Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper? I grew up here and I share Coastkeeper’s vision for San Diego’s future.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? Protecting our water is so important– but there are no quick wins–and the work is rarely glamorous or easy. For persisting in this tough role year after year, Coastkeeper deserves the respect and support of anyone who appreciates clean, sufficient water.

I want to see a world where people see themselves as stewards of nature and their communities.


Alisa is Principal of Neptune Street Environmental Markets Advisors. Prior to launching Neptune Street Advisors, Alisa was the Director of Water Infrastructure Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At the NRDC from 2010 to 2018, Alisa initiated and led the organization’s work with cities focused on innovative urban infrastructure finance, with an emphasis on water infrastructure projects located on privately-owned land.

Alisa is best known for helping the Philadelphia Water Department structure its Greened Acre Retrofit Program, a reverse-auction inspired approach that helps the City locate and fund low-cost and socially-beneficial green stormwater management projects.  Alisa has also worked in partnership with other major cities to refine initiatives designed to create markets for avoided stormwater runoff.

Alisa holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude with highest honors in History, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and an LL.M. in international business law from the London School of Economics. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Global Projects Center at Stanford University and an Advisor to the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD.