About Us

“Next Generation provides opportunities for youth in Marin County to learn about and get involved in issues they care about outside the classroom, and to gain the tools and skills to be heard and make a difference in whatever field they are passionate about. In short, Next Generation’s mission is to empower and grow youth into leaders.”

Our Team

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Scott Plymale (LCSW,PhD)

Executive Director

In August of 2013, Scott Plymale LCSW, PhD joined the Next Generation team as its new executive director. Scott comes to the agency with over a decade of experience in the nonprofit field as a provider, consultant and executive director. Much of his direct practice based experience has been in the health care field where he offered emotional support to others through counseling services. Within the context of his healthcare work, Scott has also helped design many disease prevention and disease management programs.

Among one is favorite projects was designing and implementing a garden education program funded in part by the Annenberg Foundation with the goal to increase ecological awareness and sustainable practices for Kindergarten through fourth graders in urban environments. He holds a license in clinical social work in both California and Nevada and has a doctorate in organizational systems. Scott has participated in several organizational development efforts in both for profit and non-profit organizations and is eager to offer support and guidance to Next Generation’s dynamic eco-based educational programs.

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Joti Levy graduated Cum Laude from Queens College with a BA in ArtEducation and went on to receive an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel .Joti has been an educator for close to two decades

She taught 2nd grade for 3 years in New York City, taught environmental education both on the East coast and West coast, was a ropes course facilitator, ran a school garden in Bayview-Hunters point in San Francisco for 2 and a half years, farmed in several farms throughout California, has a Permaculture Design Certification and ran a 6 acre farm in Sonoma.She is currently making music, running women’s programs, rock climbing, dancing and gardening

Denise Thompson


Denise Thompson is a native San Franciscan who has made her home in Marin County for the past 12 years.For ten years she worked in the solar energy business and helped grow a small start-up solar company in Marin County.By the time she left, SPG Solar had brought solar energy to over 5000 residences and businesses.These days Denise focuses her considerable operations and leadership background on connecting with business leaders to provided coaching that allows them to thrive and succeed in both their personal and professional life.

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Michael Higgs


Michael is passionate about improving community. As a community building consultant for MTV Networks, Michael lead the media outreach, community building, and social media strategy “Change: Kashmir – Help Restore Peace to Paradise”. Currently, Michael is the Event Producer for the Eat Real Food Festival. With a focus on using fresh and local ingredients, Eat Real shows how easy it is to support a regional food system by bringing farmers, food producers and eaters together. The annual festival is the premier educational program of the Food Craft Institute, an organization that works to create and improve the viability of small and medium-scale value-added food businesses in the United States. Michael offers his time and support to Next Generation because he believes smart, passionate, and capable youth will make our planet a better place.


Joe Stewart

Joe Stewart is a Marin native and an award-winning teacher of Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Science, and Ecology at Redwood High School. Stop by Redwood and you may see Joe out with his classes working on the school’s Sustainable Agriculture mini-farm. Joe has worked with Next Generation since its inception and is pleased to support planting seeds and growing leaders as a board member.

Mary James


Mary James is a science writer and a technical editor with the Energy Efficiency Standards Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is the author of Recreating the American Home: The Passive House Approach and of American Passive House Developments, Multifamily, Multi-Use, and Retrofit Buildings. For 10 years she was the editor and publisher of Home Energy magazine, which covers building science topics. In 2007 she attended an energy efficiency conference in France and heard about Passive House retrofits in Germany that were designed to save 80% of the space conditioning energy use.

Taylor Bratton

Hi. my name is Taylor and Iam a senior atTam High School in Mill Valley. Ihave been a part of Next Generation for a year now and Ihave watched it create many amazing experiences for children through eco education. Iam mainly an ocean activist and Ivolunteer with a number of marine conservation organizations as wel as mnning the Ocean Conservation Club at my school. but to be responsible stewards of our Earth. we need to protect.educate and conserve more than one area of our environment. By empowering students to make a change for our planet. we are fostering a new generation of caring advocates for our Earth.