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In January 2011, John A. Coleman became the Executive Director of the Bay Planning Coalition, a non-profit, public benefit, membership corporation, to advocate for the balanced regulation and use of Bay-Delta resources to ensure that commerce, recreation and the environment thrive in the region. The Coalition’s 175 members represent a broad spectrum of public and private Bay-Delta entities, including ports, maritime and shoreline industry, labor unions, local government, residential and commercial builders, recreational users and engineering, planning, environmental science, construction and legal professionals. The Coalition is governed by a 30-member Board of Directors. During his time with Bay Planning Coalition, Mr. Coleman has worked with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission on the Bay Plan Amendment and on their Strategic Plan update, and has greatly expanded the Coalition’s educational and advocacy presence locally and nationally, introducing an annual Workshop Series, and continuing to build support in Sacramento and Washington DC for the interests of the membership.
Coleman was elected to the Board of Directors of the East Bay Municipal Utility District in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006, representing Ward 2, which includes the communities of Alamo, Lafayette, and the Town of Danville, and portions of Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. From 1996 to 2000, he served as President of EBMUD’s Board of Directors and was elected to serve as Vice-President in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 and 2012, he was elected to serve as President.
Coleman was elected to serve as the President of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) in December 2013.
Coleman currently serves in the following capacities: Board Member of the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region; Chair of ACWA California Finance Water Task Force; Chair of the Freeport Regional Water Authority (FRWA); Chair of the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority (UMRWA); Board Member of the East Bay Leadership Council; member of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Advisory Committee; member of the Maritime Industry Advisory Board of the California State University Maritime Academy; member of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance Legislative Committee, and Board Member of DERWA, the joint powers authority for recycled water service provided by EBMUD and the Dublin-San Ramon Services District.
Additionally, Coleman’s past service includes: immediate past chair of ACWA’s Federal Affairs Committee; past president of the board of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA); past president of DERWA; former member of National Water Resources Association (NWRA); former member of WateReuse Association; former member of ABAG’s CALFED Task Force; former member of the Advisory Council for California Forward; past chair of Advisory Council for California Forward Water and Land Use Subcommittee; Deputy Director of External Affairs for the California Conservation Corps for Governors Wilson and Davis; past president of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce ; former board member of the National Association of Service & Conservation Corps; and former member of the California Biodiversity Council
Long active in the community, Coleman is past president of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, and former member of the California Biodiversity Council. Coleman is an Eagle Scout, and is past Scoutmaster of and current Eagle Advisor to Troop 243 in Lafayette. He has been elected to the Council Executive Board of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a certificate in management from the University of the Pacific School of Business and Public Administration.
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Brianne Riley joined the Bay Planning Coalition as Manager of Operations and Policy in March 2016. She has public policy and nonprofit experience in the areas of sea level rise, water, housing and land use, workforce education, and cybersecurity, among others. Brianne previously worked for the Bay Area Council in San Francisco. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Brianne received her BA in Politics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and her law degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She spent almost 10 years living and working in the Washington, DC metro area and does her best not to bother her friends who still live there with updates on how amazing the weather is here. Brianne currently lives in Walnut Creek with her husband and young daughter.
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Betty Kwan has been a part of Bay Planning Coalition since November 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California at Davis and recently obtained her Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Management from the University of San Francisco. Betty’s work experience includes over a combined nine years in research, administration, and community-based programming. As a Bay Area native, Betty resonates with BPC’s mission to advance a strong economy while supporting a sustainable San Francisco Bay. She hopes her work at BPC will expand her knowledge of the planning and policy issues that affect the Bay Area as she develops a career in environmental science and management.
Roman Berenshteyn, Marketing and Administrative Coordinator
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Roman Berenshteyn joined the Bay Planning Coalition in September 2016 as Marketing and Administrative Coordinator. Roman received his BA in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, where he worked on a number of sustainability-oriented projects and spent a semester as a Teaching Assistant for an Environmental Law and Policy course. Before coming to BPC, he worked in a communications role for a San Francisco-based conservation and environmental justice nonprofit, where he further developed an interest in local policy issues.
Maria Cristina Carrillo, Research Fellow
Maria is a student of environmental science at Diablo Valley College, hoping to pursue a career in environmental stewardship and management. Having come from a background in psychology, she is returning to school and making a transition to the environmental world. In her position with BPC’s Sustainable Waterfront Committee, she hopes to learn more of the programs and policies of the bay and to be involved in researching the ecological health of habitats in our areas. When she is not working, she likes to hike through the parks, bird watch, and volunteer in habitat restoration or environmental education.