UCLA Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Alex Hall is Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Director of the Center for Climate Science at UCLA. His research is focused on reducing climate change uncertainty at both regional and global scales. At the global scale, his goal is to reduce uncertainty surrounding processes determining the climate system’s response to increases in greenhouse gases. At the regional scale, he has been active in the development of downscaling techniques to create neighborhood-scale projections of future climate, and he recently completed downscaling studies over the Los Angeles region and the Sierra Nevada. Dr. Hall was a Contributing Author to the 2007 IPCC 4th scientific assessment of climate change Working Group I report, where his work on climate sensitivity is featured. He was also a Lead Author of Chapter 14 of the Working Group I component of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, entitled “Climate Phenomena and their Relevance for Future Regional Climate Change,” and a Contributing Author of Chapter 9, “Evaluation of Climate Models.”
California Research Bureau
Anne Neville is director of the California Research Bureau where she and her team develop non-partisan, independent research for the Governor, Legislature and other Constitutional Officers. As part of the California State Library’s executive team, she also leads a two-year Knight Foundation grant to support open data in public libraries. Previously, she directed the State Broadband Initiative at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) at the US Department of Commerce. At NTIA, she was responsible for the National Broadband Map, grants to states to support the emerging digital economy, and a number of telecommunications research activities. Before this she was a Global Leadership Fellow focusing on IT and Telecom at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, and prior to this served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Technology for the State of California, where she served as the lead staff to California's broadband initiative. In Anne's early work, she managed a grant program to increase non-profit capacity through the use of IT and founded a community center providing technology training and access to mainly immigrant populations.
U.S. Geological Survey
Sleeter's research activities focus on characterizing changes in land use and disturbance -- past, present and future -- and how they impact ecosystem carbon dynamics. He leads two large projects which have shared goals of further developing USGS capabilities in land change science and ecosystem carbon cycling. He has also authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, including numerous government reports on land change and ecosystem carbon dynamics, and been a presenter/contributor of numerous scientific presentations.
Founder and President,
Bob Perkowitz is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, investor and cyclist. He is currently president of ecoAmerica, and sits on the boards of Environmental Defense Fund and World Bicycle Relief. Prior to this Bob has been President of Cornerstone Brands, Smith+Noble, and Joanna Western Mills. He also served a Trustee of the Sierra Club Foundation from 2001-2007, and on Duke Energy’s Energy and Environment Council from 2009-2012.
ecoAmerica is a non-profit that builds leadership for climate solutions by supporting America’s largest associations and organization as they embed climate action into their organizations and networks. ecoAmerica conducts original research including American Climate Values, and Let’s Talk Climate, develops national programs including The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment; Nature Rocks; the Sustainable Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center; Blessed Tomorrow; Climate for Health, and Path to Positive: Communities, and brings climate leaders together in national forums including the American Climate Leadership Summit.
Meteorology Program Manager,
Brian D’Agostino is the Meteorology Program Manager in Emergency Management for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). As program manager, D’Agostino provides operations support for the delivery of safe and reliable energy. D’Agostino oversaw the design and construction of SDG&E’s weather network, one of the United States most sophisticated and extensive weather networks. D’Agostino joined SDG&E in 2009 and has established many relationships within the scientific community of Southern California. D’Agostino currently serves as Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s National Energy committee and works closely within the meteorological community coordinating research projects specializing in fire science, solar forecasting, climate adaptation and emergency management. D’Agostino is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in meteorology.
Policy Adviser to the Director for the Delta,
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Responsible for water planning and policy formulation programs related to the Delta. Previously Bay-Delta Region Regional Manager (2011-2012) and Chief of the Water Branch (2006-2011). Lead the Departments participation in the review and permitting of the California Water Fix/BDCP; drought planning and fisheries management related to State and federal water project operations, Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Process, and Interagency Ecological Program. Also a participant in policy development related to other water management and fishery conservation efforts in the Central Valley as they affect the Delta.
