ACRCD Staff Members

Katherine Boxer
Katherine BoxerChief Executive Officer

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
Cynthia ButlerAlameda County Clean Water Program Outreach Coordinator

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 Engstrom
Drew EngstromStream Restoration Specialist

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.

Marilyn Harvey
Marilyn HarveyChief Financial Officer

Marilyn is the accountant, who has been with the Conservation Partnership since July 2007. Previous to this position she as employed for the Farm Credit System doing accounting work for over 25 years.

Ian Howell
Ian HowellResource Conservationist

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.

Stephanie Lew
Stephanie LewProject Assistant

Stephanie Lew (she/her) is passionate about working at the intersection of food, soil, and people and believes that a better world starts with a connection to the land. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management with a focus on Soils and Biogeochemistry. She studied carbon sequestration with different conventional and organic cropping systems. Her curiosity and excitement for food led her explore food insecurity programs, soil education platforms, and food entrepreneurship. After graduation, she interned at Full Belly Farm, a diversified 400-acre organic, vegetable and animal production farm. She is excited to transition from row crops to rangeland in her home county. When she is not working on conservation projects, you can find her striking up a conversation with a farmer at farmers markets, listening to a good story, or biking around the bay!

Colleen Hotchkiss
Colleen HotchkissSustainable Agriculture Specialist

Raised in Redwood City and living in San Jose, Colleen is proud to call the Bay Area her home and is deeply committed to the preservation and community-led stewardship of our regional open spaces, public parks, and agricultural lands. Colleen is a farmer with almost 10 years of experience working on small and mid-scale organic farms, as well as multiple years of experience coordinating educational and community engagement programming related to agriculture. At the ACRCD, Colleen manages the Sunol AgPark and works on urban farming initiatives, as well as supporting carbon farming and healthy soils programs. Colleen is a dynamic and driven leader with a passion for mentorship, accountability, and mutual growth, and she is a farmer deeply committed to sustainability and the stewardship of our regional agricultural heritage.

Barbara Camacho Garcia
Barbara Camacho GarciaProject Assistant

Barbara (she/her) is deeply committed to the protection of natural resources. She has a degree in Forestry and Natural Resources from UC Berkeley. As a project assistant, Barbara provides technical assistance on many different projects at the District ranging from agriculture, carbon farming, and fire. Prior to joining ACRCD, she worked for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy. Her background is in restoration, botany, and community science from nonprofit organizations and academia. Barbara is passionate about making nature accessible to all and working towards environmental justice and equity. She enjoys cooking, caring for plants, and hiking across California. Hablo español, por favor contáctame si tienes cualquier pregunta.

NRCS Staff Members

Alyson AquinoDistrict Conservationist
Katie BergmannEngineer
Jackie CharbonneauEcologist
Miao “Ling” HeRange Conservationist