The Lamorinda Democratic Club's monthly meeting on Thursday, November 10, will feature Ann Notthoff speaking on "Confessions of an Environmental Lobbyist: Making Progress while Holding the Line".

The meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at a new time of 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Notthoff's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

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Ann is  the California Advocacy Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco where she has worked since 1981 with NRDC. She directs a broad range of initiatives to promote public health and environmental protection.  In 2010 she was a leader of the successful bipartisan campaign to defeat Prop 23 and defend California’s landmark climate law, AB 32.  She has led NRDC’s efforts to get many of California’s nationally significant environmental laws enacted including: the Marine Life Protection Act (AB 993 in 1999), the Clean Car bill (AB 1493 in 2002),  Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32 in 2006), climate and land use (SB 375 in 2008) and a package of water policy reforms in 2009.  

Before assuming the director position, Ms. Notthoff’s work at NRDC focused on coastal and marine management issues. She is currently a board member of the State Coastal Conservancy and is the northern vice president of the California League of Conservation Voters. She has held appointed positions on the California State Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee, the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee and the CALFED Bay Delta Advisory Council. Ms. Notthoff received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.  She and her husband Dwight Holing have two adult children.