CWC appreciates the many hours and dedication that all of our Board members, past and present, have contributed to CWC.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Albert Ko, (Member, July 2015 to Present)
Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Office, Intuit
Al Ko serves as Intuit’s Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer. Appointed to this role in 2017, Al drives Intuit’s operating rhythm and oversees the cross-company transformational change initiatives that allow Intuit to re-imagine and re-invent itself in order to best serve our customers.
Al joined Intuit in 2006 and has held numerous leadership positions, most recently as the General Manager of Mint. Previously, he led product management for Intuit’s Small Business Group, where he was responsible for the global expansion of QuickBooks, Payments, and Payroll.
Before joining Intuit, Al was a management consultant at both the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey where he advised technology and industrial clients on strategy, organizational effectiveness, and supply chain management. Al holds a B.A. in History and International Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Angélica Salceda, (Member, December 2015 to Present)
Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California
Angélica Salceda is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, where she advocates for the civil rights and civil liberties of people in the Central Valley. Prior to joining the ACLU-NC as a staff attorney, Angélica was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the ACLU-NC, sponsored by Fenwick & West LLP. During her fellowship Angélica made significant strides toward education equality for pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley through advocacy, litigation and organizing. Angélica also worked with community organizations and young parents to enact AB 302, which was signed into law on October 9, 2015. AB 302 reaffirms the right of parenting students in California schools to reasonable lactation accommodations. Before joining the ACLU-NC, Angélica was a legislative aide in the California State Assembly. Prior to that she was an Jesse M. Unruh Assembly fellow.
Angélica earned her law degree at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Angélica earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Bessma joined the board of the Community Water Center at the beginning of 2015, and has worked for a decade on issues that range from water resources, to environmental health, and to women’s rights. She is currently a Program Officer for Water at Skoll Global Threats Fund, where she works on water and climate security. Prior to joining Skoll, Bessma worked with the United Nations Environment Programme, research and writing on topics of natural resource management, conflict prevention, and peace building.
Bessma holds a M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley. Her parents were farm laborers. She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree. Genoveva holds a B.S. in Health Sciences with emphasis in Community Health from California State University, Fresno as well as an a MPH in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University.
Genoveva’s experience in public health spans over 20 years in both public and private sectors. Currently, Genoveva is the Program Director of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP). CCROPP is dedicated to creating healthier communities in the San Joaquin Valley by creating greater access to healthy foods/beverages and increasing opportunities for physical activity. CCROPP efforts also focus on building community leadership so that residents can be more effective in advocating for change and becoming more civically engaged. Genoveva is the Board Chair for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, a board member of the California Food Policy Advocates, a board member for the California Institute for Rural Studies, a steering committee member for California Convergence and an advisory board member for various other organizations.
Jenny Rempel, (Member, October 2018 to Present)
Graduate Student, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley
Jenny Rempel is a graduate student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, where she researches access to safe and affordable drinking water in California. Born and raised in Fresno, California, Jenny has supported community-led social justice movements through philanthropy, policy, organizing, and research. Jenny was on staff at Community Water Center for four years, working to build community power and shape the narrative about access to safe and affordable drinking water. Previously, Jenny worked with grassroots food and environmental justice organizations nationwide as a Tom Ford Fellow at the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. Jenny also served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at PolicyLink, a racial equity think tank, where she advocated for federal food and transportation policies that benefit low-income communities and communities of color. Jenny graduated from Stanford University with an interdisciplinary environmental science and policy degree in Earth Systems.
Laurel Firestone, (Member, 2008 to Present)
Co-Executive Director, Co-Founder, & Attorney at Law, Community Water Center
Laurel Firestone co-founded and co-directs the Community Water Center. Laurel previously served as the Director of the Rural Poverty Water Project at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment in Delano, California, under a 2004-06 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Laurel was awarded the Gary Bellow Public Service Award by the Harvard Law School in 2013, awarded to one alumnus and one student each year. In 2010, she and her Co-Executive Director, Susana De Anda, were co-awarded the Carla Bard Advocacy Award from Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform (POWER), awarded to one water advocate in California each year. In 2009, she authored the comprehensive Guide to Community Drinking Water Advocacy.
She also served on the Tulare County Water Commission from 2007-2012, and Co-Chaired the Governor's Drinking Water Stakeholder Group. Laurel graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Environmental Studies from Brown University.
Martha Davis, (Member, 2018 to Present)
Retired Assistant General Manager/Executive Manager for Policy Development at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA)
Ms. Martha Davis retired in late 2017 from her position as Assistant General Manager/Executive Manager for Policy Development at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), a municipal water district serving 830,000 people in the western portion of San Bernardino County. IEUA provides regional sewage treatment services, distributes imported water and recycled water supplies, and provides other utility services for the Chino Basin. Since 2000, Ms. Davis led many of the Agency’s award-winning conservation; planning and green programs including initiatives promoting water conservation, renewable energy, stormwater capture, and recycled water.
Ms. Davis continues to serve on the board of directors of the California Section of the WateReuse Association. She also serves on the boards of the Mono Lake Committee and the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment.
Previously, Ms. Davis served as the Executive Director for Californians and the Land (1998-2000) and for the Mono Lake Committee (1984-1996). Under her leadership, the Mono Lake campaign culminated in a unanimous landmark public trust decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to protect Mono Lake.
Ms. Davis graduated from Stanford University cum laude with a degree in human biology and received her master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is the recipient of an honorary PhD in Public Policy from the Kennedy College in Oakland, California.
Susana De Anda, (Member, 2008 to Present)
Co-Executive Director and Co-founder, Community Water Center
Susana De Anda co-founded and co-directs the Community Water Center. Susana is a seasoned community organizer and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including: the 2009 Petra Foundation Fellowship award; “150 Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek Magazine (2012); “Women on Top – Top Activist” by Marie Claire magazine (2012); AOL sponsored PBS 3-part series titled, Makers: Women Who Have Shaped America (2012); and “Las Fabulosas” and “Inspiring Latinas” by Powerful Latinas (2011). In addition, Jill Iscol’s book, Hearts on Fire, features a chapter on Susana De Anda and CWC (2011).
Susana’s experience includes planning and organizing positions at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; the County of Merced Planning Department; the Santa Barbara County Water Agency; and the Santa Barbara non-profit Community Environmental Council. Susana earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara while completing a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography. Susana served for the past few years on the Community Funding Board of the Grassroots Fund through the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and now serves on the Tulare County Water Commission and the Board of Directors of the Tulare County United Way.
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
Jack Daniel (deceased)