The CVJV Team

The CVJV is guided by a Management Board that receives input and recommendations from a variety of working committees.  It is administered through a coordination office within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Meet our Board Members

The Central Valley Joint Venture currently has 20 member organizations consisting of eight Non-Governmental Organizations, five State agencies, six Federal Agencies and one Corporation

Chair: Ashley Overhouse, Defenders of Wildlife

Vice Chair: Brian Olson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Our Board

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Xeronimo Castaneda

Working Lands Director (Central Valley), Audubon California

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Nancy Wahl-Scheurich

Executive Director, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD)

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Brian Olson

Supervisor of Wetland Conservation Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

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David Martasian

Flood Mgt, Multi-Benefit Initiative, California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

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Meghan Hertel

Deputy Secretary, Biodiversity and Habitat, California Natural Resources Agency

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Jacob Katz

California Trout

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Jake Messerli

Chief Executive Officer, California Waterfowl Association (CWA)

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Rebecca Fris

Assistant Executive Director, California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)

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Ashley Overhouse

Water Policy Advisor, California Program, Defenders of Wildlife

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Virginia Getz

Director of Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DU)

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Dean Kwasny

Easement Programs Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

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Mike Best

Senior Program Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

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Catherine Hickey

Conservation Director, Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, Point Blue Conservation Science

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Helen Swagerty

Project Director, River Partners

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Jeanne Brantigan

Project Director, Water Program, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Mariah Brumbaugh

Environmental Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Brian Novosak

Biologist, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Pam Taber

Resource Management, Branch Chief, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)


Tom Kimball

Research Manager, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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Curtis McCasland

Assistant Regional Director, National Wildlife Refuge System, US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), Pacific Southwest Region

Central Valley Joint Venture Coordination Office

CVJV staff is responsible for coordinating and facilitating actions and partner projects within the joint venture administrative boundary.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1916
Sacramento CA 95825


Please direct your inquiries to the one of the following Central Valley Joint Venture staff:
James Cogswell, Coordinator

(916) 414-6459

Craig Isola, Conservation Coordinator

(530) 510-6319

Greg Yarris, Science Coordinator

(916) 414-6458

Central Valley Joint Venture

Implementation Plans

The CVJV Implementation Plan provides practical information to guide policymakers, state and federal agencies, local governments, private landowners, and others, working collaboratively to improve the Central Valley for birds and people.