Meet the California Environmental Voters Board of Directors!
Fran Diamond, President and Chair, is a four-time former Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board where she served for 20 years. She is a founder of the landmark group No Oil, Inc. which successfully saved the Los Angeles coast from on-shore oil drilling. Fran was a Special Assistant on the Environment to Controller Gray Davis. Ms. Diamond is a Member of the City of Los Angeles Citizens’ Oversight Committee for Proposition O, which provides oversight on the expenditure of $500 million approved by Los Angeles voters for water quality improvement programs. Fran serves on the Executive Committee of The Bay Foundation which provides funding for restoration and resilience projects in the Santa Monica Bay. She is an Alternate Commissioner on the California Coastal Commission. She is a member of the California Women’s Political Committee. Ms. Diamond has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University.
Randall Winston, Vice Chair, is an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers whose career spans law, architecture, and public service. Previously, former Governor Jerry Brown appointed Randall to serve as Executive Director of the California Strategic Growth Council, where he oversaw a total of $1.3 billion in climate investments focused on achieving the state’s ambitious sustainable community and climate goals. In that position he led the development and implementation of Transformative Climate Communities, recognized as one of the nation’s most holistic, equity-centered, and community-driven climate action programs funded by a government agency. Randall also served as a climate policy advisor to Governor Brown, working across state agencies to advance programs targeting disadvantaged communities, implementing Executive Orders on green buildings and electric vehicles, and developing international environmental agreements with China and Mexico.
Before serving in the Brown administration, Randall worked for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster in New York, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams on design, urban planning, and infrastructure projects throughout the world. He also spent two years working for urban development and architecture firms in Beijing, China. In 2010, Randall led a team that won a design competition sponsored by the City of Los Angeles to reimagine the downtown Warehouse District as a vibrant clean technology and arts hub, prior to what it is today. From 2007-2009, Randall was a founding director of partnerships at Causes.com, a platform led by Facebook’s founding president that brought together over 186 million users and 20,000 nonprofit partners to create online communities for social change.
In 2018, Randall was recognized by E&E News as one of Five California Climate Leaders to Watch, and received the Champion for Ensuring Government Accountability Award from Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. He is currently a Policy Fellow at Elemental Excelerator, a nonprofit venture fund and incubator for clean technology entrepreneurs, and also serves on the boards of Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability and U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Randall received a Juris Doctorate degree from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.
Macaria Flores, Treasurer, is City Executive – Big Urban Clients at ARCADIS U.S. Inc. Prior to joining ARCADIS, she was Vice President of Cerrell Associates’ Energy and Environment practice area. She also worked at the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works as a Government/Legislative liaison for the Bureau of Sanitation, where she developed a legislative blueprint for the City’s proposed alternative technology facilities. Ms. Flores served as policy director for Los Angeles City Councilmember Tony Cardenas, where she successfully redeveloped brownfield properties for commercial and recreational use, enacted policy implementing a green taxi fleet for the city, and worked on permitting the city’s lone LEED certified state-of-the art materials recovery facility. Ms. Flores began her career as an Environmental Scientist with the California Environmental Protection Agency, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region. Ms. Flores received a degree in environmental studies, public policy and management from the University of Southern California.
Victoria Rome, Secretary, is the California Legislative Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where she works with the state legislature and administrative agencies to further the environmental community’s agenda. She works to enact laws to reduce exposure to pollution and toxic chemicals, combat climate change, and foster California’s clean energy economy. Before joining the staff of NRDC, Victoria was the legislative coordinator for California Youth Connection, a non-profit foster youth advocacy organization. She also worked in the California State Capitol as a legislative consultant for the Assembly Human Services Committee and former Assemblymembers Tom Bates and Dion Aroner. She holds a B.A. in political science from UCLA and an M.A. in international affairs from California State University, Sacramento. Victoria lives in El Cerrito with her husband and two sons.
