Staff

Conrad Kramer

Executive Director
ckramer@mendocinolandtrust.org
(707) 962 0470 Ext: 102

Conrad Kramer joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2020. Conrad’s background includes leading land trusts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, California’s Colorado Desert, and the heartland of the United States where he has worked to conserve and protect critical wildlife habitat, prime agricultural lands, important open spaces, and rural communities. His background includes many years of leading ecological restoration efforts, demonstrating sustainable commercial scale agriculture, and expanding outdoor recreation opportunities. He holds a BS Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. Conrad’s wife, Lisa, is an environmental scientist with California State Parks specializing in reforestation. They have two sons, recent college graduates, who also call California home.

Heidi Sorenson

Chief Financial Officer
hsorenson@mendocinolandtrust.org
(707) 962 0470 Ext: 103

Heidi joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2017. A Caspar native and Mendocino High School graduate, Heidi returned to the Coast in 2003 after receiving a Political Science degree from Texas A&M University. She worked in local retail and wine industry positions prior to joining MLT. Heidi also brings local government experience as a former Fort Bragg City Councilmember and Planning Commissioner. She lives in Fort Bragg with her husband and their two young daughters.

Nicolet Houtz

Director of Stewardship
nhoutz@mendocinolandtrust.org
(707) 962 0470 Ext: 104

Nicolet joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2013 after working with the Watershed Stewards Project at California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Fort Bragg monitoring salmon populations on the Mendocino coast. Prior to moving to Fort Bragg, she worked with the Sonoma Ecology Center on riparian restoration projects and native plant propagation. As Director of Stewardship for the Mendocino Land Trust, Nicolet brings her educational background in Environmental Planning and Geography together with her field experience to manage Mendocino Land Trust’s restoration projects, build new additions to the California Coastal Trail, and steward the Land Trust’s preserves.

Ed Welter

Conservation Project Coordinator
ed@mendocinolandtrust.org
(707) 962 0470 Ext: 106

Ed joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2021. He was born and raised in Fort Bragg, and he’s very happy to be contributing to the conservation of our area. He received a degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University in 2017. He has worked as an interpretive guide in local State Parks, and he has been building and gardening for most of his life. He’s an outdoorsman and a hardcore nature nerd. He’s excited to keep finding new places to explore.

Emily Griffen

Conservation Project Manager
(707) 962 0470 Ext: 108

Emily Griffen joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2021.  She grew up in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, earned her college degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and a law degree at UC Berkeley School of Law.  Emily moved back to the Mendocino Coast with her family in 2011.  Prior to joining MLT, she spent two decades as a corporate lawyer based in San Francisco.  She is excited to help conserve the beautiful natural places where she grew up, and preserve them for generations to come.

Sean O’Rourke

Conservation Project Manager
sean@mendocinolandtrust.org
(707) 962 0470 Ext:

Sean joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2022. Passionate about the environment, Sean studied Parks and Natural Resource Management as an undergraduate and immersed himself in several National Outdoor Leadership School wilderness expeditions as well as the study of permaculture. He started his career with the Peninsula Open Space Trust in the Bay Area. Sean’s interests and experience propelled him into a career focused on land use planning, permitting, and resource recovery, including working for the City of Fort Bragg and more recently in the composting industry. Sean moved to the Mendocino coast in 2006 with his wife and three dogs. After a brief hiatus in the Bay Area, Sean and family returned to the coast in 2013. Sean is thrilled and grateful to contribute his knowledge and skills to protect both natural and working landscapes of Mendocino County and beyond. Sean enjoys hiking, hunting for mushrooms, and growing food while watching the hummingbirds and pollinators in the garden.

Sanjeep Karki

Development Manager
sanjeep@mendocinolandtrust.org

Sanjeep joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2022. Born and raised in Nepal, Sanjeep considers himself a global citizen connected to the natural landscape. His primary focus at the Land Trust is to assist the organization in reaching its fundraising goals, by engaging community members who are passionate about land conservation and collaborating with them in their philanthropic journey. Prior to joining MLT, Sanjeep started and operated a nonprofit with a mission to plant trees and provide employment to village women in his native country. He also brings to MLT over 10 years of experience from various development and project management roles in the corporate sector. Sanjeep holds a B.Sc. from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Webster University. Attracted by the beauty of the rugged Northern California coast, he recently relocated to NorCal with his wife, after living in the Greater Los Angeles Area for over 12 years. Sanjeep enjoys reading, traveling, sports and being outdoors in the wild.

Sage Andersen

Outreach and Communications Manager
sage@mendocinolandtrust.org
(707) 962 0470 Ext: 107

Sage Andersen joined the Land Trust in 2022. For 16 years, she was an elementary and middle school teacher; before that she worked in outdoor education. She lives in Mendocino with her wife (who happens to be MLT’s very own Emily Griffen) and their 13-year-old son; they moved to the coast in 2011. She owns the local plant shop, Ficus & Fern, where she does all the marketing and communications, and almost everything else, actually. Outside of work, she is a voracious reader, loves to sing and perform, and finds perfect happiness swimming in the waters off Hawaii’s Big Island. She looks forward contributing to the very important work of protecting our beautiful lands. 

Anne Young

Administrative Coordinator
anne@mendocinolandtrust.org
(707) 962 0470 Ext:

Anne Young joined the Mendocino Land Trust team in 2022. Anne moved to the Mendocino coast in 2016 and quickly fell in love with the spectacular surrounds. Living by our astonishing coastline, ancient forests, valleys, farms, and vineyards continues to inform her perspective and surprise her at every turn. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and joins the team with over 20 years’ experience as a legal, administrative, and executive assistant. Anne has a deep respect for the work of preserving and honoring the natural, un-built spaces of the region, and for the people who live and work in this magical corner of the planet.

Esme Plascencia

Community Outreach Specialist / Latino Outdoors Program Coordinator
e.plascencia@latinooutdoors.org

Esme Plascencia grew up in Fort Bragg and has been drawn toward exploring the great outdoors for as long as she can remember. She started working with the Mendocino Land Trust in 2020. In 2021, she founded the North Coast Chapter of Latino Outdoors. That year she also graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in  Recreational Parks and Tourism Administration with an emphasis on Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources Management. After doing grant-funded contract work for MLT, she is now part of our outreach team, focusing on engagement with the Latino communities on the coast and in Ukiah. She is the billingual leader of MLT’s Family Field Trip program, funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County.

Non-Human Team Members

Security and Morale Officers
woofmeow@mendocinolandtrust.org

There are a variety of non-human members of the MLT team. Feist, Bandito, Teton, Argos, and Barbara Boxer visit the office and trails from time to time. Feline staff members include Armstrong, Julius, Penny,  Gertie, Lykke, Frankie, Ozzie (Senior Supervisor), and Sammy (Acting Supervisor). They work remotely most of the time but like to make appearances during Zoom meetings from time to time.