine, and has participated in national water policy discussions on Capitol Hill.

Randi Fisher is co-founder and trustee of the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco. Randi was a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences for eight years, and is a trustee of the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy.

Mark Gold is California’s deputy secretary for Oceans and Coastal Policy and the executive director of the Ocean Protection Council. He was UCLA’s associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability and is an adjunct faculty member in the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Previously, he served as president of Heal the Bay for over 18 years.

A.J. Hudson is a former New York City public school science teacher and Fulbright scholar who explored Education for Sustainable Development in Japan. He designs environmental curriculum for grassroots organizations to educate their communities, and is pursuing a joint JD/PhD in environmental science and public policy.

Cannon Michael is the president and CEO of Bowles Farming Company. He is the sixth generation of his family to work in the family farming business. He is an advocate for California agriculture and intelligent water policy. Environmental stewardship, ethical treatment of workers, and sustainable production are core values for Cannon and the Bowles Farming Company team.

Suzanne Schutte started her career teaching in Detroit, served as associate director of College Counseling at The Urban School, and was co-founder of Gateway High School in San Francisco. Suzanne continues to serve on the board of trustees for Gateway High School, and on the advisory board for UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.

Leslie Mintz Tamminen is a consultant for Seventh Generation Advisors. Formerly, Leslie was a special advisor to Lt. Governor John Garamendi and the California Economic Development Commission, and was legislative director and staff attorney for Heal the Bay from 1997 to 2008.