Carl Nettleton Bio

Carl Nettleton is an award-winning writeracclaimed speaker, and a subject matter expert regarding water, climate, sustainability, the ocean, and binational U.S. Mexico affairs.

For more than 25 years, Carl has played a major role in addressing large infrastructure-related regional issues including the airport, water, waste water, and storm water. While working for the City of San Diego, he served as the public and media affairs director for eight years, s the deputy director for general services and as a utilities customer advocate. He also headed community outreach for the waste water department’s $1.5 billion upgrade in the 1990s.

Previous to his work for the City, Carl served as the chief executive of two ocean environmental organizations for more than a decade and has held executive positions in public, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.

In addition to forming Nettleton Strategies, Carl founded OpenOceans Global, an NGO linking people to the world’s oceans. He also serves on the national and California advisory councils for Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. He regularly participates in the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce committees and is the co-chair of the San Diego Water Conservation Action Committee (CAC). Other business memberships include the South County Economic Development Council and the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

As a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of San Diego and a board member of the club’s foundation, Carl helps to serve the local community through philanthropy and service.  Nettleton Strategies is also a member of the  U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP), a non-profit “cultivating leadership, philanthropy and collaboration along the border.”