Staff

  • Walter T. Moore

    Walter T. Moore, President

    Walter Moore became president of POST on July 1, 2011, succeeding retiring president Audrey C. Rust. He joined POST as general counsel in 1995, later serving as vice president (1997-2006) and executive vice president (2006-2011) overseeing all functions of the Land department including acquisition, management and disposition of all POST properties. Since joining POST he has been responsible for more than doubling the amount of open space land POST has protected, from just under 30,000 acres to more than 70,000 acres.

    Prior to coming to POST, Mr. Moore was an associate with the law firm of Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean, in Palo Alto, where he specialized in real estate transactions and litigation. He serves on the board of the California Council of Land Trusts, former chair of the Bay Area Open Space Council, and founding member of the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council. Active in the local community, he is a member of the Palo Alto University Rotary Club and a trained docent with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Mr. Moore received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Heather Kantor

    Heather Kantor, Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Kantor joined POST in August 2010. Prior to coming to POST, Ms. Kantor was the CFO/VP of Finance & Operations at several local non-profits including the Marine Science Institute and Business for Social Responsibility. Prior to her non-profit work, Ms. Kantor was the VP of Supply Chain Finance at Gap Inc. and a senior auditor at Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, where she received her CPA. Ms. Kantor started her career as a park naturalist and environmental educator. Ms. Kantor holds a Master in Business Administration from Simmons College in Boston, a Master in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

  • Jennifer Lynch, Vice President, Advancement

    Jennifer Lynch returned to POST in 2014 to lead its combined development, marketing and communications teams, after serving as Director of Major Gifts during the Saving the Endangered Coast campaign. She has more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and development communications. Prior to rejoining POST, she served as Director of Development at San Francisco Opera. Jennifer began her career in development in 1997 at La Jolla Playhouse and also directed individual giving at Roundabout Theater Company in New York. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College.

  • Paul Ringgold

    Paul Ringgold, Vice President, Land Stewardship

    Mr. Ringgold joined POST in 1999 undertaking various land acquisition projects.
    He continues in this role as well as being responsible for land stewardship planning and land management oversight. Prior to coming to POST he was a policy research associate at the Pinchot Institute of Conservation in Washington, D.C and served
    as a land manager and ecosystem research program director with the University of Washington. Mr. Ringgold holds a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University. Paul currently serves as Board President of the Bay Area Open Space Council.

  • Anne TrelaTricia B. Suvari, Esq, Vice President, Acquisition and General Counsel

    Ms. Suvari joined POST in 2012 and is overseeing the acquisition, leasing and transfer of POST properties. She has more than 20 years experience in legal transactions and compliance. Prior to coming to POST, Ms. Suvari was the general counsel at CV Therapeutics and held various senior legal staff positions at Genentech.  She has also served as a board member or consultant to several non-profit organizations.
    Ms. Suvari received her law degree from Harvard Law School and her bachelor of science degree in geology and geophysics from Yale College.

  • Linda Chin

    Linda Chin, Director, Donor Engagement

    Ms. Chin joined POST in January 2012. Prior to coming to POST, she served as Director of Development at Abilities United in Palo Alto. Ms. Chin started her career as a speech and language therapist and was a community leader in the Los Altos School District. Ms. Chin holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Ms. Chin has her CFRE credential.

  • Jeanine Crider

    Jeanine Crider, Director, Planned Giving

    Ms. Crider joined POST in 2013. She has worked with several science and environmental non-profits near Portland, Oregon. For seven years prior to joining POST, she was part of the planned giving team at Earthjustice in San Francisco. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Linfield College. Ms. Crider is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Northern California Planned Giving Council.

  • Diane Cordova

    Diane Cordova, Director, Human Resources

    Ms. Cordova joined POST in February 2013 and leads learning and development, employee relations, performance management, and overall employee engagement. She has 20 years of experience in human resources and has held leadership positions in technology, media and Internet companies including Xerox, Imagine Media, and NBCi. She began her career managing human resources for Farella, Braun & Martel, a San Francisco law firm. Ms. Cordova also serves on the Board of Directors of Kid Basix, LLC, an environmentally friendly childrenís product company. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from UCLA.

