Nicole Braddock has led Solano Land Trust for over 10 years. During her tenure at Solano Land Trust, she spearheaded the land trust’s efforts to raise over 20 million dollars for conservation, nearly double the staff capacity and achieve national accreditation.
With over 20 years of experience, Nicole is seasoned in non-profit systems, partnerships and collaboration and raising support and funds for community benefit programs. She is inspired by and focuses on bringing people together to find common ground and believes that land is the common ground we all share.
Nicole serves on the advisory committee for the Bay Area Open Space Council, management team for the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council. She is also is alumni of the Center for Whole Communities.
Prior to coming to Solano Land Trust, Nicole supported small businesses and economic development at The Federal Technology Center and promoted farmland conservation and natural area protection with Greenbelt Alliance.
Nicole is a California native who grew up camping and exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her family. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from UC Davis and a Master’s in Business Administration from Capella University. In her free time Nicole enjoys painting, gardening, wood carving and getting outdoors with her husband Rob, son Bryson and their rescue dog Zanna.
Laura joined Solano Land Trust in April 2019. As the Comprehensive Campaign Manager is in charge of leading our fundraising team and spearheading our upcoming 2020 campaign that will expand and share our vision of the Solano County lifestyle and provide access to nature for all. Laura received her BS in Business from Bellevue University of Nebraska and receive the 2019 UC Davis Wine Executive Management Certificate. Laura brings over 25 years of business experience, including 4 years in the United States Air Force and 15 years in the wine industry. Her last role was at Vezer Family Vineyard where she served as their vice president of operations. In her spare time, Laura channels her high energy by working out, spending time with her husband, Christopher and running her own jewelry making business.
Business Services Manager
Anne joined Solano Land Trust in March 2009. As Business Services Manager she handles bookkeeping, the annual budget, contract administration, HR, payroll, insurance, benefits, website, and some graphic design. Before moving to California, she spent fourteen years in the book publishing industry, and holds a BA in English-Professional Writing from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. Anne moved to California in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the California landscape and lifestyle. A few years ago she also met and fell in love with her husband Casey. Anne also loves yoga, reading, visiting the coast, gardening and her rescue dog Rufus.
Donor Relations Officer
Michelle Joined Solano Land Trust in March 2016. She is originally from Big Sky Country, Billings, Montana. Growing up, Michelle spent most of her time outdoors: fishing, hunting, and enjoying the open space of Yellowstone County with her brother and father. She has an ingrained appreciation of wildlife, ranching, and farming. She has worked in marketing and community relations for the last 20 years. The last eight years were spent in the Napa Valley working with non-profit organizations on events, fundraising, and growing relationships between businesses and non-profits.
She is responsible for leading the coordination of fundraising events, assisting with appeals and campaigns, and community engagement. Michelle is excited to be a part of a team dedicated to giving back to the community. Michelle brings a wealth of leadership, marketing, and nonprofit expertise to Solano Land Trust. She loves to hike, cycle, and read in her spare time.
Di joined Solano Land Trust in November 2018. She is a mother of two vivacious children and a wife to a warrior husband. She will be working closely with Michelle and Deanna in the Community Engagement Department. Di has many years of experience in community outreach through years of working with The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun and helping her husband Izi run their family owned music school, The Ukesperiment Music Lessons. Her passion is to encourage, add value, connect, impact, and be an example to others. In her spare time, she likes to plan exciting adventures and activities to do with her husband and kids.
Monatte has been with us since November 2010 to support the public use of all Rush Ranch facilities by the general public, visiting scientists, and other user groups. She was introduced to Rush Ranch through volunteering for Access Adventure and quickly became a valued and important part of our organization. Monatte has a gift for working with special needs people and those who come to us through challenging circumstances by allowing them to contribute to the beauty of our wonderful Native Plant Garden at Rush Ranch. Her great talent is using her vivacious personality to get others to help with all the tasks around the ranch and making everyone feel welcome and taken care of.
Conservation Program Manager
Tracy Ellison joined Solano Land Trust staff in March of 2011. She grew up in rural Fresno County and as the daughter of an Ag teacher, she was involved in 4-H and FFA, raised and showed livestock, and participated in public speaking and leadership opportunities. She studied Liberal Arts at Fresno State and found her way to Solano County back in 1999. She came to us from the Suisun Valley Fund, a program working toward the sustainability and profitability of agriculture in Suisun Valley. She worked alongside the landowners and growers as their Agriculture Ambassador and worked to advance the awareness of local produce, wine, olive oil and other value-added agricultural products. Over the past 8 years she has been the easement steward, going out and annually monitoring SLT private landowner easement properties and communicating with landowners about permitted and prohibited uses under the terms of their easement agreement. Recently, she became SLT’s Conservation Program Manager and now will manager both Transactions and Conservation Easement Stewardship for private landowners and any fee title transactions SLT may consider. If you have questions about conservation easements, private land preservation or transactions please contact Tracy Ellison.
Field Operations Manager
Jordan Knippenberg’s work and life experiences vary in location but all pertain to the enjoyment of the outdoors and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. Originally from upstate New York, Jordan received his BA in Art with a concentration in art therapy from the University of New York in Potsdam. He worked with at-risk teens in the wilderness of the Adirondacks, sleeping under the stars year-round. In another chapter of his life, Jordan lived in New Mexico working for the Forest Service. He cleared trails, packed horses, and moderated trail use in the Santa Fe National Forest. From Montana to Louisiana to Arizona, Jordan has spent time professionally and personally being captivated by the experience of being surrounded by nature. He relishes the beautiful weather of northern California and is excited to be living here and calling the people of Solano Land Trust his coworkers.
Jasmine joined Solano Land Trust in February 2018. She received a BS in Cellular/Molecular Biology and a BS in Rangeland Resource Science from Humboldt State University, and a MS in Animal and Range Sciences from Montana State University. She has worked for the Forest Service, Humboldt Area Foundation, and was a lecturer at Humboldt State University. Jasmine grew up on Samuels Ranch, a sheep ranch in Napa and Solano Counties, where she was captivated by oak woodlands, chaparral, and ecology. Her research has been in sustainable agriculture and targeted grazing for working landscapes. She is delighted to be home in Solano County, and for the opportunity to protect the beautiful lands that inspired her as a child. In her free time, she works on the family ranch, and enjoys hiking with her Great Pyrenees, Kahlan.
Manager of Land-People Connections
Tom joined Solano Land Trust in September 2019. As Manager of Land-People Connections, he is entrusted with the Lands Team that handles property oversight, facilities, mitigation, restoration, grazing, fleet, public access programs, partner management, events, and Rush Ranch reservations. Tom has lived throughout Solano County since his father was stationed at Travis AFB in the early 80s. He received his BS in Psychology from UC Davis, studied Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism at CSU East Bay (then Hayward) and has worked in the Bay Area and Yolo County. He most recently spent 18 years with the City of Fairfield’s Parks & Recreation Department, the last six of which he managed their Youth and Families Services Division. Tom loves to be outdoors cycling, hiking, running, walking his dogs and enjoying time with his wife, Rachelle, and their two children, Lauren and Max.
Project Manager – Public Access
Hadley joined Solano Land Trust in September 2019. While Hadley grew up in the Bay Area, she only recently returned to Northern California after spending the last 16 years in North Carolina. She is excited to be part of the SLT team, and is responsible for providing support to the administrative and financial functions of the office. In her free time, Hadley and her husband enjoy exploring the area, and spending time outdoors hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.