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Armando Quintero











He currently serves on the California Water Commission, having been appointed by Governor Brown in June 2014. The Commission provides a public forum for discussing water issues, advises the California Department of Water Resources, and takes appropriate statutory actions to further the development of policies that support integrated and sustainable water resource management and a healthy environment.

Armando is the executive director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. He also supports a new multi-campus UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative designed to build a strategic base of water knowledge to help California and the nation achieve a water-secure future. He previously served as the SNRI director of development from 2008 to 2014.

Armando currently serves on the Board of the George Wright Society and was an independent environmental educator from 1998 to 2008 and spent over 20 years with the U.S. National Park Service. He served in numerous positions during his park service career including assignments with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks, and the John Muir National Historic Site.

Mr. Quintero lives in San Rafael, California and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Marin and California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and biology from California State University, Hayward.

Mr. Quintero and former Yosemite Chief Ranger, Steve Shackelton co-instruct the Yosemite and Water Educational Excursion course. Click here to learn more about Yosemite and Water, Educational Excursion.