Inaugural John D. Sullivan Memorial Lecture – “Groundwater in the Golden State”

Cynthia Koehler, a Pomona alumnus, has been a public interest attorney and environmental advocate specializing in water policy for 25 years. She has served as the California Water Legislative Director for the Environmental Defense Fund and the Legal Director for Save San Francisco Bay. In 2014 she was instrumental in launching WaterNow, a NGO dedicated to sustainable water solutions n California communities.

Kristin Dobbin’s academic and professional experience lies in rural water policy and community water management. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kristin graduated from Pitzer College in 2013 with a degree in environmental policy. She currently works at the Community Water Center to increase access to safe and affordable drinking water for communities in the Central Valley.

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