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.

Lindsay Thomas, Administrative Resources Manager

Lindsay Thomas provides organizational and administrative management for the office, including grant tracking and reporting, database management, and assisting with public relations and social media. Ms. Thomas has several years’ experience working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector having previously worked at the California Community Foundation, Assistance League and the Arizona Community Foundation. She has an M.A. in public management and leadership from Northern Arizona University.


Joe Laskin, Assistant Project Manager

Joe Laskin provides assistance in project management. Joe’s focus is on the L.A. River Greenway Project and Capital Campaign. He provides assistance with fundraising, research, planning and communications with subcontractors,and development of public relations materials. Mr. Laskin has seven years of experience in outdoor education, working with youth, and organizing outdoor activities and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Mr. Laskin has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

GIS Mapping and Data Analysis
Enivronmental Science Associates (ESA)

GreenInfo Network, GIS Data Analysis & Mapping

Science and Engineering
Enivronmental Science Associates (ESA)
VS2 Consulting, Inc.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Nixon-Peabody LLP

Web, Graphic & Design
AJ & DJ Systems, Web Hosting

Brewer & Tominaga, Accountant


Reed Holderman,
Principal, Slippery Rock Consultants
Mr. Holderman provides environmental and nonprofit consulting services in the conservation field. He previously served as Executive Director of the Sempervirens Fund, and has served as Senior Vice President & Western Regional Director for The Trust for Public Land (TPL), President of Coast Dairies and Land Company, member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Council’s Governing Board, and Program Director for the State Coastal Conservancy. Mr. Holderman has a M.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

Victor Griego,

Founder & CEO, Diverse Strategies for Organizing
Mr. Griego’s public affairs consulting firm specializes in community and government relations, environmental issues and political consulting. Mr. Griego launched the Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) to educate state and local Latino elected officials about California’s water issues. Mr. Griego is recognized as a community leader and consensus builder, and is dedicated to grassroots organizing and building sustainable communities.

Joel Epstein 
Project Development Consultant
Mr. J. Epstein advises developing countries in the areas of environmental impact methodologies and infrastructure projects for renewable energy; carbon capture, sequestration and utilization; fossil fuel power plants; waste to energy; municipal hazardous and nuclear waste landfills; pipelines; and other environmentally sensitive facilities. His clients include U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Education, Shell Oil and Waste Management.

Matt Epstein 
Real Estate Agent, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Mr. M. Epstein began investing in and selling real estate in the Los Angeles area in the 1980’s and went on to co-form the real estate team that grew to be known as Powerhouse Partners – one of the #1 real estate teams in the Southern San Fernando Valley. He served as the former President of South Valley Planning Commission for the City of Los Angeles for 13 years and is also active on numerous civic organizations in the San Fernando Valley. He acted as a former Executive Board Member of WeSpark Cancer Support Center for 10 years.

Hon. Terry Friedman (Ret.)
Mediator/Arbitrator/Special Master, JAMS
Hon. Terry Friedman (Ret.) served on the Los Angeles Superior Court of California from 1995-2010, including two years as Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court. He served in the California State Assembly from 1986-1994, where he was a staunch supporter of environmental issues. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the law schools at Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, UCLA and USC, continues to work as a mediator and arbitrator, and is very involved in international human rights matters and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.

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.

Nancy McCready
Wealth Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors
Ms. McCready is a wealth financial advisor with Bank of the West Wealth Management and teaches two financial planning courses at UCLA Extension. Nancy was selected by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to serve as a CFP Board Ambassador. She is a member of the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation and served on the finance committee of All Saints Church in Beverly Hills for 5 years. She holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State.

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.

David Abel
Rick Cole
Charles Eddy
Carlyle W. Hall, Jr.
Kathy Jones Irish

Dr. Thomas Chapin

James Burks
Thomas Carey
Pan Courtelis
Margaret Diop
Jim Edmondson
Patrica Frobes
Frank Hill
Deborah Jensen
Rick Jones
Jeffrey Lee
Elizabeth Martin
Steven Nissen
Steven Soboroff
Tina Thomas
Greg Watson
The Honorable Laurene Weste


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