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Who We Are

Our Organization

The Golden State Land Conservancy was founded in 2000 by Bob Whitney. Bob’s vision was to create a responsive conservation organization within the community-based land trust movement. Not one to second guess a landowner’s intentions, Bob’s emphasis was on fostering solid relationships with GSLC’s clients. What mattered most to Bob was to develop trust and understanding with those who share the same commitment to real conservation outcomes. Bob saw each new opportunity with an eye towards the future, when a property would have remained free of unnecessary development and pristine in its condition.

After 23 years, Bob’s vision for a pragmatic conservation organization has grown to over 35,000 acres of protected California lands.

Relationships Define GSLC

GSLC’s goal is to partner with stakeholders in protecting their land forever. Therefore, the relationship between a land’s owner and conservation partner is key to success. GSLC prides itself in the success of its many ongoing positive relationships with landowners throughout the state.


GSLC’s mission is to ensure the future legacy of California’s diverse landscapes of vital habitats and ecosystems through the development of creative, forward-looking conservation solutions.

Board of Directors

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Bob Whitney (1941-2015)

President Emeritus

Founder & Permanent President Emeritus


Greg Carr

Chair of the Board

Land Use and Environmental Planner (ret.), planning commissioner, volunteer.


Matt Richmond

Vice Chair

Mitigation expert currently a principal with WRA, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. Project manager for over 20 years on projects ranging from coastal ecology to habitat restoration.


Casey Edmondson


Currently serving as Assistant General Counsel for Prosper Portland, the economic development agency of the City of Portland, Oregon. Former planning commissioner and Cultural Heritage Board member for the City of Santa Rosa. Practiced law in Sonoma County from 2016 to 2022.


Steven Sharpe


Land use consultant in Sonoma County for 15 years. Former analyst Sonoma County Administrator, analyst Economic Development Board, and Executive Officer for LAFCO. And Former Acting General Manager of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Currently also Trustee Bennett Valley Union School District.

Board of Directors & Staff

Jean Kapolchok

Land use consultant in Sonoma County for 40+ years. Kapolchok & Associates focuses on land use entitlements and California Environmental Quality Act assessments for clients within Sonoma County and its nine incorporated cities. A current public member of Sonoma LAFCO and executive board member of Goodwill of the Redwood Empire. Former Board Member of the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District and Fiscal Oversight Commission.


Dean Parsons

Experienced land use planner with Parsons & Associates. Parsons was formerly a Project Review Manager with the Permit Sonoma and a Senior Planner for the City of San Rafael. Parsons has dealt with all aspects of land use planning.


Dennis Rosatti

Public Affairs and Campaign Consultant, former Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action. Media relations, organizational development, and community outreach expert.

Emeritus Advisors

Dino Bonos

Principal of Bonos Land Planning, a Sonoma County consulting firm specializing in land use and real estate services. Bonos has 40 years experience in planning, open space preservation, and parks administration. Former GSLC Chair and Board member for 5 years.

Whit Manley

Senior Counsel in the law firm of Remy Moose Manley, LLP, specializing in conservation and environmental law; co-author with law partners of Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act. Former Treasurer and original member of GSLC Board for 20 years.

Michael Zander

Principal Environmental Scientist, Zander Associates, specializes in natural resource analysis and biological evaluation; and liaison between clients and regulatory agencies to resolve conflicts between land use and environmental objectives.

Rose Zoia

Attorney practicing land use law, real estate and business transactions, and civil appeals and writs in California courts.



Marc Deprey

Executive Director

Conservation expert, author, and jazz musician.

Rob Moore

Stewardship Director

M.A., Environmental Policy, world traveler, outdoorsman.

Angelique Sweetman

Office Administrator

Innovator, writer, and explorer of the natural world.

Mark L. Ranft

General Counsel

Attorney and counselor at law, ranch owner, and former forester.

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