About Us

We are 350 Bay Area Action.

We are you — San Francisco Bay Area residents building a grassroots climate movement in the Bay Area and beyond to eliminate carbon pollution and achieve a clean energy future with racial, economic, and environmental justice.

Our vision is that all who live in the Bay Area share clean air, water and soil in a safe, healthy, and thriving post-carbon future, benefiting all life.

Rooted in our Platform

End toxic air pollution, prioritizing the heavily impacted front-line communities

Ensure resilient, safe, affordable clean energy -- and clean energy jobs

Create a fast transition to healthy, clean-energy buildings

Speed the shift to carbon-free, affordable, safe and accessible mobility for everyone

Accelerate the fossil fuel end game and achieve a just transition

Framework for Action

We are here for justice. The climate crisis magnifies systemic injustices: racial, economic and environmental. We mobilize people as climate activists, building the civic engagement & advocacy that are essential to solve the climate crisis We organize, demonstrate, lobby and educate, pushing policymakers to meet the urgency of the climate emergency.

Our organization is built around 2 committees:

Legislative Committee

We work on state climate, clean energy, and climate justice legislation through public education and advocacy at the district level and in Sacramento. We study, track, and recommend positions, organize direct outreach to legislators, testify at committee hearings, and work with other environmental, social justice, and progressive groups to promote strong legislation to address the climate crisis.

Electoral Committee

We endorse and work for candidates who are true climate champions at all levels – local governments in the Bay Area, California state government, and the federal government. Between elections, we hold our elected officials accountable, monitoring their actions (or lack of action) on climate. We shine the spotlight on those who are leading and those who aspire to lead.

The impact of our work is multiplied by the fact that the Bay Area and California are seen as leaders on climate, enacting laws and setting standards that others use as models for their own laws, regulations, and actions.

Governing Board

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Board Member

Laura Neish (she/her)

Laura is the Executive Director of 350 Bay Area and 350 Bay Area Action. After a long career providing strategy and marketing consulting to large corporations and startups, Laura left the corporate world to pursue her passion: addressing injustice. Because the changing climate amplifies injustice everywhere, it was a natural fit to work with the 350 Bay Area family to work on getting real climate solutions passed. Laura has long volunteered with community organizations, and in her spare time, she spends time outdoors, frequently with her adult daughter.

Board Member

Jack Lucero Fleck (he/him)

Jack also serves on the 350 Bay Area board. He is a retired transportation engineer and planner with three decades of experience. He has been active in Oakland’s John George Democratic Club since 1991.  Jack has also been a bookkeeper, child care worker, community organizer, and truck assembler. He is on the 350BAA electoral accountability and bill policy teams.  He also serves as treasurer. 

Board Member

Marti Roach (she/her)

Marti took a deep dive into climate action in 2012. She is a trained Climate Reality Leader and cut her climate activism teeth in Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Marti founded the Contra Costa Climate Action Network and co-founded the Contra Costa Interfaith Climate Action Network and 350 Contra Costa. Her organizing focuses is on developing and executing advocacy for local government climate solutions and promoting the election of local climate leaders. Her professional background is in fund raising. community organizing and design and facilitation of group and organizational change processes.   Marti lives in Moraga with her husband Dennis and, as

Board Member

MaryRuth Gross (she/her)

MaryRuth Gross, who recently became Legislative Co-Chair for 350 BAA, is a retired union representative, organizer and activist.  She moved to Richmond from San Francisco in 2012, just in time to see the millions of dollars that Chevron poured into trying (unsuccessfully!) to defeat the progressive slate that was running for City Council! She started her climate activism when she retired from union work, and the fight to end climate change got personal when her niece’s small family was evacuated during the Tubbs Fire Sonoma County in 2017.  She also volunteers with Sustaining All Life/United to End Racism, an international

Board Member

Judy Pope (she/her)

Judy is a grandmother, an avid walker and hiker, proud resident of Oakland and passionate advocate for protecting her beautiful region and state . Judy’s professional life was as consultant to nonprofit service and advocacy organizations, helping them with organizational development, partnership building, fundraising and general problem solving. Eight years ago, feeling growing urgency about the climate crisis she began to volunteer for 350 Bay Area and soon joined the leadership group. She was one of the co-founders and coordinators of the Legislative Committee, and helped create 350 Bay Area Action. She now serves as co-facilitator of the Electoral Accountability

Board Member

Tom Benthin (he/him)

Tom is a graphic facilitator, working with companies and organizations to help them develop their visions for the future and the strategies to get them there. He also creates hand-drawn films to enable them to share key organizational stories. He has served on the leadership team of Indivisible Sonoma County since 2017. His roots in combating the madness that has become our climate crisis reach back to his apprenticeship in French Intensive/Biodynamic horticulture with Alan Chadwick in the 1970s.

Board Member

Lisa Jackson (she/her)

Feeling the need to become personally active, Lisa joined several local climate groups in 2017. Meeting like-minded people and seeing how local action can make a difference, Lisa co-founded 350 Contra Costa in 2018. Using her skills from a career in sales, marketing and partnership management, Lisa led communications for 350 Contra Costa. She is part of 350BAA’s Electoral Accountability team, and she co-leads  the Electoral team in the newly formed 350 Contra Costa Action, working to get more climate focused leaders elected locally.  Lisa enjoys gardening, walking and lives in Walnut Creek with her husband and two teenage children. 

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