Our Board

Our Board of Directors

Dake-Glen

Glen Dake

President and Chair
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Rick Zbur

Secretary
Dake-Glen

Glen Dake

President and Chair
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Rick Zbur

Secretary
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Glen Dake

President and Chair

Glen Dake is a landscape architect at DakeLuna Consultants and a leader in building community-designed landscapes, transportation, and school improvements in Southern California neighborhoods where he has practiced since 1987. He helped to found the LA Community Garden Council in 1998, and helped to permanently protect the Vermont Square Community Garden with the Trust for Public Land. Between 2001 and 2005 he served on then-Los Angeles Council Member Eric Garcetti’s staff where he worked on Mr. Garcetti’s ambitious green agenda and developed thirteen new parks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the LA Community Garden Council; and is appointed to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

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Estela de Llanos

Vice Chair

Estela de Llanos is Vice President of Energy Procurement and Sustainability for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). In this role, Estela oversees a number of environmental and sustainability initiatives, including SDG&E’s Sustainability Strategy and Environmental Services organization. Previously, Estela was an attorney specializing in land use and environmental matters in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Estela holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a second major in international studies from Yale University.

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Rick Zbur

Secretary

Rick Zbur is the Executive Director of Equality California, the largest statewide LGBT advocacy organization in California. Previously he was a senior partner in the Environment, Land & Resources Department in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, where he was cited as one of Southern California’s top ten environmental attorneys by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its 2009 “Who’s Who in Law” feature. He was also cited as a leading environmental attorney by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Zbur took a leave of absence from the firm in January, 1996, to run for Congress in California’s 38th Congressional District. He received the strong support from the environmental community, and was endorsed by California Environmental Voters and virtually every other leader of the environmental community in Southern California. He won the Democratic Party Primary in March, 1996 and lost narrowly in the general election. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Ash Kalra

Assemblymember Ash Kalra was first elected to the California Legislature in 2016, representing the 27th District, which encompasses approximately half of San Jose and includes all of downtown. In 2020, he was re-elected to his third term. Assemblymember Kalra is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment and also currently serves as a member on the committees on Housing and Community Development, Judiciary, Transportation, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife. Assemblymember Kalra has established himself as a leader on issues ranging from criminal justice reform to the environment, as well as health care sustainability, housing affordability, growing our transportation infrastructure, and expanding economic opportunity to all Californians. Assemblymember Kalra previously served as a San José City Councilmember for eight years and was a deputy public defender in Santa Clara County for 11 years prior to the City Council. He is the first Indian-American to serve in the California Legislature in state history.

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Harley Rouda

Harley Rouda was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Following his graduation from the University of Kentucky and Capital University Law School, Harley worked for Porter Wright Morris and Arthur, specializing in business matters with a focus on capital formation, securities work, business formations, and intellectual property. Understanding there was no succession plan for his aging father, coupled with a desire to run a business, Harley joined his father’s real estate brokerage business, HER Realtors. Applying his entrepreneurial spirit and legal training to the opportunity in hand, Harley grew HER from a $15M revenue company to over $40M in just a few short years. In 2002, while attaining his MBA from The Ohio State University, Harley orchestrated the acquisition/roll-up of 14 companies, creating the country’s 4th largest independently owned residential real estate firm with over $150M in revenues, and then began franchising the company across America. In 2018, Harley was elected to represent CA-48 in the U.S. Congress. As Chair of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment, Harley worked to root out corruption in our government, protect our climate, and defend equal rights for all. As the most legislatively productive freshman member of Congress, Harley’s common sense, small business focused, and bipartisan leadership earned him the Abraham Lincoln Award and endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Harley also earned endorsements from the AFL-CIO, National Resources Defense Council, and the conservative Orange County Register. Harley is married to the international best-selling author, Kaira Sturdivant Rouda. They have four kids who are each accomplished in their own ways, and always remind them to enjoy the journey.

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Nancy Sutley

Nancy Sutley is Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Previously, she served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014 and was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change. Prior to her appointment to the Council on Environmental Quality, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003-2005 and held positions at US EPA. Sutley received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

Fran Diamond

Fran Diamond is a four time former Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. She is a founder of the landmark group No Oil, Inc. which successfully saved the Los Angeles coast from on-shore oil drilling. Fran was a Special Assistant on the Environment to Controller Gray Davis. Ms. Diamond is a Member of the City of Los Angeles Citizens’ Oversight Committee for Proposition O, which provides oversight on the expenditure of $500 million approved by Los Angeles voters for water quality improvement programs. She is a member of the Executive Board and Governing Board of Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and has served on the Los Angeles County Beach Commission. She is a member of the California Women’s Political Committee and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Ms. Diamond has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in organizational management from Antioch University.

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