Advisory Board

Mesa Verde Gardens’ Advisory Board provides technical assistance and guidance to MVG’s staff and consultants, makes recommendations aimed to strengthen the organization and its programming, and supports staff to fundraise resources to implement activities. The advisory board's recommendations inform decision-making by Mesa Verde Gardens’ governing board (i.e., the board of its fiscal sponsor organization, Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust). Individual advisory board members (Advisors) also serve as advocates or ambassadors for the organization. Members are invited to serve voluntarily for one-year terms by incumbent Advisors and Mesa Verde Gardens’ leadership. Advisors have no legal responsibilities.  

Advisory Board Members as of January 1, 2016

Mireya Gomez Contreras
Executive Director, Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County; prior Community Garden member

Ana Mariela Melgoza
Philanthropy Specialist at Driscoll’s; previous work with food justice/community agriculture program; daughter of farm worker/farmer

Nancy Lockwood
City of Watsonville Solid Waste Department Director; oversees the city’s community garden program

Pia Walker
Community Outreach Coordinator at Mid-Peninsula Housing

Our future Advisory Board needs are for members with experience in finance, business or fundraising.