Phil Stevens is the executive director of the Urban Creeks Council where he leads operations and the implementation of the organization's vision to create healthy urban streams that are assets to both people and other living things. He joined the organization in 2007 and has managed the completion of multiple significant restoration projects. He is currently leading the development of one of the largest restoration projects ever undertaken in the Bay Area. He is especially interested in using hard science, metrics and measures to improve the practice of urban habitat restoration. Stevens has more than two decades of non-profit management experience. Prior to joining UCC, he spent seven years at The Nature Conservancy's California and Alaska chapters, where he initiated the development of the Conservancy’s range-wide Pacific salmon program, and secured more than $13 million from private funding sources. He holds an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a graduate degree from Columbia University. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Center for Urban Environmental Law at Golden Gate University.