Senior Environmental Scientist,
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Carolyn Cook works as a Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture in the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation. Her focus is on climate change impacts and greenhouse gas mitigation opportunities within the agricultural sector. She has contributed to the development of incentive programs for farmers such as the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), a grant program designed to expand water and energy efficient irrigation systems. She also served as CDFA’s liaison to the Climate Change Consortium, a group of farmers, researchers, and representatives from agricultural associations that were tasked with identifying adaptation strategies for specialty crops. Ms. Cook received her Bachelor’s of Science in biological sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and earned a Master’s of Science in environmental management from the University of San Francisco.
George Mason University
Connie Roser-Renouf is an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. Her research focuses on understanding how diverse audiences use, interpret and respond to information on the issue of climate change. The objective of this work is to identify effective communication strategies that inform and engage the public, while contributing to the theoretical literature on science communication, risk communication and social marketing.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
David Pierce obtained his B.A. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, then worked for several years in the memory products division of Intel Corporation before going to graduate school at the University of Washington. He received an M.S. in Physical Oceanography in 1989, followed by a Ph.D. in 1993. After that he joined the staff in the Climate Research Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he has worked on such problems as El Nino prediction, thermohaline variability, large-scale numerical modeling of the ocean and atmosphere, understanding climate variability in the North Pacific, and global climate change. Dr. Pierce was a contributing author to the 2007 and 2013 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, a reviewer of the United States Southwest Region National Climate Assessment, is an author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, and has participated in numerous radio, television, and print media interviews on climate issues.
Denny created Move LA in 2007 to bring together business, labor and environmental leaders and organizations with the goal of raising significant new funding for LA County’s transit system. This coalition helped lead the campaign for the Measure R sales tax, and proved to be a powerful force in getting Measure R on the 2008 ballot and winning its passage, with the result that LA has embarked on an ambitious build-out of its transportation system. Previously Denny served on the Santa Monica City Council, including one term as mayor, during which time he initiated the revitalization of the Third Street Promenade. He wrote much of the land use policy for Santa Monica’s downtown, emphasizing pedestrian amenities, mixed-use development, and effective transit access — before these policies became known as “smart growth.” Denny was also executive director of the Coalition for Clean Air, and began his career by founding Santa Monicans for Renters Rights in the late ’70s, a progressive community coalition that has held a city council majority in Santa Monica for 24 of the last 30 years.
Senior Health Advisor,
Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Dr. Elizabeth Baca is passionate about innovations to foster total health and well-being. She currently serves as the Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). She is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including healthy planning, big data, and public-private partnerships. For healthy planning she works across sectors to foster collaboration, elevate the connection between health and the built environment, and leads the effort to incorporate health considerations into the planning process to build healthy, resilient communities. A significant part of her work is aligning win-wins for projects that offer co-benefits, particularly with respect to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Climate Change Lead,
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D., coordinates climate change policy and programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where she works to bring a public health voice to decision-making related to climate change. She is the Department representative to County and regional climate change workgroups. She founded and leads the interdepartmental County Climate Committee, which brings together various Los Angeles County departments to implement the County’s Community Climate Action Plan. In 2014, she authored two climate change reports released by the Department of Public Health, entitled Your Health and Climate Change, and Framework for Addressing Climate Change. Elizabeth received her doctorate in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Trained as a marine ecologist, George has 17 years of experience in ocean policy and advocacy, market-based solutions to environmental challenges, and marine scientific research. As Chief Scientist at Ocean Conservancy, he provides strategic leadership on science and policy across the organization’s initiatives, including marine debris and plastic pollution, ocean acidification and climate change, marine protected areas, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Before joining Ocean Conservancy in 2007, George developed the scientific foundation for the then nascent sustainable seafood movement at Monterey Bay Aquarium and worked closely with major seafood buyers to improve their seafood procurement practices. Earlier, he helped launch COMPASS (the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea), an innovative approach to communicating emerging marine conservation science to policymakers, NGOs and resource managers. George holds a Ph. D. from Brown University in Rhode Island and a M. S. from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California. A native of New England, he is located in Ocean Conservancy’s west coast office in Santa Cruz, California.
Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Glen Murray has had a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health, and is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society. Murray served as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998 to 2004. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at the University of Toronto, was appointed Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in 2005, and was named president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007. Murray was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2010, and currently serves as Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
Chief Deputy Tribal Advisor,
Governor's Office of Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Heather Hostler has served as Chief Deputy, Tribal Advisor in Governor Brown's Office since 2012. Prior to her appointment she served as the Native American Liaison for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. Ms. Hostler received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies: Law and Government, from Humboldt State University in 2005. In 2016 she was awarded Humboldt State University's Distinguished Alumni Award. She has vast experience working with tribal governments, grass roots community initiatives, as well as foundation and grant making programs. Her primary role is to implement Executive Order B-10-11 and is instrumental is building better coordination and collaboration with tribal governments. She advises state agencies and departments in the development their tribal consultation policies and is considered an expert in the field. Ms. Hostler is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, located in far Northern California.
Senior Water Resources Engineer,
CA Dept. of Water Resources
Jamie Anderson has been working on possible climate change impacts to water resources for more than 15 years. She is currently managing the Natural Resources research projects for California’s 4th Climate Change Assessment. Jamie also works on developing new analysis methods for assessing impacts and risks of climate change to California’s water resources. Some of those impact assessments were reported in California’s First (20016) and Second (2009) Climate Change Assessments. Jamie has also been involved with the Coastal and Oceans Climate Action Team which develops guidelines for state agencies for using future projections of sea levels. Jamie enjoys working with people in government and the climate change research community to build bridges between climate change research and practical natural resources management issues.
Jamie Anderson is a Senior Engineer in the Bay Delta Office of the California Department of Water Resources. She has Doctorate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Davis.
California Energy Commission
Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission's public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation and western regional planning, and in 2014 Ms. Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Ms. Scott serves as the chair of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California's economic, energy and environmental goals. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor,
LBNL retired and UC Berkeley
Worked in LBNL since 1972 for 43 years. Had worked as Founder, International Energy Studies Group since 1985. Also received Nobel Peace Prize, 2007 from the IPCC. Worked with 70 countries worldwide about climate change activities.
CA High-Speed Rail Authority
Jeff Morales is the Chief Executive Officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority and has a distinguished record of experience managing large and complex transportation issues and projects.
As the former Director of the California Department of Transportation, Morales managed a $10 billion program and more than 23,000 employees working to build, maintain and operate the largest state transportation system in the U.S.
Morales most recently was Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff , where he worked with transportation agencies across the United States and internationally to develop and implement major capital programs and is the past executive vice president of the Chicago Transit Authority where he spearheaded major reforms at the nation’s second-largest transit agency.
His experience at the federal level includes serving as a member of President-Elect Obama’s transition team focusing on transportation, Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review, the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the United States Department of Transportation and as U.S. Senate staff.
California Natural Resources Agency/Ocean Protection Council
Jenn joined the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) in April 2015 and is the lead on ocean acidification as well as several ocean climate initiatives. Before OPC, she worked in the NOAA Administrator’s Office where she started as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow and then spent a year on the Administrator’s core team. During this time, she helped with the development and execution of NOAA’s priorities, such as community resilience, and managed the associated communication and outreach. Jenn has a master’s from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University. For her graduate research she applied ocean acidification science to explore the impacts of acidification of the Great Lakes through modelling, analysis of EPA data, and community surveys. Jenn grew up in New York, loves to visit her friends and family across the world, and is an avid runner, biker, and cross country skier.
