Featured Speakers

Tamika L’Ecluse, American River Flood Control District

Presenting: Progressive Flood Control Solutions for the Sacramento Region

Climate change is projected to increase temperatures so that precipitation falls as rain rather than snow earlier in the season, increasing flood risk in winter. Tamika L’Ecluse of the American River Flood Control District will explore how those conditions are expected to impact the Sacramento region’s flood control system, the people it protects, and progressive flood control policies to consider as our community plans to adapt.

Tamika L’Ecluse has served on the American River Flood Control District since June 2019.  Prior to her appointment, she was a preschool Montessori Teacher for 15 years, and previously the president of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association in Sacramento. In these roles, Tamika worked to establish a Children’s Garden in Oak Park and adopted a city park that had become littered with environmental hazards and challenges. As a City of Sacramento Parks Ambassador, Tamika worked with various advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies to increase park use, decrease hazards, and reduce crime. This transitioned her to become a green space advocate and neighborhood leader. In 2017, she received the Women of the Year Award from California Assembly Member, Kevin McCarty.

Tamika is a member of numerous civic organizations such as the Sacramento Women and Girls Advancement Coalition, Black Women Organized for Political Action, and Sacramento Investment Without Displacement Coalition. She is active in her local democratic club and an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party. Additionally, Tamika is a governing board member of the California Montessori Project, the president of the Sutter Middle School Parent teacher Student Organization (PTSO,) and a parent of two distance-learning children. Tamika has an associate’s degree from Sacramento City College in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Sacramento City College, and is currently working toward her undergraduate degree in Public Service and Public Policy with a concentration on sustainable systems.