Event: 5th Annual Darcy Aston Memorial Water Lecture

"Rising to Resilience: Sustainable Water Management"

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Bren 1414

The Environmental Studies Program invites you to this year’s Darcy Aston Memorial Water Lecture and Potluck. Join us as this year’s keynote speaker, Felicia Marcus, J.D., shares her perspectives on water policy and management in California and beyond. As one of the nation’s foremost experts on water policy, Felicia has held senior leadership positions at the federal, state, and local levels. She has also worked in senior positions with leading NGOs including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Trust for Public Land, and Heal the Bay, which she co-founded with Dorothy Green. This wealth of experience provides a context for Felicia’s perspectives on governance, ego-system management, local opportunities. In her talk, she will focus on building resilience in systems. After the lecture and panel discussion (~7:00pm), the event will move to Bren 4016 for the community potluck. Guests are encouraged to bring a food item to share.


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Speaker Bio: Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant with 35 years of expertise in organizational management, policy development, program implementation, and public engagement at the federal, state, and local level. Most recently, she was Chair of the California State Water Board, with regulatory responsibility for water conservation, groundwater management, wastewater recycling, stormwater capture, desalination, water rights laws, and the state’s drinking water program. Felicia helped lead the board through the state’s worst drought in modern history. Prior to this, Felicia led US EPA’s Southwest and Pacific Region (Region IX), working extensively on air, water, and toxics issues while helping negotiate agreements, develop policy, and implement projects on state, tribal, US-Mexico border, and Pacific Islands issues. Additionally, she has held senior leadership positions with national non-profit organizations and has been a practicing attorney in the private and non-profit sectors. She currently serves on the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada). Felicia has a law degree from NYU and an AB cum laude from Harvard College in East Asian Studies.