Barry Nelson, Alameda County, Member At-Large, 2018-2020
Barry Nelson has worked on issues related to San Francisco Bay for more than 30 years, including 15 years at Save the Bay, with 9 years as the Executive Director, where he worked on many habitat protection and restoration projects. Mr. Nelson also worked for 15 years at the Natural Resources Defense Council, directing and co-directing NRDC’s California water team. Most recently, Mr. Nelson has worked as an independent water policy consultant for a wide range of clients, including extensive work on flood management and restoration projects. Mr. Nelson served for 9 years as a commissioner on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, serving also as the chair of the Bay Fill Working Group which is responsible for reviewing the Commission’s laws, policies and the Bay Plan to ensure the region is ready to meet the challenges posed by sea level rise.
Cindy Darling, Contra Costa County, representing East Bay and Chair, 2018-2020
Cindy Darling is the CFO of Darling H2O Consulting, Inc. where she focuses on water supply alternatives. Ms. Darling served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Resources Agency for four years where she worked on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Prior to that she represented Calfed in the Bay Area, managing water supply and water quality planning efforts. Ms. Darling also spent close to 15 years as a field biologist and environmental specialist for the California Department of Fish and Game. Ms. Darling is also the current chair of the Walnut Creek Planning Commission.
Andy Rodgers, Sonoma County, representing North Bay, 2018-2020
Andy Rodgers is a consulting geologist with more than 30 years' experience evaluating, managing and monitoring groundwater and stormwater quality on behalf of public agencies, private parties, and NGOs. As past president of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation and chair of the Sonoma County Agriculture Preservation and Open Space District’s citizen advisory committee, Mr. Rodgers has reviewed many habitat restoration projects. In addition, he is a Sonoma County Water Agency Zone 2A Flood Control Advisory Committee member, serves on the Board of the Friends of Petaluma River, and is the Executive Director of the Russian River Watershed Association.
Brian Steen, Santa Clara County, representing South Bay, 2018-2020
Brian Steen currently serves as a Community Relations Consultant, providing community outreach, capital campaign planning, and process guidance for businesses, non-profits and public agencies. As the Executive Director of the Sempervirens Fund from 1999-2008, Mr. Steen directed all land acquisition transactions and implemented fundraising campaigns. Mr. Steen managed all organizational assets, including financial, real property and commercial holdings, as well as prepared annual budgets and quarterly projections. In addition, Mr. Steen was the Executive Director of the Big Sur Land Trust from 1980-1997, where he negotiated terms and conditions of conservation easements and purchases with private and public landowners.