Executive Director

Patrick Koepele has been with the Trust since July of 2000. Prior to joining the Trust, Patrick worked as a Water Resources and Restoration Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, acquiring deep knowledge of restoration issues and activities throughout the Central Valley. Patrick’s experience includes surveying, groundwater, river and bank erosion studies.

Policy Director

Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director, joined the Trust in August 2007. Raised in Palo Alto on Hetch Hetchy water, Peter knows the Bay Area well. In 1990 he founded Bay Area Action (now Acterra), and has coordinated two international Earth Day campaigns. He has extensive experience working on land use initiatives. Peter is a whitewater rafting guide and a former mayor of Palo Alto.

Finance Director

Marisol began with the Trust in early 2016. She brings to the Trust over 10 years of financial and administrative management for various non-profits in California. Marisol has received a bachelor’s from UCLA and her accounting certificate from UC Berkeley Extension.

Central Valley Director of Education Outreach

Before joining the Trust in January 2007, Meg was with the Great Valley Museum, in Modesto, where she managed the Traveling Teacher staff and worked on program development. Before moving to California, Meg worked for the Tierrenuestra Foundation in Paraguay. She has worked as an educator and field biologist in Paraguay and Vermont.

Restoration Manager

A native of Boston, Seth comes to the Trust after a decade in Southern California. Since graduating with a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine in 2007, he has been active in land-use planning in both the public and nonprofit sectors in the San Diego region. He currently lives in Sonora with his wife and children.

Lauren Barnum
Development Manager

Lauren began her career in development at UC Santa Barbara by writing grants to implement environmentally-conscious programs across the campus. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and wrote her thesis on the climate implications of campus water use, specifically quantifying the energy-intensity of UCSB’s water sources. She comes to TRT from the Bay Area nonprofit sector, with experience in western water resource management, grant writing, and advocacy.

Community Riverside Manager

Edgar Garibay grew up in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico, and came to Modesto at the age of 8. As a first generation college student, he graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences and a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. Edgar has served in the community through volunteer work at various community-based organizations for over 10 years.

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Development Associate and Bay Area Education Coordinator

Brittany started her career in environmental education while earning her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida State University. She comes to TRT with over ten years of experience in education, grant writing, and program development.

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Tuolumne Adventure Club (TRAC) Coordinator

Juan Telles is a native of Modesto, California. He has served the Modesto community alongside the Trust since 2011 as a community mentor, advocate, and community organizer. He has also worked on environmental policy campaigns, during which he was able to be an environmental advocate at the California state capitol and even speak at the White House regarding culture and access to nature.

Kevin Moss
Sierra Region Project Coordinator

Kevin is spending the year with the TRT as part of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. He graduated from Colorado College in 2015, earning a B.A. in Environmental Science and a minor in Education. He has a strong background in outdoor education and has led expeditions in Colorado, Utah, West Virginia, and Chile. With TRT, he helps deliver watershed education programs and lead restoration projects in the Rim Fire Burn Area.

Summer Policy Fellow

Zarine is a rising senior in Mission San Jose High School. She has been surrounded by nature all her life, through hikes and camping trips, and is looking forward to pursuing environmental science in college! She is excited to be working with TRT this summer to expand her knowledge on environmental policy and gain new perspectives on environmental issues.