028: Listening Tours—Is Your Member Org On Tour?

 

Tia Lebherz is the Director of Outreach and Special Projects for California Water Efficiency Partnership. She has spent her career working with environmental and water non-profit and municipal organizations both in her home state of California and across the county including WaterNow Alliance, Imagine H2O and Food & Water Watch. Her experience and skills include organizing, advocacy, facilitation, coalition development, and strategic engagement. She also has extensive media and communications expertise. Tia graduated with honors from University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and completed Green Corps, a competitive fellowship program for environmental organizing. In her spare time, Tia enjoys coaching youth soccer, finding any excuse to travel up and down the West Coast and working on her side-project to launch a “water-neutral” winery in California called R. Debauche.

Top Takeaways

Make sure you’re bringing all the stakeholders to the table. All categories of water users, utilities, private sector companies, etc should have the opportunity to lend their perspective.

Tia shared with us some of the tools CALWEP is using to dispel the myths and rumors circulating about the new California water conservation regulations.

Hear some of the outcomes from the listening tour CALWEP conducted for their partnership members to ensure the organization’s focus was on the areas that add the most value to their members.

Tia gives some great tips for young professionals just starting out, especially related to networking and getting the most from those experiences.

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