Mary Creasman, Chief Executive Officer, has focused the organization on building power to solve the climate crisis, advancing climate justice, and creating the global roadmap for action since taking over in 2018. Under her leadership, EnviroVoters has more than doubled in size, launching three new local league PAC entities to expand organizing efforts in battleground regions across the state. During the 2020 election cycle, EnviroVoters PAC entities and partners stopped Big Oil’s top three candidates from advancing in the primary election and unseated two anti-environmental state senators in the general election. In addition, EnviroVoters led efforts in 2020 to expand mail ballots to every voter, protect in-person and drop box polling options, and lower the voting age. While passing numerous climate policies statewide, EnviroVoters led an accountability effort to oust a pro-oil and gas Assembly Transportation Chair and ensured California’s congressional delegation delivered a historic win federally by securing permanent conservation funding through the Great American Outdoors Act. Prior to EnviroVoters, Mary served as the California Director of Government Affairs for The Trust for Public Land where she led the effort to pass the largest parks tax measure in the nation, spearheaded the state’s biggest single investment in underserved communities in California’s history, and created an urban greening program marking the first time green infrastructure was included in California’s climate policy. Mary has a long and successful track record of leading campaigns and initiatives at regional, statewide, and national levels as the Chief Strategy Officer of Green For All, the Associate Director of the Partnership for Children & Youth, and the Political and Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO Labor Council in Silicon Valley. She has advised organizations across the country as an organizational development and effectiveness consultant. Mary has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Politico, the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, and more.
Aaron McCall, Staff Advisor, is EnviroVoters’ Federal Advocacy Coordinator. For the first time in a decade, we have a chance to pass strong federal climate legislation; and Aaron is EnviroVoters’ primary climate and clean energy advocate to congressmembers, ensuring we do everything we can to meet this moment with California leading the way. Aaron got his start as a young grassroots activist based out of Orange County, California serving as the chairman of Indivisible OC 48 in California’s 48th congressional district! Aaron works actively in Orange County to advance conservation and climate action and was the 2019 OC League of Conservation Voters Activist of the Year. Before becoming an “accidental activist” Aaron was a cognitive psychology student, earning a BA in Psychology from UC Irvine, and an MSc in Psychiatric Research from King’s College London in the UK. When Aaron isn’t building power with young people as the OCYD Political Director, he is tweeting about Star Trek and Grey’s Anatomy.
Glen Dake is a landscape architect at Dake Landscape and leader in building Southern California community-designed landscapes. His design work includes the Keck Ocean Atmosphere Science Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a number of stormwater collection facilities in the San Fernando Valley parks and a commemoration for the historic Sleepy Lagoon in Maywood, CA. He helped to found the LA Community Garden Council in 1998, and he led a team to acquire land for and build a series of community gardens in Echo Park, East Hollywood, East LA, Vermont Square, and Watts. Between 2001 and 2005 he served on then-Los Angeles Council Member Eric Garcetti’s staff to lead his work for the City of LA’s Proposition O, for the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and developed 13 new parks.
Lauren Faber O’Connor is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. In her role she is driving the implementation of L.A.’s Green New Deal, a global model for local action to confront the climate crisis. L.A.’s Green New Deal is guided by four key principles: a commitment to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement; a promise to deliver environmental justice and equity; a plan to ensure every Angeleno has the ability to join the green economy; and a determination to lead by example within City government. To deliver accelerated leadership on sustainability, Lauren also builds collaboration including through C40, an international network of cities raising the bar on climate action chaired by Mayor Garcetti until 2022 and Climate Mayors, a coalition of over 400 US Mayors committed to US leadership on climate change that was co-founded by Mayor Garcetti. Prior to joining the Garcetti Administration, Lauren served for four years as the West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco. At EDF she worked on building successful strategies and constructive partnerships to win support for protecting and promoting climate, clean energy, land, water and wildlife. In 2010 Lauren was appointed Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was dedicated to the design and implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32. Prior to her work at CalEPA, Lauren served as senior director for Lighthouse Consulting Group in Washington, D.C., where she advised on comprehensive national climate change and energy strategies for domestic and international companies, and NGOs, and in particular, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. From 2005-2009 Lauren served at the British Embassy as Senior Policy Advisor for climate change and energy. Lauren serves on the Board of the California Environmental Voters and previously the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board. She is a member of the Catto Fellowship for environmental leadership at the Aspen Institute and of the Truman National Security Project. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
Wendy Leshgold is the President, Co-Founder of Fast Forward Group. As a facilitator and keynote speaker, Wendy’s authenticity, energy and experience leave people inspired to take action in their lives. As head of FFG’s executive coaching practice, Wendy manages a team of senior level coaches and supports clients in achieving their full potential in their whole lives. Wendy has worked with thousands of executives across the globe from companies such as Facebook, Google, Visa, Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg and more. Wendy received her coaching certification (CPCC/ACC) from CTI in 2005 and since then has coached hundreds of executives in areas such as: performance, leadership, career growth / transition, and change management. Before coaching, Wendy spent fifteen years leading senior teams at renowned advertising agencies Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO and Deutsch. She opened and grew Deutsch Los Angeles from five people to over 300. Wendy received her BA in History from the University of Virginia. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. In her free time, Wendy can often be found watching her son play baseball and walking with her beloved dogs, Scout and Cali.
