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Director of Programs
Cynthia [at] carpediemwest.org
Cynthia Koehler brings with her more than 25 years of experience working on western water law and policy. She joined Carpe Diem West from the Environmental Defense Fund where she was the California Water Legislative Director, working with broad groups of stakeholders on some of the most complex water challenges facing the American West.
Cynthia is a proven and highly regarded voice for developing solutions in Washington D.C. and the West, and was a lead negotiator in California's historic bi-partisan 2009 Bay Delta legislative package. Cynthia is also a third-term elected Board member of the Marin Municipal Water District where she recently served as Board President.
Renee Hassle Nofziger
Renee [at] carpediemwest.org
Renee Hassle Nofziger provides Executive Administrative support and coordinates the daily office operations for Carpe Diem West. Renee brings years of successful experience organizing people, offices, projects and deliverables. Prior to joining the staff at Carpe Diem West, she was the Office Manager and Translator Administrator Department Head with Pitkin County Government, in Aspen Colorado. Renee’s love for the outdoors fuels her concern and commitment to work on a team dedicated and entrusted to facilitating long-term solutions to the water issues facing the West today.
Kristiana [at] carpediemwest.org
Kristiana Teige manages the Carpe Diem West Academy and provides research, communications, and logistical support to the Executive Director and the Director of Programs. In addition to her program work, Kristiana is the organization's Grants Manager. Prior to Carpe Diem West, Kristiana was the District Clerk for the Montara Water and Sanitary District in Northern California. She holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College. At the Bren School, Kristiana specialized in Water Resources Management, and completed a group thesis project exploring watershed management strategies for the US BLM to reduce mercury pollution in a tributary of the Sacramento River.
Meghan Thompson Payne
Meghan [at] carpediemwest.org
Meghan Thompson Payne coordinates Operations for Carpe Diem West. She started with Carpe Diem West four years ago during its introductory period. She holds a BS in Environmental Horticultural Science with minors in Residential Landscape Design and Wine and Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She worked in both the science and business sides of the wine industry for five years before focusing her knowledge on the environmental non-profit sector. Meghan is deeply concerned about the environment and the future of water and public spaces.
CEO & Director
Kimery [at] carpediemwest.org
Kimery Wiltshire is CEO & Director of Carpe Diem West, a non-profit that leads a broad based network of experts, advocates, scientists and decision makers collaboratively developing solutions for the growing climate change-driven water challenges in the American West. For over twenty years, Kimery’s work has focused on building strategic, solution-oriented diverse partnerships to address environmental, economic and social challenges.
As the former Director of the Kenney Foundation, and as a long time donor and foundation advisor, she has led campaigns to protect and restore river systems in the western United States. In addition she has led or helped build a number of innovative projects, including the Diversity Network Project (supporting social justice and housing in the context of urban environmental health); Resources for Community Collaboration (providing funding and training for western rural communities to more effectively engage in resource decision making); the Sustainable Business Ratings System (a ground breaking approach to assessing companies’ environmental, economic and social performance); and Girl Scouts Save the Bay, (the 100,000-strong Northern California Girl Scout community working to protect the San Francisco Bay.)
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.
Senior Program Consultants
Rory brings more than 20 years of experience as an environmental strategist, planner, and Program Director for California cities, regional agencies and research institutes. Rory is currently the Director of Sustainability for the GreenBiz Group, where she is leading the development of new sustainability standards for companies, in partnership with UL Environment. She has served as a strategic advisor on several public bodies including the Mayor of Oakland’s Green Economic Development Task Force, and has also been a Senior Program Manager at StopWaste.Org, and a Senior Analyst for the County of Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Toxics Reduction Program. She has created award-winning plans, programs and public policies that promote environmental stewardship. In addition to her degrees in environmental policy and sustainable business management from the University of California, Claremont Graduate University and the Presidio School of Management.
Policy & Healthy Headwaters & Colorado Futures Program
Sarah has written and spoken extensively on western water law and policy over the past two decades through university research appointments, conservation advocacy positions, and consulting work. She currently woks with the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy (formerly the Public Policy Research Institute) at the University of Montana, and maintains an active legal consulting practice. Bates is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School (1988), where she subsequently returned to serve as the associate director of the Natural Resources Law Center from 1991-93. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Montana-based Clark Fork Coalition and recently completed two terms as a member of the advisory board of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Bates has been a Carpe Diem West team member since 2007.
