Program Fellow, Environment
Marla Wilson is the 2012-2014 environment program fellow. Marla comes to the Foundation after six years with Greenbelt Alliance, working on outreach, communications, and advocacy to promote sustainable, equitable urban development around the San Francisco Bay Area. She managed two all-volunteer programs that advocated for specific development projects and educated residents and elected officials about the benefits of livable communities. She also spearheaded a Great Communities Collaborative campaign in Oakland around the Broadway-Valdez Specific Plan, working with local residents, decision-makers, and community organizations to create and pursue a forward-thinking policy platform for the area’s revitalization. Prior to Greenbelt Alliance, Marla worked for Alliance for Justice in Washington, D.C. and served as a contractor for the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education. She serves on the Board of Directors for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Transbay Terminal. Marla has a BA in Sociology from James Madison University, with minors in Political Communication and Women’s Studies, and a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in Sustainable Development.