STRAW Restoration Director
Growing up in California’s Central Valley, I spent most of my childhood either working in our family’s almond orchard or exploring the rivers and wetlands of the Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains just east from home. These experiences led me to a life-long fascination with the critical role agriculture plays in ecosystem health and the quality of life here in California.
I joined the STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed) Project in 2000, and Point Blue (then PRBO) in 2011. As Restoration Director, I provide leadership and science expertise to STRAW’s habitat restoration projects with students, teachers and community members on public and private landscapes. I support our phenomenal STRAW team to provide authentic and inclusive community experiences that result in innovative, effective and thriving multi-benefit restoration projects.
I received a B.S. in Fermentation Science from the University of California, Davis in 1996 and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential with CLAD emphasis in Biology from Dominican College in 2000.
I live in Sonoma County with my wife and two sons. In my free time I enjoy time with family and friends, music, various forms of cycling, and time outdoors throughout the Western US and beyond.
Email: John Parodi