© LA County
Successful natural and human communities adapt to changing conditions.
So do we.
Community Conservation Solutions (CCS) tackles the challenging problems that occur where people and nature intersect. We implement practical, sustainable solutions that integrate science, technology, planning, design, finance and community engagement to create permanent public benefits. We pioneer innovative and collaborative approaches that combine strategic planning, policy and on-the-ground projects focused on land, water, wildlife and people. We focus on uniting diverse communities and leveraging public and private funds.
We use a green infrastructure approach to plan, design and execute park, river, open space and natural habitat restoration projects, establish new local water supplies, improve water quality, reduce greenhouse gases, restore native ecosystems and create community open space where it is most needed.
CCS has a twenty-year track record of implementing successful conservation projects that have made positive and permanent changes in California’s urban landscapes. CCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
We Are Problem Solvers
The CCS Team
We use a team approach to maximize our flexibility and ability to adapt to each new challenge.
Our team includes:
Esther Feldman, President
Esther Feldman is an environmental leader in California and has established more than $3 billion in new public funding to achieve community and conservation goals. Prior to establishing CCS, she served as L.A. Field Office Director and Director of the National Public Finance Program for the Trust for Public Land, Director of Special Projects for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Chair of the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission. She has expertise in public finance, legislation, planning, technical research, water, community outreach, conservation real estate, governmental and public relations and campaigns. Ms. Feldman directs all aspects of CCS’ work, including projects, programs, policy, legal and development activities. She has a B.S. in Soil and Water Science from UC Davis.
Chun Lu, Fiscal & Operations Manager
Chun Lu is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management, including organizational budgeting, financial reporting, and invoicing. Additionally, Ms. Lu oversees CCS’ grant and contract tracking and reporting and provides IT support, oversight and coordination for all of CCS’ projects and programs. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington.
Air Quality, Energy and Climate Change
Engineering and Hydrology
Native Habitat Restoration
Web, Graphic and Design
VS2 Consulting Inc.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Brewer and Tominaga, LL
AJ DJ Web Systems
Board of Directors
|Dean Misczynski, Adjunct Fellow
Public Policy Institute of California
|Donna Black, Secretary
Ms. Donna Black is an attorney with over 40 years of experience and expertise in the California Environmental Quality Act, land use litigation/compliance and a broad range of other environmental impact issues. Her environmental expertise includes air quality and waste management issues. She served as Co-Editor and an Author of the “California Environmental Law Handbook.” and has advised, counseled, and litigated on behalf of private developers, public agencies, businesses, lenders and investors. She continues to advise clients at her own firm.
Esther Feldman, President
|Ruben Gonzalez, President & Founder
Gonzalez Strategic Affairs
|Adi Liberman, Principal
Environmental Outreach Strategies
Carlyle W. Hall, Jr.
Kathy Jones Irish
Dr. Thomas Chapin
The Honorable Laurene Weste