Board of Directors

ECOS encourages participation in our board from members of marginalized communities, including women, youth, those who identify as LGBTQIA, people have migrated from another country and people who live with disabilities.

Executive Committee


Ralph Propper
rpropper [at] jps [dot] net

Ralph Propper has represented Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails on the ECOS Board for several years. He retired in 2016 from the Air Resources Board’s Air Quality and Climate Science Research Section. Since then, he has been an adjunct chemistry professor for the Los Rios Community College District.

Immediate Past President

Brandon Rose
brandondrose [at] hotmail [dot] com

Brandon Rose holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC Davis. Brandon serves on the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District board and the Sacramento County Treasury Oversight Committee. In addition, he works for the California Air Resources Board, reducing air pollution emissions from the transportation sector.


Earl Withycombe
earlwithycombe [at] gmail [dot] com

Earl Withycombe is a consulting air pollution engineer, community activist and recovering elected official. Earl’s direct participation in ECOS’ work began in 1992 with advocacy and testimony on the 1993 county general plan update. He has been an indispensable leader on the ECOS board of directors ever since.


Andy Sawyer
andysawyer [at] aol [dot] com

Andy Sawyer is a past president of ECOS, a former chair of Sierra Club California, and chair of the Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter. An environmental lawyer, Andy has served as chair of the California State Bar Environmental Law Section and the Sacramento County Bar Association Environmental Law Section.

Co-Chair of Habitat 2020 Committee

Robert Burness
rmburness [at] comcast [dot] net

Rob Burness graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biological Sciences. Rob served as a land use planner for the Sacramento County Planning Department, where he focused on compact, efficient urban growth that minimizes impact on natural habitat. Rob is also involved with the Sierra Club.

Co-Chair of Habitat 2020 Committee

Sean Wirth
wirthsoscranes [at] yahoo [dot] com

After retiring from a career in real estate investing, Sean has dedicated his life to saving habitat in our region. He is currently the conservation chair for the Motherlode Chapter of the Sierra Club, co -chair of Habitat 2020, on the board and ex com of ECOS and a founding member of Save Our Sandhill Cranes.

Chair of Transportation, Air Quality and Climate Change Committee

John Deeter
jdeeter [at] gmail [dot] com

John Deeter has been a board member of ECOS since 2005, and has served as Treasurer (2007-14), and as Co-Chair of the Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change Committee since 2015. He is a passionate advocate of non-auto modes of transportation and rides his bicycle frequently. He is retired, after 30 years of astronomical research at the University of Washington.

Chair of Organizational Development Committee

Jonathan Ellison 
jellison [at] surewest [dot] net

Jon is an attorney in private practice in the Sacramento area with expertise in disabled peoples’ rights, elder law, Social Security, housing law and a passion for preserving the environment. Jon joined the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) board of directors in 2006 and became President of the Board for 2011- 2012.

Chair of Land Use Committee

Alex Kelter, MD
akmd [at] mac [dot] com

Alex Kelter, MD is retired from the California Department of Health Services (DHS) where he headed its injury and violence prevention branch. The New Partners for Smart Growth propelled him toward a relationship with ECOS upon his retirement. Since then, Alex has been on the Board of Directors of ECOS, and served as President in 2009 and 2010.

At-Large Director Representative

Ron Maertz
ronmaertz [at] surewest [dot] net

Ron Maertz spent his entire career working in environmental public service. Since his retirement, Ron has become actively involved in ECOS, serving as one of ECOS’s representatives to the Smart Growth Leadership Recognition Program Committee and as its Land Use Chair / Co-Chair for the past five years. Ron was selected as Environmentalist of the Year in 2012.

At-Large Directors

Lynne Goldsmith lausmith2again [at] gmail [dot] com
Neil Matouka neil [dot] matouka [at] gmail [dot] com
Ron Maertz ronmaertz [at] surewest [dot] net
Spencer Marshall srmarshall23 [at] yahoo [dot] com
Craig Segall csegall [at] gmail [dot] com
Beilul Naizghi bnaizghi [at] nwsac [dot] org

Member Organization Representatives

350 Sacramento
Laurie Litman
llitman [at] pacbell [dot] net


Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails


Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) Sacramento Chapter
Mark Dempsey
dempseys123 [at] gmail [dot] com


Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge


International Dark-Sky Association
Jack E. Sales
jesales [at] surewest [dot] net


Los Rios College Federation of Teachers
Amy Brinkley
amyebrinkley [at] gmail [dot] com


Mutual Housing California
Bryan Dove
Bryan [at] mutualhousing [dot] com


Physicians for Social Responsibility Sacramento Chapter


Resources for Independent Living, Inc. (RIL)
Monica Gracechild
rilofficemanager [at] ril-sacramento [dot] org


Sacramento Audubon Society
Larry Hickey
larryhickey1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association
Guy Hall
guy [dot] t [dot] hall [at] gmail [dot] com


Sacramento Green Democrats (Green Dems)
Rachelanne (Rae) Vander Werf
rvanderwerf09 [at] alumni [dot] unity [dot] edu


Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA)
Veronica Beaty
veronica [at] sachousingalliance [dot] org


Sacramento Natural Foods Coop
Michael O’Sullivan
mosullivan [at] sacfoodcoop [dot] com


Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (Sac CNPS)
Chris Lewis
cnpschris [at] gmail [dot] com


Sacramento Vegetarian Society
Glenn Destatte
sacveggie [at] gmail [dot] com


Save Our Sandhill Cranes (SOS Cranes)
Tina Suarez-Murias
csuarezm [at] arb [dot] ca [dot] gov


Save the American River Association (SARA)
Betsy Weiland
flweiland [at] yahoo [dot] com


SEIU Local 1000 Environmental Committee


Sierra Club Sacramento Group
Barbara Leary
barbaraleary [at] comcast [dot] net

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