Lisa began her role as Executive director in 2018 after five years with the RCD. During that time she played a key leadership role in developing many of the RCD’s core programs and innovative projects related to stewardship in agriculture. Prior to joining the RCD, Lisa managed agricultural water quality partnerships and programs for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Lisa has degrees in biology and environmental studies from the University of Washington and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University. Having worked on watershed management projects with communities in the Pacific Northwest, the Ecuadorian Andes, and coastal North Carolina, Lisa is happy to have set down roots in her adopted home of Santa Cruz. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the central coast and backpacking through the Sierras.