Advisory Committee

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Advisory Committee is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills that complement those of the formal Board members in order to more effectively fulfill the mission of the Foundation. Advisory Committee members are not Board members and do not have the formal authority to govern the Foundation or act on behalf of the Foundation.

Beatriz Collazo

Beatriz Collazo joined the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Advisory Committee in 2021. Beatriz has dedicated her career to advancing medical devices and currently works as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Silk Road Medical; prior to this role, Beatriz held a position at Duke Empirical as a Senior Manufacturing Manager. After participating in the UCSC Girls in Engineering program, Beatriz went on to pursue a degree in bioengineering at Stanford University. Post-graduation, Beatriz has continued to promote and expand inclusivity in STEM fields, specifically in the areas of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Particularly, before joining the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Advisory Committee, Beatriz’s involvement has included mentoring students in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and serving as a judge for MESA’s (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) prosthetic arm challenge at UCSC.

Julie Drezner

Julie Drezner joined the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation’s Advisory Committee in 2019, and is a dedicated community member of Monterey County with over 35 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a grant-maker, senior manager, executive director, board member, consultant, and trainer. Prior to joining the Advisory Committee, Julie served as vice president of grants and programs with the Community Foundation for Monterey County until retiring from her position in 2014. In this role, she oversaw numerous grant-making and non-profit support programs aimed at helping Monterey County communities thrive. She is also currently serving as Secretary for the Big Sur Land Trust Board of Trustees and as a commissioner of First Five Monterey County.

Lance Linares

Before joining the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation’s Advisory Committee in 2019, Lance Linares served as the CEO of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County for over 20 years, retiring from his role in 2017. As CEO, he oversaw the development of more than 350 funds with CFSCC, all of which work to enact positive change within the Santa Cruz County populace. Prior to his position as CEO of CFSCC, Lance spent 10 years as station manager of a community public radio station, KUSP-FM, and 7 years as Executive Director of the Cultural Council (now Arts Council) of Santa Cruz County. He was also involved in the creation of the League of California Community Foundations and served as chair for several terms. In 2017, the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce awarded Lance their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Francine Rodd

Francine Rodd has been the Executive Director for First 5 Monterey County (F5MC) since January 2004. The vision for F5MC is to ensure that all children reach their unique potential in a family and community that values, respects, and invests in early childhood.  F5MC supports children from the prenatal stage through age five by: providing funding to local organizations implementing direct services; supporting knowledge development for providers and parents; and advocating for changes in policies and systems that promote inequities. Francine grew up in Marina, CA. Prior to returning home after college, Francine worked overseas developing and implementing programs supporting women and children living in vulnerable communities. She lived and worked in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for more than 15 years – including working in Haiti for 5 years as the Peace Corps Country Director.

Jeannette Tuitele-Lewis

Jeannette Tuitele-Lewis became a member of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation’s Advisory Committee in 2020. In addition to this role, Jeannette is also the President/CEO of Big Sur Land Trust, a position she has served since 2014. Prior to her work with Big Sur Land Trust, Jeannette worked in the American Samoan Islands documenting plants used by traditional women healers and received her master’s degree in forest science from Oregon State University. She is also currently the board chairwoman of the California Council of Land Trusts and serves on several advisory committees that intersect her interests of protecting the environment, supporting women in leadership and other social justice issues.