BROOKE BARTON, SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR, WATER PROGRAM, CERES
Brooke leads Ceres’ Water Program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management and two studies focused on agricultural water risks facing the food sector: Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: How the Food Sector is Managing Global Water Risks and Water & Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production. Brooke oversees Ceres‘ Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and regularly advises Ceres member companies in the food and beverage sector on enhancing the overall sustainability of their direct operations and supply chains. Prior to Ceres, Brooke was a researcher for the Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative. While at Harvard, she co-edited Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Economic and Social Value, a book examining over 20 business models for serving low-income consumers.
RICARDO BAYON, PARTNER & BOARD MEMBER, ENCOURAGE CAPITAL
Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. Ricardo leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. Ricardo is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. Prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a web site and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets. For nearly two decades he has specialized on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has done work for a number of organizations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and the International Herald Tribune.
SUSAN BELL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, WATER FUNDER INITIATIVE
Susan Bell is Principal of Susan Bell & Associates. She provides strategic counsel to private philanthropies and nonprofit organizations addressing environmental and social issues. She is also Managing Director of the Water Funder Initiative, a collaborative philanthropic effort to accelerate progress toward a more efficient and effective water system for people and the environment in the United States starting in the American West. Susan served as Vice President of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for over twelve years. At Hewlett, she also served as Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, helping to launch the ClimateWorks Network, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enable economic growth. Susan is Vice Chair of the board of the European Climate Foundation, board member of the National Audubon Society and Monterey Bay Aquarium, and on the Founding Advisory Board of MenloSpark. She is a graduate of Duke University. Susan lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband, Steve.
MARGARET BOWMAN, CONSULTANT, WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION
Margaret Bowman is a consultant working to promote sustainable water solutions in the American West, including development of impact- focused private investments. Margaret has over 25 years of conservation expertise, focused primarily on freshwater systems but also including experience on marine and other domestic and international environmental issues. Previously, Margaret was Deputy Environment Program Director at the Walton Family Foundation, where she led the Foundation’s work to ensure healthy river flows in the Colorado River. Margaret has also directed the Lenfest Ocean Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she supported policy- relevant scientific research related to sustainable fisheries. For over a decade, Margaret provided leadership at American Rivers, a group dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy, natural rivers. Margaret held various titles while at American Rivers, including Vice President for Conservation, Director of the Dam Removal Program, and Chair of the national Hydropower Reform Coalition. Margaret has also directed the Environmental Program for Central and Eastern Europe for the Environmental Law Institute, served as an environmental consultant to the Czecho-Slovak government, and worked as an environmental attorney in private practice. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Dr. Barbara K. Buchner, Executive Director – Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative
Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world. Barbara is the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal – a joint report with the OECD that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement. She directs the CPI’s work as Secretariat of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. The Lab’s solicits, shapes, and tests climate finance instruments that resolve barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. The Lab helped raise over $500M for its initiatives, and was endorsed by the G7 in its first year of operation.
FRANNY CHILES CANFIELD, KNOWLEDGE & PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTMAKERS ASSOCIATION
Franny Canfield is currently the Director of Knowledge and Program at EGA. Franny served as the Senior Knowledge and Program Manager at EGA from 2011-2014 and Program Coordinator from 2009-2011. Franny played an integral part in the collection of data and production of EGA’s Tracking the Field Volumes II- IV as well as EGA’s searchable Tracking the Field Database. Franny graduated with a B.A. in U.S. Politics and Government and Environmental Studies from the University of Puget Sound. Her thesis, "The Politicization of the EPA in the Bush Administration," received the researcher award for the best U.S. Politics senior thesis. Franny also worked at Congressman Norm Dicks’ district office. In her spare time, Franny enjoys backpacking, skiing, cooking, and traveling. Franny lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
PETER W. CULP, Managing Partner, Culp & Kelly, LLP
Peter Culp is Managing Partner at Culp & Kelly, LLP. Peter was a partner in the Phoenix office of Squire Patton Boggs LLP, where he managed the firm’s Western water law and policy practice. Among other work, Peter has been closely involved in the development of policy solutions for the management of the Colorado River, including a series of domestic and international agreements over the past decade between and among the U.S. federal government, the Colorado River Basin states, major water users, and the government of Mexico. In connection with those efforts, Peter has been twice awarded the Partners in Conservation Award by the U.S. Department of Interior, as well as The Nature Conservancy of Arizona’s 2013 Outstanding Conservation Achievement Award and the Arizona Capitol Times’ Leader of the Year Award in Public Policy. Peter is the author of many published articles and reports on water and other natural resource issues, including a recently-released report with Encourage Capital on water-related impact investment strategies, Liquid Assets: Investing for Impact in the Colorado River Basin.
GEOFFREY EISENBERG, PRINCIPAL, ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY FUND
Geoffrey Eisenberg is a Principal at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund, and has been a member of the EIF investment team from its inception. His responsibilities include investment due diligence, sector research, strategy development, and deal sourcing. Geoff also works directly with EIF’s portfolio companies on strategy, corporate finance, and business development. Geoff serves as a board observer for T-Rex.
Prior to joining EIF, Geoff worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates, a global institutional investment consulting firm. While at Cambridge, he provided investment counsel to institutional, pension, and ultra high net-worth clients. Geoff also conducted due diligence on investment managers, and helped clients build diversified and sophisticated portfolios across asset classes. He initiated the firm’s 2007 white paper on cleantech investing for institutional clients, and conducted extensive research on the cleantech industry, including company and venture capital/private equity fund analysis. In addition to his role at EIF, Geoff is a mentor for the Hawaii Energy Exelerator, helping clean energy start-ups scale. He also serves as a director to the Forsythia Foundation, a non-profit focused on the commercialization of safer green chemistry replacements for toxic chemicals in our products and environment. Geoff holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.
ALVAR ESCRIVA-BOU, RESEARCH FELLOW, WATER POLICY CENTER, PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA
Alvar Escriva-Bou is a research fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center. His research explores integrated water, energy, and environmental resources management, including systems approaches, simulation and optimization of economic-engineering models, and climate change analysis. Previously, he worked as a civil engineer, managing and developing large infrastructure projects for local and regional governments and consulting firms in Spain. He holds a PhD and MS in water and environmental engineering and a BS in civil engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, as well as an MS in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis.
Remy Goldsmith, Senior Community Leadership Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Remy Goldsmith has dedicated her career to public service. With over a decade’s worth of experience in public affairs, she brings a depth of expertise in policy, government relations and community outreach to her role as senior community leadership officer.
Prior to joining SVCF, Remy worked for several elected officials, most recently serving as District Director for a local Member of Congress. There, she was responsible for two district offices, operationalizing district plans for policy objectives, outreach strategies, messaging and public services in a congressional district of 700,000 people.
Remy graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a double major in anthropology and French, and holds a law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. In her free time, she maintains an active yoga practice and is an avid classic jazz fan. A Bay Area native, Remy’s volunteer pursuits include mentoring first generation and new college students.
Julie Goodridge, CEO, Northstar Asset Management
Ms. Goodridge is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NorthStar Asset Management. She has 31 years of experience as an investment manager, including 25 years since the founding of NorthStar. She has been practicing socially responsible investing since 1984. Through direct interaction with all clients, including families, individual clients, nonprofit staff members, and potential clients, Ms. Goodridge provides financial planning expertise, drives major investment decisions, and coordinates with clients’ outside professionals. In addition to overseeing all departments within NorthStar, she makes final decisions regarding all investments, performs financial analyses with the rest of the portfolio management team, and serves as the primary decision-maker on all aspects of NorthStar’s shareholder activism activities. Ms. Goodridge holds a B.A. from Boston University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. In 2014 she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker Magazine.
Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation
Adel Hagekhalil is a registered civil engineer with the State of California and a national Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Adel is currently an Assistant Director with the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation where he is responsible for the Bureau’s wastewater collection system management, storm water and watershed protection program, water quality compliance, and facilities and advance planning. Under his direction, the City has prepared an award winning “One Water” Water Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) for the Year 2020 which relies on public input and participation and integrates water supply, water reuse, water conservation and stormwater management with wastewater facilities planning through a regional watershed approach. Adel is leading the City’s effort in green infrastructure and multi-benefit projects and embarking on the City 2040 One Water LA Plan. Adel is currently a Board member and President with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).
NICOLA HEDGE, DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENT INITIATIVES, THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION
Nicola leads implementation of The San Diego Foundation’s environmental initiatives, working with donors, nonprofits, business and government partners to advance community efforts that protect our region’s clean air and water, natural resources and quality of life.
First joining The Foundation in 2008 as a Thomas Murphy Research Fellow, Nicola managed the Climate Initiative since 2010, a collaborative regional effort to spur action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deepen community awareness about the local impacts of climate change.
Nicola held previous roles managing a field office for a World Bank research project in rural Malawi, working with the production team of a public affairs show on public radio, and as a consultant on a student-run sustainable development project in Baja California, Mexico.
Nicola earned her master’s degree from UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, her bachelor’s degree in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University, and is a LEED Green Associate.
BRUCE KAHN, TRUSTEE, ROBERT & PATRICIA SWITZER FOUNDATION / BOARD MEMBER, CONFLUENCE PHILANTHROPY
Bruce has over 25 years of relevant academic, environmental and investment management experience. From 2008 - 2012, Bruce was a Director at Deutsche Asset Management where he served as an investment strategist conducting analytical research on sustainable investing. Bruce also managed a Sustainable Investment portfolio at Citi Smith Barney, across a broad mix of sectors including sustainability leaders, agri-business, cleantech and renewable energy companies. Bruce is a Lecturer at Columbia University's Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program and holds a PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bruce serves on the Board of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation and on the Investment Committee of The Reynolds Foundation. Prior, he acted as a Trustee at The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation.
Cynthia Koehler is the co-founder and executive director of WaterNow Alliance, a nonprofit network of water leaders dedicated to catalyzing sustainable water solutions in communities across the West. She is an environmental attorney and water policy expert with 20 years of experience working on California and federal water policy, and was previously the Legislative Director for California water issues for the Environmental Defense Fund, and Legal Director for Save San Francisco Bay Association. Cynthia has also served on the Board of the Marin Municipal Water District Board for the last decade, and is currently Board President. She is the recipient of various awards, including The Bay Institute’s Hero of the Bay Award, and serves on the Board of the Water Education Foundation among other organizations. Cynthia holds a B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from the University of Oregon School of Law. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
Chip Krotee, Partner, Asset Management, Perella Weinberg Partners, & Executive Director, Perella Weinberg Foundation and Incubation Fund
Mr. Krotee is a Partner in Perella Weinberg Partners’ Asset Management business. Currently He serves as the Executive Director of the Perella Weinberg Foundation and Incubation Fund.
Prior to joining the Firm, he was the Head Trader at Stonebrook Fund Management. Prior to Stonebrook, Mr. Krotee was the Chief Operating Officer and Head Trader of Blumberg Capital and worked as an Associate in the Global Markets & Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Krotee served as a Lieutenant and then Captain in the 1st Armored Division of the United States Army.
Mr. Krotee received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
DANA LANZA, CEO, CONFLUENCE PHILANTHROPY
Dana launched Confluence Philanthropy in August of 2009 after serving as the executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA). While at EGA, Dana provided networking services to over 250 grant-making organizations from across North America and Europe. From 2009-2011 Dana served as the Program Director and Board Advisor at The Swift Foundation while launching Confluence. Prior to Philanthropy, Dana founded Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), an environmental education and youth empowerment organization for at risk youth. While there, she acted as a lead organizer in the closure of San Francisco’s infamous Hunters Point Power Plant; raising funds to supplant it with the region’s first off-the-grid educational Eco Center. She has been a fellow at the Donnella Meadows Program in Systems Theory and the California Women’s Foundation Policy Institute. Dana has also lived and worked among the Samburu (Maasai) in northern Kenya for many years; the Cheyenne River Lakota; and Roma refugees in Europe. A nomad in spirit, Dana sometimes lives in Oakland, California and at other times in Bed Sty, Brooklyn, NY.
Judi Larsen, Senior Program Manager for Enterprise, The California Endowment
Judi Larsen has worked for The California Endowment at the local level in San Diego, Imperial, and Orange counties and at the state level on education policy and practice as part of the Health Happens in School campaign to advance policies and practice to ensure kids of color are supported and successful in the education system. Her current role is to facilitate the development and execution of The Endowment’s spread strategy that support the goals and vision of Building Healthy Communities across California. Prior to joining The California Endowment, Mrs. Larsen worked on community health projects for the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Community Pediatrics in partnership with a range of community based organizations, and worked to develop coalitions to tackle health disparities with a broad range of stakeholders (community based organizations, schools, system leaders). She has worked on a range of school based health projects, including advancing youth and parent participation in school decision making and elevating the Local Control Funding Formula work as an element of The Endowment’s school work, advancing health and wellness policy and environmental strategies such as water access in schools. Judi helped launch a cross cutting team for the Agua 4 All strategy which worked to develop solutions to improve access to water in S. Kern and E. Coachella and the implications of the drought in rural communities. She is specifically committed to the role and leadership of community members to advance and advocate for solutions to improve their community and schools.
She is an alumnus of San José State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and completed her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion at San Diego State University. She has completed two certificate programs in Health Executive Leadership at University of California, San Diego and Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of San Diego. The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians.
