The Fess Parker A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
January 12, 2018,
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This panel brings awareness to water issues in the Santa Barbara area that reflect global water scarcity and pollution issues. Water quantity and quality issues affect every area of our lives, whether for drinking, cooking, and bathing, agricultural irrigation, or industrial use—and it’s among the most significant of the social and ecological justice issues we face as a civilization.
We will also briefly introduce students and the wider community to Fielding’s doctoral concentration in social and ecological sustainability, as well as Fielding’s Sustainability Working Group, which helped to organize this event.
PANELISTS Das Williams,Panel Moderator Santa Barbara County, 1st District Supervisor Supervisor Das Williams was elected to represent the First District of Santa Barbara County in June 2016. Williams previously represented the area, along with over half of Santa Barbara County and a quarter of Ventura County, in the California State Assembly from 2010-2016. Prior to his service in the Assembly, Williams served seven years on the Santa Barbara City Council from 2003-2010 and also served as a trustee for Peabody Charter School in Santa Barbara.
PhD Student, Fielding Graduate University Dennis German is a cyber security professional whose life experience has gone from operating nuclear power plants on US Navy aircraft carriers to managing information systems for various US DOD contractors. German has decided to refocus his energy on efforts that will more positively impact people and the world. To that end he is pursuing a PhD in human and organizational systems. His dissertation subject is water issues ó particularly the experiences of local small-scale farmers in Goleta during the current drought.
California State Senator A former prosecutor and practicing attorney, educator, and small business owner, Hannah-Beth Jackson was elected to the California State Senate in 2012 to represent all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County. She chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. She is known as an effective advocate for protecting the rights and privacy of Californians and the environment, as well as many other issues. She is the author of the California Fair Pay Act and was named by Huffington Post as one of 11 women around the country ìblazing new trailsî in American politics.
Kenneth Kahn Tribal Chairman, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians At age 25, Kenneth Kahn became the youngest person to ever serve on the Chumash Business Committee. He was elected for seven consecutive terms, serving as Secretary/Treasurer and Vice Chairman through vital tribal milestones, including the purchase of 1,390 acres of Santa Ynez ranch land known as Camp 4, the acquisition of two hotel properties and the launch of Kit· Wines. In April 2016, Kahn was elected Tribal Chairman and was re-elected the following March. Under his leadership, the tribe completed its casino expansion project and Camp 4 was placed into federal trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff,
Executive Director, 5 Gyres Institute Rachel Sarnoff leads 5 Gyres Institute, the ocean conservation non-profit that first discovered plastic microbeads in 2012 and campaigned for a successful federal ban in 2015. A former journalist with an MA from USC, Sarnoff was executive director of Healthy Child Healthy World (now part of the Environmental Working Group) and founder of EcoStiletto and MommyGreenest.com. She promoted sustainability on ìThe Today Showî and ìCNNîand authored The Big List of Things That Suck and The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. Rachel lives with her family in Los Angeles.
Founder, California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) Carolee Krieger’s C-WIN works for the equitable allocation of California water, protects open water ecosystems and salmon fisheries, and seeks to stop poor irrigation practices from poisoning land, wetlands, rivers, streams, and wildlife. A native of Hawaii, Krieger moved to Santa Barbara in 1970. Her first interest in water began as a member of the Santa Barbara Citizens Planning Association Water committee. She went on to organize C-WIN to search for equitable solutions for water allocation, educate the public, and hold government accountable through litigation.