New Hire for Regional Water Management Foundation

December 14, 2017 - Natalie LaVan joins staff working on regional water issues.

The Regional Water Management Foundation, a subsidiary organization of Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, announces the hire of Natalie LaVan as its new program officer.

Natalie LaVan joins Regional Water Management Foundation!Regional Water Management Foundation Program Director Tim Carson (pictured left) welcomes Natalie LaVan (right).

Tim Carson, the Regional Water Management Foundation's project director said: "We are thrilled to have Natalie join the Foundation! Her experiences internationally and in California make her a great asset to our team and will inform our efforts in Santa Cruz County and along the Central Coast."

Natalie will have a major role implementing a three-year grant to the Regional Water Management Foundation expected from the Department of Water Resources from its Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program.

Approved by California voters in 2014, Proposition 1 provided funds to establish the Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program that funds project studies and implementation for water management needs within communities dealing with higher than average levels of economic or financial hardship or unemployment, along with rural and isolated communities or those underrepresented in the Integrated Regional Water Management planning process.

Natalie will coordinate with agency partners from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz to increase the understanding of water management needs of these communities and to assist in developing strategies and long-term solutions.

Natalie brings to her new post over ten years of experience in local and international grants management, communications and stakeholder engagement. 

Natalie's previous professional experience includes program manager for the Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York; stake holder engagement program consultant for the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, New York; program fellow for Lehigh University's Sustainable Development Program in Sierra Leone and Uganda; and community engagement manager for Save the Bay in Oakland.