Kim Delfino is the founder and president of Earth Advocacy, a consulting company that provides policy and advocacy guidance to nonprofits and foundations with the goal of protecting and restoring our lands, water and wildlife for future generations.
Previously, she served as the longtime California director of Defenders of Wildlife. She developed and directed the organization’s work across the state, including determining policy and program work in wildlife, land use, water and energy issues.
Delfino was a gubernatorial-appointed member of the California Water Commission and currently serves on various coalitions and planning efforts, including the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment, Salton Sea Coalition, The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Stakeholder Committee.
Her policy expertise lies in state and federal endangered species, land use planning, water and other natural resource laws.
Prior to joining the Defenders of Wildlife, Delfino was the legislative director for California Public Interest Research Group, and she was the staff attorney for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in Washington D.C.
She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and public service with an environmental policy emphasis from University of California, Davis. She earned her law degree in 1993 from McGeorge School of Law.
She joined the Water Education Foundation board in 2015.