Who We Are
Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO of California Watershed Posse, Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation, San Francisco Peninsula Firesafe Council
Oscar Alejandro Braun was born 1943 and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula. He was employed by Johnson & Johnson for 28 years in their health care professional products division. Oscar provided the vision and creation of the Dr.Smiles Universal Self-Care Community That Your Doctor Prescribes. He is a highly trained retired professional open water instructor/research diver with over 41 years of experience (open/closed circuit & mix gases) with thousands of hours at depth all over the world. In 1995, Oscar Braun launched the web’s first online international dive travel guide “Oscar Knows” and was the first travel content provider for the launch of Travelocity.
In 1995 at the request of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown, Oscar incorporated the 501(c)3 “Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation” dba Save Our Bay and the California Watershed Posse. In 1996 co-founders Oscar, Andrea Braun and the Foundation’s Clean Water Act legal counsel Alan Anthony Beaven, launched the EnviroBank of California. In the year 2000, Save Our Bay was invited by the California Fire Safe Council to become the first private sector community based non-profit organization to represent the San Francisco Peninsula Fire Safe Council “wildland areas” located entirely in the County of San Mateo.
Oscar holds an EPA certification for watershed stewardship and is considered an expert of the CEQA/NEPA environmental review process and environmental mitigation. As the Foundation Co-founder and CEO, Oscar is charged with leading the due diligence review of all proposed projects in the Coastal Zone of San Mateo County. He has led the environmental review efforts for the Devil’s Slide Hwy 1 Improvement Project, the unlicensed historic Johnston Ranch landfill in Half Moon Bay, the Lake Berryessa Visitors Service Plan and the SFO runway mitigation alternatives at the invitation of the SFO airport authority. His due diligence EIR review mission is to inform the public and its responsible officials of the environmental consequences of their decisions before they are made.
Co-Founder Secretary & Board Member Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation
Dr. Andrea Braun’s esteemed career as dentist and health care professional provides a platform on which she connects her love of biology and science to a deep understanding of natural systems. Having spent 30 years serving the Bay Area community, as a Naval officer and as a private practitioner Dr. Braun grew to understand the delicate balance that communities must find to successfully protect its natural surroundings and resources for future generations. She develops, supports and guides California Watershed Posse’s philosophies and legacy projects.
As a Co-Founder of Save Our Bay Andrea chairs the Coastal California Sustainability Task Force. Its mission will raise the individual’s awareness of their obligation to protect the natural systems that sustain our economy for the preservation of the families and the communities we all enjoy.
Board Member, Creative Director, Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation
Keith Impink is a California based artist and designer specializing in high impact brand elements, marketing expertise, and creative services. Born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula, Keith has been contributing designs and web based volunteer work to the Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation, the California Watershed Posse (Save Our Bay) and the San Francisco Peninsula Fire Safe Council since their founding, as early as the mid 1990’s.. His portfolio spans decades and presents a variety of art pieces ranging from rock n roll concert posters and fine arts to murals, banners, signs and portraits.
Keith Impink has designed for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Doobie Brothers, Goo Goo Dolls and dozens of music and entertainment legends and high profile performers and artists. As an entrepreneur Keith has contributed to the start-ups of many companies, including co-founding Rock N Roll Tequila, and serving nearly a decade as creative director and lead production artist.
Co-Founder California Watershed Posse (In Memory Of)
Alan Anthony Beaven, 48, an attorney with firm Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, originally practiced law in his native New Zealand, then in England, New York and most recently California. After working as a prosecutor for Scotland Yard and as a securities and anti-trust attorney Alan moved to Oakland, California where he found his niche in environmental litigation.
On September 11, 2001, Alan was flying to California on Fight 93 to handle one last case before he, his wife and daughter were to to leave for a year’s stay in India where Alan had planned to provide legal advice and assistance regarding that country’s pollution and deforestation problems. Alan’s passions were his family, his spiritual path and protecting the Bay Area’s water quality, by tirelessly prosecuting violators of the Clean Water Act. To watch a video on Alan Beaven, click here.