Senior Environmental Scientist,
San Francisco Estuary Institiute
Jeremy Lowe is a senior scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute and has over 30 years’ wetland restoration and flood management experience in Europe and the US, the last 15 years on the West Coast. His work has included the design of sea defenses in Venice, Italy and the planning of wetland restoration at Ballona Wetlands in Venice, California. Jeremy has been involved in a number of climate change planning efforts in the Bay including the recent San Francisco Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals. He has worked on several demonstration projects in the Bay piloting nature-based adaptation to climate change - the Horizontal Levee project which combines flood protection, wetland restoration and wastewater; the Living Shorelines project creating oysters and eelgrass habitat; and a pilot project for placing dredged sediment to increase marsh accretion.
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Jim Branham is the Executive Officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a position he has held for more than 11 years. The Conservancy is a state agency carrying out a variety of activities in the Sierra Nevada region, the state’s primary watershed, covering one-quarter of the State of California. Jim has more than 30 years of experience in natural resources and rural community issues.
Executive Project Manager,
South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
John Bourgeois became Executive Project Manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project in 2009. He brings 2 decades of experience working on large scale wetland restoration issues to the Project. He previously worked for the ecological consulting firm H. T. Harvey & Associates, the USGS National Wetland Research Center, the Coastal Restoration Division of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry. John has a M.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a B.S. from Tulane University.
Dr. Judsen Bruzgul is a Senior Manager with ICF, an international technical advisory and management consulting firm. Judsen has more than 15 years of experience connecting climate resilience insights to management and policy decisions. His work helps clients assess vulnerabilities and manage risks from climate change and extreme weather to infrastructure in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining ICF, Judsen was a Visiting Fellow with the American Meteorological Society Policy Program, working on projects to improve the ability of communities to access and utilize information to help build resilience. He also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality on climate change adaptation, developing and implementing policy recommendations for the United States. Judsen’s research experience includes work on enhancing our understanding of current and future climate change impacts on human and natural systems, and studies of the distribution of global biodiversity to better prioritize limited resources.
Karen Andrade is a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Jonathan London and managing the Environmental Health Science (EHS) Center’s Community, Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC). Her role is to ensure that the research the EHS Center’s produces has strong and meaningful community engagement. In particular, she is heading the establishment of an Environmental Health Sciences Academy for community leaders to access university knowledge in environmental health sciences. Karen is a recent UC Berkeley graduate. Her graduate work had two very different, but complementary, training emphases. Her work on microbial communities and their ecology gave her a deep and practical understanding of how to conduct research in the biophysical sciences. She used this experience when establishing the UC Berkeley Science Shop. This organization facilitated collaborations between UCB students and communities with environmental research needs. Her current work is a continuation of a professional interest to build effective and accessible bridges between institutional scientific research and the research needs of community groups. Karen holds a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley in environmental science policy and management.
Senior Policy Advisor,
Office of Governor Jerry Brown, Jr.
Ken is the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and serves as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council. As the longest tenured OPR Director, Ken has led a broad effort to modernize land use planning through greater transparency; easier access and local application through mapping tools, templates, and streamlined permits; reduced barriers to in-fill development; promotion of transit oriented development; protection of agricultural land and open space; recognition of water constraints; and updated general plan and CEQA guidelines. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Ken was the Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. From 2000 to 2006, Ken led the California Attorney General’s energy task force, investigating price and supply issues related to California’s energy crisis. California Lawyer named Ken an “Attorney of the Year” in 2004 for his work in energy law, and he received the ABA award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy in 2007 for global warming work. Ken is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. in political theory from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Chief Ken Pimlott was appointed on July 12, 2011 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as the Director of CAL FIRE, after serving as the Acting Director since November of 2010. He is also California's State Forester. Chief Pimlott began his fire service career 30 years ago as a reserve firefighter with the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. His subsequent years of service include 29 years with CAL FIRE. Prior to being appointed, Pimlott was the Deputy Director of Fire Protection, responsible for CAL FIRE's statewide fire protection programs, including Command and Control Operations, Cooperative Fire Protection, Conservation Camps, Fleet Management, Aviation Management, Training and Safety.
