Our Board

Glen Dake, President and Chair

Fran Diamond, Vice Chair and Membership Officer

Victoria Rome, Secretary

Melissa Romero, Staff Advisor

Lauren Faber-O’Connor

Macaria Flores

Doug Linney

Oscar Lopez

Jennifer Miner

David Nahai

Andrew Okun

Wendy-Sue Rosen

Nancy Sutley

Parin Shah

Randall Winston

Wendy Leshgold

Glen DakeGlen Dake, President and Chair, is a landscape architect at DakeLuna Consultants and a leader in building community-designed landscapes, transportation, and school improvements in Southern California neighborhoods where he has practiced since 1987. He helped to found the LA Community Garden Council in 1998, and helped to permanently protect the Vermont Square Community Garden with the Trust for Public Land. Between 2001 and 2005 he served on then-Los Angeles Council Member Eric Garcetti’s staff where he worked on Mr. Garcetti's ambitious green agenda and developed thirteen new parks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the LA Community Garden Council; and is appointed to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Fran DiamondFran Diamond, Vice Chair and Membership Officer, is a four time former Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. She is a founder of the landmark group No Oil, Inc. which successfully saved the Los Angeles coast from on-shore oil drilling. Fran was a Special Assistant on the Environment to Controller Gray Davis. Ms. Diamond is a Member of the City of Los Angeles Citizens’ Oversight Committee for Proposition O, which provides oversight on the expenditure of $500 million approved by Los Angeles voters for water quality improvement programs. She is a member of the Executive Board and Governing Board of Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and has served on the Los Angeles County Beach Commission. She is a member of the California Women’s Political Committee and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Ms. Diamond has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in organizational management from Antioch University.

Victoria RomeVictoria Rome, Secretary, is the California Legislative Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where she works with the state legislature and administrative agencies to further the environmental community’s agenda. She works to enact laws to reduce exposure to pollution and toxic chemicals, combat climate change, and foster California’s clean energy economy. Before joining the staff of NRDC, Victoria was the legislative coordinator for California Youth Connection, a non-profit foster youth advocacy organization. She also worked in the California State Capitol as a legislative consultant for the Assembly Human Services Committee and former Assemblymembers Tom Bates and Dion Aroner. She holds a B.A. in political science from UCLA and an M.A. in international affairs from California State University, Sacramento. Victoria lives in El Cerrito with her husband and two sons.

Melissa RomeroMelissa Romero, Staff Advisor,  is EnviroVoters' Legislative Affairs Manager. In this role, Melissa represents the organization in the state’s capitol, lobbying for strong environmental policies and working with partner organizations on advancing priority legislation. Her work includes tracking and prioritizing legislation, representing EnviroVoters on a variety of coalitions and networks, working with state legislators and their staff, and being the organization’s voice in the capitol. Prior to EnviroVoters, Melissa worked with Californians Against Waste on advancing waste reduction and recycling legislation and at Cal State Long Beach, Associated Students Inc. advocating for sustainability and zero waste policies and practices on campus. Melissa’s interest in policy began with an interest in environmental sciences and developed with strong sense of urgency to address the need to shift away from fossil fuel use and other extractive industry practices.

Lauren FaberLauren Faber-O’Connor is the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Previously she was West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, where her work focused on building support with governmental leaders, business, and environmental counterparts to advance key policies in the areas of climate, energy, oceans, land, water, and wildlife. Prior to joining EDF, Ms. Faber-O’Connor worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was appointed Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs in 2010. Ms. Faber-O’Connor serves on the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board, is a member of the Truman National Security Project Political Partnership, and a Catto Fellow for environmental leadership at the Aspen Institute. She obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

Macaria FloresMacaria Flores is City Executive - Big Urban Clients at ARCADIS U.S. Inc. Prior to joining ARCADIS, she was Vice President of Cerrell Associates’ Energy and Environment practice area. She also worked at the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works as a Government/Legislative liaison for the Bureau of Sanitation, where she developed a legislative blueprint for the City’s proposed alternative technology facilities. Ms. Flores served as policy director for Los Angeles City Councilmember Tony Cardenas, where she successfully redeveloped brownfield properties for commercial and recreational use, enacted policy implementing a green taxi fleet for the city, and worked on permitting the city’s lone LEED certified state-of-the art materials recovery facility. Ms. Flores began her career as an Environmental Scientist with the California Environmental Protection Agency, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region. Ms. Flores received a degree in environmental studies, public policy and management from the University of Southern California.

Doug LinneyDoug Linney is the president of The Next Generation which advances the environmental agenda by offering campaign services and political strategy to nonprofit organizations, environmental coalitions, and progressive candidates. Mr. Linney has run over 100 electoral and issue campaigns at the state, regional, and local level and has specialized in water, energy, forestry, transportation, and environmental tax reform issues. In 2002, he was recognized with the Mark Dubois River Conservationist Award given by Friends of the River. His environmental service includes past or present membership on the boards of directors for Friends of the River, ecoVenture, Green Capitol, the Planning and Conservation League, and the Coalition for Clean Air. He is also an elected board-member to the East Bay Municipal Utility District. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Linney was the Political Director of the California Environmental Voters. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from UC Davis.

Oscar LopezOscar Lopez is the Political Director of the Service Employees International Union California (SEIU CA). As the largest labor union in the State of California, SEIU CA advocates on behalf of 700,000 nurses, healthcare workers, janitors, doctors, social workers, security officers, in-home caregivers, school and university employees, court workers, and city, county and state employees, who have passed a comprehensive, progressive agenda for economic, racial, environmental, gender and immigrant justice. Known for his ability to develop broad coalitions, his strategic insight, and his ability to bring together the resources necessary to win elections, Lopez has been instrumental in leading the California groundswell that helped flip the House in 2018, in strengthening California's pro-worker legislative majorities, and in passing significant revenue measures on the ballot that have brought billions to educating our children, funding vital local community services like public health, and providing assistance to those most in need. Prior to SEIU, Lopez worked on congressional and presidential campaigns in southwestern states, as well as serving as a Director of City's Boys and Girls Club in New Mexico. Oscar lives in Long Beach with his wife, two kids and dog.

