Open Space Sausalito is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is trying to acquire Lincoln-Butte Parcel for open space. We are committed to preserving the natural beauty of Sausalito and preventing its overdevelopment with the resulting traffic, noise, street parking and congestion. Donations to OSS (corporation number C3681513) are fully tax deductible.
Open Space Sausalito currently has the following Directors and active Members:
- Bill Monnet, President
- Leon Huntting, Treasurer
- Linda Pfeifer, Secretary
- Jim Richard, Native Plant Restoration and Web Design
Leon Huntting is a 45 year resident of Sausalito because, he says, “This is, without a doubt, the best small town in America.” Leon says that what makes Sausalito great are “first, the citizens because they put so much into paying-back for the privilege of living here and, second, the incredible beauty of the town and its appreciation of integrated wildlife.” Leon is a former City Council member and during his tenure persuaded the Council to purchase the 14 acre Martin Luther King School site and preserve it for open space and recreation. Leon was also the founder of the Sausalito-Sakaide Sister City program, member of the Marinship Specific Plan Steering Committee and was Marin’s representative to the Executive Boards of the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Golden Gate Bridge Transportation District. More recently Leon was asked by the City Council to chair the Butte Street Task Force and he is now the Treasurer of Open Space Sausalito.
Linda Pfeifer has been a Sausalito resident for over two decades and served two terms as a Sausalito City Council member. Prior to serving on Council, Linda served two terms on the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Board where she organized the Sausalito Business Expo and Sausalito Neighborhood Faire. Linda was also a 2-term Sausalito Arts Commissioner, and co-authored the city’s first public art donation policy and first local artists’ website. On the Sausalito Council, she has built a successful track record and reputation for advocacy of open space and waterfront preservation, transparency in government and preserving the small-town character of Sausalito. Linda has worked in the field of Corporate Education for nearly three decades, including 16 years at Hewlett Packard with extensive global travel and experience in Europe. She has a Doctorate of Education, Masters in HR Management, and a Masters in Instructional Technology. Linda is a member of the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, MALT, Citizen Marin and serves as the volunteer HR Flotilla Staff Officer for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Station Golden Gate. She is now the Secretary of Open Space Sausalito.
Bill Monnet arrived in Sausalito in 2010. “I was stunned by its unique combination of natural beauty integrated into a livable small town tucked beside a great Bay. I benefit from the efforts of earlier Sausalito citizens who made this a great town. When introduced to the project to preserve the Lincoln/Butte parcel I knew this was a way to make my contribution.” Bill has an MA in Political Science from U.C. Davis and an MBA in Finance from U.C. Berkeley. He was briefly an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration and then spent 24 years in Silicon Valley in various management positions at IBM, Siemens and Cisco Systems. His work experience includes positions in finance, manufacturing, service operations and failure analysis. In the last 24 years Bill has lived in San Mateo, Sonoma and Marin Counties and has always been a volunteer in community organizations serving as Treasurer or President. He is an avid bicyclist, amateur wine-maker and–since moving to Sausalito–has taken-up boating. Bill is now the President of Open Space Sausalito.
Jim Richard moved to Sausalito in 2012 and grew up in Corte Madera. Jim loves Sausalito because it’s so beautiful and is happy to be living just a few miles from a couple of GGNRA trailheads. “I get to enjoy this area’s natural scenery and its wildlife because so many people have fought to protect it – from Ring Mountain to Cypress Ridge to Gerbode Valley. I joined Open Space Sausalito to help see that Sausalito’s largest remaining unprotected wildlife habitat gets the same permanent status.” Jim worked for 25 years in Silicon Valley at Amdahl, Suma Technologies and Nextag as a Senior Software Engineer and Architect. While working at Amdahl, Jim studied engineering at Stanford University earning a Masters Degree in Computer Science, and a MS in Electrical Engineering. Jim oversees native plant restoration at the Saucelito Creek Wildlife Refuge and manages the website for Open Space Sausalito.