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.

Jackie Van Der Hout I Community Education and Restoration


Jackie grew up in San Francisco and is a graduate of The Evergreen State College. Jackie 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. Jackie also works at the California Urban Streams Partnership and has previously served as a member of the Watershed Stewards Program and completed her California Conservation Corps AmeriCorps term at the San Francisco Bay Water Board.  As FOSC staff, Jackie loves learning more about local watersheds, engaging students and the community, 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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