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Drought: The Impact on California and Opportunities to Transform Our Water Future

Friday, September 11, 2015
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
LA84 Foundation
2141 W Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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As the historic California drought continues through its fourth year, SCG and the California Water Foundation invite you to a candid discussion on one of the most important issues facing our state - water.

During this interactive program, we'll explore what the drought means for California communities and share opportunities for philanthropy to play a significant role in supporting a sustainable water future for California.

In a conversation moderated by Climate Resolve (@ClimateResolve) Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey (@jparfrey), presenters will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities created by the drought, as well as a potential pathway to transform outdated water management by promoting integration and innovation.

We hope you can join us for this important conversation.

Featured Speakers:

Celeste Cantú
General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA)

Celeste Cantú joined the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) in 2006 and has been working on the crest-to-coast, corner-to- corner Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan called, One Water One Watershed (OWOW) that addresses all water-related issues, joins all entities and hundreds of stakeholders seeking to create a new vision of sustainability for the Santa Ana River Watershed. SAWPA owns the Inland Empire Brine Line, a utility that collects salt from the upper watershed groundwater to improve water quality in the Santa Ana River and benefits the lower watershed. Cantú served as Executive Director for the California State Water Resources Control Board, which is responsible for water rights and water quality for the State. During the Clinton Administration, She served as the USDA Rural Development State Director for California. Cantú was born and raised in the Imperial Valley to a pioneer family. There she served first as Planning Director for her hometown, Calexico, and later as Executive Director for the Imperial Valley Housing Authority. Cantú has a BA from Yale in Urban Planning and Policy and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Susana De Anda
Co-founder and Co-director, Community Water Center

Susana De Anda co-founded and co-directs the Community Water Center. She is a seasoned community organizer and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including: the 2009 Petra Foundation Fellowship award; “150 Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek Magazine (2012); “Women on Top – Top Activist” by Marie Claire magazine (2012); AOL sponsored PBS 3-part series titled, Makers: Women Who Have Shaped America (2012); and “Las Fabulosas” and “Inspiring Latinas” by Powerful Latinas (2011). In addition, Jill Iscol’s book, Hearts on Fire, features a chapter on De Anda and CWC (2011). De Anda’s experience includes planning and organizing positions at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; the County of Merced Planning Department; the Santa Barbara County Water Agency; and the Santa Barbara non-profit Community Environmental Council. She earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara while completing a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography. De Anda served for the past few years on the Community Funding Board of the Grassroots Fund through the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and now serves on the Tulare County Water Commission and the Board of Directors of the Tulare County United Way.

Sumi Parekh
Manager, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

Sumi Parekh is the Manager of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Prior to the Mayor’s Fund, she was the Director of Legislative Affairs and Programs at the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). At the LABC, she focused on outreach for LADWP’s Feed-in-Tariff program and policies relating to housing, transportation, and workforce development, managed certain aspects of LABC’s research arm, the LABC Institute, managed the Legislative Affairs, Energy & Environment, and Housing & Transportation Committees, and managed the influential Mayoral Housing, Jobs, and Transportation and Sustainability Summits. Parkeh graduated in 2013 from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Public Policy. Her Masters thesis focused on the economic impact of the Panama Canal expansion on Southern California. She also worked at Network Public Affairs in Long Beach, helping complete the environmental impact reports for the 710-lane extension and the 10 Express Lanes. Before moving to California to pursue her Masters, Parekh worked as an actuarial and management consultant in Dallas with Mercer and Towers Watson.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.S. in Mathematics and has an ASA with the Society of Actuaries.

Jonathan Parfrey
Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Jonathan Parfrey is Executive Director of Climate Resolve. He served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 2008-2013. Parfrey is immediate past-President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event. Parfrey is also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. He has served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition and Los Angeles Director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility. From 1987-1993, Parfrey founded and directed the Orange County Catholic Worker.  In 2003, Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. Parfrey has received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice as well as a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business, and is currently a fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

Lester Snow
Executive Director, California Water Foundation

Lester Snow directs the California Water Foundation program and leads integrated resource management projects. His most recent past experience was as California Secretary for Natural Resources. In that capacity, he oversaw 25 departments, commissions, boards, and conservancies, and served as chief advisor to the governor on issues related to the state’s natural, historic, and cultural resources. Snow also served as chairman of the Ocean Protection Council and on the Delta Conservancy, the Delta Protection Commission, and the Strategic Growth Council. Other past positions include Director of the California Department of Water Resources, Executive Director of CALFED, Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation, and General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority. Snow spent six years with the Arizona Department of Water Resources—four as Tucson Area Director. He holds an MS in water resources administration from the University of Arizona and a BS in Earth sciences from Pennsylvania State University.

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SCG members: no cost to attend
Non-members: $100

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Current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership

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