Jean S. Fraser, Elliot Hinds, and Susan Longville

Welcome to our newest board members!

Three new members have joined The Climate Center Board of Directors to advance our mission of rapidly reducing climate pollution at scale. We’re thrilled to welcome Jean S. Fraser, Chief Executive Officer for the Presidio Trust; Elliot Hinds, a partner in the Corporate Practice Group; and Susan Longville, a water policy analyst who has worked in the public and private sectors of California for decades.

Jean S. Fraser is the Chief Executive Officer for the Presidio Trust, a unique federal agency charged with operating the Presidio national park site in San Francisco with no taxpayer support. Ms. Fraser reports to a seven-member board appointed by the President of the United States. From 2009 to 2015, Jean was the Chief of the San Mateo County Health System. Prior to joining San Mateo County, Ms. Fraser was the Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco Health Plan where she championed the creation of the Healthy Kids program that provides insurance to all low income children. Ms. Fraser also serves on the boards of KQED and SPUR.

“I know that California can regain its leadership on climate change by setting new standards that will spur private industry to even greater innovations that will protect the planet. I’m honored to support The Climate Center in pushing for faster and more courageous action by our elected leaders.” 

Elliot Hinds is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Century City office. Elliot focuses his practice on corporate and energy matters. While he is deeply engaged in energy transactions, he also works with clients in a variety of other capital-intensive industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and technology. Elliot works extensively on mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, project development and finance, and joint ventures. He represents several wind and solar energy project developers, technology companies, manufacturers of equipment, lubricants, and other products and companies in the healthcare space.

Susan Longville is a water policy analyst that has worked in the public and private sectors of California for decades. Susan retired from California State University, San Bernardino in 2012 where she served as the Director of the Water Resources Institute. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, Susan also served two terms on the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. In 2014, Susan looked to public service and was elected to the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District in 2014, a wholesale water agency that provides imported water from the State Water Project to 800,000 residents in Southern California’s Inland Empire to augment local water supplies. She has served as President and now as the senior member of the Board is focused on the completion of a Climate Resiliency and Adaptation Plan and the establishment of Headwaters Partnership with the San Bernardino National Forest. 

We are honored to have Jean, Alex and Susan join our board to help ensure that California retakes its global climate leadership. California can and must accelerate bold climate action to the speed and scale required to secure a healthy, equitable, and vibrant future for all.

Ellie Cohen
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