California Trout’s Board of Governors is a diverse group with one thing in common: a dedication to CalTrout’s mission.
The Board is involved in every aspect of our operation – from fund-raising, to strategic planning, to conservation. We are extremely lucky to enjoy the guidance and participation of this committed group.
California Trout Board of Governors
Andrew Bassak, Chair
Drew Bassak is a San Francisco based business trial lawyer and litigation partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a national law and consulting firm, including offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Drew’s business trial practice focuses on efficient, results-oriented resolution of multi-faceted commercial disputes in federal and state courts, and in arbitration where he enforces client’s rights across a broad spectrum of client business sectors. His clients are leaders in their respective industries, including energy, real estate, water, financial services, and both old-world and new-world technology companies.
Drew previously served as member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, serving as President in 2015. He has been honored with California Lawyer Magazine’s California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award (2010), the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award (2010), is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubble, and has been repeatedly selected as a California Super Lawyer. Drew also is a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. Drew has served on the CalTrout Board since 2013. Drew and his family live in the East Bay, and he fishes the McCloud River as often as his schedule allows.
Stephen Rogers, Vice Chair
Steve has worked in the investment management and investment banking industry, in a variety of positions across operations, sales and marketing. For several years he was the senior manager of Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock), serving on the America’s Business Executive Committee, chairing the US Risk and Fiduciary Committee, and serving on the Global Risk Committee.
Since 2006, Steve’s primary efforts have been as a parent to his 2 boys, as well as in consulting, and public service. He just finished a 2nd (and last) term as an elected official for the San Mateo Union High School District, where he served as Board President, Vice President twice, secretary to the board and chaired a variety of committees. Steve also served on the San Mateo County Treasurer’s Investment Oversight Committee and on the Executive Advisory Council for the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business for the University of Rochester.
Steve holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Sacramento State, and a dual Masters in Finance and Accounting from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.
Richard P. West is Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Emeritus for the
twenty-three-campus California State University system. He also was a professor in the Department of Business and Economics at Sonoma State until his recent retirement. During his active professional career Richard was a member of several not-for-profit boards including the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Advanced Networked and Services, Inc., the original operator of the national telecommunication network, NSFNet.
Since retirement, Richard has joined a number of not-for-profit boards including the California Maritime Academy Foundation, the Berkeley City Club, a private social club and historic hotel and CalTrout, where he currently serves as Treasurer. Richard joined as a member of Cal Trout in 1972.
Richard “Rick” Kaufman is President of City-Core Development, Inc., a real estate and hotel investment company based in San Francisco.
His experience includes over 26 years of residential and commercial real estate experience. Currently, his focus is on East and West Coast apartment and hotel investments, including the Charlie Palmer Hotel brand. In 1995, Rick founded Mariposa Management Company, Inc., a San Francisco focused real estate development company. At Mariposa, he led the development of various San Francisco industrial properties, including the redevelopment and reuse of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. He has served as President of Mariposa since 2006.
Rick has served on various non-profit boards including California Trout, where he has served on the Board of Governors since 2012. He is currently Secretary of the Board. He also served on the board of Camp Tawonga, a summer camp located on the middle fork of the Tuolumne River, a few miles west of Yosemite National Park, in the Stanislaus National Forest. He served as Board President from 2008-2010. A native of San Francisco, Rick is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, is married and has two children.
Linda Rosenberg Ach is former chair of California Trout and is also president of the Rosenberg Ach Foundation. Based in San Francisco, the foundation supports environmental institutions, medical research, and higher education. She serves on the advisory council of Stanford University’s Bio-X, an incubator for interdisciplinary research that is working on breakthroughs in human health. She has an academic and occupational background in interior architectural design. She spent more than 25 years designing commercial and industrial office space, and founded Ach Design Group. She also taught planning and design at UC Berkeley Extension.
Gary Arabian is an Executive Vice President at CBRE. Prior to joining CBRE, he was a Founder and Principal of The CAC Group. His experience includes over 35 years of commercial real estate experience focusing on Tenant Representation.
