I applied to the River R.A.T.S. program to learn more about the issues facing these waters as well as the nuances of water advocacy and outreach. I look forward to gaining an understanding of policymaking process and how to be a legislative advocate as well as the experience organizing, education and outreach related to rivers and water. Gaining an understanding of rivers and water in California as well as how policy and legislation works will help me do a better job developing messages and programs, to support water and river advocacy, that drive action and results. For more than 20 years, I have developed programs and communications to help sell things. I use my professional experience to support nonprofits’ efforts.