Leadership

Hillside Fire Safety Group Leadership

The Hillside Fire Safety Group has nine committees led by neighborhood volunteers. Please email any of the committee chairs to get involved!!

DEVELOPMENT

Co-Chairs: Benay Dara-Abrams (benay@berkeleyhillsidefiresafety.org) and Alec Dara-Abrams (ada@berkeleyhillsidefiresafety.org)

Mission: Research, strategize, and pursue fundraising opportunities, including donations and grants to the non-profit Hillside Association of Berkeley (HAB)

EVACUATION

Chair: Holly Singh

Mission: Plan and communicate a neighborhood evacuation program, especially for those requiring neighbor assistance

FINANCE

Chair: Cynthia Chen (cynthia@berkeleyhillsidefiresafety.org)

Mission: Creation and maintenance of accounting system; strategies for fundraising.

FIREWISE SITE RECOGNITION

Co-Chairs: Cynthia Chen (cyschen@comcast.net), Alec Dara-Abrams (ada@berkeleyhillsidefiresafety.org), and Annie Johnson

Mission: Coordination recognition with the national Firewise USA program

FUEL REDUCTION

Chair: Henry DeNero (henry@berkeleyhillsidefiresafety.org)

Mission: Reduce fuel load in Berkeley Hills, seeking fuel reduction on UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories properties and working with neighbors to reduce fuel on private properties.

GOVERNMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Co-Chairs: Alan Gatzke and Kathleen Kelly

Mission: Research news and developments in fire safety; maintain communication with government officials and fire safety experts.

NETWORK AND COMMUNICATIONS

Chair: Marcus von Engel (marcus@berkeleyhillsidefiresafety.org)

Mission: Maintain communication and networks for neighbor participation, including a website, surveys, and email distribution list

OUTREACH

Chair: Tom Umeda (tumeda@gmail.com)

Mission: Recruit and orient new volunteers; develop membership guidelines for 2022

REVEGETATION

Chair: Nancy Gillette (beetlegillette@yahoo.com)

Mission: Recommend revegetation strategies for community stakeholders