ACRCD Staff Members
Katherine Boxer joined the District in January, 2013 as Executive Officer. Katherine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ms. Boxer possesses an extensive background in parks, recreation, natural resources management and emergency planning. Katherine’s management experience encompasses the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Katherine has a menagerie of animals and enjoys gardening, volunteering with animal rescue organizations, and antique treasure hunts.
Cynthia Butler has been with the District since 2007. She works closely with the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and Alameda County Unincorporated Area to help coordinate their Clean Water Outreach Programs, which are focused on stormwater pollution prevention. Prior to coming to the District, Cynthia worked for Alameda County Public Works Agency in the Environmental Services Division assisting in obtaining environmental clearance and permits for construction and maintenance projects. Cynthia has a degree in Wildlife Biology from Penn State University.
Drew joined the RCD in Spring 2018, bringing over 8 years experience in wildlife biology, habitat restoration, and water resource management to the team. He utilizes this experience to fulfill his primary responsibility of managing the Stream Maintenance Program for the City of Livermore. Drew has a Degree in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Policy from SDSU and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control as well as a Qualified Storm-water Prevention Plan Developer. He has extensive experience working on large-scale utility, renewable energy, and private sector projects throughout California. Drew is enthusiastic to work with local communities to enhance, restore, and protect Alameda County streams and watersheds.
Ian Howell has supported voluntary restoration and enhancement projects at the Alameda County Resource Conservation District for over five years as a resource conservationist. He has managed several grant-funded programs including Alameda Creek Healthy Watersheds, Rangeland Resilience, and Carbon Farming. Ian also coordinates the Alameda Creek Watershed Forum and collaborates with public agency partners and private agricultural producers on land management topics. He received a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
In 2013, Kyle earned a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies at University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, he traveled around North America studying field biology through internships, seasonal jobs and volunteer positions. Many of those positions were with Point Blue Conservation Science, including internships at the Palomarin Field Station and on the Farallon Islands, and as a seasonal field biologist for the Rangeland Monitoring Network. In 2016, Kyle brought his impressive skill set and experience to Alameda County, joining as an ACRCD biologist. Kyle is excited to work as a biologist in the county that inspired him to pursue a career in biology seven years ago.
Hillary joined the District in Fall 2017. She has a diverse background, with conservation experience in natural and agricultural landscapes. She has worked throughout the Bay Area on restoration projects and in native plant nurseries. She also developed pollinator conservation plans for large and small farms throughout the US. Hillary was the lead developer of Bee Better Certified, a food and farming certification administered by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Oregon Tilth. Hillary earned her PhD from UC Berkeley, where she studied the ability of on-farm habitat enhancements to promote pollinator conservation and crop production. She also holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Hillary brings an enthusiasm for natural history, bees and butterflies to the RCD.