P.O. Box 789, Santa Paula, CA 93061 contact@santaclarariver.org



Dr. Charles Lester
Executive Director 

Dr. Charles Lester has been working in the field of coastal and natural resource management for more than 25 years. In addition to serving as the Conservancy’s Executive Director, Charles recently joined the Marine Sciences Institute at UC Santa Barbara, where he conducts research, writing, teaching and advising about sea level rise, coastal resilience, and other aspects of California coastal law and policy. Previously, Charles worked many years for the California Coastal Commission, including serving as the agency’s fourth executive director from 2011 to 2016. Before coming back to California in 1997, Charles was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he taught environmental law and policy, with a focus on public lands governance and coastal zone management. He received his Ph.D. and J.D. from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Geochemistry from Columbia University. He lives in Ventura County with his wife and daughter, two dogs, and two cats.

Hannah Garcia

Hannah Garcia-Wickstrum
Program Manager 

Hannah graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology. She has worked with several different agencies before coming to the SCRC including the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Hannah manages SCRC’s restoration and education grants, is the secretary of the board, and updates SCRC’s social media platforms. When not working, Hannah likes to hike in the Los Padres National Forest with her husband, spend time with her four sisters, and watch Lifetime movies with her cat, Mila.


Leslie Magaña 
Education & Outreach Coordinator

Leslie is a recent graduate from California State University, Channel Islands where she received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Her admiration to educate and inspire younger generations led to her internship with the  Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. While working for the National Park Service, she led educational and interpretative programs for groups of various grade levels. Apart from teaching others on the importance of conservation and the health of the environment, Leslie enjoys visiting the beach, hiking, and exploring both National & International Parks. Leslie believes that educating others about the environment is key to achieving positive change in environmental attitudes.

Sean Carey
Restoration Project Manager 

Sean graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Sean manages the on-the-ground removal of Arundo from all of our restoration sites.

Adam Lambert

Dr. Adam Lambert
Scientific Advisor 

Dr. Lambert is a research scientist with the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. His research examines the effects of invasive species on natural communities, mechanisms of invasion, tri-trophic interactions, and biological control. Adam oversees all restoration activities for the Santa Clara River Conservancy.


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