Jennifer MinerJennifer Miner Jennifer Miner received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Skidmore College, and an MA and MEd in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a therapist, Jennifer worked with dually diagnosed unhoused people in NYC. After moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Jennifer moved into travel writing. As a travel writer she focused on family travel and sustainable, “green” travel. Jennifer shifted gears after the 2016 election and became a full time community organizer, progressive activist, and political donor and fundraiser. A lifetime member of the Sierra Club, and longtime member of the World Wildlife Fund and Nature Conservancy, Jennifer is proud to be a board member of the EnviroVoters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband (and two college-aged daughters who don’t call home nearly enough), and two neurotic dogs, Jasper and Willie.

H. David Nahai, Esq.David Nahai is President of David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC, which specializes in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water sectors. He is also a partner at the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith and co-chair of its energy, water, and real estate practice areas. Mr. Nahai is the former General Manager and Commission President of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Mr. Nahai is also the former Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, serving in the administrations of 3 California Governors. He sits on the Boards of the California Environmental Voters, Heal the Bay, and UCLA Luskin Center, and has received numerous commendations for his environmental leadership, including awards from the Sierra Club, Heal the Bay, and Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Nahai holds graduate and post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and UC Berkeley.

Andrew OkunAndrew Okun has been a Board member of the California Environmental Voters since 2000. He is currently the president of the American Go Association and was a board member of the AGA from 2008-2012. He received a BSc in Physics from University College London, and a Diploma in International and Comparative Politics and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.  He worked previously as a legal journalist and in the music industry as co-owner of Cherry Lane Music Publishing.

Wendy-Sue RosenWendy-Sue Rosen is a community advocate, land use policy consultant and environmental activist. She currently serves on eight boards dealing with issues ranging from responsible and balanced land use policies, air & water quality, protection of the Santa Monica Mountains, open space preservation, public access to trails, wildlife connectivity, and the health of the environment. In her work she has been recognized by city, state and federal agencies and elected officials. In 2007 Wendy was named “Woman of the Year” by then-Assemblymember Mike Feuer. “I am very excited that Wendy-Sue is AD 42’s Woman of the Year. Her passion for civic involvement, community engagement and environmental activism represents many of the shared values of my district. Her willingness to lead many of these causes is illustrative of what can be accomplished when people of good will work for our common benefit. She has lead efforts to improve water quality, protect wildlife, preserve our environment and support public access to open space.” Wendy works tirelessly with the hope that together we can find solutions to conquer the climate crisis and end global warming, bringing balance back to the planet.

Nancy SutleyNancy Sutley is Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Previously, she served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014 and 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 to the Council on Environmental Quality, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and 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 and held positions at US EPA. Sutley received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

Parin ShahParin Shah leads up and advances Asian Pacific Environmental Network’s environmental justice policy and communications portfolio. Prior to APEN, Parin was with Green For All, where he worked with cities and counties across the US on environmental equity policies. In 2004, he founded the Urban Accords Institute, which in 2005 co-hosted the UN World Environment Day in San Francisco, out of which was developed the Urban Environmental Accords—a road map for creating green cities. From 2000-04, as the President of the Commission on the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco, he co-authored ground-breaking legislation on climate change, environmental justice, wetlands conservation and restoration, zero waste, green buildings, and food security. Parin has also developed and managed habitat restoration projects, horticultural education, and job-training programs for formerly incarcerated youth and adults in San Francisco.

Randall WinstonRandall Winston is pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Prior to law school, Randall served as Executive Director of the California Strategic Growth Council, a state agency integrating efforts to achieve the state’s sustainable community and climate goals, where he focused on infill development and conservation strategies that build social, environmental and economic equity. Randall previously served in Governor Brown's office as an advisor to the chief of staff, where he helped lead implementation of Governor Brown’s Executive Orders on Green Buildings and Zero Emission Vehicles as well as international climate policy. Randall’s professional experience spans architecture, urban development, venture technology, and finance. He worked for the architecture and integrated design practice Foster + Partners prior to joining Governor Brown’s office, and was a founding director at Causes, a venture technology company led by Facebook’s founding president. Randall also worked in Beijing, China for SOHO China, an integrated urban development and architecture firm, as well as Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities, a China mainland joint-venture with Goldman Sachs. Randall received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Government from Harvard University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Wendy LeshgoldWendy Leshgold, is the President, Co-Founder of Fast Forward Group. As a facilitator and keynote speaker, Wendy’s authenticity, energy and experience leave people inspired to take action in their lives. As head of FFG’s executive coaching practice, Wendy manages a team of senior level coaches and supports clients in achieving their full potential in their whole lives. Wendy has worked with thousands of executives across the globe from companies such as Facebook, Google, Visa, Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg and more. Wendy received her coaching certification (CPCC/ACC) from CTI in 2005 and since then has coached hundreds of executives in areas such as: performance, leadership, career growth / transition, and change management. Before coaching, Wendy spent fifteen years leading senior teams at renowned advertising agencies Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO and Deutsch. She opened and grew Deutsch Los Angeles from five people to over 300. Wendy received her BA in History from the University of Virginia. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. In her free time, Wendy can often be found watching her son play baseball and walking with her beloved dogs, Scout and Cali.

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