Emily and her son, Ray, backpacking on the Lost Coast near our Usal Redwood Forest

The Redwood Forest Foundation is pleased to announce that they have hired Emily Ellickson-Brown as the new Business Manager for both RFFI and the Usal Redwood Forest Company. Emily was introduced to RFFI and URFC during a presentation by Mark Welther to her 2014-2015 Leadership Mendocino class. Mark, RFFI’s President, welcomes Emily, “The Redwood Forest Foundation is very excited to add Emily to our terrific team. She brings a special combination of experience, energy and commitment to community that matches RFFI’s mission and this important new position. Please join me in welcoming Emily!”

Born in Oregon, Emily spent her childhood and adolescence in Indonesia, Greece, Malaysia & Washington DC. Her interest in the outdoors and backpacking in particular was ignited by her first backpacking trip in Nepal at the age of 16. She graduated from Vassar College in 2003 with a BA in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in biology.  After graduation, she worked for the Jones Falls Watershed Association in Baltimore, MD, as the Urban Greening coordinator and also at the Greater Homewood Community Corporation as a community organizer.  Emily then worked for the City of Baltimore, first in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and then the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department.  Emily worked with neighborhood and Friends of Parks groups throughout the city on beautification and community-building projects.

In 2008, Emily and her partner Max traveled to Covelo, CA to visit a close friend from college and ended up staying permanently.  They quickly found work in local businesses and enjoyed getting to know the unique and friendly community of Round Valley.  In 2011, Emily and Max participated in a consensus-based project, sponsored by the Friends of the Round Valley Public Library, that ultimately founded the first community radio station, KYBU – Round Valley Community Radio.  She continues to help administer the station and manages their finances, FCC compliance and volunteer events.

Emily pursued an interest in personal financial planning and completed a certificate in 2012 through New York University.  The section on taxation piqued her interest so she became a registered tax preparer.  She went on to earn her AA in Accounting in 2016 from Foothill College.  While in school, Emily began working with Mendocino College and Wylatti Resource Management.  Emily taught Business and Computer Science courses for Mendocino College in Round Valley and served as the local coordinator for the satellite campus.  She taught Business Math, Entrepreneurial Management, Customer Service, Computers & Computer Applications and Electronic Spreadsheets.  Emily also supported the college’s classroom, providing assistance to students and faculty, promoting college courses and coordinating student services and registration.

In addition to her responsibilities with Mendocino College, Emily worked part-time for the offices of Wylatti Resource Management, Wylatti Timber Management, Grist Creek Aggregates, and Keith’s Meat Market.  Emily’s responsibilities included Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, payroll, budgeting, bidding, human resource management, log scale ticket management, and other administrative duties. Emily recently pursued and earned her MA in Communication from Marist College in 2017.

Emily and Max love living in Mendocino County and appreciate the region’s outdoor-centered lifestyle.  They love to hike and backpack, although those activities are now slightly modified with the birth of their son in 2016.  Emily and Max feel grateful for their friends who guide them on multi-day hikes through the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness and hope to take their son there when he is older.  They look forward to getting engaged with the Fort Bragg-Mendocino coast community.

Emily in the KYBU Studio during construction of the station. Also pictured: Imil Ferrara, Lew Chichester & William Cull.