Elisabeth Ptak is a writer, editor, and project manager with extensive experience working with individuals, nonprofit organizations, and corporate clients, in both print and online projects. She was the Associate Director and Director of Outreach for Marin Agricultural Land Trust from 1995–2010 and has a special expertise in the areas of conservation, the environment, and sustainable agriculture.

Elisabeth is constantly monitoring the evolution of language and usage while maintaining a high regard for generally accepted linguistic and stylistic standards. She was a newspaper columnist for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light and an on-air essayist for radio stations  KQED-FM, San Francisco, and KWMR-FM, Point Reyes Station. She is the author and editor of Ranches & Rolling Hills—The Art of West Marin, A Land in Trust, and several other books. Her newest book, Marin’s Mountain Play—One Hundred Years of Theatre on Mount Tamalpais was published in early 2013, and is available at Point Reyes Books and other outlets.

She makes her home in Inverness, California, a coastal village surrounded by forest and farmland and flanked by the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay. The San Andreas Faultline lurks under the Bay’s normally benign waters. Perhaps it’s that hidden potential that gives a certain frisson to life here. Generally speaking, though, not much is shaking in Inverness.