Restore The Delta Staff
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla is the Executive Director for Restore the Delta. Prior to joining the campaign, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla served as the Business Development Manager for the Planning and Conservation League in Sacramento. Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla has also taught English in the California community college system, served as a field representative for the Oakland local of the California Federation of Teachers, worked in marketing and customer service for The Disney Channel, and served as Executive Director for Manifest Press and Literary Arts Center also in Oakland.
Over the last seven years, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla has worked to give Delta residents a voice in the myriad of government processes leading to the proposed peripheral tunnels project, or Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla maintains that the health of the Delta is directly tied to the environmental and economic health of California.
Jane Wagner-Tyack is a writing consultant specializing in water policy. In addition to working as a policy analyst for Restore the Delta, she is on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County and the Water Committee of the League of Women Voters of California. A former educator, Jane grew up in the Sacramento area surrounded by the rivers, dams, reservoirs, and northern Delta levees that shape our lives and that, like most Californians, she took for granted. She now lives in Lodi and has been discovering the central and southern portions of the Delta. “The situation in the Delta brings us up against two of the most damaging assumptions of our time: that nature can be manipulated infinitely for human purposes, without regard for the future; and that wise decisions about the use of natural resources can be made on paper and at a distance by politicians, bureaucrats, and large corporations. At this moment in time, in this remarkable place, we have an opportunity to be a model for saner water policy in the future.”
Stina Va is the Campaign Administrator for Restore the Delta. A graduate of UC Berkeley in political science, she developed a deep interest in environmental justice and agriculture while taking Environmental Science and Policy Management courses at UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Stockton, Stina understands how unique and essential the Delta is to California. She is enthusiastic to be a part of Restore the Delta. Prior to working at Restore the Delta; Stina was a congressional intern, an adoptions counselor at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, a fundraising volunteer for Rio Vista CARE, and a long-time employee of the Asian-Pacific Self Development and Residential Association.
Javier Padilla Reyes
Javier Padilla Reyes is the Volunteer Coordinator for Restore the Delta and a student attending San Joaquin Delta College seeking a degree in Geography. Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Javier moved to Stockton at age 11 . As an active hiker and climber, Javier has a deep passion for the environment. In addition, as community organizer, he has worked with organizations like San Joaquin Bike Coalition, Stockton Aesthetic Initiative, and CAFE COOP. He is a current layout designer for Placeholder magazine.
Jessica Iniguez is a full time student at San Francisco State University studying Business Marketing. She formerly did website and social media work for Restore the Delta. Raised in Santa Cruz, she developed an appreciation for nature and wildlife. Jessica previously lived in Manteca and attended San Joaquin Delta College while working with Restore the Delta for four years as Campaign Administrator. We wish her the best!
Jackie Va is a GIS intern for Restore the Delta. She is currently an undergraduate student at UC Santa Barbara studying Geography with a GIS emphasis. She will be graduating from UCSB in 2014. Although she lives in Santa Barbara for school, Jackie was born and raised in Stockton. Jackie hopes to use her GIS skills to aid in protecting the environment and wildlife.
Natalie Cochran is a public policy intern for Restore the Delta. She is currently a senior at Santa Clara University majoring in Environmental Science with a Political Science minor. Natalie was born and raised in Stockton and plans to peruse a career involving ecology, conservation, and environmental policy in order to further advocate for the protection of water and wildlife in California.