MEET OUR STAFF

We are the small but dedicated team working to restore and protect the Sausal Creek Watershed through education and community engagement.

Anna Marie Schmidt

Anna Marie Schmidt

Executive Director

Anna Marie provides oversight for FOSC's projects and programs and administers the organization. She manages field staff, oversees finances, writes grants and leads other fundraising efforts. 


Prior to joining FOSC, Anna Marie worked across the country providing technical assistance and training to nonprofits and National Service Programs in evaluation and evidence informed programming. Her eclectic background includes coordinating a women’s literacy program in the barrios of Santa Cruz, Bolivia; running a pilot goat raising project; and directing a STEM program for girls under-represented in science in Santa Clara County. She holds a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and an M.A. in International Development Education from Stanford.

Ella Matsuda

Ella Matsuda

Restoration and Nursery Manager

Ella oversees the FOSC Native Plant Nursery and restoration strategy within the Sausal Creek Watershed. She coordinates volunteers and restoration efforts, and leads seed and native plant ID hikes with the community. 


After falling in love with plants while studying lemurs in Madagascar, Ella moved home to restore local ecosystems. She has environmental research and  monitoring expertise, and previously worked at the Houston Arboretum in restoration, native horticulture, and nursery management. Ella has degrees in ecology and environmental sciences from Rice University, and has been leading backpacking trips and environmental education programs for over a decade.

Amaya Griego

Amaya Griego

Education and Outreach Manager
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Amaya leads FOSC's environmental education program and community outreach. She helps local youth grow as environmental stewards through experiential field trips and classroom lessons. Amaya also engages with the watershed community to keep people informed about issues and opportunities and collaborates on community-identified goals, such as increasing the quality and access to green spaces.


Amaya is a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Spanish: Hispanic Linguistics. After developing a passion for ecology and environmental justice, she wanted to pursue post-graduate work that combines the two. She has experience with GIS, classroom teaching, and community engagement around environmental topics. She is very excited to join the FOSC team and to be enriched by the community in her own journey as an environmental steward.

Kate Berlin

Kate Berlin

Communications and Operations Manager

Kate oversees FOSC communication channels and team operations. She coordinates community events, recruits volunteers, and raises funds in support of FOSC's restoration, nursery, and environmental education programs. 


Kate got her start at FOSC as a volunteer in the native plant nursery, where communing with people and plants inspired a new perspective. She is thrilled to have found a path that combines her love for connecting with the community, designing solutions, and protecting Oakland's incredible wild spaces. She holds a B.S. in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati and is enrolled in Merritt College's NHS program studying conservation and resource management. 

Rosa Nelson

Rosa Nelson

Outreach and Stewardship Intern

Rosa comes to us during her final year at Saint Mary’s College of California where she is majoring in environmental studies. Rosa’s primary field of study is coastal wetlands focusing on blue carbon sequestration. However her work in coastal wetlands ignited a passion and interest for watershed health and native plant restoration. 


Rosa is excited to work in the lower watershed on community outreach. Rosa is also looking forward to working on water quality monitoring and data collection across the Sausal Creek Watershed. When Rosa is not in school or with us, she loves to hike Mt. Diablo and explore the greater Bay Area. Rosa also has a passion for sustainability and loves upcycling clothing.