Board

Mark Massara – Board President

Mr. Massara is a surfer, attorney and environmentalist. He is the former Director of the Sierra Club’s California Coastal Campaign and former counsel for Surfrider Foundation. In 1991, he won a lawsuit against two pulp mill companies near Eureka, California that were dumping 40 million gallons of toxic effluents per day into the ocean. The penalty was the second largest collected for Clean Water Act violations. He now serves as General Counsel and Vice President of Social Responsibility for O’Neill Wetsuits, LLC. He lives in San Francisco.

Mike Reilly- Board Vice President

Mike Reilly is retired from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District. He also served for more than ten years as a Commissioner on the California Coastal Commission and was its Chair for several years. He also served on the Board of the California Coastal Conservancy and many other organizations. Prior to his election to Supervisor, Mr. Reilly was the Executive Director of Western Sonoma County Community Services (WCCS), a nonprofit organization that provides human services and he worked as staff to several elected representatives. He lives in Sonoma County.

Chris Desser – Board Secretary

Chris Desser is a multi-talented woman with a deep interest in protecting the “the commons”, sometimes referred to as the public trust, which involves public resources such as air, water, the night sky, public lands, and the California coastline. Her interest in the California Coastal Trail  is closely related to her commitment to California’s longest “commons”- the California coast.   She served as a Commissioner on the California Coastal Commission and has been active on many boards and foundations including  the San Francisco Commission for the Environment. In 2003, she co-founded Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote, a project that successfully increased the participation of single women in the electoral process. She lives in San Francisco.

Jim Townsend – Board Treasurer

Jim Townsend recently retired from the position of Trails Development Manager at the East Bay Regional Park District, the nation’s largest regional park agency. In that capacity he was responsible for the development of both paved and narrow natural surface trails in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. He served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council for many years, and chaired the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board of the California Trails Conference Foundation, and was recently appointed to the Caltrans Active Transportation Program Technical Advisory Committee.  He lives in San Luis Obispo County.

Greg Cox

Greg Cox represents the First District on the San Diego Board of Supervisors and is serving as Board Chairman in 2013.  He was appointed to the California Coastal Commission by Speaker of the Assembly, John Perez, in September 2013. Supervisor Cox has a very long history of public service. Prior to his election to the San Diego Board of Supervisors in 1995, Supervisor Cox served on the Chula Vista City Council and as the city’s Mayor. He also served in the Governor’s office of Planning and Research and was an educator and public school administrator. He has served as the Board President of both the California League of Cities and the County Supervisors Association of California. Greg Cox has been a dedicated advocate for trails, parks, and outdoor recreation. He has had a critical role in the creation of the Bayshore Bikeway, a 24-mile loop of the California Coastal Trail that circles the San Diego Bay waterfront and has been recognized as one of the best bike paths in the nation. He was also instrumental in the creations of a lengthy system of trails along the Sweetwater watershed in southern San Diego County.  He lives in San Diego County.

 Gregory Fearon

Mr. Fearon is retired from the County of Marin and his work as a consultant to nonprofit agencies. He serves on several boards including Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. He lives with his wife, Pat Kuta, in Sonoma County.

Sandi Wright McCubbin

Ms. McCubbin is a governments relations consultant with Sacramento firm Lang, Hansen, O’Malley & Miller. She has served as a consultant for the city of San Clemente for almost ten years, where her responsibilities have been helping them build their segment of the California Coastal Trail. Her passion for saving the coast began when she worked in the State Senate for John Dunlap, one of the authors of the Coastal Act. She is a registered lobbyist, having been involved in governmental relations since the late ‘70s and serves on two other nonprofit boards. She lives in Sonoma County.

Una J. M. Glass – Executive Director

Ms. Glass joined Coastwalk California as Executive Director in 2008 and has nurtured its expansion to the California Coastal Trail Association. She is long term supporter of the coast and a dedicated conservation advocate. She brought thirty plus years of management experience to Coastwalk having served in executive positions in both non-profit and for profit organizations. She has been a principal in several software and high tech businesses, and served as the CFO for a public broadcasting station for seven years. Ms. Glass is also experienced in public policy and issue advocacy having worked as a consultant in that arena and as staff to an elected official. She has served on the boards of several environmental as well as business organizations.  She is currently the Vice Mayor of Sebastopol, California and also services on the Advisory Board of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. She lives in Sonoma County.