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Combining experience in toxic cleanup, environmental restoration, and economic development
Saul Bloom, Executive Director (Ext. 306), is Arc Ecology's founder and has been its Executive Director since 1983. Before founding Arc, Mr. Bloom worked for Greenpeace, serving on its Pacific Southwest Regional Board of Directors, as Alternative U.S. representative to Greenpeace's International Board of Trustees and for six years in various campaign coordinator capacities including U.S. National Nuclear Issues Coordinator and Southwest Regional Campaign Coordinator. Since leaving Greenpeace and founding Arc Ecology, Mr. Bloom has served on a number of official and quasi-official entities, including the California State Base Closures Environmental Advisory Committee, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board. Mr. Bloom edited Arc Ecology's compendium on the 1991 Persian Gulf War "Hidden Casualties - the Environmental, Economic and Political Impacts of the Persian Gulf War" and has authored various white papers including several on California's base closures. Opinion pieces and articles by Mr. Bloom have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2000, Mr. Bloom authored San Francisco's successful voter resolution on the toxic waste cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard. In 2002, he chaired a blue ribbon panel reviewing the terms of the Conveyance Agreement between the City of San Francisco and the Navy regarding the transfer of the Hunters Point Shipyard. Mr. Bloom has lectured at the University of California Berkeley, San Francisco State University, University of Okinawa, University of the Philippines, and University of Bristol in England. He has been quoted in numerous articles internationally.
Kevin Casey, Controller (Ext. 302), focuses primarily on the design of Arc Ecology's accounting system, end-of-period closings, and financial-statement preparation. He also assists on management issues surrounding government grants, personnel policies, fiscal sponsorship, and contracts. After working as a bookkeeper for small businesses for a decade, he completed several years of graduate business coursework with a focus on nonprofit accounting. He's worked as an auditor of nonprofits and as a Finance Specialist for the Tides Center.
Arthur Feinstein, Conservation Director (Ext. 307). Arthur is currently on the Board of the Clean Water Network, a national organization working on Clean Water Act issues. He has worked on wetland issues, local, state and federal, for the last thirty years, and was Executive Director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society for twelve years. He was a founding member of the Campaign to Save California Wetlands, a participant in Governor Wilson’s Wetlands Consensus group and Chairman of the National Audubon Society’s National Wetlands Campaign Advisory Committee. He was awarded one of the Clean Water Networks 30-Year Heroes Award celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and received a Bay Champion Award from the National Audubon Society.
Mike McGowan, Staff Scientist (Ext. 308), is a restoration ecologist with 20 years experience in research, teaching, and community-based ecological restoration. An authority on the ecology of San Francisco Bay environments, he has monitored the impacts of dredge spoil disposal, assessed potential impacts to fishes of runway expansion into the bay, analyzed data on spread of invasive wetlands plants, and evaluated the habitat benefits of native oyster restoration. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and technical reports, and he contributed chapters on fishes for the San Francisco Estuary Wetlands Habitat Goals Project. Mike has a B.A. in Biology and an M.A. in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami.
Rachel Russell, Community Engagement Coordinator (Ext. 312).
A native of southeast San Francisco, Rachel is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources,
where she majored in Conservation and Resource Studies. While still a high school student, she
served on the board of trustees of her school and led a campaign to the SF Board of Education that resulted in new dedicated
funding for charter schools. As a mentor at the college preparation program FOCUS in Emeryville, she developed curricula
and led high school students through research and reporting projects. On behalf of Youth United for Community Action, she
drafted a case study on the redevelopment of the Ravenswood Business District in East Palo Alto, recommending strategies to
revitalize the community by incorporating mixed use facilities, increasing jobs and affordable housing. She has also conducted
a needs assessment and business plan for an expansion of the Roxana Williams Food Pantry in Bayview Hunters Point, including
demographics, economic forecasting, funding profile, and outreach strategies.
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