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.

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.

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.

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