Oscar Lopez is the Political Director of the Service Employees International Union California (SEIU CA). As the largest labor union in the State of California, SEIU CA advocates on behalf of 700,000 nurses, healthcare workers, janitors, doctors, social workers, security officers, in-home caregivers, school and university employees, court workers, and city, county and state employees, who have passed a comprehensive, progressive agenda for economic, racial, environmental, gender and immigrant justice. Known for his ability to develop broad coalitions, his strategic insight, and his ability to bring together the resources necessary to win elections, Lopez has been instrumental in leading the California groundswell that helped flip the House in 2018, in strengthening California’s pro-worker legislative majorities, and in passing significant revenue measures on the ballot that have brought billions to educating our children, funding vital local community services like public health, and providing assistance to those most in need. Prior to SEIU, Lopez worked on congressional and presidential campaigns in southwestern states, as well as serving as a Director of City’s Boys and Girls Club in New Mexico. Oscar lives in Long Beach with his wife, two kids and dog.
Jennifer Miner received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Skidmore College, and an MA and MEd in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a therapist, Jennifer worked with dually diagnosed unhoused people in NYC. After moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Jennifer moved into travel writing. As a travel writer she focused on family travel and sustainable, “green” travel. Jennifer shifted gears after the 2016 election and became a full time community organizer, progressive activist, and political donor and fundraiser. A lifetime member of the Sierra Club, and longtime member of the World Wildlife Fund and Nature Conservancy, Jennifer is proud to be a board member of the EnviroVoters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two neurotic dogs, Jasper and Willie.
David Nahai is President of David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC, which specializes in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water sectors. He is also a partner at the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith and co-chair of its energy, water, and real estate practice areas. Mr. Nahai is the former General Manager and Commission President of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Mr. Nahai is also the former Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, serving in the administrations of 3 California Governors. He sits on the Boards of the California Environmental Voters, Heal the Bay, and UCLA Luskin Center, and has received numerous commendations for his environmental leadership, including awards from the Sierra Club, Heal the Bay, and Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Nahai holds graduate and post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and UC Berkeley.
Andrew Okun has been a Board member of the California Environmental Voters since 2000. He is currently the president of the American Go Association and was a board member of the AGA from 2008-2012. He received a BSc in Physics from University College London, and a Diploma in International and Comparative Politics and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He worked previously as a legal journalist and in the music industry as co-owner of Cherry Lane Music Publishing.
Wendy-Sue Rosen is a community advocate, land use policy consultant and environmental activist. She currently serves on eight boards dealing with issues ranging from responsible and balanced land use policies, air & water quality, protection of the Santa Monica Mountains, open space preservation, public access to trails, wildlife connectivity, and the health of the environment. In her work she has been recognized by city, state and federal agencies and elected officials. In 2007 Wendy was named “Woman of the Year” by then-Assemblymember Mike Feuer. “I am very excited that Wendy-Sue is AD 42’s Woman of the Year. Her passion for civic involvement, community engagement and environmental activism represents many of the shared values of my district. Her willingness to lead many of these causes is illustrative of what can be accomplished when people of good will work for our common benefit. She has lead efforts to improve water quality, protect wildlife, preserve our environment and support public access to open space.” Wendy works tirelessly with the hope that together we can find solutions to conquer the climate crisis and end global warming, bringing balance back to the planet.
Parin Shah leads up and advances Asian Pacific Environmental Network’s environmental justice policy and communications portfolio. Prior to APEN, Parin was with Green For All, where he worked with cities and counties across the US on environmental equity policies. In 2004, he founded the Urban Accords Institute, which in 2005 co-hosted the UN World Environment Day in San Francisco, out of which was developed the Urban Environmental Accords—a road map for creating green cities. From 2000-04, as the President of the Commission on the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco, he co-authored ground-breaking legislation on climate change, environmental justice, wetlands conservation and restoration, zero waste, green buildings, and food security. Parin has also developed and managed habitat restoration projects, horticultural education, and job-training programs for formerly incarcerated youth and adults in San Francisco.
Nancy Sutley is Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Previously, she served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014 and was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change. Prior to her appointment to the Council on Environmental Quality, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003-2005 and held positions at US EPA. Sutley received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.