Homelessness and Water Quality

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Oct 16 11:30am to 12:00pm
Location:
Raincross B & E (Upper Level)
Track / Session:
Homelessness and Water Quality Track / Homelessness and Water Quality
Short Description: 

This panel will discuss perspectives on how local water quality managers can work collaboratively with law enforcement, local governments, and social services to diminish the impact of encampments.

Panelist 1:
Mike Antos, Santa Ana Watershed Authority
Biography: Mike Antos is a Senior Watershed Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, facilitating the One Water One Watershed program and leading engagement with members of disadvantaged communities for collaborative watershed management. Mike holds a PhD in Geography from UCLA where he remains an affiliate member of the Water Resources Group of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He serves on the nonprofit board of the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, and is a Fellow of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. Mike serves as co-chair of the American Water Resources Association Integrated Water Resources Management technical committee.
Panelist 2:
Mike Jones, County of San Bernardino
Biography: Deputy Sheriff Mike Jones is the East Valley Coordinator for the County's HOPE Program. Deputy Jones coordinates between Community Resource Officers, partners with the Department of Behavioral Health and other county departments, Veterans, and maintains constant contact with the homeless population so that services and assistance can be provided.
Panelist 3:
Kirsten Struve, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Biography: Kirsten Struve has over 20 years experience leading water quality and watershed management programs. She is currently a Senior Water Resources Specialist at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, leading the District’s stormwater program, including addressing trash. Kirsten chairs the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program Management Committee, the Zero Litter Initiative, and the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association Trash Committee.  Prior to joining the District, Kirsten worked for the Cities of Palo Alto and San Jose. Kirsten has a Bachelors in Biology from Knox College and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University.
Panelist 4:
Natalie Komuro, County of Riverside
Biography: Natalie Komuro is the deputy county executive officer of Homelessness Solutions for Riverside County. Natalie serves as overseer and coordinator of all homeless programs run by the county, cities, and community groups in Riverside County. She has 31 years experience in housing policy and homeless services. Previoulsy Natalie was executive director of Ascencia for 11 years, managing programs in Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood, and northeast Los Angeles. She also managed the 2007 greater Los Angeles homeless count and coordinated efforts to count people living on the street during the 2000 Census. Natalie has a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in Claremont.