Malissa McKeith

Malissa McKeith

Founder and President of CURE

Malissa McKeith, the founder and president of CURE, has had a distinguished 30-year career as one of California’s leading environmental and land use attorneys. Currently she is a partner at one of the country’s largest law firms, Lewis Brisbois, where she leads a department of land use, real estate, and environmental lawyers.In addition to her professional expertise in water, land development and energy law, she is an expert on the Colorado River, and on the environmental, public health and economic consequences of diverting and transferring its flow.Both in her professional work as an environmental attorney, and in her role as founder and president of CURE, Malissa has litigated or participated in numerous cases relating to management of Colorado River water, development in flood prone areas, and the protection of wildlife habitats.

In 2002, a unique California alliance called Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform (P.O.W.E.R.) paid tribute to Malissa McKeith, awarding her the prestigious Carla Bard Award, in honor of her outstanding environmental advocacy work around Deer Creek and Colorado River issues.

Track 2: The Business of Urban Farms – “Got Vacant Ag Land?”

In this information session, we will help you understand the programs that connect farmland to the new generation of farmers, and go over the roles of land leases, farmland trusts, agricultural easements, financial tools, and tax incentives that bring urban land under farm production.

Track 2: Urban Agriculture Development