A veteran journalist, Jenn directs the development of Western
Water news, 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
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
Doug serves as the primary editor of the Foundation’s
publications, including Western Water news, the
series of Laypersons Guides on key water topics, maps and other
publications, and manages Aquafornia and executes much of
the social media efforts. He joined the Foundation in late 2017.
A veteran journalist, Doug is an award-winning editor and
reporter who has worked for several California newspapers,
including the Fresno Bee. He has covered an array of
topics, including water, the environment and health care.
Alastair Bland lives in Sonoma County, California. He has worked
as a freelance writer since 2004, covering a wide range of topics
including water, climate change, fisheries, marine conservation
and research, and agriculture. His work has appeared at
CalMatters, NPR.org, SmithsonianMag.com, Slate, The
Atlantic, Audubon, Hakai and other news outlets.
Additionally, Alastair writes a weekly beer column for the Marin
Brian works with a dedicated team of workshop facilitators to
provide engaging, hands–on Project WET (Water Education Today)
professional development trainings for educators who teach K-12
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.
Patrick, a veteran of the non-profit world, joined the Water
Education Foundation in 2019. He is responsible for securing
grants and boosting other revenue streams that allow the
Foundation staff to achieve our important mission and maximize
our impact in California and the West.
Nick manages many of our in-person events but focuses on one
of the most popular programs – water tours. He plans, coordinates
and implements tours of key water regions and topics across
California and the Southwest, bringing attendees up close to dams
and other water infrastructure, wildlife areas, farms and other
sites involved in water.
Liz helps the team to carry out in-person events such as tours,
conferences, workshops and more! Behind the scenes, she lends her
multimedia experience to all that the Foundation does.
Liz graduated from the University of California, Davis with a
bachelor’s degree in design, focusing both on designing strategy
to improve interactions between social and ecological systems as
well as the study of human rights.
Gary writes articles for Western Water and updates
titles in the Layperson’s Guide series on key water
topics as well as entries in Aquapedia. He joined the Foundation
in 2001 after a four-year stint covering water quality for the
weekly newsletter Inside Cal/EPA, a national publication.
Prior to that, he worked as a reporter for The Sacramento
Bee/Neighbors section. Gary graduated from California State
University, Sacramento, with a bachelor’s degree in history.