LEJ promotes ecological health, environmental stewardship, and community development in Southeast San Francisco by creating urban greening, eco-literacy, community stewardship and workforce development opportunities that directly engage and support local residents in securing a healthier future.
Our talented staff members bring decades of experience working engaging youth and community members in ecological stewardship and environmental justice activities. Click on each staff member below to learn more about their backgrounds and areas of expertise!
Patrick Marley Rump
Patrick has served as LEJ’s Executive Director for nearly five years but has been with the organization for 16 years and has served in many roles and deeply passionate about their core mission and focus. He was instrumental in securing grants and managing the multi-year development of the award winning, LEED Platinum, Heron’s Head Park Eco-center, also in Bayview Hunters Point. He was also the program manager for LEJ’s Heron’s Head Park Program, the Bay Youth for the Environment Program and the Native Plant Nursery at the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, forging new and now enduring strategic partnerships. Patrick is still very hands-on with all LEJ programs and will serve as the project manager for this project working closely with project staff to implement all field programs and assist with field leadership and team mentoring.
Patrick Marley Rump
Executive Director and Programs Manager
Anthony earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. He has over 10 years of experience working with youth and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area and is one of few environmental educators and field-based biologists of color. During his tenure at LEJ, he has conducted environmental education and restoration programs for Bay Area residents, fostering increased community and youth stewardship of the CPSRA and Heron’s Head Park in southeast San Francisco. His role for this project will be to coordinate and manage the field team in all aspects of the restoration work. He will also be active in recruitment of program participants and volunteers working closely with local community and school leaders. Khalil has presented at numerous conferences and youth-serving agencies on the topics of race and the environment and the imperative of cultural relevancy. He shares a similar experience of the youth and communities he serves, possessing the ability to connect and mentor youth in a manner that promotes and fosters a deeper connection and commitment to our collective natural heritage.
Community Programs Manager
Ryan Tachibana is LEJ’s Restoration Technician and Community Programs Coordinator. He began his journey with LEJ as an intern where he learned that LEJ’s mission and focus were at the core of his actions and convictions. Ryan received a B.S. in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation, at San Francisco State University. For many years, his work has been focused in the areas of natural resource management, environmental education and social justice, and youth development. At LEJ, Ryan facilitates native plant nursery operations and community service learning events, supports the Bay Youth for the Environment (BYE) program, and restores San Francisco’s native habitats. By making a career out of his passions Ryan has found immense self-fulfillment through tending the natural world and sharing it with others.
Restoration Technician and Community Programs Coordinatorr
Over the years, LEJ has engaged thousands of volunteers in community action projects that benefit Southeast San Francisco. From local and state level advocacy, to hands on restoration at Heron’s Head and CPSRA, to environmental justice programming in schools, LEJ has consistently engaged residents of all backgrounds in relevant programming that promotes environmental justice and ecological health.
We are grateful to the many supporters and visionaries who have contributed to LEJ’s development and continued success. Click through our gallery below to learn more about how our partners are carrying forward past projects of LEJ!