Felicia Marcus

Felicia Marcus is chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. Before she was appointed to the board by Governor Brown, she served as western director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental action group dedicated to preserving the earth’s natural systems. Previously, she was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit devoted to land conservation. She served as the regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, bringing unlikely allies together to achieve environmental progress and making the agency more responsive to the communities it serves, particularly Indian tribes, communities of color, and local government and business. Prior to her service with the EPA, she headed the Los Angeles Department of Public Works at a time when the city transitioned from facing multiple lawsuits to earning national awards for environmental excellence. She has extensive experience as a public interest lawyer and community organizer in Los Angeles. She serves on many nonprofit boards including the Urban Habitat, the Natural Heritage Institute, and the Environmental Law Institute.