September 17, 2020
5:30pm – 6:45pm

For our first-ever webinar we focus on the importance and power of grassroots advocacy, how to effectively reach out to and communicate with local decision-makers, and strategies and techniques for success. Using the current effort to list the Joshua Tree as a California endangered species as the backdrop for our presentations, this webinar will offer the build blocks for advocacy on any local issue.

Attendees will get an introduction in how to:

  • Mobilize, frame the issue, and make an effective pitch to elected leaders and agency official
  • Understand the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), review the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and learn about the petition process for the Joshua Tree.


Chris Carillo, Esq., former Field Representative for Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Deputy Chief of Staff for Supervisor James Ramos

For over a decade, Chris has dedicated his career to public service and working on public policy issues in Southern California. He served as a senior aide for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein for six years and as a Deputy Chief of Staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos.

His litigation practice focuses on employment and labor issues, representing his clients through all aspects of litigation, as well as serving in an advisory capacity. In 2016, he prevailed in a highly-publicized age discrimination jury trial, representing a terminated Division Fire Chief. He has argued before the California Courts of Appeal, prevailing in a published decision that set new precedent for the California Firefighter Bill of Rights.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy and Professional Responsibility at the University of La Verne College of Law, serves as the Chairman for the East Valley Water District Board of Directors, and volunteers his time coaching the Citrus Valley High School Mock Trial team. He leads the effort for Give Big San Bernardino County and serves on the boards of the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts and The Wildlands Conservancy.

Chris earned his law degree at Loyola Law School, he holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and American Politics from Claremont Graduate University, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Government and English from Georgetown University.

Tim Krantz, PhD., Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of Redlands

In addition to teaching, Dr. Krantz serves as the Botanic Garden Director for The Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve. Tim has been working on the front lines of environmental planning for over 40 years, largely through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) processes. His expertise has ranged from work as the Salton Sea Database Program manager to endangered species issues in Southern California, anti-fracking campaigns in Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Benito Counties, and ecological restoration of hazardous waste and oil- and chemical-contaminated sites in California and Hawaii. He served for six years on the San Bernardino County Planning Commission (1982-1988) and has served as an environmental consultant, advocate, and expert witness on more than 150 CEQA projects throughout the State of California.


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