Skills: Regional planning, facilitation, JEDI training, conference & event planning, and GIS.
Fun Fact: Loves the north coast, enthusiastic hiker, beach bum.
Lifegoals: Building a personal library, visiting every national park, writing a travel guide to northern California.
Elissa grew up exploring the natural spaces in the Bay Area. She grew up in Pittsburg, but roams widely and considers herself a regional expert from Walnut Creek to Discovery Bay. She has experience in a number of fields, including time in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. She obtained a B.S. in Natural Resource Planning & Interpretation Humboldt State University in 2010, with extensive coursework in critical race, gender and sexuality studies.
Elissa has spent the past 9 years working in the watersheds of Contra Costa County; she was with the Contra Costa County Flood Control District for 4 years prior to joining the CCRCD staff in 2016. She coordinates regional watershed groups including the Contra Costa Watershed Forum, Walnut Creek Watershed Council, and Friends of Marsh Creek, and conducted a water needs assessment for disadvantaged communities in eastern Contra Costa County. In her free time, Elissa serves on the East Bay Regional Park District Advisory Committee, as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Pittsburg, reads, and explores our regional, State, and National parks.
Skills: Outreach, education, hydrology, monitoring, and data analysis.
Fun Fact: As the volunteer membership coordinator for Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, Lisa has sincerely thanked MDIA supporters almost 2,400 times since 2013.
Lisa moved to Contra Costa County in 1999 and has had the opportunity to work with the CCRCD-supported community groups in Marsh Creek, Kirker Creek, Mt Diablo Creek, Walnut Creek, Alhambra Creek and Pinole Creek Watersheds. She enjoys collaborations with students and interns, especially water quality monitoring projects, and has taught environmental education programs for The Lindsay Wildlife Experience and Contra Costa Water District.
Lisa also provides data analysis for Hydrocomp, Inc.’s streamflow forecasting model which helps agencies in California and the Pacific Northwest improve reservoir operations.
Lisa holds a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from Stanford University.