Alex Keeble-Toll

Alex Keeble-Toll, Administrative Director, was born and raised in Nevada City and joined The Sierra Fund’s staff in January 2015.

A Nevada County native, Alex has migrated elsewhere on a number of occasions but always ends up returning to the trees. Alex completed her undergraduate studies in 2002 (BA, Sociology, magna cum laude, UCLA) and received her first graduate degree in 2006 (MA, Sociology, CSU, Sacramento). In 2009 Alex completed all coursework toward a second graduate degree (M.S., Regenerative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona) but the birth of her first child derailed thesis completion. After spending five years at home raising two wonderfully wild small humans, She pursued and completed a third graduate degree in 2016 (M.Sc., Environmental Science, with distinction, CSU, Chico).

Alex has been designing and executing multidisciplinary research projects on mining impacts in Nevada County for over ten years using approaches that include Environmental Inequality Formation (EIF) modeling to examine legacy mine impacts, Q-Methodology to explore subjective views in mine permit processes, participant observation and field surveys to understand angler catch and consumption patterns, and biological data collection and analysis to support public health advisories for mercury contaminated fish.

On her down time Alex can be found outdoors, most happily in the sunshine and most often with a camera and knitting needles in hand, trailed by a posse of chickens, ducks, and geese.