LCVSD is an all volunteer organization, with a Board of Directors that is made up of environmental advocates, community activists, and concerned San Diegans who work together to ensure the protection of the region’s precious natural resources.
Lydia Ball-Van Note, President
Lydia has more than 17 years of experience building demand for public policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Throughout her career, Lydia has played an integral role in creating positive change for the environment, working families, and public health. Lydia has worked as a non-profit and campaign consultant since moving to San Diego five years ago, leading local environmental ballot initiatives, organized labor environmental efforts, and assisted candidates running for local office. Before moving to San Diego, Lydia was Nevada’s leading clean energy advocate for more than a decade. As the Executive Director of Clean Energy Project, Lydia coordinated multiple successful campaigns to shut down coal-fired power plants and incentivize clean energy development in the Silver State. Lydia also worked for US Senator Harry Reid as his Energy Representative supporting local government and Nevada businesses applications for Recovery Act funds. Lydia was the Regional Representative of the Sierra Club prior to her work with Senator Reid. Lydia graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor of science in Liberal Arts.
Jared Quient, Vice President
Jared Quient is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, a leading utility scale solar developer and integrator with North American headquarters in Irvine, CA. As General Counsel, Jared leads all PPA, M&A, and commercial negotiations on behalf of the company and advises the CEO, COO and CFO on a broad range of topics.
Previously, Jared was VP, Project Development at AMSOLAR, a commercial developer focused on delivering PPAs to schools, municipalities, and universities. Prior to joining AMSOLAR, Jared was the Deputy Voter Protection Director for the Obama campaign in Florida in 2008. Jared also serves as a board member of CleanTECH San Diego. He has served as an informal political adviser for numerous political candidates and elected officials in San Diego since 2002.
Mr. Quient began his career working for Congresswoman Susan Davis of San Diego. He has served on the San Diego Board of the League of Conservation Voters since 2010 and CLEANTech San Diego since 2011.
Mr. Quient is a graduate of San Diego State University and graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.
Livia Borak, Board Member
Livia Borak joined the Board in 2011. Livia is an attorney at the Encinitas law firm Coast Law Group LLP, where she specializes in environmental law in both administrative proceedings and litigation.
She also serves as Legal Advisor to the nonprofit Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation.
Poppy DeMarco Dennis, Board Member
As Elected Member, and Parks and Open Space Chair of San Dieguito Planning Board for over 12 years, Poppy DeMarco Dennis developed the Open Space and Environmental Plan for this 95 sq. mi., including S. Carlsbad to Torrey Pines Beach and East to I-15, and also worked with other regions to create special considerations in the zoning ordinance for rural/hillside road standards, stricter grading standards, and more review of “lot splits.”
Kyra R. Greene, PhD, Board Member
Dr. Greene is a research and policy analyst at the Center on Policy Initiatives with a focus on budget and infrastructure policy. In this capacity, she works in coalitions that include conservation and environmental justice organizations to insure equitable and environmentally sound public infrastructure investment in the San Diego region.
Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University where she taught courses on socioeconomic inequality, race, and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Greene’s past research has focused on social movement messaging/framing, legislative processes and public policies affecting the lives of people of color and people with disabilities.
David Grubb, Board Member
David Grubb has been a board member of the League of Conservation Voters San Diego since 2004.
Dave has been a member the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club since 1995. He has served the Sierra Club in a variety of roles, including serving on the executive committees of the North County Group in 2003, the North County Coastal Group from 2004 to 2015, and the San Diego Chapter from 2004 to 2014.
Dave is currently Co-Chair of the state-level Sierra Club California Coastal Committee and is an at-large delegate to the California-Nevada Regional Conservation Committee.
Dave is also a member of the board of the Environmental Center of San Diego and a member of the Surfrider Foundation and the San Dieguito River Park Conservancy.
Abbie Hawkins, Board Member
Abbie Hawkins joined the Board in 2019 because of her motivation for environmental sustainability. Abbie studied Natural Resources at Colorado State University, where she became very interested in sustainable building and the built environment. Abbie graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Real Estate. Abbie works on entitlements for infill development projects with Pacifica Companies. Her passion is to create sustainable, transit oriented projects, that decrease the environmental impacts of urban sprawl.
Matt O’Malley, Board Member
A long-time advocate and attorney, Matt O’Malley currently serves as the Executive Director and Managing Attorney with San Diego Coastkeeper where he leads the organization’s legal, policy, and advocacy work while overseeing and guiding the organization’s education, science, and community engagement programs and staff. At Coastkeeper Matt utilizes strategic traditional and cross-sector partnerships, and local, state, and national laws and regulations to further the organizational mission to protect and restore San Diego County’s waterways and watersheds while ensuring humans and the environment recognize their fundamental right to clean water. Matt also serves as an alternate commissioner to the California Coastal Commission, as the Legal Committee Chair and Board Member of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and he is actively licensed to practice law in California, Florida, and Washington State.
Allison Rolfe, Board Member
Passionate about collaboration, Allison pioneers innovative planning solutions for clients with high-profile development projects that would otherwise face intractable opposition. Before forming her company, Collaborative Land Use Solutions, Allison spent over eight years managing new development projects for a private global real estate investment company. Allison also spent 10 years in the environmental not-for-profit sector as an executive director, community organizer, and policy advocate. She was also the former land use and coastal advisor to Chula Vista Mayor and Coastal Commissioner Stephen Padilla. Allison received her undergraduate degrees in political science and environmental studies at the University of California, San Diego and completed a Master’s Degree in geography with an emphasis on environmental quality from San Diego State University.
Mike Young, Board Member
Mike Young is the Political & Organizing Director for the California League of Conservation Voters. He has extensive experience working with key political and grassroots community partners to build strategic relationships that have helped both identify and support environmental leaders, as well as hold legislators accountable to their community’s concerns. Mike is a graduate of Pepperdine University, and he earned B.A.s in Political Science and Philosophy, as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution.