Conner Everts, FacilitatorIn addition to his duties as a Facilitator for the Caucus, Conner Everts is the Executive Director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance and co-chair of the Desal Response Group. He is chair of Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform (POWER) as well as other organizations. Conner was elected to the Casitas Municipal Water District and was president of the Ojai Basin Management Ground Water Agency. Conner was convener of the California Urban Water Conservation Council and on the state task forces on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Desalination, and the SWRCB recycled water stakeholder process and most recently is on the Department of Public Health Direct Potable Reuse Advisory Group. But his most important work is as elder advisor to the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and with the Southern California Steelhead Coalition helping remove dams on the streams where he caught fish as a youth and hopefully others can in the future.
Julia McIver, Legislative Advisor
Julia McIver is working with EWC on policy and legislation. Julia's love for the natural world has taken many professional forms. She worked for the State Coastal Conservancy on watershed management, project planning and implementation, and policy and legislation. She ran a nonprofit that created and managed a preserve on the Mendocino coast and restored the 1908 Light Station, including restoration of the Fresnel lens. Julia did time as staff to the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, and helped Yolo County develop and fund a parks department and advised the Board of Supervisors on policy related to flood management, water management, and the Delta. She is an avid river runner, gardener, and ceramist, and we're glad to have her on board.
David Nesmith, Senior Advisor
David has worked on California water issues for many years, first as the Conservation Director for the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, and then as the facilitator for the EWC. His past work also includes stints as a taxi driver in New York City, an international affairs educator at the UN, and a volunteer promoting agricultural development in Viet Nam in the late 1960s.
David is on extended sick leave and is a Senior Advisor to the Caucus
Nick Di Croce, Senior Advisor
Nick retired from a senior management position at the Toyota Corporation in 1998 and since that time he has been involved in California water policy issues with California Trout, the California Water Impact Network, and more recently as a consultant to the EWC. His Wharton School degree in economics and his career in the corporate business world bring a unique economics-based analytical orientation to environmental solutions. He has served on the Public Advisory Committee for the State Water Plan and he was the lead author of the EWC's California Water Solutions Now report. Nick retired from the EWC as of June 15, 2014 and now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Caucus