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Board Member Sumary - Philip Roger Caterino
Reno, Nevada

Phil CaterinoI have spent the last thirty years of my life working to preserve and conserve the precious water resources in the world. As Executive Director, I was responsible for a $50 Million Dollar project located on 140 acres along the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. My duties were to raise the $4 Million dollars that was designed as the capital campaign for the project. I directed the onsite scientific research that was committed to the preservation of Lake Tahoe. The staff, following my direction promoted and freely disseminated the research concerning fresh water to the public and aided in the scientific education of college and university students both in the United States and abroad. As state director for the Center for Marine Conservation I initiated the first program that was a cleanup program that addressed the freshwater resources in North America. This NOAA funded program included all the inland states into the program. When the project was expanded to become an International Program, the freshwater element of the program was also added into the Phil Caterinointernational program and many countries incorporated the framework I designed to bring much needed attention to the water resources of their country. I served as a Board Member of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, whose major effort is a summer exchange program for university level students. This is a program conducted each summer in which students from the United States and Russia spend ten weeks working and studying together at Lake Baikal and Lake Tahoe. I was successful in acquiring an EPA grant to further fund a policy-maker forum between Russia and the US. As a Project Manager for the American Land Conservancy, I worked to preserve land and water in the Sierra Nevada as an enduring public resource and to protect and enhance the Sierra Nevada’s ecological heritage, closing projects totaling Phil Caterinothousands of acres and miles of shoreline and river frontage, with a fair market value exceeding $54 Million Dollars. Throughout these projects I have lectured and built partnerships with conservationists in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and France. I have set up a project with the University of France at Pau that allows French graduate students to intern and work on Lake Tahoe environmental issues. In these projects I have negotiated complex and innovative solutions with many different strategic partners which has lead me to develop the ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities and projects within the same framework. I am confident that I can use my numerous talents in major gift solicitation and developing capital campaigns to help fulfill the CSAC’s mission.



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