During Chief Pimlott’s career, he has risen through the ranks, beginning as a seasonal fire fighter in the Tulare Unit in 1987. He has held a variety of resource management and fire protection positions within the department, including Pre-fire Management Division Chief, Fire Chief for the City of Moreno Valley and program manager for CAL FIRE’s Cooperative Fire Protection Programs. He served as co-chair of the 2010 Strategic Fire Plan Steering Committee within the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection and represents CAL FIRE on the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee Board of Directors. He is currently the chair of the Council of Western State Foresters.
Chief Pimlott has well-rounded experience in fire protection at the operational and program levels within CAL FIRE. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Technology from American River College, a Bachelors Degree in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University and is a registered professional forester.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Kristy Kroeker is an Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Kroeker’s research examines the ecological effects of climate change and ocean acidification on temperate and sub-polar marine communities and ecosystems, with particular attention paid to defining how actions at a local-scale can offset the effects of global change to protect both ecosystems and the people reliant on these ecosystems. Beyond her basic research in global change biology, Kroeker engages in the science-policy interface and has briefed state, federal, and international policy makers on ocean issues. She currently sites on the scientific advisory board for Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center. During her time at UCSC, she received the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, a Sloan Fellowship in Ocean Sciences, and a Climate Action Champion Award from the University of California Office of the President. Kristy received her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. in Biology at Stanford University.
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Larry Goldzband (415-352-3653; email@example.com) joined BCDC as Executive Director in August 2012. Prior his appointment, Larry worked for members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, was Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for former Governor Pete Wilson, and was Director of the California Department of Conservation. In the private sector, he managed Pacific Gas and Electric Company's charitable contributions program for over ten years and was Executive Director of the PG&E Corporation Foundation until July 2010. In the nonprofit sector, Larry was Policy Director for Efficiency First California prior to starting at BCDC. In addition, Larry twice served as a BCDC Commissioner for a total of almost ten years. Larry received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Lauren covers environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and Science Friday and she's a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
California Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Liane Randolph was appointed to the CPUC by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2015. She formerly served as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency and was appointed to that position by Governor Brown in May 2011.
Commissioner Randolph is an expert in government and administrative law. She was formerly an attorney at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Commissioner Randolph served as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) from 2003 to 2007. As Chair of the FPPC, Commissioner Randolph managed a staff of 70 in the implementation and enforcement of California's Political Reform Act. Prior to her service at the FPPC, Commissioner Randolph practiced municipal law and previously served as City Attorney for the Cities of San Leandro and Suisun City on a contract basis. Commissioner Randolph obtained her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned a B.A. in History.
At the CPUC, Commissioner Randolph is presently assigned to 73 proceedings spanning the electricity, gas, telecommunications, and water industries, including the Integrated Resource Plan proceeding established per Senate Bill 350. Her interests and portfolio at the CPUC generally focus on planning, infrastructure and governance.
Climate Change and Health Equity Program Lead,
California Department of Public Health
Linda Helland, MPH, CPH, is the team lead for the Climate Change and Health Equity Program of the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity. The Climate Change and Health Equity Program (CCHEP) embeds health and equity in California climate change policy and planning, and embeds climate change and equity in public health policy and planning. CCHEP works with local, state, and national partners to assure that climate change mitigation and adaptation activities have beneficial effects on health while not exacerbating already existing unfair and preventable differences in health status of some groups (health inequities). CCHEP implements California’s climate change laws and executive orders, contributing health equity considerations.
Before joining CDPH, Linda spent 14 years at Mendocino County Public Health, as Senior Program Manager for the Prevention and Planning Unit, where she led the unit to focus on health equity and root causes of health problems through policy, systems and environmental changes to make the healthy choice a little bit easier and to prevent illness before it starts. Linda has been engaged in land use and transportation planning to promote health since 2002. She is thrilled to do work that combines her two passions of health equity and climate change, and loves riding her bicycle to the Richmond Public Health campus.
