Board Member Profile

Land-Based Learning Board Member Andrea Clark

Andrea Clark - Immediate Past Board Chair


Downey Brand

Andrea Clark specializes in water rights and flood control, serving as general counsel to a variety of public agencies from local reclamation districts and water districts to regional joint powers authorities.

Public agencies in the water and flood control fields rely on Andrea for her ability to explain in understandable terms the wide range of issues impacting them, including basic transparency laws (Brown Act and Public Records Act), public bidding and contracting, bond financing, the unique nature of joint powers authorities, and elections. She also regularly counsels clients on water transfers, Proposition 218 compliance, the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and financing strategies for major capital improvement projects.

With a special expertise in flood control and floodplain management, Andrea is regularly asked to speak on topics ranging from flood insurance to climate change and the future of flood control policy in California. Through her representation of clients in state flood policy and speaking engagements, she has forged strong relationships with key members of the flood control community in California.

Andrea also counsels private clients, including landowners and mutual water companies, on water supply matters, including proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board, water rights determinations, and contractual disputes with Federal agencies.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Land-Based Learning, Board Member since 2007
  • Past Chair, Environmental Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association, Committee member from 2006 – present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Eastern Water Law and Policy Reporter, 2010 – present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Western Water Law and Policy Reporter, 2010 – present
  • Membership Vice-Chair, Water Resources Committee, American Bar Association, 2011 – present
  • Co-Chair, Sacramento Metro Chamber Food & Agriculture Policy Committee
  • Member, Floodplain Management Association