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.


Alyssa Curran
Communications & Development
Administration Manager
acurran@conservationsolutions.org

Alyssa Curran coordinates grant proposal development and reporting, event planning, and implementation of CCS’ digital communications strategy. She works on production and outreach of electronic communications and web updates, public relations materials, research, and support for meetings, presentations and conferences. She is responsible for office management and administrative support for CCS’ projects and programs. Ms. Curran has a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from UCLA, with minors in Spanish and Public Affairs.


Joe Laskin, Associate Project Intern
jlaskin@conservationsolutions.org

Joe Laskin provides assistance in project management. Joe’s focus is on the L.A. River Greenway Project. He provides assistance with fundraising, research, planning and communications with subcontractors,and development of public relations materials. 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
GreenInfo Network, GIS Data Analysis & Mapping

Science and Engineering
Psomas, Hydrology Engineering

Legal
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Nixon-Peabody LLP

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

Accounting
Brewer & Tominaga, Accountant


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Adi Liberman, Chair  
Principal, Adi Liberman & Associates
Mr. Liberman directs complex strategic, policy and public relations efforts for diverse clients. He has extensive expertise in environmental, water, land use and planning fields. He has served as Vice President 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.

Kathy Jones Irish, Secretary
Vice President, Arnie Berghoff & Associates
Ms. Jones Irish has successfully represented the interests of municipal agencies and private companies before the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Kathy’s vast professional experience and expertise includes shaping public policy, transportation planning, engineering and construction, waste management, corporate philanthropy, water resources planning, infrastructure design engineering, strategic lobbying/marketing and business development.

Evan Birenbaum

Program Manager, Southern California Edison
Mr. Birenbaum identifies challenges and develops strategies for Southern California Edison’s corporate responsibility and sustainability program.  Mr. Birenbaum focuses on energy sustainability as it relates to economic, environmental and social issues that impact our nation’s largest power utilities, sustainable jobs in Southern California, environmental stewardship in the community, habitat protection and biodiversity, climate change and water impact.


Reed Holderman
Executive Director, Sempervirens Fund
Mr. Holderman is the Executive Director of the Sempervirens Fund, which has been preserving redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1900. He has served as Senior Vice President and Western Regional Director for The Trust for Public Land (TPL), President of Coast Dairies and Land Company and the Tahoe Regional Planning Council’s Governing Board. He was the Manager of the State Coastal Conservancy’s natural resource program. Mr. Holderman has a Masters of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

Nancy McCready
Wealth Financial Advisor, Bank of the West
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.

ADVISORY COUNCIL
David Abel
Rick Cole
Charles Eddy
Carlyle W. Hall, Jr.

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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Los Angeles, CA 90291, USA
310.398.8584
info@conservationsolutions.org

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