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Extensive experience in the natural resources, environmental and agricultural industry...

Owned by former in-house counsel to the Central Valley Project Authority, a group of local governmental entities which currently operate and maintain the main pumping and conveyance facilities of the federal Central Valley Project located throughout the State of California.

Ms. Davis completed water rights analyses of water available for property development; assisted in planning and implementation of water rights transfers; participated in State Water Resources Control Board Bay-Delta water quality hearings on salinity and temperature control; worked on water-related litigation matters and federal Endangered Species Act administrative processes.

She was chief negotiator, completed agreements and drafted legislation for three key California and Nevada water resources development initiatives: Coordinated Operations Agreement, Suisun Marsh Preservation Agreement and Pyramid Lake/Truckee-Carson River Basin Settlement. Ms. Davis helped to facilitate the more efficient and cost effective sharing of power, storage and conveyance capacity between the two largest water projects in the State of California, which together serve about two-thirds of the state’s inhabitants with water for multiple purposes. Ms. Davis also negotiated changes in rate-setting methodologies for water marketing, review of Colorado River States’ water rights and flow augmentation issues, and water and power contracting.

Ms. Davis is currently a member of the Board of Directors for The Forest Foundation (Vice-Chair) and serves with the Mercy Foundation through her position on the Mercy General Community Council (Chair); she was recently Vice-Chair of the 4-H Foundation Board of Directors (Member 2004-2008); appointed to the California Exposition and State Fair Board of Directors (2004-2008) by Governor Schwarzenegger; appointed to the California EPA Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (2005) by the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency; Fellow, Class XI American Leadership Forum Mountain States Chapter (2007).

Ms. Davis is a member of the California and New Mexico State Bars. She is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Central and Northern U.S. District Courts in California, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Davis is a graduate with honors of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and was associate editor of the California Law Review at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.