Meet Our

We are the small but dedicated team working year round to restore, protect, educate. and connect volunteers to the Sausal Creek watershed.

Anna Marie Schmidt I Executive Director

@:                        #: (510) 501-3672 
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. 

Jay Cassianni I Restoration and Nursery Manager

@:                          #: (510) 325-9006

Jay oversees the Native Plant Nursery, plant production and care as well as site restoration within the Sausal Creek Watershed. Jay is originally from Southern California and became enamored with California native and drought tolerant plants while working at a botanic garden and installing low-water landscapes. He has recently transplanted from the Sierras, having spent many years backpacking to remote locations as a wilderness restoration biological technician with the National Park Service. Jay has a B.A. in Anthropology and Botany from Humboldt State University.

Maribel Garcia I Education and Outreach Coordinator

@:                    #(510) 853-3533

Maribel is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Friends of Sausal Creek. Her first environmental educators were her parents who taught her to care for the land and community around her in their hometown in the San Fernando Valley. She has since been drawn to doing work that uplifts her community, as an educator, organizer, and restorative justice facilitator. Before joining FOSC, Maribel was on the education team at the Presidio Trust where she led experiential lessons with youth on the archaeological, cultural, and ecological history of the Presidio. She also worked with BuildOn in the Fruitvale district, leading Fremont High School students on service projects, including a service trip in Guatemala. She is excited to join the FOSC team and bring her expertise and background to connect more of the community to their local watershed, especially those that have been historically underserved. Maribel holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz with a minor in Film and Digital Media. Her interests include traveling the world, learning new recipes, playing the guitar, and all things outdoors!

Jackie Van Der Hout I Community Education and Restoration


Jackie grew up in San Francisco and is a graduate of The Evergreen State College. She is passionate about all things water and people and loves exploring creeks and learning about plants. Jackie has a background in water quality chemistry, stream ecology and community organizing. Last year, she was a member of the Watershed Stewards Program and completed her California Conservation Corps AmeriCorps term at the San Francisco Bay Water Board conducting stream surveys and bioassessments and organizing restoration events. As FOSC staff, Jackie is looking forward to learning more about local watersheds, engaging students, and helping with restoration projects.

Nicki Alexander I Special Projects


Nicki holds bachelors degrees in Environmental Economics & Management and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Master of Development Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in environmental education in the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Paraguay and is passionate about providing students with opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning about nature. A former education and outreach coordinator with FOSC, she was recently evacuated from her Peace Corps post in Alto Paraná, Paraguay. She has rejoined the FOSC team to work on special projects remotely.

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Friends of Sausal Creek

P.O. Box 2737

Oakland, CA 94602


phone: (510) 501-3672

Tax ID: 91-2147216

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