KRRC is a private non-profit guided by 14 board members with diverse experience and shared interest in seeing the economy and environment of the Klamath Basin thrive. KRRC values transparency and cooperation with all stakeholders and is committed to working with residents and governments to minimize any nuisance or negative impacts while enhancing the project’s local benefits.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Bransom, Chief Executive Officer of the KRRC, brings over 20 years of planning, engineering, and construction experience in water resources and environmental management for state and local governments, federal agencies, Tribal Nations, NGOs, and private sector clients throughout the Western United States. In additional to his technical expertise, Mark is a skilled facilitator with experience building consensus among diverse project stakeholders and developing highly collaborative and transparent processes. Mark comes to KRRC from CH2MHill where he worked as a Senior Vice President in Water Resources & Environmental Management and oversaw a variety of large water infrastructure and environmental restoration projects. He was also previously a member of the faculty at Oregon State University, where he taught, conducted research, and consulted on natural resources management and infrastructure projects. Mark holds a BS in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University and earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Oregon State University.
Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Laura Hazlett is a talented and strategic executive with an impressive track record on complex projects that involve multiple stakeholder groups. Laura joins KRRC with valuable experience as a COO/CFO. Most relevant to her role here, Laura spent 4 years as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the California College of Arts (CCA), leading strategy for integrated planning and new initiatives across CCA’s two campuses. Prior to CCA, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Athletics at UC Berkeley, where she oversaw business operations, financial planning, analysis of major capital projects, business contracts, information technology, and human resources. Laura also served as a consultant to the University of Oregon for two years, during which she was the financial point person for the development of Matthew Knight Arena. In this role, she served as the liaison between the athletics department, university administration, faculty, and the community. Laura has a PhD in finance from UCLA and undergraduate degrees in Math and Economics from Arizona State University.
Communications & External Affairs
Betsey Hodges is an experienced strategic communications professional. After working in the television news industry researching and producing investigative news stories, Betsey spent more than a decade at several international public affairs/public relations firms. There she developed and executed multi-faceted communications plans on behalf of clients on issues such as environmental regulation, international trade, consumer privacy, health care, energy and technology. For the past eight years, she has worked as Communications Director to State Senator Ted Gaines, whose First Senate District includes Siskiyou County. Betsey has served as a key advisor to the Senator on media strategy; placed news stories and opinion editorials in local, state and national media outlets; managed the Senator’s social media platforms and website; produced original content ranging from press materials to videos; and coordinated all of the Senator’s media and constituent-facing events. She lives in Sacramento with her husband and two children.
Manager, Board and Special Projects
Olivia Mahony brings proven project management and programmatic support experience. She has managed complex projects and helped to develop strategic recommendations for implementation, while incorporating her experience with stakeholder engagement. Olivia has staffed the KRRC since its inception, providing Board management and strategic support for the Corporation and facilitating project alignment. Most recently, Olivia worked at California Environmental Associates supporting the Regulatory and Government Affairs and the Recruiting and Organizational Design practice areas where she successfully served clients in a variety of environmental sectors, including conservation, climate, and energy. Previously, she worked in constituent services for Senator Mark Udall’s office (D-CO) and for the Colorado Council of Land Trusts. Olivia holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (Phi Beta Kappa, honors) and a minor in Social and Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dave Meurer brings extensive experience working with Klamath Basin residents on a variety of complex and important issues. He has proven expertise in working with local governments, tribal and farm interests, rural communities and state and federal agencies. Dave has a strong interest in building consensus among diverse groups. Dave was previously the District Representative for Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills), and served as Deputy District Director for former Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA2). In these roles, he has spent years listening, engaging, seeking to understand various perspectives, and forging relationships. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Chico in Political Science and Information & Communication Studies.
Kristin Silva has over 17 years of accounting and financial analysis experience. She has worked in many diverse settings, in companies that are publicly held as well as private startups through their growth phase. Kristin has been responsible for the implementation of strong accounting and financial frameworks in her previous roles. Her communication, organization, and critical thinking skills have allowed her to succeed in working closely with not only management and leadership but also interdepartmentally. Kristin has a love for the environment and working in a team setting. She recently moved back up to the Bay Area after living in San Diego for the last 18 years, where she was working as a staff accountant at Perfect Bar. She now lives in Walnut Creek with her husband and young son. Kristin has her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a minor in Economics, as well as a Masters in Accountancy.
Anna is a Bay Area native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. During her studies, she took an extensive interest in Florida coastal wildlife, working with the Osprey Watch and Tampa Bay Watch environmental monitoring programs. After returning to the Bay Area, Anna worked in upper level management, focusing on community outreach and talent recruitment for the Athleta Brand. Anna joined KRRC last year as an intern, bringing a passion for environmental sustainability and natural resource protection.