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Sonoma Land Trust names new chair

Sonoma Land Trust names new chair


By Casey Wellington

Marie Andel has been selected as the new chair of the Sonoma Land Trust’s board of directors. Andel has been a member of the board since 2017, and has also served on the board of the American Red Cross Bay Area. She lives in Sonoma with her husband, Eric, making her knowledgeable about the area.

The land trust calls Andel “highly qualified;” she was named one of the “Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business.” In 2019, Andel retired from her position as chief people and culture officer of CSAA Insurance Group. She currently holds the position of interim chief human resources officer at Pinterest.

The executive director of the Sonoma Land Trust, Eamon O’Byrne, approves of Andel as the new chair. “Marie’s exceptionally deep experience with organizational change management and her passion for environmental equity will be enormous assets during her time as chair Her leadership as a board member has been infused with enthusiasm and an eye toward the future, and I know she will be an outstanding chair.”

Andel is excited to take on this position and work toward making Sonoma County more resistant to climate change. She believes all communities should have access to the benefits of nature.

“Nature is such a healing force — it gives us life, energy, and renewal,” says Andel. “As we confront the challenges of climate change, I look forward to partnering with the diverse communities of Sonoma County to keep the land, waterways, and wildlife healthy — and, by extension, all of us.

“I am grateful to be able to hike among the trees, listen to the birds, and walk along the shores. The most beautiful place in the world to me is the stunning Sonoma Coast. The grandeur of nature does a wonderful job reminding me of my insignificance, which I appreciate.”