From Farms to Cities

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Peter Kareiva, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Sustainable Conservation Board Member

Peter Kareiva is the director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, Kareiva was the Chief Scientist and Vice President of The Nature Conservancy, where he was responsible for maintaining the quality of over 600 staff engaged in conservation science in 36 countries around the world. He is also Chairman of the Board for Science for Nature and People (SNAP), a new scientific collaboration among the Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis that is designed to rapidly respond to critical questions involving nature and human well-being.

Kareiva studied political science and zoology at Duke University for his bachelor’s degree and ecology and applied mathematics at Cornell University for his Ph.D. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and author or editor of eight books, including a textbook on conservation science. Kareiva is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of The National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Kareiva was the Director of Conservation Biology at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and prior to that he was a Professor at the University of Washington and Brown University, with teaching or faculty stints at Stanford University, University of Virginia, Uppsala University, and Oxford University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science.

His current research concerns the connection between human activities and changes in ecosystem services, as part of the Natural Capital Project, which he co-founded with Gretchen Daily (who serves on Sustainable Conservation’s Advisory Board), Steve Polasky, and Taylor Ricketts.

Esther Feldman, President, Community Conservation Solutions

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.

Daniel Mountjoy, Director of Resource Stewardship, Sustainable Conservation

Daniel is the Director of Resource Stewardship at Sustainable Conservation and is responsible for leadership of two program areas: Water for the Future and Accelerated Restoration. He works to integrate technical knowledge, decision support tools, and policy in support of groundwater sustainability and habitat restoration through collaboration with farmers, researchers, and agencies.

Prior to joining Sustainable Conservation, Daniel was Assistant State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) serving the California Central Coast and San Francisco Bay-Delta regions. During his 17-year career with NRCS he fostered partnerships with Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs), technical advisors, researchers and the agricultural community to promote water quality and habitat protection practices, and led efforts to integrate food safety with conservation practices.

Daniel earned a PhD in human ecology from UC Davis for his research on strategies to improve cross-cultural communication for resource management with Hispanic farmers. He also holds a BA in agroecology from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Latin American studies from Stanford University. Daniel has practical on-the-ground experience as a farm and land manager on rural properties in northern California and as a landscape contractor in Santa Cruz County.

Miles Reiter, Chairman, Driscoll’s Berries

J. Miles Reiter is the Chairman of Driscoll’s. He is a fourth-generation California farmer. His family has specialized in berries for over one hundred years. Miles and his brother, Garland continue to farm through their family business, Reiter Affiliated Companies, with strawberry, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry production globally.

Brought up in the business, Miles has working experience in every aspect of berry production. Prior to graduating from Princeton University he worked under his father, Joe on strawberry farms along the central coast of California performing a myriad of duties including growing and hauling berries to Driscoll’s distribution facilities.

Miles is also involved in industry organizations and his local community having served on numerous boards including his role of Chairman of both the California Strawberry Commission and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Today he serves on the UC President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sustainable Conservation, CA State University Monterey Bay Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank (Santa Cruz County) and as an Advisory Member to the Santa Cruz County Land Trust.

When not working, touring through a berry field, or visiting a customer, Miles can be found spending time with his wife Rosanne and their four children; Brie, Allison, Trip, and Sydney.

Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

In July 2014, Nancy Sutley was named Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) where she oversees energy efficiency, water conservation, economic development, and electrification of the transportation network.  Prior to LADWP, Nancy Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014.  Under Sutley, the Council on Environmental Quality played a central role in shepherding the Obama Administration’s signature environmental accomplishments. Sutley was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change.

Prior to her appointment as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles, California under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also was Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, and Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California EPA from 1999-2003. During the administration of President Clinton, Sutley worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and Special Assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C.

Sutley received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. Sutley resides in Los Angeles, CA.