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Honoring Miguel Luna | A Quarter Century of Connecting the Drops


CWH is celebrating 25 years of meaningful work advancing the health and sustainability of our region’s watersheds. At CWH, we work to build consensus and break down silos to affect sound watershed management. Along the way, we cross paths with many exceptional individuals who share this goal and exemplify our founding principles. As we celebrate A Quarter Century of Connecting the Drops, we have chosen to honor two standout watershed champions.


On October 18th, we will honor Miguel Luna, CEO of Urban Semillas, for his work cultivating relationships and building consensus among community-based organizations, businesses, elected officials, environmental organizations, academia, governmental agencies, and individual stakeholders at the grass-roots level. His work has fostered active community participation in city, state and nationwide planning efforts, focused on brining resources to under-resourced communities and has led to the augmentation of urban green space, the augmentation of water supply and improvement of water quality. We invite you to learn more about Miguel's diverse experience and unique approach by scrolling through the slideshow above! We also welcome you to visit our 25th anniversary website and join us for a dinner under the stars as we celebrate 25+ years of collaboration toward healthier watersheds and communities. Hope to see you there!


 

Miguel grew up in a city next to a river in his hometown in Colombia, in that river he developed a kinship with water. In the late 70’s he emigrated with his mother to Los Angeles where he found the LA River. That childhood kinship with water and rivers continues till this day and is the main driver behind his work. Over the last two decades Miguel has worked on master planning projects at the city and regional level that have led to the augmentation of urban green space, the augmentation of water supply and improvement of water quality, and has worked on funding measures with a focus on bringing resources to under-resourced communities. His practice has a specific focus in fostering participation in planning efforts among people who might not have previously participated in these and moderating effectively among people who might anticipate little common ground.


Miguel is the CEO of Urban Semillas. He also serves as the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Department Director at the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and serves on the boards of Metropolitan Water District, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Water Education for Latino Leaders, Community Nature Connection, Pacoima Beautiful, Vincent Price Art Museum and serves as the Executive Director of the Southeast Arts and Cultural Foundation.


He is sought after and respected locally, regionally, and statewide for his expertise in working with diverse communities on social justice issues and advocacy, and for his ability to utilize community reconnaissance to develop and implement effective outreach tools and mechanisms for grass-roots coalition and consensus building. He specializes in cultivating relationships with and between community-based organizations, businesses, elected officials, environmental organizations, academia, governmental agencies, and individual stakeholders at the grass-roots level.

 

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