Lisa began her role as Executive Director in 2018 after five years with the RCD during which time she played a key leadership role in developing many of the RCD’s core programs and innovative projects related to stewardship in agriculture. Lisa believes passionately in the mission of the RCD and working collaboratively to find common ground solutions to difficult challenges.
She is motivated by the spirit of community and the strength of relationships that are built through the act of caring for natural resources. 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 feels fortunate to have set down roots in her adopted home of Santa Cruz.
Arianne Rettinger has been with the RCD since 2004 and has served as the Director of Finance since 2022. Ari values being able to assist in finding solutions to local conservation issues. Being a native of Monterey, CA, she has grown up understanding the importance of preserving our region’s ecosystems and resources, while recognizing the economic importance that industry plays in our region.
Sophia joined as the Administrative Coordinator for the Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County (FSCSCC) in 2021. Since 2015, the RCD has served as the fiscal and administrative sponsor of the FSCSCC, and Sophia in this role is helping build the administrative capacity of the organization.
FSCSCC combines her passions of conservation and wildfire prevention with her love for serving her community. When not at work, she loves going on bike rides and exploring new restaurants with her partner. She also enjoys taking classes at Cabrillo, cooking, reading, and mushroom hunting in her free time.
Americorps Watershed Steward Program (WSP) Service Member