A veteran journalist, Jenn directs the development of Western Water, a quarterly magazine, the Layperson’s Guide series on key water topics, the Foundation’s Colorado River project, poster maps and tours, and various workshops and conferences. She oversees the Water Leaders program and leads fund-raising, external communications, and website and social media efforts.
In December 2016, she led an international journalism workshop on water issues for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Held in Tehran, the workshop included participants from Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Oman and Malaysia. You can read her blog about the experience here.
For much of her career, Jenn was an award-winning journalist who covered water issues across California and the West along with renewable energy, endangered species, public lands and other natural resources.
Sue oversees the Foundation’s grant projects and programs, and serves as the primary editor of Western Water magazine and the River Report newsletter. She also coordinates conferences and briefings, including the Foundation’s biennial Colorado River Symposium. In addition, Sue is editor of the Layperson’s Guide series.
Brian works with a dedicated team of workshop facilitators to provide engaging, hands–on Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) professional development trainings for educators who teach K-12 across California.
Brian coordinates supplies and support to assist facilitators in organizing workshops, writes the California Project WET newsletter to provide guidance for educators in using Project WET activities that engage students in current water issues and topics. He personally leads a number of workshops each year.
Susan writes publications and special projects, develops digital publications and assists with conferences and other programs.
She joined the Foundation in January 2008 after spending eight years in Denmark working as a corporate communications writer for international firms, such as Microsoft Business Solutions (Navision), Borealis Polyolefins and LM Wind Power.
Gary writes articles for Western Water magazine, the River Report newsletter and updates titles in the Layperson’s Guide series. He joined the Foundation in 2001 after a four-year stint covering water quality for the weekly newsletter Inside Cal/EPA, a national publication.
Dan Scott is the Tour Director for the Water Education Foundation. His previous non-profit experience includes program management, fundraising, marketing, event management and media outreach. He is best known as the Sacramento region’s #1 cheerleader for craft beer.
Dan received a bachelor’s degree in health science with specializations in community health education, habitat preservation and environmental health from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Sacramento State University.
Beth works on fundraising activities, develops and manages grant proposals and programs, and oversees the Foundation’s planned giving program.
Before joining the Foundation in 2007, she was a program officer at CaliforniaVolunteers (formerly California Service Corps) where she oversaw federal AmeriCorps grants to community-based education programs and served as a communications associate.
Rita served as the Foundation’s previous executive director for 34 years. A former radio and television reporter and producer, she led a documentary television production team at the Foundation that won four Emmys, several regional Emmy nominations and one Telly award.
Lisa handles event logistics and setup, assists with fundraising, coordinates special programs such as the Water Leaders class and provides Board of Directors support.
Before joining the Foundation in 2015, she was at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where she worked as an industry relations manager. In this role, she developed partnerships with companies in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and technology fields.
Patty oversees the Foundation’s online shopping cart, office supplies and updates addresses for Western Water and River Report readers. She keeps the office humming along and answers the phone more than anybody so you are likely to get her on the other end of the phone.