Prior to co-founding The CAC Group, Gary spent five years at The Rubicon Group. Gary has served on numerous non-profit boards including California Trout, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors; New Door Ventures, helping at-risk youth in San Francisco prepare for work and life by providing jobs, job training and a supportive community; and is a founding member of the San Francisco Chapter of the New Canaan Society-a men’s group who gather bi-monthly to encourage each other in friendship and faith and to support each other in the marketplace and in their communities. Gary is a graduate of the University of Oregon, is married and has four children and two granddaughters.
Tony Brookfield coordinates a team of professionals at UBS focused on comprehensive wealth management for high net individuals and families. Prior to joining UBS, Tony was at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, and before that he was a Managing Director in the Bank of America Private Bank, San Francisco. Tony started his investment career in 1991 with the Lehman Brothers Private Client Services group, New York.
Tony received his MBA from Columbia Business School, concentrating on Finance and International Business, and received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis
Tony has been on the Board of California Trout since 2006.
George Choe works for Guggenheim Investments where he leads the distribution efforts of equity and fixed income strategies in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Guggenheim Investments, George was a Managing Partner of Octavia Street Partners
He is a former Board Member of the Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation, a wildlife and wildland conservation foundation focused on education and access to the Montana outdoors. George was an integral member of the Board, where he chaired the Finance Committee and the Development Committee.
George is a graduate of the University of Washington and lives in the East Bay with his family. He can be found chasing steelhead on the Trinity River or wild rainbow trout on the Truckee in his spare time.
R. Andrew “Andy” Eckert is the Chief Executive Officer of Valence Health, a leader in the rapid market transition to value-based care.
Prior to Valence, Mr. Eckert served as CEO of TriZetto Corporation. During his time there, he greatly improved focus on client success, rationalized the company’s product development roadmap, and guided the sale of the company to Cognizant in a $2.7B transaction. Previously, Mr. Eckert led CRC Health Group as Chief Executive Officer for three years.
In addition to his operating experiences and responsibilities, Eckert serves as Chairman of the Board of Varian Medical Systems, the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer. He holds a B.S. as well as an MBA from Stanford University.
Andy has served on the CalTrout Board of Governors since 2012. His favorite time of the year is hunting trout on the Upper Sac with Craig Ballenger!
Ed De La Rosa
Edward is Founder and past President of De La Rosa & Co., a California-based investment bank. In March of 2014, after 25 years as President and Managing Partner, he sold the company to Stifel. Edward is a past Board Member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), a Congressionally-chartered self-regulatory organization subject to oversight by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commision. He has been appointed twice by the California Senate to serve on State Commissions: in 2007 on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Commission on the 21st Century Economy and in 2013 on California Secure Choice, a retirement plan and fund.
Edward holds a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. He currently serves as a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors for Yale’s School of Management.
In 2009, Edward established his firm’s scholarship program, named The Fabric of Society. Each spring, 50 scholarships are awarded to public high school seniors across the United States who submit winning essays on a topic related to the fabric of their society. Edward is a California native and a lifelong backpacker and fly fisherman. When he cannot be on a trout stream, he goes surfing and running.
Bill Epstein was born in Rochester, NY and moved to Northern California with his parents when he was 6 months old. He attended The University of Pennsylvania where he studied photography and English. Bill also studied photography at the SF Art Institute and later studied Ornamental Horticulture and Botany at City College of San Francisco.
Bill currently owns and manages Eco Marketing Inc., which is a horticultural marketing company. Previously, he managed national sales and marketing for Nurserymen’s Exchange Inc. of San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, for close to 30 years.
Bill has served on the Executive committee of Camp Tawonga and The American Jewish Committee (a think tank and bridge building organization). He currently volunteers for Experience Corps; tutoring reading, Math, and mentoring 2nd and 3rd graders at an Oakland Public School. Bill has been on the Cal Trout board since 2007.
