Sacramento Sustainability Forum 2.0

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2011 August: The Delta, Critical Issues Surrounding Our Vital Resource

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla is the Campaign Director for Restore the Delta. Prior to joining the campaign, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla served as the Business Development Manager for the Planning and Conservation League in Sacramento. Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla has also taught English in the California community college system, served as a field representative for the Oakland local of the California Federation of Teachers, worked in marketing and customer service for The Disney Channel, and served as Executive Director for Manifest Press and Literary Arts Center also in Oakland.

A Stockton resident of several years, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla developed a love and appreciation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta years prior to becoming a resident while observing its changing landscape during the 1996-97 floods, which she chronicled in a manuscript of poems published in various literary publications throughout the United States. Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla is enthralled with bird watching and enjoys taking walks with her seven-year old daughter in various locations throughout the Delta simply to observe its wildlife.


Brett Baker

Brett Baker is a sixth generation pear farmer from Sutter Island in the Northern Delta. He currently resides on the same dirt his family has called home since 1851. Brett is a Graduate of UC Davis where he earned his B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Moyle and Jeffery Mount. Brett Spent a year working for the Department of Fish and Game as a Heritage and Wild Trout Biologist- Hiking throughout the Sierra Nevada obtaining data on California Native trout species. Brett then moved into a more rigid political surrounding taking a position as the Water and Agricultural policy Analyst for then Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi in the Capitol. For the Past year he has been working as a consultant for Restore The Delta and the Central Delta Water Agency.