Current Tamalpais Design Review Board Members:
A California native, Doug settled in Tam Valley in 1993 after years of adventures in faraway states and countries. He recently retired from a 25-year career with East Bay MUD as their environmental affairs officer, serving as policy advisor and advocate with government agencies, businesses, and community groups. He is now consulting in climate change and sustainability, which are also his primary areas of focus in serving on the Tam Design Review Board. He was educated at Yale, Harvard (Kennedy School of Government), and UMass Boston.
At home in Mill Valley, Logan Link is a founding member of a real estate team within Compass. Her work as an agent, combined with a lifetime spent in Marin, has allowed her to develop a deep understanding of our unique county.
Logan enjoys building community and holds a belief that most every problem is solvable - and exciting progress can be made - when local residents work with one another and their government in open-minded collaboration. She is creative by nature and promotes outside-the-box thinking.
Andrea Montalbano is a registered architect with a background in residential, commercial and mixed-use design. She is interested in the social aspects of the built environment - how we shape the environment and how it shapes us - and holds a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture degree, with an emphasis in City and Regional Planning, from UC Berkeley. Andrea has worked exclusively in the field of single-family residential design for the past ten years and is presently Senior project architect at Sogno Design Group, in Albany, California.
Andrea joined the Design Review Board in 2017, where she seeks to balance the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment with today's socio-economic challenges; increased housing demand and modernization as well as commercial development pressures and its necessities. She has resided in Mill Valley's Muir Woods Park neighborhood since 2014 and believes that southern Marin County is best place to live in the world, not only because of its vast open space adjacent to a world-class city and its open minded, forward-thinking residents, but because of its irresistibly charming and unique built environment, which she hopes to help protect.
Michael Wara has lived and recreated in Tamalpais Valley with his family for two decades. He is a 5th generation Northern Californian who is a passionate advocate for equity and the environment. Michael works as a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University where he directs the Climate and Energy Policy Program at the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research and policy work focuses on clean energy, climate change policy and wildfire. He has previously served as a California Wildfire Commissioner and as a member of the California Catastrophe Response Council. In addition to his work with the Tamalpais DRB, Michael also serves on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Marin Wildfire Authority. Michael obtained his JD from Stanford Law School and his PhD in Ocean Sciences from UCSC.
Amy Kalish is a Northern Californian, and Mill Valley resident since 1984. She is a long time community activist, and brings a layman’s perspective to the Board. Locally, her activism started in the 90’s, organizing to protest changes to the Bayfront Park Master Plan, successfully securing the Dog Park. She raised awareness of safety and food insecurity during the early PG&E PSPS, and her Go Fund Me helped the Redwood Empire Food Bank feed those who lost food in the long outages. Lately Amy has been very actively following the state housing mandates, and chronicles how they will affect Mill Valley at citizenmarin.org . With local control waning, she is pleased to be working with the TDRB, dedicated to preserving Mill Valley’s unique character as it densifies. Amy is a long-time president of her HOA, active in design review, FireWise planning, and evacuation preparation. Amy volunteers as NRG block co-captain, and is CERT certified. She embraces the “new aesthetic“ of FireWise landscaping and xeriscaping, and has helped friends, family, and her HOA with plant choices and restructuring gardens. Amy is also an artist, and scenes from Marin are among her many landscape paintings.