Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
1007 General Kennedy Avenue, Suite 3
San Francisco, CA 94129-1405
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Meet the Staff
A staff of six people bring their experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to the challenge of building a 550+-mile trail around the Bay on the ridge lines. They help focus and leverage the efforts of a committed group of volunteers.
Janet McBride, Executive Director
In October 2006 Janet joined the Council, bringing over 20 years of experience in urban and environmental planning and policy. Previously she served as Director of the San Francisco Bay Trail Project (1998-2004) and Planning Director of the Association of Bay Area Governments (2004-2006).
As Executive Director, she oversees all aspects of the Council's efforts including advocacy, funding, financial management, grant review, and planning, building and maintaining Ridge Trail segments.
Janet has worked extensively with public agencies and districts, elected officials, developers and advocates to advance long-distance multi-use trails. She was instrumental in developing the competitive grant program now offered collaboratively by the Ridge Trail and the Coastal Conservancy. The program was specifically structured to target high priority segments and critical "gaps," to leverage State funds with matching contributions, and to foster new partnerships and creative design solutions.
Janet is an avid hiker and enjoys both up- and down- hill sections, and has a particular affinity for trails that afford Bay views. She also enjoys kayaking and travel.
Janet earned a BS in Environmental Policy and Analysis Planning from the University of California, Davis, and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
John Aranson, Trail Steward
John brings a lifelong passion for the outdoors and trails to his work building and maintaining the Ridge Trail. He grew up in the shadow of Mt. Tam, and his first job after graduating from high school was as Park Aide for Mt. Tamalpais State Park, where he learned the basics of trail maintenance and repair, built bridges, and constructed new trail.
During summer breaks from college, he worked at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in its Youth Conservation Corps Program in the Marin Headlands. After college, John helped found the Marin Conservation Corps, where he worked for five years, and then in a similar position in the East Bay. He also worked for fifteen years as a Trail Supervisor for Marin Open Space District, where he learned how to build trail with mechanized equipment and built nearly twenty miles of new trail. John's "biggest joy is when you see a smile on someone's face after they walked on trail that you have designed and built."
John enjoys cycling, skiing, rowing, and coaching Little League baseball. He is a graduate of Humboldt State University, with a degree in Natural Resource Management.
Emily Bauska, Volunteer and Events Manager
Emily Bauska joined the Ridge Trail staff in April of 2014 and brings experience working with volunteers, developing partnerships, and a passion for trails. Prior work experience includes Community Outreach for REI, Program Coordination at the Children’s Museum of Bozeman, and AmeriCorps VISTA.
Emily is a bicycle tourist and commuter, Wilderness First Responder, and she completed the John Muir Trail in the summer of 2013.
Danica Burt, Development Associate
Danica Burt joined the Ridge Trail in July of 2016, and brings experience in fundraising strategy in nonprofits. Prior to joining the Ridge Trail, she was a Senior Prospect Development Analyst for The Trust for Public Land.
Danica is currently working towards completing her goal of running in all 50 states (and D.C.)
Tracy Corbin, Operations, Administration, and Communications Manager
Tracy joined the staff in January 2013. She previously worked as membership coordinator at San Francisco Baykeeper and in marketing for Plant Construction Company and the McGraw-Hill Companies.
She is a houseboat dweller and open-water swimmer so enjoys the Bay from both land and sea. On most weekends she runs or hikes on the Ridge Trail in the Marin Headlands and on Mt. Tamalpais.
Eileen Morris, Development Director
Eileen joined the Ridge Trail in 2015, with more than 15 years of experience in environmental non-profit fundraising and a passion to help create a legacy for current and future generations of Bay Area trail enthusiasts. She brings prior communication, membership and fundraising experience with the Sierra Club, Coral Reef Alliance, and Diver's Alert Network.
Eileen spends her free time hiking Bay Area trails with her husband and 5-year-old daughter (she has to carry her own pack!) and dreaming of future scuba diving expeditions. She grew up in the green mountains of Vermont and is a member and former Festmeister at the Nature Friend's Tourist Club on Mount Tam. She looks forward to becoming a Circumnavigator — completing all developed sections of the Bay Area Ridge Trail — and to meeting you on the Ridge Trail.
Bern Smith, South and East Bay Trail Director
Long-time park professional and trail advocate Bern Smith joined the Council in June 2006. Most recently, he was the principal of Landsmiths, managing properties for organizations such as the Peninsula Open Space Trust and Trust for Public Land. He also brings significant expertise gained from working with the City of San Jose Regional Parks and California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Bern was a co-founder of the Trail Center, and president from 1987-1993. In addition to his AS Degree in Park Management from West Valley College, Bern is a member of the Professional Trailbuilders Association, and holds certificates in search tracking, swiftwater rescue, low angle rescue, and wildland firefighting, advanced First Aid and CPR.
He is an enthusiastic trail user and cyclist.