Kirsten James is the Senior Manager for California Policy and Partnerships at Ceres, a non-profit organization mobilizing company and investor leadership on sustainability issues. She leads the development of strategy and policy objectives for Ceres’s California-focused work, including the business-led California water campaign, Connect the Drops. Kirsten also maintains and builds Ceres’ business and investor partnerships within California and mobilizes them in support of public policies that call for sustainable water management, clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in California.
Prior to Ceres, Kirsten worked for 9 years at the Santa Monica-based environmental group, Heal the Bay. She served as their Science and Policy Director for water quality, leading the organization’s efforts related to statewide and regional water quality and water supply policy and regulation. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at University of California Santa Barbara.