Beth Bray, Outreach and Development Director, hails from the Midwest but has lived in Humboldt County for over 15 years. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, Beth moved to Humboldt and worked in the local schools, eventually earning a teaching credential from Humboldt State. In 2007, Beth began her career in non-profits. Beth now has nearly ten years of experience as a professional fundraiser and is the Lead Instructor for New Designs for Fundraising, a fundraising certificate program offered through Humboldt State University. She is excited to bring her fundraising experience to the Northcoast Regional Land Trust to help preserve and protect the unique and awe inspiring landscapes of Humboldt County. In her free time, Beth enjoys reading, cooking, biking, and traveling throughout the West.  

Julia Cavalli, Projects Assistant,  is a California native new to Humboldt County. After graduating high school in Los Angeles, Julia flew the coop and began her northward migration, taking a pit stop at UC Berkeley. There, she earned a B.S. degree in Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus on conservation biology and geospatial mapping. Post-graduation she gained experience as an environmental educator, and later as a field biologist. Through her travels, she fell in love with the Northcoast and has settled in for good. She is inspired by this community’s unique connection to the land and is excited to join NRLT in its mission to preserve this landscape for generations to come. Rain or shine, she can likely be found bird watching at any one of Humboldt’s many hotspots or giving her garden a little tender loving care.

Dan Ehresman, Executive Director, first moved to the forested coast of Humboldt County in 1998. Dan has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with numerous conservation-based organizations in Northern California – most recently serving as Executive Director of the Northcoast Environmental Center. He is a board member of the Rose Foundation’s Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund and currently serves on the McKay Community Forest Advisory Group. He is committed to creating more sustainable communities, protecting and celebrating the ecological systems that sustain us, and supporting one another to create a more resilient future for life in all its forms – human and wild. Dan lives just above the shore of Humboldt Bay in Eureka and enjoys canoeing, hiking, birding, biking, gardening and building.

Connie Low, Administrative Assistant, earned an AA at College of the Redwoods and a BS in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University. Her studies there focused on policy and the effects of land use on environmental, community, and human health. Connie found NRLT when she was looking for work with an organization that serves the ecological stewardship needs of our area and strives to improve our social, ecological and economic environment for future generations. She enjoys live music, volunteering, learning, hiking, birding, swimming, reading, and exploring the north coast.

Kerry McNamee, Projects and Stewardship Director, joins NRLT for her second time - after serving on the Projects team in 2013, she returned in 2015. In the interim Kerry served as an Americorps/CCC Watershed Stewards Project member where she worked on the Scott and Shasta Rivers in Siskiyou County with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife collecting field data towards the management of the Klamath River salmon fishery. She also gained brief experience in groundwater hydrology and contamination remediation with a consulting firm on the east coast. Kerry, a cum laude graduate of HSU, earned the Most Outstanding Student award in the Environmental Management and Protection department for her academic achievements and simultaneous involvement as a water quality analyst intern with Humboldt Baykeeper. Kerry is also a published author in the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations where she examined a tract of vulnerable coastal land in Eureka and assessed land use options to bolster the areas resiliency to sea level rise. Kerry enjoys working with landowners to find a common ground in achieving conservation, environmental stewardship and preserving Humboldt County’s cultural identity. In her free time, Kerry enjoys participating in the community, playing volleyball, river rafting, and exploring the great outdoors of Northern California and beyond.  


Misha, Happiness Consultant, was born and raised in Humboldt County. She came to us in the Spring of 2016 and has worked hard to make everyone feel welcomed and happy since. She has a strong background in welcoming and face cleaning. She is a relationship builder and loves the outdoors. Misha has quickly climbed the ranks here at NRLT, working her way up from part-time Office Puppy to NRLT Mascot to her current position with us. Her passions include forests, rivers, trails, wild animal scents, sticks, squeaky toys, tug of war, playing with her friends, and conserving the landscapes she loves.