Bill enjoys music (playing piano, harmonica, and guitar), travel, hiking, tennis, fly fishing, photography, and gardening. He has been married for 36 years to Susan Osher Epstein and has three grown sons and 2 grandchildren.
Dick has been an outdoor educator his entire life. He began working for the Colorado Outward Bound School in the 1960s. In 1971, he became the founding director of the Texas Outward Bound School. He operated a wilderness adventure business in California with his wife, Annie Callaway, from 1976 until 1983. During that time, he served on the Board of Marin Adventures, an outdoor education program associated with the College of Marin, where he was an instructor.
Dick founded and operated Clearwater House on Hat Creek from 1982 to 2005, a fly fishers’ inn, school, and outfitting service. Clearwater became the principal fly fishing school on the West Coast. He was West Coast Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine during that time, writing extensively about Northern California fisheries and fishing techniques.
Dick became a member of CalTrout in 1980 and served in various volunteer capacities. He has been on the board since 2011. He received a BA in Literature from the University of Dallas. Dick is married to Annie and has three children and six grandchildren.
Amelie Kappes works for the Ishiyama Corporation of San Francisco, whose businesses include the Henry’s Fork Lodge, a fly fishing lodge in Island Park, Idaho. She is also Administrator for the Ishiyama Foundation, where water issues and conservation throughout the western states is one its primary interests. Amelie has previously worked for Dresdner RCM and the Idaho Nature Conservancy where she was manager of its Flat Ranch Preserve. Amelie currently serves on the board of the Henry’s Fork Foundation.
A native of San Francisco, Amelie is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned an M.S. in Soil Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She lives in Piedmont with her husband, Dan, and their two sons, Ben and James, (who love to fish!).
Chef Loretta Keller is one of San Francisco’s preeminent chefs. Loretta originally opened Bizou, south of Market in 1993, and then transformed the space and menu in 2005 into COCO500, a San Francisco Chronicle’s “Top 100” restaurant. Nominated for the James Beard Award in 2009 Best Chef in California/Pacific region, Loretta began her San Francisco career at Jeremiah Towers’ revolutionary Stars. Priding herself on tying her cuisine to nature and the natural world, Keller has long been known for sourcing local, organic ingredients for her fresh, soulful and beautifully executed Mediterranean dishes.
Tom is currently Senior Counsel at the law firm of Arnold & Porter. He also serves as Trustee of the Dodge & Cox Mutual Funds and as a Director of Basic American, Inc. Tom serves as Secretary of the San Francisco Opera Board of Trustees and has held board positions at Making Waves, Breakthrough Collaborative, American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), Hamlin School, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Presidio Heights Association of Neighbors and Presidio High School
Tom earned a BA from Stanford University, then went on to receive his JD from Boston College Law School. Tom is married to Sheila. They have three children. Tom enjoys fly fishing, traveling and reading.
Charlie grew up in New York, went to Harvard College and came to the Bay Area in 1970 with his wife Lanie. He went to Stanford Medical School and received his internal medicine training at Stanford. He then went to UCSF where he was a fellow in Hematology/Oncology. The next 30 years he was a member of the faculty of UCSF, the Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant and Leukemia/Hematologic Malignancies Program, and co-leader of the Hematologic Malignancies Program at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was the holder of the Krishnamurthi Endowed Chair until his retirement in 2010. His research focused on the development of improved treatments for patients with leukemia and related diseases.
In 2008, Charlie started fly fishing and quickly came to love steelhead fishing. He participated in the first annual Cal Trout Trinity steelhead trip, and has made this an annual event. He is also interested in backpacking, hiking, alpine skiing, and scuba diving.
He has also deepened his interest in classical music, is active on the Board of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, and with retirement has started playing the piano. He is fortunate to have both his children living in the Bay Area, and is very involved with his grandchildren.
Laurie served our country as an engineering officer on the USS Rogers DD-876 including a tour off the coast of Viet Nam and then for 20+ years in the naval Reserve. He retired as a commander.