Belinda Griswold is the Program Director at Resource Media, providing communications strategy and direction for climate change and public health projects from the Oceans and Public Health team. She particularly enjoys working on campaign strategy and issue analyses. Her recent work includes a comprehensive framing analysis of climate change and water in the American West. Belinda is a former political reporter and editor, and a communications director with 10 years experience on electoral and grassroots campaigns. She is also a licensed attorney and mediator in both California and Washington. Belinda holds a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Strategic Planning & Healthy Headwaters
Catherine Porter is a consultant with decades of experience in global environment and development philanthropy. She organized the US NGO presence at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, for eight years was Executive Director of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, has served as Executive Director (pro bono) of Friends of the Ganges for the past 22 years, and, since 2002, has been chair of the board of Global Greengrants Fund. Since 2000 she has been involved with Carpe Diem West both as an advisor and as a project manger. Catherine brings critical thinking to issues of collaboration,international development processes, and the complicated world of NGOs finding their way among funders. She has worked in Latin America and India, and has had clients as varied as Ashoka, the Funders Forum on Antibiotic Resistance, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.
Strategic Planning & Carpe Diem West Academy
Chantel Walker is the lead consultant on the Carpe Diem West Academy for evaluation and program development. Chantel’s work focuses on strategic planning, executive coaching, program development and policy analysis for nonprofit organizations, foundations and government clients. She has twenty years of experience directing programs for both non-profit organizations and foundations focused primarily on community development to benefit low-income populations and under-served youth, most recently as the Director of Programs and Evaluation for the Marguerite E. Casey Foundation. Chantel has sat on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, The State Bar of California, and The Association of Black Foundation Executives; she is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Primary School and Chair of the Board for Zeum, San Francisco Bay Area’s arts and technology museum for children.
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Effective Messaging: Communicating Nature's Benefits
Carpe Diem West releases report New Visions, Smart Choices - Western Water Security in a Changing Climate
Healthy Headwaters Alliance rolls out inaugural Policy Platform
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Healthy Headwaters 6th Leadership Convening in Portland a resounding success
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Robust Decision Making
Academy Webinar Series: September 20th
Vulnerability Assessment - Take Two
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We've moved! Please update your records with our new address
Carpe Diem West's new Director of Programs starts July 9th!
Meet Cynthia Koehler
Academy Webinar Series: June 21st
Watershed Valuation - From Australia to the American West
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Healthy Headwaters Alliance rolled out April 2012, releases charter Policy Platform
Carpe Diem West Academy launches its newsletter!
Academy Webinar Series: March 21st
Getting Through the Bottleneck: Assessing Vulnerability
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Leadership Convening Summary: Healthy Headwaters
Carpe Diem West’s fourth Healthy Headwaters convening, an invited leadership group from water utilities, conservation NGOs, government, and the scientific community addressed emerging issues arising in their work to create resilient watersheds and water security in the American West in a time of climate change – in Oakland on October 28, 2011. Read More
NEW Report: Governing Like A River Basin: Options for Expanded Stakeholder Engagement in the Colorado River Basin examines examples of successful stakeholder engagement processes and how they may be used in conjunction with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Basin Study to build long-term solutions for the Colorado River. Read More
NEW Report: Read Carpe Diem West's report, Watershed Investment Programs in the American West. An Updated Look: Linking Upstream Watershed Health & Downstream Security, which provides information on what communities are doing to protect their headwaters. Read the report
Charting the Rapids Ahead
In partnership with the Center for Public Health & Climate Change, Carpe Diem West conducted an overview analysis to assess the intersection of western water, climate change and public health.
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Webinar on the U.S. Forest Service's Watershed Condition Framework (WCF)
Hosted by Carpe Diem West –
U.S. Forest Service's Anne Zimmermann, Director of Watersheds, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants talks about the WCF and how is it guiding on-the-ground restoration.
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Carpe Diem West Academy Website Phase II
Thanks to the generous funding of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, we're off and running on Phase II of the Carpe Diem West Academy. Launching in December 2011, Phase II will be even more dynamic, offering webinars, discussion forums, feedback mechanisms, user profiles, and new tools and best practices. Read More
Healthy Headwaters Meeting Summary
Carpe Diem West's Healthy Headwaters Working Group held its third face-to-face meeting - along with an invited group of western water leaders – in Denver on March 25, 2011. Read More
'Thinking Like a River Basin' Report
Carpe Diem West's report, Thinking Like a River Basin: Leaders' Perspectives on Options and Opportunities in Colorado River Management, paints a portrait of a river basin – and a leadership community – at a crossroads. Read More
Denver Post Colorado River Op-Ed
On February 25, the Denver Post ran an insightful op-ed by Carpe Diem West leader Doug Kenney of the Colorado River Governance Initiative at the University of Colorado in Boulder, about the long-term future of dwindling Colorado River supplies in the face of climate change – and what people are doing about it.
New CRS Report on Energy's Water Demands
In January 2011, lead author Nicole Carter and her colleagues at the Congressional Research Service submitted their new report, Energy's Water Demand: Trends, Vulnerabilities, and Management, to Congress. It provides an excellent overview analysis of the water footprint of energy in the United States. Read More