Board of Directors

Loretta O'Brien, DC

Loretta O'Brien, Board Member, Project Director and Garden Manager - Loretta has been the Garden Manager and a part of the Pacifica Gardens leadership since it broke ground in 2008. She was a member of the original design team in 2006 and a founding member of the advisory board. Loretta has been an avid gardener for most of her life having grown up with annual backyard vegetable gardens. She has urban gardening training in Permaculture Design from S.F. Botanical Gardens and Biointensive Mini-Farming from Ecology Action (Willits, CA). She was a founding member of the Coastside Edible Garden Club in 2004. Loretta has a BA in Philosophy, a Doctorate in Chiropractic and was a professor at Life West Chiropractic College.

Ann Mason, LCSW

Ann Mason, Board President, Volunteer Coordinator and Education Program Manager - Ann was born and raised in the Bay Area and has lived in Pacifica, CA for over 15 years. She has been part of the Pacifica Gardens project from its inception and loves dirt. Currently Ann serves on the Pacifica Gardens Board as the CEO, and is also the garden's Volunteer Coordinator. She received her MSW from UC Berkeley and is a clinical social worker in private practice in San Mateo.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith, Board Member, Harvest and Donations Manager - Jill grew up in England in a family of avid gardeners. Since retiring from a long career in nursing, Jill has pursued her dream of spending lots of time gardening. She became a volunteer at Pacifica Gardens and thoroughly enjoys her time there, surrounded by its beauty while participating in the year-round activities. She finds the camaraderie and team spirit of the Saturday workgroups and the Wednesday harvesting team very enjoyable. Jill volunteers as an instructor for the elementary school on-site garden field trips, and has served on the Pacifica Gardens Board since 2015. Jill is also certified as a UCCE Master Gardener.

David Ruettiger

David Ruettiger, Board Member and Grounds Maintenance Manager - Dave comes from a farming family and is an experienced gardener. He is a longtime Pacifica Gardens core volunteer who joined the leadership team in 2021. He worked at Esalen Institute in Big Sur working on the farm and caring for the chickens. He has two masters degrees in Counseling and worked as a counselor for 17 years. He owned a costume shop for 25 years. Dave works tirelessly at the garden keeping the soccer field mowed and weeded.

Marj Davis

Marj Davis, Board Treasurer/Business Manager - Marj has been a resident of Pacifica for over 30 years. She shares a love of nature and the outdoors with stewardship of the environment. She returned to Pacifica Gardens leadership as the Treasurer in Fall 2019. Marj is an avid gardener and has extensive experience in non-profit management having served in the past as President and Treasurer of Pacifica's Environmental Family. Marj is also a Board Member at the Pacifica Resource Center, a member of Tree City Pacifica, and is a founding member of Pacifica Gardens. She has a BS in Business Management.

Past Leadership

Pacifica Gardens is grateful to these individuals for their past leadership:

  • Conor Casey

  • Ann Cooney

  • Marj Davis

  • Georgette Evans

  • Jane Herman

  • Scott Hoag

  • Rebecca Iverson

  • Karen Lancelle

  • Ann Long

  • Rebecca "Reeba" Lynn

  • Sue Thompson


Some of Our Volunteers - Past & Present

AmeriCorps NCCC

During March 8-20, 2015, AmeriCorps NCCC - Green Team 5 helped to implement a large infrastructure project at Pacifica Gardens.

Alicia (California)

Ariana (Texas)

Daniel (Tennessee)

James (Oregon)

Joshua (Maine)

Kaitlyn (Illinois)

Kevin (Missouri)

Laura (Colorado)

Miesha (Wash, DC)

Thomas (North Carolina)