About Us

About Us

The Ecology Center believes in a culture that gives more than it takes.

Our non-profit organization models creative solutions for thriving on planet earth. We believe everyone should have access to the tools, knowledge, and skills that promote healthy communities in the 21st century. We design spaces that inspire interaction with our ecosystem and transform our relationship with each other.

Let’s dig in and build an abundant future for all. Together, we can inspire change!

Our Initiatives

We highlight cutting-edge environmental perspectives through our four core initiatives.



Thriving ecosystems nourish our community

Creating gardens, resources, and community to make vibrant spaces out of vacant places.



Simple solutions to cut our daily water use in half.

Empowering students, their families, and their communities to become advocates for water conservation.



Building pathways to an ecological food future

Gathering chefs, farmers, and community together to eat with intention.



Supporting local artisans and modeling a modern village

Creating pathways for more conscious consumption by building a vibrant local economy.

Our Home

The Ecology Center’s headquarters is located in the historic Congdon Farmhouse in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

From an empty dirt lot, we have created an ecological oasis. Our home is a model for how every home can be reimagined and every space revived.

Having witnessed more than 130 years of social, agricultural, and environmental change, the Congdon House is the perfect venue for an exploration of the links between past, present, and future. At the same time, as one of the oldest standing embodiments of the past, it serves to remind us that we must act today to rejuvenate the environment for the generations to follow.

Our Team

Evan Marks

Executive Director

With his background in permaculture and agroecology, and, having worked extensively in California and Hawaii and internationally in Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria, Evan Marks knows that people have the ability to directly impact the environment through individual change.

Aly Muysenberg

Program & Volunteer Coordinator

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Allison Devlin

Farm Stand Staff

Anna Maria Desipris

Director of Engagement

Bret Babos

Director of Operations

Camille Compean

Outpost Coordinator

Carter Wallace

Farm Manager

Chelsea Huddleston


Danaan Wilson

Distribution Coordinator

Debbie Hansen


Grace Blacksea

Marketing Manager

Guadalupe Avila

Farm Stand Staff

Heather Disher

Grants Manager

Jonathan Zaidman

Director of Replication

Katie Hibbard


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Kati Johnson

Kristi Day

Graphic Designer

Natalie Balthrop

Director of Brand and Communications

Rebecca Noble

Farm Stand Manager

Stephen Allison

Facilites Manager

Summer Kerr

Farm Share Coordinator

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Sage Burgess

Farm Stand Staff

Catherine Parker

Farm Stand Staff

Sara French-Saavedra

Farm Stand Staff

Other Contributors
Andrew Sieger


David Marks

Tools for Change

David Rager


Fransisco Galmich


Kristin Morrison

Handmade: A Maker's Market

Manuella Melchert

Garden Design

Natale Lessey


Nereo Zago

Art Director

Vicki Marks

Green Feast Chair

Board of Directors
Ann Shea

Board Member
Sustainable Agriculture Advocate

Caitlin Wege

Board Member
Angel Investor and Philanthropist

Jennifer Sherman

GM, Chef, Chez Panisse

Joe Baird

Board Chair
CEO, Rumiano

Mark Magiera

Board Member
Operations, Chez Panisse

Alice Waters

Ben Edwards

Sustainability Consultant

David Kennedy

Eric Paine

Principal, Community Development Partners

Glenn Roberts

Jack Algiere

Jason McCleod

Manuel Toscano

Michael Besancon

Paddy Glennon

Rich Mead

Rick Bolton

Brand & Business Strategist