Lisa Lurie is a Conservation Program Specialist with the RCD. She leads voluntary, collaborative projects to address water supply and water quality issues in the lower Pajaro River Watershed. These include developing performance-based incentives for conservation in agriculture, and supporting community-driven efforts to reduce aquifer overdraft. Prior to joining the RCD in March of 2013, Lisa worked since 2007 as the Agricultural Water Quality Coordinator at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and holds BS and BA degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Washington. Having worked on watershed management projects with communities in the Pacific Northwest, the Ecuadorian Andes, and coastal North Carolina, Lisa is happy to be setting down roots in her adopted home of Santa Cruz. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the central coast and backpacking through the Sierras.