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Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Director, California Water Program


pronouns: She/Her
state: CA
city: Sacramento
Tribal Affiliation: NO
languages: English
race + ethnicity: East Asian (eg: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese)
Growing up in the Central Valley, Sandi knows firsthand the importance of securing a sustainable and resilient water future for California and has worked toward this goal for decades. Her projects have focused on securing the wintering grounds of the Pacific Flyway, reviving healthy rivers to sustain salmon, and advancing sustainable groundwater management that ensures drinking water for people and supports nature. In 2017, she was appointed by Governor Brown to serve as a board member on the Sacramento‒San Joaquin Delta Conservancy. In 2022, she was appointed to the California Water Commission. She is also a member of the first cohort of the Water Solutions Network and is on the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center Advisory Council. Talk to her about: freshwater, biodiversity and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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