LYNN LOHR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONSULTATIVE GROUP ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Lynn is Executive Director of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD), the professional association of foundation executives and trustees who make grants to protect and restore biodiversity. Under her tenure, the Climate and Energy Funders Group (CEFG) was formed, the Gulf of California/Mexico Funders Collaborative was launched, and the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) was instituted. Most recently, the CGBD assumed management of Funders of the Amazon Basin and Lynn has been active as a presenter at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress and World Parks Congress. Lynn also oversees CGBD’s International Connections and Horizon Committees and the CGBD Annual Members’ Meeting. Lynn’s career in non-profit management includes service at
Mother Jones magazine, Fair Trade USA, and Consumers Union. Prior to moving to California, she spent 15 years in the professional theatre in Minnesota as a producer, director, and actor. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of South Dakota and holds an M.A. in Community Arts Management, from the University of Illinois, in Springfield.
LEIGH MADEIRA, CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER, BLUE FOREST CONSERVATION
Leigh Madeira is Co-Founder and Partner of Blue Forest Conservation, a boutique deal development firm leveraging financial innovation to create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with Encourage Capital and World Resources Institute, Blue Forest is developing the Forest Resilience Bond, a pay-for-success financing aimed at deploying private capital to accelerate forest restoration across the Western US.
Leigh started her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse and then researched investment opportunities for Relational Investors in San Diego and Hotchkis and Wiley in Los Angeles. Leigh’s experience with investments both large and small -- from multi-billion dollar deals to $300 microloans while serving as a Kiva Fellow in Ecuador -- makes her uniquely positioned to understand the financial needs of a diverse set of stakeholders. Leigh, a CFA charterholder, earned an MBA from UC Berkeley (Haas) and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Kelli leads Sustainable Conservation’s work to develop incentives for restoration and stewardship practices that landowners implement, which produce benefits, such as clean, abundant water that accrue to people, communities, and business throughout California. She also co-leads work to engage multi-national corporations to help solve environmental challenges facing California’s agricultural industry. She has gained experience in drafting restoration performance metrics, developing programmatic strategies, building partnerships across sectors and informing policy.
Prior to joining Sustainable Conservation in 2009, Kelli worked for the Bureau of Land Management in California’s San Joaquin Valley and southeast Arizona. She assisted managing habitat restoration and species conservation projects. While working in the San Joaquin Valley, she gained experience conducting outreach and engaging local community members in the agency’s habitat restoration efforts. She has a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara and a Bachelors of Arts from Northern Michigan University.
KATHLYN MEAD, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION
President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, Kathlyn Mead provides leadership for one of the largest community foundations in California and the country. Through its collection of individual, family and corporate endowments and funds, the foundation engages the community in civic participation for promotion of improved quality of life throughout the vibrant San Diego region. Mead has been actively involved in community throughout her career. Charles R. Drew University recognized her commitment to community service by awarding her their 2011 Medal of Honor. Mead was named a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the University of Southern California, received San Diego’s 2004 KGTV-10 News Organizational Leadership Award, and is also a 2003 recipient of the YWCA of San Diego TWIN Award. Prior to joining the San Diego Foundation, Mead was EVP and COO of The California Endowment. Mead earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Liz Michaels, Chief of Staff and Director of ESG/SRI, Aperio Group
Liz Michaels is Aperio Group's Chief of Staff and Director of ESG/SRI. Prior to joining Aperio, Liz was responsible for the $11 billion defined contribution managed accounts business at Ibbotson Associates, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. Earlier in her career, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Morningstar, Inc. and served on the company's executive committee. Liz was also the President of Jellyvision, Inc., an interactive firm best known for its game You Don't Know Jack™ and Associate Dean/Director of the Career Advising and Planning Services office at the University of Chicago. Liz has a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago. When she's not in Sausalito, Liz starts her day with 5:00 a.m. runs along Lake Michigan with her Weimaraners and mom friends.
MARC RAND, SENIOR PARTNER, AVIVAR CAPITAL
Marc Rand is a Senior Partner with Avivar Capital and former Program Director for Loans and Affordable Housing at Marin Community Foundation (MCF). At Avivar, Marc focuses his efforts on connecting community foundations to the world of impact investing. At MCF, Marc invested more than $50 million in Marin-based nonprofits and managed the MCF Loan Fund for over ten years, nearly tripling the amount of lending capital while making direct loans in regional nonprofit organizations. Projects ranged from organizations focused on education (including schools), youth development, arts and culture, poverty alleviation and affordable housing to environmental preservation. During this time, he created a donor engagement product that connects the loan fund, donors, and local community impact. In the last two years Marc’s responsibility expanded to also include management of the affordable housing grant portfolio, which focused on the creation of low cost housing in one of the highest cost counties in the country. His interest in nonprofit lending and economic development extends to regional intermediaries and initiatives.
