REC Sponsored Athenaeum Lunch Talk: California Water Policy- The Challenges Ahead
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Luncheon 11:30 a.m.; Program 12:00 p.m.
Felicia A. Marcus has been an environmental leader, inside and outside of government, since the 1980s. She was appointed chair of the State Water Resources Control Board in April 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown, and has served on the Board since July 2013.
Marcus grew up in the San Fernando Valley suburbs of Los Angeles before heading east to attend college. She graduated from Harvard University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1983 from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Fellow. She also studied at Hong Kong University on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. She worked for years as a public interest lawyer and community organizer in Los Angeles—focusing on air, water, toxics and land use matters—and was a founder of Heal the Bay, an organization that successfully pressured the City of Los Angeles to reduce its dumping of poorly treated sewage into Santa Monica Bay.
In 1993, she was appointed by President Clinton as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2001, she assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Trust for Public Land and in November 2008, she became the Western Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental action group of over 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals dedicated to preserving the Earth’s natural systems. During her tenure there, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the Delta Stewardship Council in July 2010.
Marcus currently serves and has served in the past on many non-profit boards and Advisory Councils including the Public Policy Institute of California, Urban Habitat, Kesten Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She is also currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada).
Felicia Marcus’s Athenaeum presentation is second in a series on Environmental Leadership sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center and the Kravis Leadership Institute. Subsequent lunch speakers include Thomas Steyer, Climate Change Activist on April 22nd and Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board on May 6th.