Board of Directors

"We can't engineer our way out of the climate/water challenge, but we can jump in with both feet. The good news is that climate change forces us to change our thinking and find solutions that work for both people and nature."
Lillian Kawasaki  1950-2013


Laura Briefer

Laura McIndoe Briefer is the Water Resources Manager for Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU), a municipal entity responsible for the provision of culinary water to more than 500,000 people in the Salt Lake Valley, and wastewater and stormwater services in Salt Lake City. As Water Resources Manager, Laura's responsibilities include managing various programs and projects related to watershed and source water protection, water conservation, water rights, and climate change issues. SLCDPU has one of the nation’s more complex water systems due to the location, timing, and nature of its water resources, and the high number of pressure zones in its distribution system. SLCDPU is particularly interested and concerned with mapping its own energy-water nexus, and planning for resiliency in a changing climate.

Prior to SLCDPU, Laura worked for six years as the Assistant Administrator for a small city in Utah, and for eight years as an environmental consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area conducting environmental investigations for contaminated sites and environmental compliance work throughout the country. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Holly Hartmann

Dr. Holly Hartmann was most recently the Director of the Arid Lands Information Center at the University of Arizona (UA). She is a co- investigator within the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and leads the scenario development team within the UA Science and Technology Center for the Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA). Holly is a national leader in research related to the development of decision support tools for climate, water, and other resource management applications, especially linking research with the needs of decision makers and moving research into agency operations. Current research projects include quantitative verification of climate and hydrologic forecasts; improving communication of probabilistic forecasts and uncertainty; incorporating complex integrated models and climate change within a scenario planning framework; and decision support tool development. Holly has been a Carpe Diem West team member since 2008, and is founding director of the Carpe Diem West Academy.

Scott Miller

Scott spent 23 years as a television journalist, including 15 years covering the environment for KING 5 TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. In addition to winning three Emmy awards, Miller's work was recognized by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. From 2002-2009 Scott served as CEO of Resource Media, leading the organization through a rapid time of growth and expansion. In 2009, Scott became a Senior Program Officer at The Russell Family Foundation, overseeing environmental grantmaking. Scott returned to lead Resource Media in August of 2012. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1979 with a degree in journalism.​

Harriet Moss

For the past decade, Harriet Moss served as the President and     CEO of Antenna Audio Inc., NA. She was instrumental in growing Antenna Audio (AA) from a fledgling $1 million start-up to a $15 million company that is now the world's largest and best-known producer of audio tours for museums and visitor attractions.

Harriet has a 25-year background in media and organizational management and for a decade assisted cities and organizations around the country in utilizing telecommunication technologies. She also has a 25-year involvement in western river conservation through such organizations as Friends of the River.

Over the years she has founded, run and/or served on the Boards of various companies and nonprofits including Environmental Traveling Companions,, the San Francisco Community Television Corporation, Friends of the River, the Bay Area Video Collective, the Coastal Health Alliance, the Independent Video Group, and Antenna Theater.

Luther Propst

Luther Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until December 2012. Under Propst’s leadership, the Institute grew into what High Country News recently called “a regional conservation powerhouse with 50 employees and a $6 million budget.”  With seven offices in the Intermountain West and Northwest Mexico, the Institute works with partners to conserve the West’s public lands, promote sustainable and efficient land use and community development policies, better manage water and rivers, and reform energy policies – the core issues that define how the West is growing and changing. The Institute is recognized as a leading practitioner in the North American West of community-based, collaborative, and innovative efforts to advance conservation and to ground conservation in an understanding of economic values and implications.

Propst now works in a consulting role to produce conservation and smart growth results and to strengthen Western organizations. Propst frequently speaks and writes on Western conservation, land use, economic development, and state trust lands.

Propst splits his time between Tucson, Arizona, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Kimery Wiltshire

Kimery Wiltshire is CEO & Director of Carpe Diem West. For over twenty years, Kimery’s work has focused on building strategic, solution focused partnerships to meet water and   climate challenges. 

She is the former Director of the Kenney Foundation, where she worked on initiatives to protect and restore river systems in the western United States. Kimery has led the development of a number of projects, including the Diversity Network Project, supporting social justice and housing in the context of urban environmental health; Resources for Community Collaboration, which provided funding and training for western rural communities to more effectively engage in resource decision making; the Sustainable Business Ratings System, an innovative means of assessing companies’ environmental, economic and social performance; and Girl Scouts Save the Bay, which grew to involve the 100,000-strong Northern California Girl Scout community. 

A bred, born and raised daughter of the American West, Kimery has to be reminded that occasionally important things do happen east of the 100th meridian.

Former Board Members

Ann Chan

Ann C. Chan, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy at the California Natural Resources Agency, has 15 years of legal and public policy experience. 

Ann has significant expertise in the fields of forest climate policy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, smart growth, cap-and-trade design, climate adaptation, and environmental law. She was the Senior Climate Change Specialist for The Wilderness Society and founder and director of the San Francisco office of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), a DC-based think tank specializing in climate change policy.  She also served as the California Policy Director of The Pacific Forest Trust where she worked to strengthen the role of forests in compliance and voluntary climate change measures.  Prior to working in the climate policy arena, Ann spent five years as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  She began her career as a securities and finance attorney for the multinational law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Ann holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School and a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University.

Lillian Kawasaki 

In 2006, Ms. Kawasaki was elected to the Water Replenishment District which manages the groundwater for nearly 4 million people in 43 cities in southern California. Prior to her election as Director of the Water Replenishment District (Los Angeles Basin), Lillian Kawasaki served as Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she oversaw department-wide environmental issues including the Department's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. Prior to her tenure at LADWP, Ms. Kawasaki served as General Manager of the Community Development Department for the City of Los Angeles and, previous to that, was General Manager of the Environmental Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles for ten years. Ms. Kawasaki was a member of the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Friends of Manzanar, and served on the Women's Foundation Donor Circle and the Enterprise Foundation. 

Johanna Wald

Johanna Wald is a Senior Counselor at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She has been with NRDC since 1972, during which time she has become one of the nation's leading advocates for protection and improved management of federal public lands and particularly those under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior. Ms. Wald received her law degree from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Throughout her career she has worked with the Bureau of Land Management on many of its major programs, including its land use planning, livestock grazing, coal and onshore oil and gas programs. Most recently, she has been a leader in NRDC's efforts to facilitate the identification and designation of appropriate sites for development of renewable energy projects in the West as well as associated necessary transmission.

Ms. Wald's honors include being named, in 1992, the National Wildlife Federation's lawyer of the year. In 1993, she was named one of ten Pew Scholars in Conservation and the Environment and, in 1998, she received the Environmental Leadership Award from the Ecology Law Quarterly at the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law. In 2012, she was named a Clean Power Champion by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies.