Marla is the founder, president and chair of the board of the JMT Wilderness Conservancy. As an experienced attorney in Silicon Valley and a graduate of Stanford University, she was chief legal counsel & board secretary of Wind River Systems Inc., and the managing director of intellectual property at Applied Materials Inc., both Fortune 500 companies and leaders in their fields of technology. She has been involved in several land conservation efforts, most recently for the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Northern Sierra Partnership. After hiking parts of the John Muir Trail in 2016 and 2017, Marla saw the need for private conservancy support of this historic trail and its surrounding wilderness, and began organizing the effort.
Doug is a former corporate/securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a national law firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California and one of the most prominent in representing Silicon Valley companies. He followed his 25-year legal career by serving for 8 years as vice dean of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he continues to teach. Doug is also a group director for the Alliance of CEOs counseling many Silicon Valley companies on critical business and operations issues. He is an avid fly-fisherman and outdoorsman and is interested in helping to support the John Muir Trail and to preserve its landscapes, which pass through the watersheds of five major rivers in California.
Sierra Grossman is a second-generation owner at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the seventh largest brewer in America. Founded in 1980 by her father Ken Grossman, Sierra has been in and around the brewing business since she was a toddler. Her active roles have evolved over the years to more senior operations responsibilities at the Chico headquarters where she continues that work today as the company’s Vice President and manager of the Corporate and Social Responsibility initiatives.
Sierra also has been active in local philanthropy for many years. In response to the Camp Fire in Butte County, Sierra is at the helm of the brewery’s efforts to support their hometown through funds, resources and community collaborations.
Her current board seats include the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the Wildflower Open Classroom, in addition to the JMT Wilderness Conservancy. Sierra and the entire Grossman family have always had an eye on the John Muir Trail where Ken has hiked and backpacked for many years.
Jenny Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Franklin Resources, Inc. where she is responsible for the operation of all aspects of the business, including strategic goals and objectives. Previously, Ms. Johnson held the role of chief operating officer overseeing the majority of investment management and all related investment management support services. She was also responsible for Franklin Templeton's global retail and institutional distribution efforts, including product development. In addition, Ms. Johnson oversaw client service, fund administration, global technology, and the company's high net worth business, Fiduciary Trust Company International. She joined the company in 1988. In 2014, Ms. Johnson was one of ten executives named to Money Management Executive's inaugural list of Top Women in Asset Management and was chosen by her peers as one of Ignites.com's Most Influential Women in Fund Management. Ms. Johnson received the 2012 Robert L. Gould Award presented by global investment management association NICSA, recognizing outstanding achievement in helping the mutual fund industry better serve investors through customer service, thought leadership and technology. In 2010 and 2011, she was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area business. Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. in economics from the University of California at Davis. She is a board member of Riva Financial Systems. She is also a trustee at Crystal Springs Uplands School, and a board member of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
David M. Kennedy
David M. Kennedy
DAVID M. KENNEDY, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, at Stanford University, is a native of Seattle and a 1963 Stanford graduate. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1968. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1967 and has served as chair of the History Department, director of the Program in International Relations, as well as Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and founding Faculty Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Professor Kennedy is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the American Philosophical Society. In 2002 he joined the Board of the Pulitzer Prizes (chair, 2010-2011), in 2008 the Board of the New York Historical Society, and in 2013 the Board of the California Academy of Sciences. In 2014, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed him to the Advisory Council for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. David brings a wealth of knowledge about the historical context for the John Muir Trail and the national conservation movement its creation reflected, the creation and management of national scenic trails under the federal scheme, as well as a keen love of the outdoors in his personal experiences in hiking and fly-fishing the great western rivers.
Tim is General Partner at TCV, where he focuses on investments in the enterprise software, security, and tech-enabled services markets. His current investments include Alarm.Com, FinancialForce, Oversight, Silver Peak, and Vectra. Tim was previously a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading early- to mid-stage venture capital firm, where he focused on investments in the software and security sectors. Prior to Trinity, Tim was a vice president at GTCR in Chicago. He started his career in the early 1990s at TA Associates in Boston, having received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Classical Archae