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Charlie Diamond graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a BS in environmental economics and policy and a minor in geography. He studied abroad at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and learned about Dutch water-management strategies, and later served as a summer intern with the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta Conservancy in California. His undergraduate thesis focused on increased flood risk in Northern California resulting from climate change impacts. After earning his undergraduate degree, Charlie worked for The Nature Conservancy and the US Geological Survey’s Western Fisheries Research Center on Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery at the Independence Lake Preserve near Lake Tahoe. Charlie is interested in nature conservation, fisheries management, and water-resource management in California, especially in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Sierra Nevada regions.

Cora Kammeyer is a researcher at the Pacific Institute, a global water policy think tank based in Oakland, California. Cora conducts research and analysis on water policy and management issues, and supports the Institute's corporate water stewardship initiatives. At the Bren School, Cora focused on how to use market-based solutions to provide water for the environment. She worked with The Nature Conservancy on her Master’s thesis project, looking at the potential of water markets to provide wetland habitat for migratory birds in the Sacramento Valley. Prior to Bren, Cora worked at WaterSmart Software, a San Francisco-based startup that uses behavioral science techniques to encourage residential water conservation. Cora received a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She also received a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB, specializing in Economic and Politics of the Environment with a focus in Strategic Environmental Communication.

Alyssa Obester is a Project Manager at South Coast Habitat Restoration, a non-profit focused on watershed management and restoration in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Alyssa manages restoration projects, including small dam and barrier removal efforts to improve fish passage, as well as projects that seek to analyze and enhance instream flows. For her master’s thesis, Alyssa developed restoration recommendations and quantified the economic benefits of river restoration on the Lower Yuba River. Prior to Bren, Alyssa worked at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, where she was involved with a variety of projects, including drought-impact assessments and historic modeling of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Alyssa holds a master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Environmental Policy from UC Davis.

Jayme Ohlhaver brought five years of conservation experience to Bren. For the three years before enrolling, he worked for the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), helping to select and administer projects that remedy harm to natural resources caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to that, he gained valuable experience in federal natural resource policy as an intern for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He also spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the National Park Service, providing environmental-planning support for outdoor recreation and conservation projects throughout Michigan. He is passionate about the landscapes he grew up exploring and hopes to focus his career on conservation issues impacting the American West. At Bren, Jayme intends to study innovative ways to make more financial resources available to water conservation and restoration. He has a keen interest in exploring how water markets can secure water for in-stream flows and contribute to meaningful restoration of watersheds. Jayme holds a BA in architectural studies and a minor in conservation biology from UCLA.