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Experience

Retired professional with a career spanning 41 years of public policy and advocacy. Problem solver, communicator, connector, thinker, a visionary who gets things done often in highly visible and adversarial settings.
Land Use Planning 
1978 - 1987

Focus on the Santa Monica Mountains region of southern California spanning Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Planner for a state agency. Permit Analyst for California Coastal Commission including a variety of major projects. Private consultant for applicants for permits in California Coastal Zone.

Environmental Specialist

California Department of Toxic Substances Control 
1987-1988

Enforcement Division for Hazardous Waste Permitted Facilities in the SF Bay Area. Annual permit reviews of complex facilities including military installations, paint production facilities, and technology companies. Staff negotiator on early successful Consent Decree with large military installation.

California Government Affairs Manager

Navy Region Southwest 
1988 - 2019

Serving on an Admiral’s staff, representative, and advocate before the California Legislature, including its many committees, and Executive Branch. The executive branch included Governor’s office and regulatory agencies spanning air quality, climate change, energy, hazardous waste, water quality, planning, and environmental cleanup. Created the first group of community representatives for a federal cleanup process. Developed  US Navy policy guidance for citizen participation in cleanups. Through the mid-90s, served as a public representative for the Superfund cleanup site at Hunters Point in San Francisco. Variety of special projects important to military families.

Member, Camas Mill Cleanup Community Advisory Group

2021-present

After helping establish this group, selected for membership in an ongoing effort to provide oversight to the Washington Department of Ecology’s cleanup appropriate for future uses. Active participant in outreach activities and document review.

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz — Economics (Honors) and Environmental Planning (Honors) 1979

Selected Volunteer Experience

Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Sacramento 
2012-2013

Member of a team to manage, promote and develop projects/events for one of the largest and oldest Rotary Clubs in the Country.

Board of Directors, Sacramento Electric Vehicle Group 
2017-2018

Part of the team to expand and promote a chapter of the Electric Auto Association covering the greater Sacramento region. Planned numerous outreach events and submittal advocacy letters supporting the coming of electric vehicles. Electric Vehicle owner since 2013.

“Head Duck” Rotary Club of Camas-Washougal 
2019 - present

Successfully reimagined Ducky Derby, given Covid constraints, into a well-attended, family-friendly event that promotes both Rotary and our downtown. 2022 came close to a new record. Created a partnership between DCA and Rotary where none existed. Planning for this year’s 29th Ducky Derby is underway.

Member, Camas Mill Community Advisory Committee 
2021- present

Governing Experience

Nepenthe Homeowner’s Association
2010 - 2011

Board member, and President of a 590-home HOA in Sacramento. An aging 70’s development, the HOA provided a wide range of services including flood protection, upkeep of roofs, and T-111 siding (and its constant maintenance). The HOA  maintained landscaping of a large, urban forest fronting the American River. It had three pools, tennis courts and a clubhouse/gym, and several roads. Its 2011 annual budget was nearly $3 million. This included a fully funded Reserve making sure the HOA had funds to replace equipment and materials end-of-life, which is required for HOAs. Negotiated an agreement with City of Sacramento over significant water waste and implemented a major irrigation system overhaul.

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