Our Staff
Kimra McAfee, Executive Director

Prior to joining AWG in June 2018, Kimra served as the Executive Director for Oakland's Friends of Sausal Creek since 2009, providing oversight for the organization's restoration, education, and monitoring programs. She managed field staff, oversaw finances, wrote and administered grants, led other fundraising efforts, and provided leadership in community outreach. She holds a B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley, and a M.A. in Geography and Human Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, where her thesis was a post-audit of New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River. Kimra treasures every moment she has with her two daughters and husband, and she enjoys hiking, baking bread, tap dancing, and playing banjo and mandolin.


For general inquiries about Alpine Watershed Group, please contact Kimra here.

Rachel Kieffer, Watershed Coordinator

Rachel joins us at Alpine Watershed Group after a recent seasonal position on the Land Management crew with Tahoe Resource Conservation District and after having completed four AmeriCorps terms spanning the western United States. Originally from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, Rachel attended Goucher College in Maryland, earning a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. For her AmeriCorps service, she did trail work with the Nevada Conservation Corps, Recreational Outreach with the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, salmonid habitat protection in the Santa Monica Mountains, and helped lead a restoration crew in Reno at the Rosewood Nature Study Area. Rachel’s experience with promoting watershed health includes using GIS to aid in restoration and outreach efforts. When not working, Rachel can be found on the trails, visiting another National Park, reading, or picking up a new hobby.


For more information about our restoration and monitoring programs, please contact Rachel here.

Sierra Riker, Monitoring and Outreach Specialist

Sierra was raised in the snowy city of Flagstaff, Arizona where they earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Management and a minor in Biology from Northern Arizona University. Sierra is currently an AmeriCorps member serving with both Alpine Watershed Group and Sierra Nevada Alliance and is excited to work in conservation with both of these amazing organizations. Sierra can often be found reading, skiing, or riding their motorcycle in their time off. 

For more information, please contact Sierra here.

Cami Chavez, Bookkeeper

Cami was raised in Lake Tahoe from birth until 8 years old then moved to Alpine County (Woodfords), where she stayed until college. She returned after college, with her husband, and raised four wonderful children in Alpine County, three daughters and one son. Cami has a true love for the Sierra Nevada and the Tahoe region. Cami has been exploring the back country on horseback/hiking/kayaking for her entire life, including completing the entire Tahoe Rim trail. 


For more information, please contact Cami here.

Sierra, Kimra, and Rachel in December 2021.