Crystal Cove Conservancy Welcomes Diana Lu Evans and Avi Garbow to Its Board of Directors

Crystal Cove Conservancy (The Conservancy) is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Lu Evans and Avi Garbow to the Crystal Cove Conservancy Board of Directors, to guide The Conservancy’s work of protecting and preserving the historic, natural, and cultural resources of Crystal Cove State Park. After being elected to The Conservancy Board in mid-June, Evans and Garbow will begin their board duties immediately.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Diana and Avi to Crystal Cove Conservancy’s Board of Directors as we begin our 2024 fiscal year,” said Crystal Cove Conservancy Board Chair Teddie Ray. “Both Diana and Avi have a passion for protecting natural spaces like Crystal Cove, along with diverse and insightful experiences that will enhance the already dedicated team of leaders we have in place.”

Diana Lu Evans is a Business Strategy and Operations leader at Capital Group, a global investment management firm with over $2.3 trillion in assets under management. In her 23 years with the firm, Diana has made significant contributions across the enterprise, from working with the Investment Group on their trades, to serving clients in the Client Group, and leading teams within Operations.  Diana founded the Working Parents Community, an associate resource group at Capital Group, that supports working parents as they navigate the unique challenges of being their best at home and at work.  Diana is passionate about preserving beautiful open spaces like Crystal Cove for all to access and developing the next generation of environmental stewards. She has served on the Board of Directors for the California State Parks Foundation and Crystal Cove Conservancy, and is thrilled to be back on The Conservancy Board once again.

“Preserving open spaces like Crystal Cove and environmental education are two of my passion projects, so I’m thrilled to once again be part of the Crystal Cove Conservancy Board of Directors,” said Evans. “Since my last term on the board, I’ve had the honor of watching The Conservancy grow and expand their reach across California through extensive education and conservation efforts, making it an exciting time to jump back in as we look toward the future of the organization.”

Avi Garbow is President of Resources Legacy Fund, where he designs, directs, and implements environmental initiatives that advance a just and resilient future for people and nature. He also is President of RLF affiliated organizations, Fund for a Better Future and Shared Ascent Fund. Avi is a nationally recognized environmental leader, lawyer, and advocate with decades of experience tackling many of the most critical threats to our air, water, lands, and communities. He most recently served as Patagonia’s Environmental Advocate, providing strategic leadership and vision to the company’s robust environmental advocacy efforts. Avi has held senior leadership positions in several Presidential administrations, including serving as Senior Counselor to the EPA Administrator in the Biden Administration, and as the Senate-confirmed General Counsel at EPA in the Obama Administration. He has also led the environmental practice of an international law firm, and served as a federal environmental crimes prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Over the course of decades of public service, Avi has helped lead diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across several administrations, including significant advancements in honoring Tribal treaty rights in federal environmental regulations.

“I’m honored to join the established Crystal Cove Conservancy Board of Directors and bring my passion for preserving and protecting lands and waters to Crystal Cove State Park,” said Garbow. “The Conservancy team’s dedication to preserving Crystal Cove through conservation and education is inspiring, and I can’t wait to take the next steps as we continue to protect this gem along the California coast.”

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