While at UC Berkeley, Chris studied water resources management, fluvial geomorphology, and water law. Her Master’s Thesis focused on the physical and institutional challenges of managing surface water flows for both human and environmental uses in California's central coast watersheds.
As the Principal of Alford Environmental, Chris provides technical support and capacity building assistance to water management entities, watershed groups, land use planning agencies, and conservation organizations in California. Her areas of specialty include regional-scale natural resources planning, water supply management, and water rights. Previously, Chris led American Rivers’ instream flow and water supply protection efforts in California as the California Instream Flow and Water Supply Program Director.
Chris currently serves on the board of directors of the Sierra Streams Institute.