THE CCS TEAM
We use a team approach to maximize our flexibility and ability to adapt to each new challenge.
Our team includes:
Esther Feldman, President
Esther Feldman is an environmental leader in California and has established more than $3 billion in new public funding to achieve community and conservation goals. Prior to establishing CCS, she served as L.A. Field Office Director and Director of the National Public Finance Program for the Trust for Public Land, Director of Special Projects for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Chair of the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission. She has expertise in public finance, legislation, planning, technical research, water, community outreach, conservation real estate, governmental and public relations and campaigns.
Ms. Feldman directs all aspects of CCS’ work, including projects, programs, policy, legal and development activities. She has a B.S. in Soil and Water Science from UC Davis.
|Chun Lu, Fiscal & Operations Manager
Chun Lu is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management, including organizational budgeting, financial reporting, and invoicing. Additionally, Ms. Lu oversees CCS’ grant and contract tracking and reporting and provides IT support, oversight and coordination for all of CCS’ projects and programs. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington.
|Joe Laskin, Assistant Project Manager
Joe Laskin provides assistance in project management. Joe’s focus is on the L.A. River Greenway Project and Capital Campaign. He provides assistance with fundraising, research, planning and communications with subcontractors,and development of public relations materials. Mr. Laskin has seven years of experience in outdoor education, working with youth, and organizing outdoor activities and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Mr. Laskin has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.
Engineering and Hydrology
VS2 Consulting, Inc.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Web, Graphic & Design
AJ & DJ Systems, Web Hosting
Brewer & Tominaga, Accountant
Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Ms. McCready is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and teaches a financial planning course at UCLA Extension. She is a member of the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation and served on the finance committee of All Saints Church in Beverly Hills for 5 years. She holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State.
Ms. Donna Black is an attorney with over 40 years of experience and expertise in the California Environmental Quality Act, land use litigation/compliance and a broad range of other environmental impact issues. Her environmental expertise includes air quality and waste management issues. She served as Co-Editor and an Author of the “California Environmental Law Handbook.” and has advised, counseled, and litigated on behalf of private developers, public agencies, businesses, lenders and investors. She continues to advise clients at her own firm.
Real Estate Agent, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Mr. M. Epstein began investing in and selling real estate in the Los Angeles area in the 1980’s and went on to co-form the real estate team that grew to be known as Powerhouse Partners – one of the #1 real estate teams in the Southern San Fernando Valley. He served as the former President of South Valley Planning Commission for the City of Los Angeles for 13 years and is also active on numerous civic organizations in the San Fernando Valley. He acted as a former Executive Board Member of WeSpark Cancer Support Center for 10 years.
President & Founder, Gonzalez Strategic Affairs
As founder and president of Gonzalez Strategic Affairs, Mr. Ruben Gonzalez provides government affairs, media relations, crisis communications and political/campaign consulting services, and is Senior Advisor to the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. Ruben has served as Sr. Vice President for Public Policy and Political Affairs for the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, Sr. Vice President of External Affairs for The Meruelo Group, public affairs specialist for Englander, Knabe & Allen, Deputy City Controller for City of L.A., and Governing Board Member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Loyola Marymount University.
Principal, Environmental Outreach Strategies
Mr. Liberman directs complex strategic, policy and public relations efforts for diverse clients. He has extensive expertise in strategic communications and public affairs in the environmental, water, land use and planning fields. He has served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Edelman PR Worldwide, Chair of the Board and Executive Director of Heal the Bay, and Chief of Staff for L.A. City Councilmember Ruth Galanter.
Public Policy Institute of California
Mr. Misczynski is an adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where he specializes in local government financing, water financing, and budget realignment. He was the founding director of the California Research Bureau, which provides policy research services to both houses of the California Legislature and the Governor's Office. He was deputy director of Governor Jerry Brown's Office of Planning and Research, and is one of the foremost experts nationwide on public finance tools. His graduate and undergraduate education was at Stanford in economics.
Carlyle W. Hall, Jr.
Kathy Jones Irish
Dr. Thomas Chapin
The Honorable Laurene Weste