Sikand Siti-Center "Lunch and Learn" Speaker Series
“Urban Sustainability- Water Challenges & Opportunities for 21st Century Resilience”
Presented by Caryn Mandelbaum, Water Program Director, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cal State LA, ET A-332
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Caryn Mandelbaum Biography
Caryn has advised researchers, philanthropy, investors, and government agencies on watershed restoration and water resiliency strategies for 15 years. Most recently, she directed the Water Program at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which was dedicated to supporting 21st Century water management policies that protect source waters, green infrastructure, and advances to the human right to clean, affordable, drinking water. She worked closely with advocates to implement California’s first-ever groundwater regulations. She contributed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revised Lead & Copper Rule to the Safe Drinking Water Act requiring water agencies to expedite the replacement of lead service lines. She helped launch an expansive water efficiency workforce training program in Los Angeles. Her leadership was recognized by Administrator McCarthy of the U.S.E.P.A. and L.A.’s Department of Water & Power for breakthroughs in innovative urban water use. Caryn is a graduate of UC Berkeley as well as UCLA’s School of Law and Urban Planning program.