Otis Wollan, “Centennial Dam”
September 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Trainer/Facilitator/ Mediator, Organizational Development Consultant, Project Manager
President, American River Watershed Institute; Treasurer, Sierra Vista Center; Qigong Instructor
23440 Milk Ranch Road home office/fax 530- 346-7967
PO Box 1750 cell 530-320-6841
Colfax, CA 95713-1750 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal: Born April 18, 1948. Married 47 years to Jane Mulder.
Three children: Malia 39, Holly 37, Bryanna 35
Otis Wollan has worked for over 25 years as a facilitator, mediator, and trainer in interest-based
negotiations, organizational effectiveness, and participatory processes. He facilitated the Sacramento
River Watershed Program’s Monitoring Committee and OP Pesticide Focus Group, USFS San Bernardino
Mt. Summit on Fire Ecosystem Management, Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s deregulation
stakeholder outreach, EPA and California Department of Health Service’s Surface Water Assessment
Program, and Santa Clara Valley Water District’s salmon and steelhead restoration project named
Fisheries and Habitat Collaboration Effort (FAHCE).
He served as the first Coordinator for the American
River Watershed Group, and the first coordinator of the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance. He served as
Project Manager for the Prop. 13 grant Colfax Community Watershed Health and Fire Safe Ecosystem
Project (2003-2006, www.arwi.us/fire ) and was Project Manager for an EPA grant Sierra Nevada
Watershed Climate Change Yield Calculator (2002-2005, www.arwi.us/climate ).
Otis Wollan served for five terms from 1987 to 2008 as elected Director of the Placer County Water
Agency,. He served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Placer Dispute Resolution Service.
He is President of the American River Watershed Institute, and currently serves as the project manager for
the Bear River Awakening project which includes www.SaveBearRive.com . He served as President and
Executive Director of the Climate Neutral Network (1999-2006).
He is a ten-year Boardmember and Treasurer at Sierra Vista Community Center, and served five years
on the Board of Mt. Stream Meditation Center.
Otis is a certified Qigong instructor through the ChiCenter, and teaches mindfulness meditation.
Otis is Executive Director of Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform, where he initiated
and coordinated the California Assembly Process which has held major statewide stakeholder assemblies
on groundwater and CALFED institutional issues, and workshops on desalination and environmental
justice; he edited The Power Journal of California Water. POWER sponsored the California Water Policy
Conference through its first 20 years. www.cawaterpolicy.org . www.cawaterpolicy.us . Otis served in
2006 as Vice Convenor and in 2007 as Convenor of the California Urban Water Conservation Council
From 1988 to 1993, Otis was the Executive Director of the Committee for Sustainable Agriculture, a not
for profit organization dedicated to the development of sustainable agriculture in California. Projects
included the Ecological Farming Conference, the publication of a quarterly journal, and a national media
event, Organically Grown Week. Earlier projects include: author and publisher of several books on
sustainable home design, design and construction of a 65-acre community project with integrated passive
solar housing and commercial space, design and construction of energy efficient, solar homes.
Otis attended Stanford University 1967-71.
Otis lives with his wife at 2000 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada Bear River Watershed, and recently
completed construction of a new active and passive solar, super-insulated, energy efficient and fire safe
home on their 18 acres.