DIANE SCHRAUTH, PROGRAM CONSULTANT, FUNDERS’ NETWORK FOR SMART GROWTH AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
Diane is a consultant working on urban waters and sustainability issues. She coordinates the Stormwater Funders’ Group, an issue-based working group of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, and the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network’s Stormwater Work Group. Other clients include Philadelphia Water and the Pisces Foundation. Diane worked for more than 15 years at the William Penn Foundation where she led the Foundation’s efforts to protect and restore water resources in the Philadelphia region, focusing on stormwater and green infrastructure issues and the impacts of natural gas development. Diane is a founding member and current chair of her community’s Green Team, Sustainable Haddonfield, which was awarded silver-level certification from Sustainable Jersey. She has bachelor degrees from Vanderbilt University in Anthropology and Geology and a Masters of Regional Planning with a focus on environmental and land use planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Adam Scow, California Director, Food & Water Watch
Adam Scow is the California Director at Food & Water Watch. Adam oversees the California organizing program, which tackles some of California’s greatest challenges to the long-term health of its water, energy and food. Adam has guided several successful statewide and local campaigns towards protecting California’s water as a public resource and is an often cited expert on California water and food issues in national media publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He previously researched California farm and water policy in Washington, D.C.
LESTER SNOW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE WATER FOUNDATION
Lester Snow is the Executive Director of the Water Foundation. He has served as Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, Director of the California Department of Water Resources, Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation, Executive Director of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program and General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority. Lester currently serves on the Board of Directors for California Water Services Group and the Water Education Foundation. He holds a Master’s degree in Water Resources Administration from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Pennsylvania State University.
JOSH STANBRO, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, STRATEGIES, INITIATIVES & NETWORKS, HAWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Josh Stanbro was raised in Northern California on an apple farm, attended college in Los Angeles, and moved to the Big Island soon after to join his family who worked in landscaping and farming. He sailed across the Pacific while escorting Te Aurere, the Polynesian voyaging canoe from Aotearoa and worked as a carpenter apprentice after building an off-grid family home in HÅlualoa in 1995. Josh was inspired by the PASH case to go to law school, and earned his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. For several years, Josh headed up the Trust for Public Landâ€™s Hawaiâ€™i office and completed land conservation projects throughout the state valued at over $30 million. He has received the â€œHale Alohaâ€, â€œConservationist of the Yearâ€, and â€œGreen Pioneerâ€ awards. His wife, Maxine Burkett, is a Professor of Law teaching Environmental Law and focusing on climate change impacts to small islands at the University of Hawaii. Josh and his wife are raising a 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son in the back of PÄlolo Valley on the Island of Oâ€˜ahu. Josh has served as the Director of the Environment and Sustainability Program at the Hawaii Community Foundation for the past 6 years.
MAUREEN STAPLETON, GENERAL MANAGER, SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY
Maureen Stapleton is the General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority, the regional water agency that provides up to 90 percent of all the water used in San Diego County supporting a $218 billion economy and the quality of life for over 3.2 million residents. She oversees a comprehensive array of water supply and infrastructure programs designed to diversify and improve the reliability the region’s water supply. Maureen successfully negotiated the landmark 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement, the largest and longest conservation and water transfer program in the country. During her tenure, the Water Authority has successfully invested more than $3 billion in infrastructure upgrades, launched the largest seawater desalination project in the Western Hemisphere and helped advance regional water use efficiency and conservation programs, water recycling and reuse projects, and the reduction of regional per capita potable water use by nearly 40 percent since 1990.
ALLISON HARVEY TURNER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, S. D. BECHTEL JR. FOUNDATION
Allison joined the Foundation in 2003, and she oversees the Foundation’s Environment Program. Allison directs strategy, and manages program staff and grantmaking to advance water management and land stewardship in California. In this role, she develops efforts to support effective programs, build strong partnerships, and develop organizational capacity. Before moving into the role of Program Director, Allison led the development and implementation of the Foundation’s water and migratory bird strategies. Allison serves on the Board for Audubon California and the Advisory Board for Sustainable Conservation. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
KATHRYN VIATELLA, PROGRAM OFFICER, THE WATER FOUNDATION
Kathy Viatella provides leadership in the ongoing development and implementation of the Water Foundation’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities, with particular focus on the Water Foundation’s Drought Action Initiative. Before joining the Water Foundation, Kathy was managing director of programs at Sustainable Conservation. Prior to that, she was senior project director at The Nature Conservancy of California and an economist at Environmental Defense Fund. She received a BA in International Development and Economics from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida.
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