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Carolyn Lott

Carolyn Lott is an independent contractor currently facilitating the Tuolumne-Stanislaus Integrated Regional Water Management Plan development. This effort engages water agencies, local and state government, and non-governmental organizations from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. 

Ms. Lott continues over a decade of work with the Northeastern San Joaquin County Groundwater Banking Authority in San Joaquin County.  She is currently facilitating the update of their Integrated Regional Water Management Plan to include developing and helping to implement their Disadvantaged Community Outreach efforts.  

Ms. Lott continues her work with the U. S. Forest Service collaborative, Yosemite-Stanislaus Solutions, the focus of which is restoration efforts in the Stanislaus National Forest.  In the past, she also facilitated Forest Service public meetings for the Travel Management Planning Process and the Record of Decision Appeals Process. 

Ms. Lott facilitated the Lower San Joaquin Regional Work Group for the Central Valley Flood Management Protection Plan (CVFMPP) process. The Work Group’s purpose was the development of content for the Regional Conditions Summary Report (RCSR), a key component for developing the 2012 CVFMPP. The RCSR identifies resources and conditions within the Central Valley, flood management and related problems and opportunities, and goals and objectives for use in preparing the CVFMPP.

Ms. Lott facilitated a series of public outreach meetings for the Census 2010 - California Complete Count.  She was both project manager and facilitator for the Smart Growth Local Elected Officials Roundtables, a joint project of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, the California State Association of Counties, the Local Government Commission, and the League of California Cities.

Ms. Lott also worked as the Senior Programs Manager for the Great Valley Center, located in Modesto. GVC is a non-profit regional intermediary dedicated to supporting the economic, social and environmental well-being of the 19 counties of the Great Central Valley.

Prior to affiliating with the Center for Collaborative Policy, Ms. (Ratto) Lott was a council member for the City of Turlock for over 10 years. During this time, she was involved in numerous policy development activities through both the League of California Cities (LCC) and the National League of Cities. She played a leadership role as President of the LCC, Board of Directors member for both organizations, and chair of numerous committees and special projects. She has also chaired the California Cities, Counties, and Schools State Partnership, been a member of the Local Governance in the 21st Century state commission, an instructor for CSU Stanislaus Leadership Certificate program, and is currently an Advisory Board Member for CSU Stanislaus. Ms. Lott has been given numerous awards including being named Woman of the Year by Stanislaus County Minority Network, Citizen of the Year by Turlock Chamber of Commerce, and received both the Paul Harris Rotary Award and the Soroptomist Lifetime Honorary Membership. She received both her Bachelor's Degree and Elementary Teaching Credential from Holy Names University.