Open Space Alliance gets new director
Stephen Harrington joined the Open Space Alliance of Santa Cruz County (OSA) as Executive Director in November 2007. Harrington started his land conservation work in the early 90s as an intern with the Land Trust of Napa County while working on a double major in Environmental Studies and Economics at UC Santa Cruz. After completing his BA, he attended the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he earned a Master of Environmental Studies degree in 1993.
Harrington's graduate work focused on public space planning and land conservation. After graduate school he worked on the Chicago Rivers urban river restoration project with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. In 1995, Stephen and his wife, Karen, returned to their native California where he worked as a consultant in Ventura with Rincon Consultants, focusing on CEQA and NEPA environmental review and city planning projects. During this time he served as an Executive Committee member of the Surfrider Foundation and worked on the Calleguas Creek Watershed Plan. This project was started by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and has since grown to include all of the major watersheds in Ventura County.
In 1998, Harrington moved to Auburn where he consulted on the American River Watershed Plan. Before joining OSA, Stephen was a full-time dad. He and his family enjoy cycling and gardening in the foothills of Mt. Madonna in southern Santa Cruz County where they have lived since 2005.
The Open Space Alliance of Santa Cruz protects lands with significant natural and scenic qualities.
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