BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Hogan, President / Director
David Hogan has worked as a professional environmental advocate for over twenty years. Prior to founding The Chaparral Lands Conservancy in January 2009 David worked for the Center for Biological Diversity for 15 years to preserve forests, deserts, and chaparral wildlife, plants and wild lands in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. At the Center David specialized in advocacy to protect imperiled shrublands on southern California National Forests, to protect dwindling vernal pool wetlands, and in improving regional habitat conservation plans such as the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan. Before joining the Center David filed listing petitions for over two dozen species, including the original petition to list the California gnatcatcher, a species whose subsequent listing set in motion several southern California regional habitat conservation plans. David also helped design a vernal pool restoration project and conducted scientific surveys for the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp. David is a member of the board for The California Chaparral Institute, was a founding member of the boards for the Southern California Steelhead Coalition and the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, and has also served on the boards of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters and the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. In 2006 David received the Sierra Club’s local “Community Activist” award.
Ileene Anderson, Secretary
Ileene Anderson is a botanist who has worked extensively throughout southern California for decades. Her work spans from floral inventories, to vegetation mapping, to restoration and revegetation planning and monitoring, to post fire monitoring and rare plant surveys. Because of her love of native California vegetation and natural landscapes, Ileene now devotes her time to conservation of these world-class ecosystems – not only flora, but the fauna that call these native plant communities home. Ileene worked for 7 years as Southern California Regional Botanist for the California Native Plant Society and is currently the Public Lands Desert Director at the Center for Biological Diversity where she has worked since 2005. Because chaparral is a quintessentially California landscape that is threatened with degradation and elimination in southern California, Ileene is honored to serve on the board of The Chaparral Lands Conservancy.
Laura Hunter, Board Member
Laura Hunter is a 30-year resident of San Diego County and has been an active protector of human health and the environment throughout her career. She served as Campaign Director for Environmental Health Coalition for over 20 years working on campaigns to address some of our region’s most critical environmental justice issues. Her past advocacy successes include the decommissioning of the South Bay Power Plant, creation of the 2,000-acre South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, securing environmental justice commitments in city general plans, remediation of multiple toxic sediment sites in the Bay, creation of early watershed protection programs, and warning systems for communities adjacent to military sites in San Diego. She was the lead environmental community advocate for the 500-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan redevelopment project adopted unanimously by the City of Chula Vista, Port of San Diego, and the California Coastal Commission. She is the coordinator of the the Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Coalition for the Southwest bioregion and doing what she can to protect the integrity of our natural systems. She is a County Parks Volunteer and is active with the Escondido Neighbors United Weeders and Seeders program to protect the native habitat in Felicita Park. She also serves on the board of the Environmental Center of San Diego, the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, and the South Bay Wildlife Advisory Group. She has lived in Escondido for 24 years and is an avid native plant and food gardener, rainwater harvester, bread-baker, bird-watcher, and mindfulness practitioner. She deeply committed to protecting local habitats for the benefit of all beings.
Katalin Reszegi, Treasurer
Katalin Reszegi is a twenty-year resident of San Diego. She is a psychologist and avid outdoors person. Her commitment to the communities of San Diego is naturally complemented by her desire to preserve the diverse and fragile ecosystems that are native to this area. She currently serves as treasurer for The Chaparral Lands Conservancy.