Vishal Mehta is an earth systems scientist who recently started his own small environmental consultancy in Davis. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Water Program. Vishal has worked on climate, land-use, conservation and water resources planning in more than a dozen countries. Vishal has 15+ years of experience working on environmental planning in California with state, regional and local partners. Locally, he continues to play a leadership role in groundwater management in Yolo County.

Vishal was born and raised in Bangalore, India, where he continues to be engaged in environmental efforts. He has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, and a MS and PhD from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. He is excited to join the Cool Davis board, to learn and engage with local communities, and support Cool Davis’s mission. He is looking forward to working on diverse aspects of sustainability with the creative Cool Davis network.