Megan Brousseau, Associate Director
In her role as Associate Director of Inland Empire Waterkeeper Megan is responsible for the day to day operation of the organization including all programs under Waterkeeper's five pillars of: Advocacy, Education, Research, Restoration and Enforcement. With a comprehensive knowledge of the unique resources and challenges of the Santa Ana Watershed and its region, Megan leads the organization in the mission of Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable waters with a collaborative approach to attaining a watershed of educated and motivated water stewards.
Over the past five years, Megan has served as the Associate Director of Inland Empire Waterkeeper, working on programs and projects that directly benefit the Santa Ana River and local communities. Her achievements through Waterkeeper include development of the region’s only outdoor nature preschool that is specifically dedicated to watershed health, creation of a Waterkeeper summer camp, Rivercamp, development of environmental education programs, addressing pollution concerns, and implementing the Crest to Coast multi-stakeholder restoration initiative.
Megan is a lifelong resident of Riverside who specializes in connecting learners to their communities and local environment through innovative opportunities. Her comprehensive background in program administration includes managing nature and science education venues, and developing science education programs in non-formal learning environments. An active member of the Inland Empire community, Megan has spent a decade working on projects that increase community livability and sustainability, from fundraising for nonprofits to the development of southern California’s largest family nature club. A dedicated lifelong learner, Megan’s academic background has focused on environmental studies and human-environmental interaction with a degree in Zoology. Megan’s passion lies in cultivating a love and stewardship for our local environment in people of all ages. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Garry W. Brown, Executive Director
Garry Brown is president and chief executive officer of Inland Empire Waterkeeper and Orange County Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization he founded in 1999 to protect and preserve our local marine habitats and watersheds. Through Waterkeeper, Garry has negotiated solutions to runoff and pollution issues that have threatened our watershed. He’s a relentless advocate for cooperative solutions, but will litigate when boardroom discussions fail to bring results. Under Garry’s leadership, Waterkeeper has become a tried and trusted ward of our freshwater ecosystems through education, advocacy, restoration, research and enforcement.
Garry comes from a long background of building public-private partnerships. After earning a B.A. in Government from the University of Redlands, he served for five years as an assistant city manager, ten years as an advocate and executive director for trade associations in the real estate and building industries, and twice as president of a chamber of commerce. In 2001, he founded the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. In 2006, he published the first issue of “Coastkeeper Magazine.” These varied experiences brought him an extensive and pragmatic understanding of both state and local government and the politics that drive them. Garry is committed to expanding Waterkeeper’s presence as a proactive, results-driven organization that uses coalition building and partnerships to find effective solutions to the environmental problems that impact our communities and watersheds. Currently, Garry serves on numerous Boards of Director and governmental advisory committees, including:
- Orange County Coastkeeper- Board President
- California Coastkeeper Alliance- Board Vice-President
- National Waterkeeper Alliance- Board member
- SAWPA’s One Water One Watershed- Steering Committee
- Chairman of OCTA’s Environmental Clean-up Allocation Committee
- The Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE)
- Vote the Coast, Board Chairman
- Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach OSPR Committee
- National Water Research Institute’s Advisory Panel for the GroundWater Replenishment System
- Ocean Defenders Alliance, Board Member
- C.A.R.E.-California Artificial Reef Enhancement Foundation- BoardMember
- American Green Power, Board member
Colin Kelly, Staff Attorney
Colin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003 and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2009. Colin’s responsibilities at Waterkeeper range from supervising our Legal Internship Program, advocating our position at regional meetings, and developing strategies for our legal actions. Prior to accepting a position with Waterkeeper, Colin was the two-time President of the Environmental Law Society and one of six recipients of the 2009 Dean’s Citation Award at Whittier Law School. When he is not at Waterkeeper, Colin enjoys spending time with his friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, visiting friends in Oregon with his wife and baby daughter, and attending Oregon football games.
Korina Rangel, Programs Director
Korina has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of California. As Programs Director, Korina Rangel strengthens Waterkeeper’s relationship with the community through communications, outreach, project management, interagency coordination, operations support, human resources management, and sustainability efforts. Her activities emphasize connecting stakeholders directly to Waterkeeper’s core mission through outreach, education, and monitoring/restoration activities. On her spare time, Korina enjoys hiking and exploring nature with her friends and family.
Ryan Kearns, Project Coordinator
Ryan Kearns graduated from University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Biochemical Sciences in 2016. In 2016, Ryan was a water quality intern in our stream team before becoming Waterkeeper's Project Coordinator in the summer of 2017. As Project Coordinator, Ryan partakes in multiple programs, including River KATS, stream team monitoring, and the Clean Camp Coalition. Ryan is committed to inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards, and hopes that the public from the Inland Empire foster a relationship with their watershed through our programs.
Johana Silva, Engineering Consultant
Johana has an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering with an environmental emphasis from USC and Cal Poly Pomona. Johana supports Waterkeeper’s mission to protect and enhance the upper Santa Ana watershed with her expertise in Environmental Engineering. Johana's experience includes research, supervisory, and hands-on experience in civil projects involving the environmental and construction fields. Her favorite pastimes are playing her flute, reading comic books, spending time with family and friends and doing once-in-a-lifetime activities. Whether she is air boating in the Florida Everglades, seeing the bottom of Niagara Falls or steamboating down the Mississippi River, she is enjoying life.
Areeba Aziz has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies from California State University, San Bernardino. Areeba works in both the field and the office with water quality related projects. She loves the environment and creating long lasting memories from the children she works with. In her free time, she loves to eat, explore and discover new music.
Orange County Coastkeeper Staff
Executive Director: Garry Brown
Associate Director: Ellen Orange-Brown
Associate Director of Programs: Ray Hiemstra
Staff Attorney: Colin Kelly
Education Director: Dyana Peña
Garden Director: Marianne Hugo
Coastkeeper Office phone: 714.850.1965
Coastkeeper Office fax: 714.850.1592