Drawing upon an impressive 70 years of excellence in environmental conservation, Phyllis M. Faber is a renowned figure in her industry who currently serves as a publisher and director of the California Native Plant Society Press and consultant in Mill Valley, California. A pioneer in land and coast protection, she is the co-founder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, where she helps to preserve the agriculture and coastline of California in Marin County. Additionally, she founded the Environmental Forum, an organization that trains young individuals to be participants in public life.
A certified teacher in the state of California, Ms. Faber formerly served such institutions as Rockefeller University and Yale University as a research associate, as well as the College of Marin as an instructor. In the early 1970s, she began serving as partner of Madrone Associates in San Rafael, California. Holding the position for five years, she later delved into the publishing industry as an editor for the Fremontia California Native Plant Society from 1983 to 2000. Likewise, she is a past commissioner of the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco.
A prolific author, Ms. Faber has contributed a number of articles to esteemed journals, edited several books and authored such publications as “Common Wetland Plants,” “Riparian Habitat of Southern California” and “Common Riparian Plants of California.” Mentored by a good friend, Herbert Baker, and an influence who appointed her as a member of the University of California Press, Robert Ornduff, Ms. Faber has been recognized in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the West.
Married to Edward T. Faber since 1953, Ms. Faber is the proud mother of three children: E. Mitchell, Charles Donaldson and Carolyn Lindsay. Born in Pittsburgh, she currently resides in Mill Valley, California. In her spare time, she enjoys botany and traveling.
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