Adán Ortega, Jr., Board Chair
Adán Ortega, Jr. is sole proprietor of AOA, a public and government affairs practice and is involved in other business ventures involving water conservation and consumer goods. He has devoted most of his twenty-five year career as a senior executive in strategic planning and communications in the public sector and business arena playing prominent roles as board member on organizations such as the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, Whittier College, Heal the Bay, Roots of Change, Sustainable Conservation and the National Audubon Society.
Adán is 50 years-old, fully fluent in Spanish. Adán has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from
Whittier College and was a fellow with the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.
Joanna Brody, M.A., is an award-winning communications professional with a distinct expertise in social marketing and a passion for promoting causes and issues. Her full-service public relations firm, Brody Public Relations, is known as “an agency with a conscience” for its work with clients who make a difference in the world.
Tracy Egoscue is the founder of Egoscue Law Group, her distinctive range of experiences as a former regulator, private sector employee, and public interest attorney make her uniquely situated to understand and analyze complex environmental matters from a multitude of perspectives.
Ms. Egoscue also serves on the Board of Directors of the California League of Conservation Voters. Ms. Egoscue received her J.D. from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is also licensed to practice in Connecticut.
Elsa Lopez is currently the Manager of Public Affairs for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. She is the former head of the Mothers of East Los Angeles and served as the first Director of the Audubon Center located in Highland Park.
Teresa Villegas has extensive experience working with environmental concerns throughout the state. Previously worked as a consultant for local governments, state conservancies, and nonprofits where she lobbied, wrote grants, and secured funding for various natural resource amenities. Currently, Ms. Villegas is the Senior Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Lilian Estrada holds a senior position in Recycling Industry focusing on operational management and process improvements