CWC Members

Portrait of Teresa Alvarado
Teresa Alvarado , Chair

California Water Commission

Teresa Alvarado

Teresa Alvarado, of San Jose, is Principal of Morado Consulting specializing in supporting leaders, across sectors, to create positive economic, environmental, and social impact. Teresa previously served as deputy administrative officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District and as a State Senate President pro Tempore appointee to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission where she chaired the committee dedicated to developing the agency’s first Bay Plan Amendment on Environmental Justice and Social Equity. Ms. Alvarado holds a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University, a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies and a Minor degree in technical writing from San Jose State University. She is an American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley Senior Fellow and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Parks California. 

Portrait of Matthew Swanson
Matthew Swanson , Vice-Chair

California Water Commission

Matthew Swanson

Matthew Swanson, of Turlock, is a California farmer and CEO of Associated Feed, Virtus Nutrition, and Nutrius Products, manufacturers of organic, non-GMO, and conventional feed products serving the dairy, cattle, swine, and poultry industries. His other entrepreneurial endeavors include leading the development of software and application of data analytics to improve agricultural and environmental efficiencies and help achieve net zero carbon dairy farms. Mr. Swanson also serves as Chairman of Riser House Entertainment, a full-service label and music publishing company in Nashville, Tennessee.

Portrait of Samantha Arthur
Samantha Arthur , Member

California Water Commission

Samantha Arthur

Samantha Arthur, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Water Commission. Arthur has been Working Lands Program Director at Audubon California since 2019, where she has held multiple positions since 2014, including Conservation Project Director and Conservation Project Manager. She was a Strategic Planning and Policy Intern at the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts from 2013 to 2014 and a Land Protection Specialist at Big Sur Land Trust from 2010 to 2012. Arthur earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College.
Portrait of Daniel Curtin
Daniel Curtin , Member

California Water Commission

Daniel Curtin

Daniel Curtin, of Sacramento, has served as director for the California Conference of Carpenters since 2001 and previously held the same position from 1992 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, he served as chief deputy director for the Department of Industrial Relations. Prior to that, Curtin was a legislative advocate for the California Conference of Carpenters. He serves on the State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of Directors, the Economic Development Commission, and the Industrial Welfare Commission.

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Portrait of Alex Makler
Alexandre Makler , Member

California Water Commission

Alexandre Makler

Alex Makler, of Berkeley, is Senior Vice President, West for Calpine Corporation, a large independent power producer with generation facilities throughout the United States and Canada. He joined Calpine in 1999 as Associate Counsel and has had roles of increasing responsibility in legal and business management functions. He has substantial experience in infrastructure project development, construction, environmental permitting, Federal and state-level electricity and gas regulation, commercial contracting, and finance. Prior to Calpine, Makler worked for private law firms in New York, Houston, and San Francisco.  He has both a J.D. and a B.A. (Political Economy) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Portrait of Joe Yun
Joe Yun , Executive Officer

California Water Commission

Joe Yun

Joe Yun, Executive Officer, California Water Commission. Joe is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology. Most recently, Joe served as the Commission's Interim Water Storage Investment Program Manager. Prior to joining the Water Commission Joe served as Chief of the Planning Grant Section in the Financial Assistance Branch of DWR's Division of Integrated Regional Water Management. Joe managed multidisciplinary teams to implement various water management grant programs funded by general obligation bonds. Before joining DWR, Joe worked for 13 years in private environmental consulting assisting clients on surface water, groundwater, and storm water quality projects, remedial investigations, and site remediation.

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