Alina Bokde, Chair
Alina Bokde was appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board by the Governor in 2018, served as Vice Chair in 2021 and 2022, and was voted in as Chair in February 2023.
Alina Bokde serves as Chief Deputy Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. In her role, she is responsible for the Department’s day-to-day operations of 183 facilities that includes an annual budget of $243 million, more than 2,100 employees and 5,400 registered volunteers.
Prior, Alina served as the Deputy Director of the Planning and Development Agency for the Department of Parks and Recreation. In this capacity, Alina oversaw planning, environmental permitting, land management & compliance, landscape architecture & design, water & environmental conservation initiatives for 183 park facilities and over 200 miles of trails spanning over 70,000 acres throughout Los Angeles County.
Alina’s passion in the field of parks and recreation is based in her strong belief that parks are fundamental community infrastructure that are essential for vibrant, healthy and thriving communities and that everyone should have access to a safe and high-quality park regardless of their race or income level. She brings her commitment to advancing equity in parks and recreation programs and projects.
Alina received her undergraduate degree from Macalester College and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico.
Charlton 'Chuck' Bonham, Vice Chair
Charlton “Chuck” Bonham was appointed as Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and became Chair of the Wildlife Conservation Board effective September 6, 2011. Prior to his appointment as Director of Fish and Wildlife, Mr. Bonham served in a number of roles for Trout Unlimited over ten years, including since 2004 as the organization’s California director.
Mr. Bonham was responsible for developing, managing, and implementing TU's programs in California. These programs include the California Water Project, Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, and restoration and watershed projects in both northern and Southern California. In addition, Mr. Bonham was a senior attorney for the organization.
Mr. Bonham also served on the Board of Directors of the Delta Conservancy, whose mission is to conserve, sustain and enhance the cultural, agricultural, recreational, wildlife and natural habitat resources of the River Delta region, as well as develop and promote sustainable protection, management and stewardship programs through research and education.
Mr. Bonham received his J.D. and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. Before Trout Unlimited, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, and an instructor and guide at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, in Bryson City, N.C.
Mr. Bonham brings a diverse background and a longstanding appreciation for the outdoors to the position.
Eric Sklar, of St. Helena, California, was elected as President of the California Fish and Game Commission and Member of the Wildlife Conservation Board in February 2023. A Napa Valley vineyard owner, entrepreneur and former public official, Eric Sklar and his family have been growing grapes in Napa Valley for nearly 40 years.
He is currently CEO of Fumé, a vertically integrated cannabis company he founded in 2017 located in Clearlake, California.
Eric was co-founder and Managing Partner (2005-2013) of Alpha Omega Winery in Rutherford, California. He was Chairman and CEO of Burrito Brothers, Inc. a restaurant chain he founded in 1989 based in Washington, DC and sold in 1999.
From 203-2010 he served on the St. Helena City Council - the last two years as Vice-Mayor. He is also a retired volunteer for the St. Helena Fire Department. In 2010, he was elected to the Board of the Napa Valley Vintners where he served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair, and from 2009-2011 he served as chair of the Napa Valley Vintners' Community and Industry Issues Committee.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1984, a Diploma in Business Studies at the London School of Economics in 1986, and a Master of Business Administration at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1997. Eric is a sailor, hunter and loves backpacking the trails of California.
Joe Stephenshaw was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance by Governor Newsom in July of 2022. In this role, he serves as the Governor’s Chief Fiscal Policy Advisor. Prior to his appointment, Stephenshaw served in Governor Newsom’s Office as a Senior Counselor on Infrastructure and Fiscal Affairs.
Stephenshaw was Staff Director for the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee from 2017 to 2022. He held multiple positions in the California Legislature from 2008 to 2017, including serving as a Policy Consultant in the Office of the Senate President pro Tempore, a Special Advisor to the Speaker of the Assembly, and as a Budget Consultant for both the Assembly Budget Committee and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. Stephenshaw was a Budget Analyst for the California Department of Finance from 2005 to 2008.
Stephenshaw is a graduate of Menlo College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento.
Damon Nagami was appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in August 2021. He is a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystems Project, which focuses on increasing equitable access to nature for low-income communities of color and protecting open space and wildlife habitat across Southern California. Damon also serves as the board chair of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, an equity-focused organization that has helped create 29 parks and gardens since 2002, serving more than 400,000 Angelenos annually, and as co-chair of the Los Angeles County Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force, which advises county officials on public health priorities and practices that will achieve health equity and healthy communities.
Damon holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. He lives in Los Angeles and enjoys fishing in the Eastern Sierra, singing, and playing music in his family band.
Kathryn Phillips was appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board by Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins in August 2021. Phillips is an environmental policy advocate who retired in 2021 as director of Sierra Club California, where she served as the lead lobbyist and policy advocate in Sacramento for Sierra Club in California. Before that, she worked for Environmental Defense Fund for seven years as a director of its program addressing air pollution and transportation in California, and for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies for three years as a policy advisor.
Environmental advocacy has been a second career for Phillips. She previously worked for nearly 20 years as a journalist, wrote for newspapers and magazines and published two books about environmental topics—Tracking the Vanishing Frogs and Paradise by Design.
She has broad interests in environmental issues and has engaged in her career, either as a journalist or as an advocate, in dozens of environmental policy issues impacting California.
Phillips is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history. She also earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA.
Fran Pavley was appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board by the Governor in February 2018. Prior to that she was elected to serve 14 years in the State Legislature. She served in the Assembly (2000-2006) as Chair of the Budget Subcommittee, 3 on Natural Resources and Transportation. In the State Senate, she was appointed to serve as the Chair of the Natural Resources and Water Committee from 2008-2016. She successfully led the legislature on water, air quality, natural resource protection, and climate change policies during her terms in office. Four of the 160 laws she authored include the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and AB 1493 (vehicle emission standards), as well as AB 32 and SB 32 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets laws that have created markets for new clean energy technologies.
Prior to serving in the State legislature, Fran served as the first Mayor of her hometown in Agoura Hills, an appointed member to the California Coastal Commission, and a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee. Currently, former Senator Pavley serves as an Environmental Consultant, and the Environmental Policy Director for the USC Schwarzenegger Institute where she continues to work on climate and water related policies. She also is a member of the board of the UCLA Law School Emmet Climate Center and CAL Clean Energy Fund.
Fran graduated from CSU Fresno and has a Master's Degree in Environmental Planning from CSU Northridge. She and her husband, Andy, were both middle school teachers and still live in Agoura Hills, where they raised two children and four guide dogs.