Charlton "Chuck" Bonham, Chairman
Charlton “Chuck” Bonham was appointed as Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and became Chairman 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 appointed as President to the California Fish and Game Commission and Member of the Wildlife Conservation Board in June 2015 and reappointed in January 2017. 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.
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, D.C., and sold in 1999.
From 2003-2010, 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, D.C., in 1997. Eric is a sailor and hunter and loves backpacking the trails of California.
Keely Martin Bosler
Keely Martin Bosler was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance and Member of the Wildlife Conservation Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2018 and reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in December 2018. She serves as the Governor’s chief fiscal policy advisor. Prior to her appointment, she served as Cabinet Secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. from 2016 to 2018. Director Bosler previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget at the Department of Finance from 2013 to 2016.
Bosler was Staff Director for the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee from 2010 to 2013, where she was a consultant from 2004 to 2009. She also served as Associate Director for fiscal services over the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Budget Management Branch from 2009 to 2010. She started her career at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, where she served as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst from 2000 to 2004.
Bosler is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business. She also holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.
Alina Bokde was appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board by the Governor in February 2018. Alina serves as the Deputy Director of the Planning and Development Agency for Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. In this capacity, Alina oversees planning environmental permitting, land management & compliance, landscape architecture & design, water & environmental conservation initiatives for 179 park facilities and nearly 300 miles of trails spanning over 29,000 acres throughout Los Angeles County.
Prior to joining Los Angeles County, Alina served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. She was responsible for overseeing the development of community green spaces in underserved neighborhoods, as well as working to create park equity through public policy and replicable models to address systemic change. Key to the Land Trust’s work is community organizing to engage residents as urban conservation stewards in creating and managing parks and gardens.
Diane Colborn was appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in May 2017. Ms. Colborn served as chief consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife (WPW) from 2005 through 2016. Prior to her staff service with the Legislature, she worked as an attorney in the private sector for 17 years, representing a diversity of clients. During her tenure with the WPW Committee, she had the privilege of serving with five committee chairs and five Assembly Speakers. Ms. Colborn has a BA degree in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University, and a law degree from the University of California at Davis. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1988. Diane is retired and lives with her husband Terry and their golden retriever in Davis, CA. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, and is an avid wildlife enthusiast and birder.
Mary Creasman was appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board by the Senate Rules Committee in May 2017. Mary is currently the CEO of California League of Conservation Voters. Prior to taking on her role as CEO, Mary served as the California Director of Government Affairs for The Trust for Public Land where she led the effort to pass the largest parks tax measure in the nation, spearheaded the state’s greatest investment in underserved communities in California’s history, and created an urban greening program marking the first time parks and green infrastructure were included in California’s climate policy. Mary has a long and successful track record of leading campaigns and initiatives at regional, statewide, and national levels as the Chief Strategy Officer of Green For All, the Associate Director of the Partnership for Children & Youth, and the Political and Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO Labor Council in Silicon Valley. She has advised organizations across the country as an organizational development and effectiveness consultant.
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.