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 & Grants Manager

Lauren began her career in development at UC Santa Barbara by writing grants to implement environmentally-conscious programs across the campus.  She comes to TRT from the Bay Area nonprofit sector, with broad knowledge of the challenges facing California’s water management at the nexus of healthy ecosystems and communities. She enjoys wearing many hats within her role and is particularly fond of grant writing, building relationships, and creating original content that keeps the community engaged in TRT’s work.

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Communications and Events Manager

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

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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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.

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