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
efeldman@conservationsolutions.org

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  
clu@conservationsolutions.org

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.


Joe Laskin, Assistant Project Manager
jlaskin@conservationsolutions.org

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.

Legal
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Nixon-Peabody LLP

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

Accounting
Brewer & Tominaga, Accountant


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Reed Holderman,
Secretary
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.

Donna Black

Attorney
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.


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
Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Ms. McCready is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and teaches a financial planning course at UCLA Extension. 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.

ADVISORY COUNCIL
David Abel
Rick Cole
Charles Eddy
Victor Griego
Carlyle W. Hall, Jr.
Kathy Jones Irish

SCIENCE ADVISOR
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
Steven Nissen
Steven Soboroff
Tina Thomas
Greg Watson
The Honorable Laurene Weste

 

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