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Joshua Bradt, Board chair

Josh Bradt is a professional environmental planner and project manager who has worked on Bay Area creek and watershed issues for over 20 years. Josh’s current work at the San Francisco Estuary Partnership focuses on green infrastructure policy, planning, and practice.  Prior to this, he spearheaded the creation of the City of Berkeley’s Citywide Watershed Management Plan. Josh was Executive Director and Restoration Director of the non-profit Urban Creeks Council, managing all aspects of numerous restoration projects that promote creeks as community assets. He has also worked as a Watershed Specialist for the Contra Costa Countywide Clean Water Program, facilitating municipal compliance with federal Clean Water Act requirements.  Josh has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina.

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Ann Riley, special advisor

Dr. Ann Riley has organized, planned, designed ,constructed and funded stream restoration projects  in California and other regions of the United States. Her involvement with non-profit work at the community level countrywide spans over thirty years. She has also worked for local, state and federal agencies for over 40 years in watershed planning , water quality, water conservation, hydrology, flood management, stream science  and restoration. A feature of both her private and public sector work has been to provide jobs and training for conservation and youth corps. In 1982 she co-founded the Urban Creeks Council in California and in 1993 was instrumental in  organizing  the first conference of the Coalition to Restore Urban Waters, a national network of urban stream and river organizations. She began a program in the California Department of Water Resources in 1984 that continues to provide grants to support urban stream restoration. Awards recognizing her work include an American Rivers award in 1993 for her leadership in establishing a national urban river movement, the California Governors’ Environmental and Economic Leadership award in 2003, and the Salmonid Restoration Federation’s Restorationist of the Year Award in 2004.  She began her association with river scientist Luna Leopold in Washington D.C. in 1971 and completed two graduate degrees under his direction at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an urban farmer at her residence in Berkeley, California raising chickens, bees, growing food, and brewing  award-wining mead and beer.


Emanuel Peterson,program manager

Emanuel Peterson is a Richmond native, who learned and honed his riparian knowledge during his 5 years as a Green Collar Corps-member with The Watershed Project, a non-profit providing environmental education and stewardship organization in the East Bay. Emanuel’s skills include plant identification, project site maintenance, and plant nursery management. His work leading and teaching youth groups make him an excellent communicator, which is helpful when assisting homeowners with creek concerns or speaking with state legislators about watershed issues in urban settings. As CUSP’s Program Manager, Emanuel conducts site visits, assists in developing all outreach materials, and schedules special events. While juggling work and family, Emanuel is also pursuing a Business Administration degree at Cal State-East Bay. In his off time enjoys video games, movies, sports, and a multitude of games.

Jackie Van der Hout

Jackie Van Der Hout has a dual background in environmental science and community organizing and is passionate about building nourishing and equitable relationships between humans and their environments. Jackie grew up in San Francisco and received her BA/BS with a focus on freshwater science and political ecology from the Evergreen State College. She recently completed a year with the Watershed Stewards Program at the SF Bay Water Board where she monitored streams throughout the Bay Area, taught a bilingual curriculum on Watersheds to elementary students and organized urban creek restoration events. Jackie is excited about furthering CUSP's mission through education and outreach, as well as continuing to keep her hands in the dirt and planting willows.

California Urban Streams Partnership

Steering Committee

Rachel Kamman

Kamman Hydrology and Engineering, Inc.


  • Claire Elliott



  • Michael Gregory

Friends of San Leandro Creek

American Red Cross

  • Matt Graul

Chief of Stewardship

East Bay Regional Parks District

Friends of San Pedro Creek

Statewide Steering Committee

  • Mike Vukman, Chair

CUSP Co-Director

  • Jessica Hall

Landscape Architect, GHD

  • Michael Wellborn

President, California Watershed Network 

Rick Frickman

Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council


  • Gregg Bates

Executive Director, Dry Creek Conservancy


  • Eric Berntsen, PH, CFM, Fisheries Biologist III (Habitat Restoration)

Kalispel Tribe of Indians


  • Paul Kibel

Professor, Golden Gate University Law School



  • Kevin Jefferson III


  • Heidi Perryman, Ph.D.

President & FounderWorth A Dam


  • Rob Hutsel

Executive Director

The San Diego River Park Foundation

Advisory Board& Organizers

  • A.L. Riley

Retired SFBay Regional Water Quality Control Board

Co-Founder Urban Creeks Council and CUSP


  • Chris Kroll

CA Coastal Conservancy



  • Lisa Owens

  • Roger Leventhal

Marin County Flood Control District

  • Brian Trautwein

Environmental Defense Center

  • Mitch Avalon

Watershed Resources Consulting


  • Judy Neuhauser

WatershedEducator, San Luis Obispo


  • Rich Walkling

Restoration Design Group


  • Jane and Tom Kelly  


  • Dale Hopkins


  • Diane Jacobs

Retired CA Department of Fish and Wildlife


  • Mark Spencer

Cal Teach, UC Berkeley


  • David Larson, Ph.D.

Faculty Athletics Representative

Professor & Chair

Geography & Environmental Studies

California State University, East Bay