Staff

David Robert White PhD

Executive Director

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David White has a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked with numerous environmental groups in Ventura County over the past thirty years including the Keep the Sespe Wild Committee, Food for Thought Ojai and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. In addition to being the cofounder and Executive Director of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture David is also the Director of the Ventura Land Trust’s "Once upon a Watershed" education program, active at eleven schools in the Ventura River Watershed. One of his favorite things to do is to plant trees with kids.

Compost Director

Camila Guzman

Camila Guzman is a local Environmental Educator with Ventura Land Trust. She received her B.S. Environmental Science & Resource Management from California State University Channel Islands. Her studies inspired her to start Queen of Compost, Ventura’s first community compost in 2019. She loves to work outdoors, connect with nature and community. She is a certified yoga instructor since 2012, and uses nature-inspired movements to bring balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit. 

Jihae Simmons

Project Manager

Jihae holds a B.A. in Fine Art (with an emphasis on Environmental Art and Sculpture) from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Since childhood, she has posessed a deep love and appreciation for the natural world and the preservation of it. She is currently being certified in Permaculture Design through the Permaculture Academy of Los Angeles and helping to bring the Academy's program to Ventura. She believes that nature has great potential in helping to heal us mentally, as well as physically, and hopes to bring the practice of horticultural/garden therapy to the local community in the near future. 

Sarah (Trudy) Trudeau

Program Developer

Sarah earned her B.S. in Biology while building a career in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. During this time, she found the love and gift of education and environmental stewardship through her focus on public outreach at nearby schools. Seeing a similar excitement of our youth as they learned about the species they shared their environment with, beckoned that focus to grow. She decided to turn her efforts fully towards nourishing the connection between our youth and the preservation of our ecosystems. She presently works for several environmental programs including Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Once Upon A Watershed and Ventura Wild. In her free time, Sarah is rock climbing, birding, mountain biking, hiking and continuing to play!

Board

Steve Sprinkel

President

An adherent to the organic farming movement since the 1960s, Steve farms on 12 CCOF certified acres in Ojai.  He devotes time and energy towards training farmers and educating consumers. Rancho Del Pueblo farm is an open resource and the CSA program includes a large number of volunteer harvesters, long-term and one-time participants. In addition to being the president of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture Steve is the former president of the Cornucopia Institute and is a current board member of the Ecological Farming Association. Steve has a degree in Literature from The University of California at Santa Barbara. Steve has been active in organic certification and public interest policy in Carpinteria at CCOF, as a Santa Barbara farmers market officer (P, VP) and board member, at the Texas Department of Agriculture, as a founder of the Organic Farmers Marketing Association (VP, T), as an associate editor at ACRES, USA (1998-2007), organic administrator and inspector for many private organizations in the US Midwest, and as an FDA delegate to the UN/FAO Codex Alimentarius.

Grace Bueti Malloy

Treasurer

Grace Bueti Malloy is a midwife's assistant, home dairy farmer, homemaker and co-owner of a new educational farm in the Meiner's Oaks area of Ojai. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UCSB and has been working in and around agriculture in Ojai, Santa Barbara and Lompoc for the past 8 years. She and her husband Dan recently returned to Ojai to settle down on their urban homestead and build their dream farm to share with the learning community.

Chris Cohen

Secretary

Chris Cohen is an attorney with the Sustainable Law Group, P.C., the first California law firm to become a Certified B Corp and 1% For the Planet business member.  Originally from Carpinteria, Chris now lives and practices law in Ojai, where he provides counsel to small businesses, nonprofits, farmers and filmmakers committed to positive social and environmental change.  Chris is a Legal Fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, enabling him to participate in a network of like-minded attorneys building resilient local economies.  Chris is also an expert in estate planning for cabins located in National Forests.

Chris graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, and with High Honors from Ventura College of Law. Prior to practicing law, Chris was a government relations professional at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for nearly 10 years.  Chris also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, the Legal Advisory Committee for the Ojai Valley Defense Fund, and the Ojai Valley Municipal Advisory Committee for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.  Chris and his wife Nellie enjoy eating local food, surfing on questionable homemade equipment, and spending time outside together.