Leslie Regan

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Many global leaders have observed that if the 20th century was all about oil, the 21st century is being defined by water. That is, fit-for-purpose water is becoming less reliable, resulting in water security and scarcity challenges coupled with changing water patterns that affect the timing, intensity, location, and state of precipitation.

My passion lies in solving these kinds of challenges, especially as it relates to supporting and sustaining healthy communities and ecosystems for the long-run.

Current models of water management are based on expectations of a relatively stable climate and narrow precipitation patterns, they are siloed and fragmented and inconsistent with the realities of changing patterns in climate and hydrology. I enjoy collaborating with different sectors to address climate adaptation and water challenges from a dynamic, open, systems approach. There is always more to learn, and I am eager to work together, innovate, and share.

Since graduating (Phi Beta Kappa) with a BS in Environmental Science and an emphasis in Hydrology my work has been focused on the complexities within the fields of water law and hydrology. In 2017, I received my Masters of Environmental Science & Management, specializing in water resources management.

I consider myself to be a collaborative relationship builder. I am energetic and passionate. I am known for seeing possibilities where others can't. I approach the world with an open mind and a curious and generous heart. I stand for integrity and empowerment, branching into collective change for myself, my community and the earth.

Growing up in Colorado, I couldn’t help turning into an avid outdoorswoman - I enjoy skiing, snowboarding, road biking, etc. (and I am still working on the surfing bit). I have traveled extensively, fueling my passion around water security and environmental compliance issues. I have circumnavigated the globe, traveling to over 22 countries.


Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Santa Barbara, California, United States
Masters of Science; Environmental Science & Mgmt; Water, 2017
Water resources management
2015 To 2017
Dissertation: In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and NatureVest, assessed the financial and logistical feasibility of acquiring water for temporary habitat creation for migrating species while also making a return on investment through water-sharing investment partnerships.
Advisor: Jim Salzman

Professional Associations

American Society of Adaptation Professionals
2018 - Present

The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment
2018 - Present

Water Now Alliance
2018 - Present

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
2018 - Present

Women's Environmental Network
2018 - Present

Phi Betta Kappa
2006 - Present

Job History

Town of Corte Madera
Project Manager - Climate Adaptation Planning
October 2018 - present

LegacyWorks Group
Project Manager
Santa Barbara, CA, United States
June 2016 - October 2018

University of California Santa Barbara
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant
Santa Barbara, CA, United States
January 2016 - December 2017

Waterlaw: Patrick, Miller & Kropf, P.C.
Lead Paralegal
Aspen, CO, United States
March 2008 - December 2015

Katie Reed Management
Property Manager
Aspen, CO, United States
January 2006 - May 2008

Honors and Awards

Academic Achievement
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Service Award
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)