Ann-Marie Benz: Executive Director
Ann-Marie joined ReScape California as their Executive Director in December 2014. The past decade she has spent in watershed work in central Arizona, because in the arid Southwest there is very little more important than water. She grew up in Southern California in an area that had advertisements showing flowing creeks that were actually being bottled by water companies. As David James Duncan wrote, “I was born, then, without a watershed. On a planet held together by gravity and fed by rain, a planet whose every creature depends on water and whose every slope works full-time, for eternity, to create creeks and rivers. I was born with neither.” This has driven her to work in healthy environments and to being Bay-Friendly.
When asked why ReScape California, her challenge is to pick just one reason where are so many. Working at ReScape California is her part of trying to make our community the best place it can be. She enjoys connecting people with meaningful projects that will be of long-term benefit for our collective future.