I chose to serve on the RCD board because I am passionate about soil health, effective management of water resources, and maintaining ecosystem services as a buffer against the expected effects of climate change - issues areas in which the Santa Cruz County RCD is playing a leadership role.
Mike earned a BA from UCSC and pursued a career in environmental policy and conservation until retirement a few years ago. He has worked for the Sierra Club, the State of California Natural Resources Agency, The Nature Conservancy, and Resources Legacy Fund, where he served as Executive Director from 2007 - 2011. From 2005 - 2018 Mike developed and managed a small farm in southern Sacramento County. Mike was appointed to the RCD board in 2021. He and his wife live in Davenport.
I am a Director with the RCD to support the district’s critical role in bringing together property owners, agencies and other stakeholders to promote and implement a wide range of resource protection and habitat restoration measures in the county.
John has been a Director with the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District since 2000. Prior to his retirement in 2020, he worked for Santa Cruz County for 35 years in watershed planning, water quality protection, and water resources management. He has served on various state and regional advisory groups dealing with beach water quality, groundwater management, stormwater management, water planning, onsite sewage disposal systems, wells, and watershed protection. He has been a partner in an organic apple and pear orchard and a horse boarding and riding facility. He has a degree from UCSC in Environmental Studies and Biology and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control.