Executive level representatives from WRP member agencies

The Directors Group (DiG) meets annually to approve the Work Plan and discuss WRP initiatives. The Secretary of the State Resources Agency chairs the Directors Group, which comprises the top officials from the 18 state and federal partner agencies.

The 2021 Director’s Group (formerly the Board of Governors) virtual meeting will take place on February 25, 2021. The meeting agenda will include a Work Plan update on new and completed projects, a video of wetland restoration occurring throughout Southern California during the Covid-19 pandemic, and a presentation on the WRP’s permit coordination work.


Directors Group

Federal Partners

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Thomas Torres, Water Division Associate Director

National Marine Fisheries Service
Chris Yates, Assistant Regional Administrator

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Kirk Gibbs, Commander of the Los Angeles District

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Paul Souza, Regional Director

State Partners 

California Natural Resources Agency
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary (Chair of the Directors Group)

State Coastal Conservancy
Sam Schuchat, Executive Director

California Coastal Commission
Jack Ainsworth, Director

California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Charlton Bonham, Director

California Department of Parks & Recreation
Lisa Mangat, Director

State Lands Commission
Jennifer Lucchesi, Executive Officer

Wildlife Conservation Board
John Donnelly, Executive Director

California Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew Rodriguez, Secretary

State Water Resources Control Board
Jon Bishop, Chief Deputy Director

Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
John Robertson, Executive Officer

Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Renee Purdy, Executive Officer

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Hope Smythe, Executive Officer

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
David Gibson, Executive Officer