Project Description

Executive Director of the Council For Watershed Health, Los Angeles, CA

Nancy joined the Council as its Executive Director in 2005. Dr. Steele currently serves on the Board of the Marine Conservation Research Institute, on the Leadership Committee of the Greater Los Angeles Regional Water Management Group, and as an advisor to the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy.

She is a 2012-2013 Stanton Fellow of the Durfee Foundation and a past Fellow of the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation. In 2010, she received the Women in Business Award for her work in Energy & Environment from the California 21st Senate and 44th Assembly Districts.

Prior to joining the Council in 2005, Dr. Steele worked in various California agencies to reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks and buses, eliminate childhood lead poisoning, and control environmental emissions.  She was the California Air Resources Board Deputy Ombudsman from 1997-1999. Nancy co-founded the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy in 2000 and served as its President and CEO through 2011. She and her husband, Bruce, run a beekeeping business, Chaparral Mountain Honey Company.

Nancy earned her doctorate in environmental science and engineering from University of California, Los Angeles; her M.S. from Arizona State University; and her A.B. from Occidental College.