Caryn Mandelbaum

Water Director, Environment Now California Program

As the Water Director of the California Program, Caryn oversees efforts dedicated to watershed restoration and water resiliency. The program funds 21st Century water management policies that protect source waters, greeninfrastructure, and advance the human right to clean, affordable, drinking water. To that end, Caryn has worked with advocates to implement California’s first ever groundwater regulations. She contributed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s aggressive Lead & Copper Rule to the Safe Drinking Water Act requiring water agencies to expedite the replacement of lead service lines. She helped launch an expansive water efficiency workforce training program in Los Angeles. Her leadership was recognized by Administrator McCarthy of the E.P.A. and L.A.’s Department of Water & Power for breakthroughs in innovative urban water use. Caryn is a graduate of UC Berkeley as well as UCLA’s School of Law and Urban Planning program.

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