welcomes Lee Barken, Everett DeLano, Stewart Halpern, and
George Yermanos to its board of directors.
SAN DIEGO, March 28, 2013San Diego Coastkeeper,
an environmental organization that protects and restores fishable,
swimmable, and drinkable waters in San Diego County, welcomes
Lee Barken, Everett DeLano, Stewart Halpern, and George Yermanos
to its board of directors.
According to Board of Directors President Jo Brooks, the new
members diverse professional and environmental experiences
will significantly increase the boards capability to
support Coastkeepers mission and staff.
Lee Barken is the energy and cleantech practice leader at
Haskell & White, LLP, one of the largest independently
owned accounting and business advisory firms in Southern California.
He specializes in renewable energy project finance, public
policy analysis, and environmental commodities consulting.
3A CPA and LEED accredited professional, Barken is also an
active member of the boards of CleanTECH San Diego and the
San Diego Venture Group and serves as treasurer on the board
of directors at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. He resides
in Chula Vista.
Everett DeLano is an attorney who specializes in land use
and environmental law, with a commitment to preserving and
protecting communities and the natural environment. With expertise
encompassing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
and the Clean Water Act, he represents homeowners associations,
non-profit organizations, and neighborhood groups and individuals.
Earlier in his career, he worked with the Natural Resources
Defense Council in Los Angeles, the Sierra Club Legal Defense
Fund in Denver, and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies
in Boulder, Colorado. DeLano lives in Valley Center and his
firm, DeLano & DeLano, is based in Escondido.
Stewart Halpern has a broad business background with over
30 years of experience as the senior financial executive of
companies such as San Diego-based Mad Catz Interactive, videogame
publisher Rock Star Games, and entertainment entrepreneur
Russell Simmons Rush Communications, along with extensive
Wall Street experience as a sell-side equity analyst and investment
banker. Since stepping down as CFO from Mad Catz in late 2010,
he has been independently advising a number of private companies
on strategic, financial and operational matters while also
serving as the treasurer on the board of Free Flight, a nonprofit
exotic bird sanctuary in Del Mar. Halpern is a La Jolla resident.
George Yermanos is the vice president and director of property
management for Sudberry Properties, a San Diego based real
estate development and asset management firm that emphasizes
long-term environmental sustainability in its properties and
practices. George oversees a retail portfolio of approximately
2.5 million square feet. A certified shopping center manager
(CSM) and former chairperson of the International Council
of Shopping Centers, San Diego, he has 25 years of experience
focused on retail and office construction and management in
the San Diego region. He lives in Encinitas.
San Diego Coastkeeper
Founded in 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores
fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waters in San Diego County.
For more information, visit San Diego Coastkeeper online at