Staff

Nicole Braddock

Executive Director

Nicole Braddock

Nicole Braddock has led Solano Land Trust for 15 years. During her tenure at Solano Land Trust, she spearheaded the land trust’s efforts to raise over 30 million dollars for conservation, double the staff capacity, and achieve national accreditation. With over 25 years of experience, Nicole is seasoned in non-profit systems, partnerships and collaboration, and raising support and funds for community benefit programs.

Nicole serves on the finance committee TOGETHER Bay Area, the management team for the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council, and the boards of the California Council of Land Trust and the Solano Economic Development Corporation. She is also an alumna 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 of Science Degree from UC Davis and a Master of 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.

Email:nicole@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-9021

Laura Livadas

Development Manager

Laura Livadas

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.

Email:laura@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-9025

Samuel Adams

Comm. Specialist

Samuel Adams

Samuel James Adams joined Solano Land Trust in March of 2020. Previously, he taught English in Estonia, cleaned schools in Benicia, wrote for regional magazines, and worked with adults with developmental disabilities in the North Bay. From 2016-2018, he received a scholarship to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from Bowling Green State University. His stories appear in The Sun, Ruminate, and other literary journals. He was born in Tokyo and grew up in Benicia, where he lives with his fiancé.

Email:samuel@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-9023

Anne Alver

Finance and Administrative Director

Anne Alver

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.

Email:anne@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-8273

Michelle Dickey

Donor Relations Officer

Michelle Dickey

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.

Email:michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-9022

Di Holokahi

Engagement Specialist

Di Holokahi

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.

Email:diana@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 420-1041

Tracy Ellison

Conservation Director

Tracy Ellison

Tracy Ellison, Conservation Director, joined Solano Land Trust in March of 2011. In her time at SLT she has managed the the conservation easement stewardship program, transactions and outreach related to the land conservation. She brings an understanding and connection to agricultural with her background having grown up in rural Fresno County, the daughter of a high school Ag Teacher. She was an active 4-H and FFA member and raised Guide Dogs for the Blind. She came to SLT after doing liaison work in Solano County’s Suisun Valley Ag Region, working with farmers and ag business to promote Agri-tourism and wine grape recognition.

A favorite part of her job is the relationship building between SLT and landowners who choose to conserver their land for future generations to grow food and keep the local agriculture economy viable. With Tracy’s passion and drive to conserve land and create partnerships, SLT has become a key part of the Agriculture Community in Solano County.

If you have questions about conservation easements, private land preservation or transactions please contact Tracy Ellison.

Email:tracy@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-9026

Kelly Santos

Manager of Land & People Connections

Kelly Santos

Email:kelly@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-9029

Jasmine Westbrook-Barsukov

Project Manager

Jasmine Westbrook-Barsukov

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.

Email:jasmine@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 718-3234

Miranda Sanborn

Development Coordinator

Miranda Sanborn

Email:miranda@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 420-1042

Hadley McDonell

Administrative Manager

Hadley McDonell

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.

Email:hadley@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:(707) 709-9024

Olivia Freitas

Field Technician

Olivia Freitas

I received my BA in Environmental Studies from San Jose State in June of 2022. While I was in college, I developed my interest in native plants, insects, and restoration ecology. During my senior year at SJSU, I worked for Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Natural Resource program as an intern. My main project was a western monarch butterfly habitat analysis. I am very interested in the relationships between California milkweed and western monarch butterflies and I hope to study this further in graduate school. I am also a multidisciplinary artist who paints, sews, prints, and works with ceramics, and I love learning about minerals and crystals to use for lapidary and metalsmithing projects. I love to garden and propagate native plants, and I have worked on organic farms in the past. I have two cats and in my spare time, I go backpacking, skateboarding, and hiking.

Email:olivia@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:408-483-6667

Rebecca Scully

Executive Assistant

Rebecca Scully

Rebecca joined Solano Land Trust in November 2022. Originally from Contra Costa County, one of Rebecca’s favorite things while growing up was learning about our universe. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State East Bay, worked several years in cell biology research, and has provided administrative support for various nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years.

After living in a few different areas around the country, she has made her home in Vacaville for the past twenty years with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening with native plants, making jewelry, and traveling with her family. Driven by a love for Solano County land, she takes pride in supporting those who provide research, education, habitat restoration, and recreation in the local community.

Email:rebecca@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:707-432-0150

Sarah Madsen

Transaction Specialist

Sarah Madsen

California Native outdoor enthusiast with 20 years of direct real estate lending experience and mom to two life-loving boys. In my spare time I enjoy backpacking, camping, hiking, kayaking and climbing. I’m also lifelong Martial Artist, Professional Musician, and waterfall chaser. I’m an animal rescuer and most recently have taken up a love of squirrels. Being born and raised in Solano County gives me a special attachment and knowledge of the area. I’m so incredibly grateful to have joined this team and to be doing my part in conserving this beautiful state and preserving our open spaces for generations to come, my own included. Marrying my love of the outdoors and career experience is a dream come true!

Email:sarah@solanolandtrust.org

Phone:707-631-7278

Anna Weinstein

Senior Project Manager

Anna Weinstein

Anna joined Solano Land Trust as a Senior Project Manager in December 2023. Anna has a B.A. in biology from Oberlin College and an M.S. in Marine Ecology from Boston University, and has decades of experience in policy and science related to conserving and understanding marine and coastal habitats and species. Anna worked as an environmental scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, and as a program and campaigns director in her 14-year career at the California and National Audubon Society. She grew up in rural New Jersey and joined 4-H for goats and horses. She spent summers working on her relatives’ 550-acre farm in Michigan, and in her twenties worked for a year as a wrangler at a guest ranch in Northern California. Anna lives with her husband in Albany (Alameda County) and has two daughters ages 19 and 22. In her spare time, Anna spends time with her family, and is a salsa dancer, hiker, horseback rider, and fisherman.

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Barry Hill

Senior Project Manager

Barry Hill

Barry Hill, Senior Project Manager, joined SLT in November 2023. Barry graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in biology and later completed an MS in watershed management at Humboldt State University. He began his career as a wildland firefighter in Nevada, Oregon, and California and worked as a hydrologist and geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, and USDA Forest Service in California and Hawaii. After retiring from federal service, Barry worked for Santa Clara and Solano County Parks. Most recently, he has worked for conservation and agriculture focused nonprofits in the North Bay Area.

Barry lives in Benicia with his wife and youngest daughter and enjoys visits with his two older daughters and their families. His interests include hiking, kayaking, and volunteer work.