July 12, 2016

Board Members

4Daniel Weinstein – BCI President of the Board

Honorable Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) is one of the nation’s preeminent mediators of complex civil disputes. He is a pioneer in the development of mediation and teaches and lectures to fellow mediators and lawyers throughout the United States. Judge Weinstein is recognized as one of the premier mediators of complex, multi-party, high-stake cases, both in the United States and abroad.





  • Designs the process and oversees the resolution of challenging securities class actions, mass torts, intellectual property, antitrust, entertainment law, insurance allocation, environmental, toxic tort, professional malpractice, and venture capital partnership disputes.
  • Former California Judge and a founder of JAMS, the World’s largest provider of mediation and arbitration services Representative Matters.
  • Founded CASA (Class Action Settlement Administration), a JAMS subsidiary dedicated to the fair and speedy allocation of settlement funds in large scale matters i.e. the Union Oil Carbide settlement, African American Farmers discrimination claims and compensation and overtime claims in retail industries.
  • Co-founder and President of 7 Tepes Youth Program for disadvantaged youth.
  • Recognized as One of the 500 Leading Judges in America, Lawdragon Magazine, 2006; Top California Neutral, Daily Journal 2002, 2004-2010; Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution ategoryk Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2011.


7Debra Zeyen – BCI Executive Director

As Executive Director of Baja Coastal Institute, Deb oversees BCI project development and fundraising. Deb is a recognized expert in broadcasting and marketing having worked for over 30 years for CBS Network and Westinghouse Television.  After retiring from that career, Deb received a masters degree in Coastal Management and worked on coastal ocean health.  With professional experience in business, marketing, and ocean conservation, Deb specializes in translating academic research into language and action that is usable by a broad spectrum of stakeholders.





  • Director, Ocean Health Index for Conservation International.  Developed framework that made a universal measurement of ocean health useful to national governments worldwide.
  • Vice President of Marketing, CBS Television Network and General Manager of CBS Internet.
  • Vice President, General Manager, WBZ-TV.  Led multi-million dollar business and oversaw news, programming, and community campaigns.
  • Vice President of Programming, Group W Television Stations.  Deb’s Target Marketing unit took WBZ-TV’s community campaign, “For Kids’ Sake” and syndicated it nationally to over 90% of US markets.
  • Named national broadcaster of the year by American Women in Radio and Television.


5Christopher Sliney – BCI Treasurer

Christopher Sliney is a results-oriented senior executive with 20 years’ experience launching and nurturing businesses in the digital media, content creation and branding/strategy spaces including Website/Internet Utilization and Optimization; Optimized Media Creation, Transfer and Archiving Protocols; and Web 2.0 Mobile Application Development. Christopher has extensive experience in: Social Media; Interactive Experiences; Cross-Functional Team Development and Motivation; Senior Contract Negotiations; International Business Integration; and Media/Technology Consulting.





  • Christopher founded Playground Media Group in 2003, a media company with a roster of customers including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and Hollywood movie studios.
  • Devised an interactive advertising model based on user experience metrics on behalf of Timeplay, a Canadian start-up developing a real-time interactive advertising experience for theatre-goers.
  • Oversaw a multi-million dollar advertising account that blended traditional and new-media techniques to drive product sales for a Fortune 500 toy company, resulting in $200M in revenues across the various product lines.
  • Guided the integration of recent technologies with museum-quality content to create a rich, immersive experience at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a $500B museum and visitor center in the heart of Las Vegas, NV.

1Patricia Wright – Secretary/ Vice-President of the Baja Coastal Institute 

Pat is widely known as a formidable legislative and policy strategist for the disability civil rights community throughout both Democratic and Republican Administrations.  Widely acknowledged as “the General” who coordinated the campaign to enact the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Wright also worked to establish acceptance of disability as a legitimate civil rights cause within the broad civil rights community as well as within traditional disability services organizations.





  • Director of Government Affairs for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) in Washington, DC from 1980 to 2005.
  • Worked with Senator Ted Kennedy to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
  • Leader in the enactment of the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act of 1986 and amendments to the Fair Housing Act.
  • Legislative advisor in the development of the early civil rights and services legislation for people with Aids and assisting Congress to understand that people with HIV and Aids also experience discrimination
  • Received the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, from President Clinton and the Distinguished Service to America Award from President George Bush.

3David L. Cooper – BCI Board Member

With over 15 years directing the acquisition, financing, ownership and disposition of group companies, David has a track record of profitable investing, long-standing relationships with key industry participants, multi-cycle acquisition, financing and disposition experience and established operating and reporting systems and procedures.






  • General Partner at InHouse Ventures, a Regenerative Impact Food and Agriculture Fund, David is responsible for merger and acquisition transactions including due diligence, structuring and closing of transactions, and operational management of the investments. 
  • Project lead for Aquacue’s commercial and consumer market development, David oversees product development and partner relationships.
  • Partner at West Coast Clean Tech (WCCT).  WCCT Seeks venture investments in early stage companies.  WCCT acts as an Limited Partner and direct investor.
  • Senior Associate of Real Estate applications for Verdafero, a company that provides sustainability analytics software & services for commercial real estate asset managers and stakeholders.

2Dr. Michael Kavanaugh – BCI Board Member

Internationally recognized water quality, water treatment, and groundwater remediation expert Mike Kavanaugh, PhD, PE, is a chemical and environmental engineer and currently a Senior Principal with Geosyntec Consultants based in the firm’s Oakland, Ca., office.  With more than 40 years of consulting experience, contributions to over 80 technical publications, and more than 150 presentations to audiences that included congressional and state committees, Mike is a proven leader in the water, water quality, and groundwater engineering industry.  He was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 1998.




  • Professional consulting practice started in the areas of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, water quality management, and water reuse and drinking water treatment.  
  • In 1984, expanded his practice to address the challenges of legacy contaminated sites with a focus on contaminated groundwater remediation, particularly CERCLA-driven remedial investigations/feasibility studies (RI/FS), waste minimization and pollution prevention studies, as well as leading numerous research projects on water quality and remediation topics.
  • Served more than 60 times as technical expert in litigation, neutral expert in alternative dispute resolution, or “blue ribbon” expert panelist working on project-specific and policy-level issues, on behalf of attorneys, arbitrators and judges.
  • Currently Instructor for the Princeton Groundwater Course and a consulting professor in the Stanford University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.  
  • Served on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Institute and is currently on the Advisory Council for the California Council on Science and Technology, appointed by UC President in 2015.  

6Edgardo Ochoa – BCI Board Member

Scientist and scientific dive expert, Edgardo spent many years in Baja California.  Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Edgardo move to La Paz to study Marine Biology at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur.

Edgardo co-authored many papers including papers on the White tip shark in the west coast of Mexico; range extension of Psammocora stellata in the Gulf of California, Mexico; Sedimentation of coral reefs; the reefs of Cabo Pulmo; and several papers and presentations on scientific diving.




  • Marine and Dive Safety Officer for Conservation International.
  • Consultant and instructor for Scientific Diving at UABCS, diving consultant for the Parque Marino Cabo Pulmo, Diving Officer at CICIMAR-IPN, Unit Diving Safety Officer at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Acting Scientific Diving Officer at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Researcher on projects including
  • Studies of Rodoliths on The Gulf of California, UABCS
  • Impact of Climate Change on Nearshore Biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico, UABCS
  • Health of Coral and Sea life in the Gulf of California, UABCS
  • Fish, invertebrates and geology projects, CICIMAR
  • Monitoring Artificial Reef Structures, CET-MAR, and many more marine research projects around the world, STRI, SI.