Natalie LaVan

Natalie R. LaVan

Program Officer 

Regional Water Management Foundation (RWMF)

831.662.2051 |

Natalie joined the Foundation in 2017 and works with the Regional Water Management Foundation team to help ensure vulnerable communities are involved in water planning and management issues that directly impact their lives. That work falls under a three-year $4.3 million Prop. 1 grant from the CA Department of Water Resources to support disadvantaged communities up and down the Central Coast, including segments of the Pajaro Valley. Natalie helps coordinate the public and community agencies working on local projects. She also supports the Community Foundation’s environmental grantmaking work.

Natalie’s career focus on conservation has spanned from the hyper-local to the global. She’s advocated with a local creek conservation group, engaged communities with Save the Bay in Oakland, and coordinated development projects in Sierra Leone and Uganda. She honed grants and program management experience while working for the Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York and the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development.

Natalie has worked for nonprofits throughout her career and is dedicated to expanding the reach and amplifying the voices of those left behind, including the environment itself. As the sea levels rise, so do her ambitions for making a lasting impact through her work at the Foundation.

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Natalie is passionate about the restoration and preservation of our planet and would love to answer any questions you have about local water supply and conservation challenges and wins. She’s excited to help co-create a vision of a sustainable, high-quality water supply for everyone in the county.