Felicia Marcus

Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant with 35 years of expertise in organizational management, policy development, program implementation, and public engagement at the federal, state, and local level. She is currently the William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program. Most recently, she was Chair of the California State Water Board, with regulatory responsibility for water conservation, groundwater management, wastewater recycling, stormwater capture, and desalination, water rights laws, and the state’s drinking water program. Felicia helped lead the board through the state’s worst drought in modern history. Prior to this, Felicia led US EPA’s Southwest and Pacific Region–working extensively on air, water, and toxics issues while helping negotiate agreements, develop policy, and implement projects on state, tribal, US-Mexico border, and Pacific Islands issues. She also headed the Los Angeles Department of Public Works which under her leadership gained national awards for environmental initiatives and performance. She has also held senior leadership positions with national non-profit organizations and has been a practicing attorney in the private and non-profit sectors. She currently serves on the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada) and was recently elected a Fellow in the (US) National Academy of Public Administration. Felicia has a law degree from NYU, an AB cum laude from Harvard College in East Asian Studies, and studied on a Fellowship at Hong Kong University.