About Us













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Successful natural and human communities adapt to changing conditions.
So do we.

Our Mission

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

Community Engagement

Engineering and Hydrology

Native Habitat Restoration



Web, Graphic and Design


Legacy LA

VS2 Consulting Inc.

Land IQ

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Brewer and Tominaga, LL

Picnic Designs
Neochrome Inc.
AJ DJ Web Systems

Board of Directors



Dean Misczynski, Adjunct Fellow

Public Policy Institute of California
Mr. Misczynski is an adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where he specializes in local government financing, water financing, and budget realignment. He was the founding director of the California Research Bureau, which provides policy research services to both houses of the California Legislature and the Governor’s Office. He was deputy director of Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research, and is one of the foremost experts nationwide on public finance tools. His graduate and undergraduate education was at Stanford in economics.



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
As founder and president of Gonzalez Strategic Affairs, Mr. Ruben Gonzalez provides government affairs, media relations, crisis communications and political/campaign consulting services, and is Senior Advisor to the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. Ruben has served as Sr. Vice President for Public Policy and Political Affairs for the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, Sr. Vice President of External Affairs for The Meruelo Group, public affairs specialist for Englander, Knabe & Allen, Deputy City Controller for City of L.A., and Governing Board Member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Loyola Marymount University.



Adi Liberman, Principal

Environmental Outreach Strategies
Mr. Liberman directs complex strategic, policy and public relations efforts for diverse clients. He has extensive expertise in strategic communications and public affairs in the environmental, water, land use and planning fields. He has served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Edelman PR Worldwide, Chair of the Board and Executive Director of Heal the Bay, and Chief of Staff for L.A. City Councilmember Ruth Galanter.


Advisory Council

David Abel
Rick Cole
Charles Eddy
Matt Epstein
Victor Griego
Carlyle W. Hall, Jr.

Kathy Jones Irish


Science Adviser

Dr. Thomas Chapin


Directors Emeritus

James Burks
Thomas Carey
Pan Courtelis
Margaret Diop
Jim Edmondson
Patrica Frobes
Frank Hill
Deborah Jensen
Rick Jones
Jeffrey Lee
Elizabeth Martin
Nancy McCeady
Steven Nissen
Steven Soboroff

Tina Thomas
Greg Watson
The Honorable Laurene Weste