Phyllis Faber


Phyllis Faber combines talents in science, politics, education, environmental policy, and citizen activism.  She is a recognized authority in the area of environmental issues, particularly wetlands.  Her work in long-term monitoring of wetlands in San Francisco Bay is providing data for a new round of marsh restoration projects.  She is the author of two wetland field guides, published through her own Pickleweed Press. 

Under her 10-year editorship, the California Native Plant Society's journal, Fremontia, has become the most influential native plant journal in the country.

Ms. Faber co-founded and served as chairwoman of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and, in 1972, she was in the forefront of the fight to attain coastal zone protection for California.  She served on the California Coastal Commission for eight years, including two years as Chair.  She was a founding member of Marin Discoveries and the Environmental Forum of Marin whose training program she has taught for 40 years.


  • Master’s, Microbiology, Yale University
  • Attended San Francisco State University


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Former Chair, Board of Trustees, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Board Member, Planning and Conservation League
  • Board Member, League for Coastal Protection
  • Board Member, Pro Esteros
  • Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, 1995
  • Environmentalist of the Year, Marin Environmental Alliance, 1990
  • Marin Green Award, Marin Conservation League, 1990
  • Coastal and Ocean Management Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1983
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