Board of Directors

Brooke Griffin

Brooke Griffin (Board President) is the Associate Director of Human Rights Watch's Silicon Valley office, focusing on development and outreach within the Bay Area. Brooke was formerly Director of Administration and People at SFFILM, where they worked for five years managing the organization's internal operations. They support SCRAP’s Executive Director on all fundraising efforts as the Development Committee Chair, and often cite SCRAP as the reason they chose to live in the Bay Area. Brooke attended Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Visual Studies and Computer Science.

Pat Swan

Pat Swan is the Director of Client Relations for Mountain View Staging, an audio-visual production company. Swan has a long career in hospitality, including hotel management with Loews & Hyatt hotels, event planning at Visa USA, and managing a freestanding historical venue in Fort Mason. For the past three years, Swan has volunteered as the Director of Education for Green Meetings Industry Council Northern California Chapter, inspiring event industry professionals to take action and be part of the solution in saving our planet, and as the Production Chair for the annual gala of the Curry Senior Center, an organization in the Tenderloin that supports seniors with housing, medical care, food and classes. Swan was awarded the first-ever “Legend” award by the Bay Area Meeting Industry Excellence Awards, and recently the first ever “Sustainability Champion” award.

Merritt Richmond

Merritt Richmond is an elementary school teacher with 30 years of experience in the field of education. She is a professional development designer and facilitator who helps to bring engaging, hands-on learning to schools throughout the Bay Area, and she was a founding team member of the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Merritt has served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits and schools in San Francisco, including 18 Reasons Community Cooking School and Juma Ventures. Merritt earned her BA in Art History and Elementary Teaching Credential from Duke University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She discovered SCRAP as a classroom teacher working at the Creative Arts Charter School in the 1990’s, and has returned to the Depot often as the mother of three burgeoning artists.

Mindy Kershner

Mindy Kershner is a Realtor at Tower Properties and the President of Resourceful Systems, LTD, a nonprofit consulting firm. Over her lengthy and impactful career, Kershner has been a founding Board Member for the following five nonprofits: San Francisco Friends of the Urban Forest, The Aids Memorial Grove, The Neighborhood Parks Council President, the National Recycling Association Board, and the California Recycling Association. Kershner has been an integral player in founding these San Francisco nonprofits that galvanize communities to take ownership of solutions, primarily in the environmental justice space.

Karen Donavan

Karen Donovan is an Attorney at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Donovan’s work includes developing strategic and programmatic changes to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s (BCDC) enforcement program and advising on enforcement cases. Prior to joining BCDC, Donovan has had an extensive 25-year career supporting local and federal government legal matters as an attorney for: the US Department of the Interior, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Donovan served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco in the 1990s.

Many thanks to these former board member for their years of dedication and service:

Becky Barton

Michael Bongiorni

Kristina Bonnett

Joan von Briesen

Felisia Castaneda

Diego Castellani

Crystal Cheng

Paul Fresina

Sue Green

Cathy Hwang

Katherine Hyde

Rachel Li

Ryah Lindemuth

Kathy Looper

Chris Martin

Claire Pilcher

Dianne Platner

Mel Prest

Annette Poliwka

Louise Sampson

Catherine Sherman

Catherine Theilen

Shireen Udenka

Nina Youkelson

Joel Pulliati