New West, Politics & the Environment
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Join us for a special presentation and LIVE Q&A of KCET's Earth Focus: "The New West and the Politics of the Environment" on Tues., Sept. 22 at 4:00 pm Pacific Time.
The New West
- Jon Christensen
Jon Christensen - Executive producer of Earth Focus: "The New West and the Politics of the Environment,” UCLA Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Christensen teaches and conducts multidisciplinary research at UCLA focusing on equity and the environment, strategic environmental communication, and journalism, media, and storytelling. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Luskin Center for Innovation, Department of History, and Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is editor of LENS Magazine, and a producer of ‘Earth Focus,’ a documentary series produced in collaboration with KCET/PBS SoCal/LinkTV and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is also a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, a National Design Award-winning interactive design and technology firm specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications. Jon was executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, new media, and journalism at Stanford University before coming to UCLA. He has been an environmental journalist and science writer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Nature, High Country News, and many other newspapers, magazines, journals, and radio and television shows. Jon was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford in 2002-2003 and a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University in 2003-2004, before returning to Stanford to work on a Ph.D. in environmental history and the history of science. Jon serves on the boards of directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles River State Park Partners, and on the advisory board of Friends of the Los Angeles River.
- THE NEW WEST MODERATOR
- Senator Harry Reid
Born in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, former U.S. Senator Harry Reid represented the Silver State for 34 years in the U.S. Congress and is the longest-serving Senator in the state’s history. As Nevada’s only member of the House of Representatives for four years, he served as secretary to the California Congressional Delegation. Over his 30-year Senate career, he served as the Senate Majority Leader, Democratic Leader, Majority Whip, and Minority Whip. Renowned for his tireless work ethic and ability to masterfully navigate Senate process and procedure, Senator Reid’s accomplishments include the passage of historic legislation addressing health care reform, clean energy, infrastructure, Wall Street reform, and America’s economic recovery following The Great Recession. A celebrated champion for Nevada, he worked to expand the state’s leadership as a top international entertainment and gaming destination, fuel growth in infrastructure, transportation and economic development, and prevent the Silver State from becoming a repository for high-level nuclear waste. Currently, Senator Reid serves as a political operative, speaker, distinguished fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, and host of the Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- Juan Devis
Juan Devis - Executive Producer of Earth Focus, PBS SoCal/KCET/Link TV Chief Creative Officer. Devis is responsible for the oversight of all production and editorial output from long-form episodes to short-form digital series. His role in developing strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses ensures a new slate of content for both KCET and PBS SoCal in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. Devis develops creative strategies that define KCET, Link and PBS Socal’s editorial and artistic vision. With the foresight of expanding programming onto the emerging digital web platform, Devis has spearheaded the public media company’s multi-platform transformation with the creation of award-winning content that includes the Emmy award-winning Artbound, the James Beard nominated The Migrant Kitchen, City Rising, Broken Bread, Tending the Wild, among others. For more than a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. Devis was appointed to serve as a member of the California Arts Council from 2018-2020 and was a trustee of the California Historical Society from 2018-2019. He has won numerous awards for his film, TV, and interactive work including Emmys, Webbys, National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, and more.
- Joe Ely
Joe Ely - former chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Mr. Ely joined Stetson Engineers in 1991 and serves as project coordinator and director of Indian project development for Stetson Engineers. He is a former tribal chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and has over 25 years of professional experience. As tribal chairman, Mr. Ely was instrumental in settling its 80-year-old water rights struggle. Since joining the staff at Stetson Engineers, Mr. Ely has worked with numerous tribes in the west, assisting them with the quantification and development of their water rights. Mr. Ely is an experienced tribal leader, project coordinator, and Indian water rights negotiator. This unique background allows him to bridge the gap between tribal client representatives and Stetson’s technical consultants, assisting with the definition of tribal goals and needs and then assuring Stetson’s technical consultants address and provide results that meet those tribal needs. Combining project coordination with his Indian water rights expertise, Mr. Ely served as technical team leader and active participant/negotiator in the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation’s water right settlement negotiations, which recently achieved final success. Among other water resource-related work, Mr. Ely is involved in two currently active tribal water right quantification and establishment efforts: one with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon and the other with the Coeur d’Alene Tribes in northwestern Idaho. Both quantification efforts involve tribes with multiple and diverse water uses and numerous outside competing interests. Joe Ely has spoken at numerous Indian water right conferences and workshops and has prepared and presented a wide range of testimony before various federal, state, and local agencies, as well as for both tribal councils and full membership bodies.
- Mauricia Baca
Mauricia Baca (She/Her/Hers) Executive Director, Get Outdoors Nevada. Her first outdoor experiences were with her dad, who hiked with her on his back in the mountains of Mexico. Mauricia has almost 30 years of experience working across a wide range of environmental issues. She became Executive Director of Get Outdoors Nevada (then Outside Las Vegas Foundation) in January 2010. Mauricia served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) from 2000 through 2004 in the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division. She left the DOJ to work with The Nature Conservancy in their Nevada Chapter (from 2005 to 2010), beginning as the Manager for the Truckee River Project and then leading the southern Nevada office in Las Vegas. Mauricia's nonprofit and community outreach experience includes working in New York City as the city-wide community organizer for the New York Public Interest Research Group’s Straphanger’s Campaign, a mass transit advocacy organization. Mauricia serves as Chair on the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Advisory Council, and as a member on the Transportation Resource Advisory Committee for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, and the City of Henderson's Park and Recreation Board. In June 2020, she was appointed to serve as a member of the State of Nevada's Advisory Board on Outdoor Recreation Mauricia has served on the Transportation Task Force for Southern Nevada Strong, Vice-Chair for the Las Vegas Healthy Communities Coalition Natural & Built Environment Committee, and the Bureau of Land Management's Mojave-southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Committee. In 2017, Mauricia was honored with the Carolyn M. Sparks Founders Award. In 2016, she was honored as Citizen Planner 2016 by the American Planning Association, Nevada Chapter. Mauricia is also a proud alumnus of the Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, Class of 2013.
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