Storm Drain Oversight Committee Biographies

Nancy Clark

  CLARK, Nancy

Ms. Clark came to Palo Alto in 1984, not long after graduating from University of Iowa.   Except for a few years in San Francisco, California while attending University California, Hastings College of the Law, Palo Alto has remained her home.  

She is an experienced employment lawyer and currently works as a Lead Deputy at the County of Santa Clara Office of the County Counsel.  Ms. Clark lives on Addison Avenue with her husband, Steven Cohen.  She regularly inspects Palo Alto’s storm drains while out walking her dog Gus.

Stepheny McGraw

McGRAW, Stepheny

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and educated at Wells College in Upstate New York, Stepheny McGraw came to Palo Alto 35 years ago from Stow, Massachusetts.  For over 20 years, she worked as an account manager in the computer industry,

She joined the Blue Ribbon Committee for Storm Drains in 2002 and became part of the team which worked to pass the 2005 ballot measure to improve the storm drains throughout the City. 

Since the voters passed the Measure, Stepheny has served on the Storm Drains Oversight Committee.   In past years, she was active in Leadership Palo Alto, AchieveKids Board, Wells College Alum Council, and she continues to serve on the Steering Committee for the Midtown Residents Association.

Hal Mickelson


A native of San Pedro, California, Hal M. Mickelson graduated from Stanford University with an Applied Baccalaureate in history, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1971, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1974.  He moved to the Greenmeadow neighborhood of Palo Alto in 1982.  

He retired from the Hewlett-Packard Company in 2012 after working as an attorney in their legal department for 33 years.  Hal is a director for the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and a former director of the Palo Alto Rotary Club, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation.  

He served fifteen years, starting with his junior year in college, as stadium announcer for the Stanford Marching Band.  He is an opera buff, a Shakespeare enthusiast, a Gilbert & Sullivan fan, and a devoted follower of Stanford's football, basketball and baseball programs.  In his spare time, he leads walking tours of architectural and historic landmarks on the Barbary Coast Trail in San Francisco, California.

Susan Rosenberg


Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Santa Clara and attended the Conway School, Massachusetts.  

She is a founding board member of Canopy; she co-founded and successfully concluded the Trees for El Camino Project, and served on the City of Palo Alto’s Blue Ribbon Storm Drain Committee.

Richard Whaley

WHALEY, Richard

Richard was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and graduated from Saint Ignatius High School, San Francisco.  He attended Stanford University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.  

He served two years in the Army and married while at Stanford.  He raised six children with his wife Joan and they have 10 Grandchildren and one Great Grandchild.  Richard’s professional experience included pipe sales, consulting engineering, and utility construction. He is now retired.

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