Delta Conservancy's First Director
CAMPBELL INGRAM (‘91, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation) is now the first director of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy.
The California legislature created the conservancy in 2010 to manage habitat restoration and economic development in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The area is the West Coast’s largest estuary and serves over 25 million people.
“The delta is a magical resource and an incredibly rich ecosystem, but there is a desperate need to get out and make real improvements,” Ingram says. “I am grounded in the delta, and I have a real sense of love for it. It’s not going to be easy, but I have a chance to help implement meaningful projects.”
Some of those projects include sustainable water delivery, balancing human and animal needs and hundreds of restoration efforts up and down the Central Valley.
The son of a military father, Ingram enrolled at Humboldt State while living with his family in Korea. Once in Arcata, he found his calling in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation. He also met his wife, Kimberly.
When the two graduated, they traveled to Paraguay with the Peace Corps. Ingram later pursued environmental work from Texas to California, including projects in the delta region, working for the federal government, contracting with the military and later working with the nonprofit, Nature Conservancy.