Post navy, he worked in commercial construction, residential and commercial development. In 1990, he became CEO of the McLellan Estate Co., commercial and residential property owners in Northern and Southern California. In 2011, he retired and currently serves as director of McLellan Estate Co. and the Ojai Oil Company.
Laurie graduated from USC as well as the Aviation Officers Candidate School. Laurie served on the board of Family Service of the Mid-Peninsula for 11 years and on the board of the Community Association for Rehabilitation for 6 years. He is currently a Vice President with the Pacific Skyline Council of the Boy Scouts. He has been a governor of CalTrout since 2013.
He and his wife Barbara live in Los Altos, they have two grown sons and two daughter-in-laws and 4 grandchildren. Laurie’s interests include running, travel, flyfishing, sports and enjoying the outdoors.
Robert Payne is a partner in Payne Farms, a Yolo County based diversified agribusiness that specializes in growing high quality nut and row crops. Payne Farms is a progressive agriculture operation that incorporates technology and science to improve productivity and better utilize resources. Drone generated near infrared imagery, drip irrigation and soil microbial supplementation are a few examples of practices that have made us a leader in innovation. In addition, he operates a walnut hulling and drying facility where he process his as well as his neighbor’s walnuts, vertically integrating the company.
Robert is a member of the Pacific Coast Producers Advisory Board, Yolo County Investors and a former board member of the California Tomato Growers Association. Robert and his family live in Northern California and he fishes the Trinity, American, Sacramento and numerous coastal rivers.
Bob is a retired endodontist, having practiced in Marin County and taught at UCSF for close to thirty years. His conservation organization experience includes serving on the board of the Henry’s Fork Foundation from 2005-11, where he was Board Chair from 2008-11 as well as more recently being on the board of SPAWN, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, in Marin County.
He founded SOFFE, the Society of Fly Fishing Endodontists which just completed their 21st trip in 2014. Bob co-authored Giving From Your Heart, A Guide to Volunteering with Guy Lampard. He currently is a volunteer tutor and Board Chair of the Marin County School Volunteers and has served on CalTrout’s board since 2014.
Bob is married to Susan and has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Scott Tucker is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Fralock Inc. Fralock is a design and manufacturing firm located in Southern California, it specializes in extreme environment circuits for the Aerospace, Medical and Semi-conductor markets. Scott was an active member in Vistage International, a CEO leadership group, for 7 years.
Along with his professional duties, Scott serves on the board of Cal Trout and is an Assistant coach for the Redwood High School Mountain Bike team. Scott attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in Business. He currently lives in Kentfield California with his wife and two daughters.
Paul is cofounder of Bailiwick Wines, a Sonoma based producer of award winning limited production wines. His career began with 13 years in technical, marketing and general management roles in technology innovators Olivetti SpA, Apollo Computer and NeXT in Italy, the U.S. and France. Subsequently, he spent 13 years in venture capital, primarily as a Managing Director for global private equity firm Apax Partners based in Silicon Valley. He has served on numerous boards of private and public companies, and as co-chairman of Entrepreneurs’ Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to fostering corporate responsibility.
Paul is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley where he studied Computer Science. He is married with three daughters and is a California native, avid outdoorsman and aviator.
Jeff joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2016 as an Operating Partner in the Bay Area, where he focuses on infrastructure software and security. He has spent the last 25 years as a tech entrepreneur and prior to Bain Capital was Senior Vice President of FireEye a leading Cyber Security company. Prior to joining FireEye, he was at IronPort Systems which was acquired by Cisco Systems. Before that he was at Intruvert Networks, acquired by McAfee, and at Global Center, acquired by Exodus Communications.
Jeff sits of several technology Boards and also serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP) where he focuses on philanthropic work. He coaches the Men’s Lacrosse team at Stanford University.
Jeff is a graduate of California State University of Chico, is married and has two sons that he loves to fish with!
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Craig Fusaro, PhD