  • Marc Landgraf

    Marc Landgraf, Director, External Affairs

    Mr. Landgraf joined POST in 2008 and is responsible for coordination with our key conservation partners. Prior to coming to POST, he served as field representative with the Trust for Public Land on California's central coast, and as land protection specialist with the American River Conservancy. Before coming to the non-profit world, Mr. Landgraf served as a design engineering manager at Intel Corporation. Marc holds a bachelor's from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a master's from the University of California, Davis.

  • Daniel Olstein

    Daniel Olstein, Director, Land Stewardship

    Mr. Olstein joined POST in 2013. He previously served for two years as the executive director of the River Exchange, a non-profit that promotes healthy watersheds in the headwaters of the Sacramento River. Before that he spent a decade with The Nature Conservancy in Florida, North Carolina and here in California, where he was the project director of the Conservancy's 1.5 million-acre Mount Hamilton Project. Mr. Olstein holds a master's degree in environmental management from Duke University and a bachelorís degree in neuroscience from Brown University.

  • Kathleen Phan

    Kathleen Phan, Director, Individual Gifts

    Ms. Phan joined POST in 2006 as part of the Annual Giving team and became Director of Major Gifts in 2011. Prior to joining POST, she served as Associate Director of Development at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Ms. Phan has also worked abroad planning large-scale events and conferences for the international association PROMAX. She is active with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Silicon Valley. Ms. Phan holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Oregon.

  • Gordon Clark

    Gordon Clark, Director, Program Development

    Mr. Clark joined POST in 2007 as a conservation project manager for POSTís land department, where he worked on acquisitions. In 2010 he began splitting his time equally between POSTís major gifts team and the land department. Prior to joining POST, he worked at the Great Land Trust in Alaska and also served as program assistant for the Henry P. Kendall Foundation in Boston, which makes local food-related environmental grants. Mr. Clark holds a master's degree in environmental management from Yale University and a bachelorís degree in environmental studies and history from Bowdoin College.

  • Noelle Thurlow

    Noelle Thurlow, Director, Land Acquisition

    Ms. Thurlow joined POST in 2005 as a Conservation Project Manager for the land department team, where she managed acquisition and transfer projects. In her current role, she oversees the strategic development and completion of complex land protection projects. Prior to joining POST, she served as Associate Director of Land Protection for Willistown Conservation Trust, a land trust in southeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Thurlow holds a master's degree in environmental management from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in ecology from University of California, San Diego.

  • Nina Nowak, Director, Marketing and Communications

    Ms. Nowak joined POST in 2004 as Campaign Writer for the Saving the Endangered Coast campaign. Prior to coming to POST, she served as Senior Development Writer at Stanford Law School and also worked as a freelance journalist and in publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and American language and literature from Harvard University and a Master of Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.



  • Abigail Adams, Conservation Easement Program Manager

  • Julie Campbell, Communications Assistant

  • Ann Duwe, Lecture Series and Public Relations Manager

  • Lindsay Dillon, Office Manager

  • Chrissy Evans, Senior Accountant

  • Emily Foster, Land Intern

  • Kathryn Hargis, Advancement Project Manager

  • Linda Kwong, Land Assistant

  • Claire Lewis, Major Gifts Assistant

  • Brooke Mead, Development Associate

  • Michelle Mellon, Publications and Public Relations Manager

  • Katie Morris, Annual Giving Manager

  • Nia Olmstead, Donor Relations Associate

  • Maria Paquette, Web and Social Media Manager

  • Sara Rinaldi, Advancement Assistant

  • Amanda Serenyi, Controller

  • Neal Sharma, Stewardship Associate

  • Elizabeth Thomas, Grants and Government Relations Manager