U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center in Sacramento
Dr. Lorrie Flint has a Ph.D. in Soil Physics from Oregon State University and has been with the USGS since 1986. She has been involved in regional-scale recharge studies throughout the southwest, basin-scale rainfall-runoff and sediment transport modeling, and reach-scale floodplain sedimentation studies and hydrodynamic modeling. More recently she has been involved in investigating the influence of climate change on snow processes and water availability in the western U.S. Her current research involves downscaling future climate projections to ecologically relevant scales (1-km to 30-m) and using that as input to derive hydrologic response for projects throughout the western US, for analyses of water availability, flow and transport, snowmelt processes, and ecosystem change.
California Climate Change Program Director,
the Nature Conservancy
Louis Blumberg, Director of the California Climate Change Program of the Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter, has been leading a multidisciplinary team developing a comprehensive suite of natural climate solutions to reduce and avoid greenhouse gas emissions from forests and other natural and working lands, and to enhance resilience of human and natural communities from climate change since 2004. He is also a member of the Conservancy’s international climate change team and serves as the chair of its Carbon Project Review Committee.
From 2000-2004, he served as deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and previously was assistant regional director of The Wilderness Society, and a management analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Madeline Stano is an attorney with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment in Delano and Oakland, CA. Her litigation focus areas include climate change, and the intersection of environmental and racial justice. She offers technical assistance to residents living with oil and gas development in the San Joaquin Valley. She is admitted to practice law in California, is published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and has appeared as an energy legal expert on Al Jazeera America numerous times. She obtained her J.D. from George Washington University and her B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Mark S. Ghilarducci serves as the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, appointed July 1, 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Ghilarducci previously served as Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency appointed in February 2012 by Governor Brown. As a member of the Cabinet, Director Ghilarducci serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor and oversees statewide public safety, emergency management, emergency communications, counter-terrorism efforts and the State Threat Assessment System.
In 2000, he was appointed as Deputy Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services where he oversaw statewide emergency operations, planning and training. Previously he served as a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Mr. Ghilarducci has over 30 years of diversified service in both the public and private sectors, in the emergency services, fire and rescue and homeland security disciplines.
Bay Area Program Manager,
State Coastal Conservancy
Matt Gerhart is Program Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy program of the California State Coastal Conservancy, where he helps to protect and enhance regional natural resources, improve public access to our open spaces and shorelines, reinvigorate our waterfronts, enhance resiliency to climate change, and protect bay area working lands.
A geographer by training, Mr. Gerhart has over 15 years of experience in land conservation planning, coastal management, public access development, climate change policy and science. He is an agency lead for Bay Area climate change and sea level rise efforts, including the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Update, San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, and the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium. He has also served as an advisor on numerous climate change efforts, including those of the Bay Area Open Space Council, the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, Our Coast Our Future, San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, Urban Land Institute and Coastal Hazards Adaptation Resiliency Group.
Bay Area Program Coordinator,
The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Nahal is a Berkeley-based researcher and advocate with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College with an emphasis on Tribal Leadership in Watershed Management and Climate Change Adaptation. Nahal coordinates EJCW’s Bay Area programs, including Proposition 1 Disadvantaged Community Involvement in collaborative water resource management, and engaging Environmental Justice communities around water equity and water related impacts of climate change. Nahal leads EJCW’s work with several broader groups, including the Resilient Communities Initiative, Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Coordinating Committee, the Bay Area Regional Reliability Drought Taskforce, and more.
Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer,
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
In July 2014, Nancy Sutley was named Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) where she oversees energy efficiency, water conservation, economic development, and electrification of the transportation network. Prior to LADWP, Nancy Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014. Sutley was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution. Sutley also served as the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from 2005-2008. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also was Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, and Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California EPA from 1999-2003. During the administration of President Clinton, Sutley worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and Special Assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C. Sutley received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. Sutley resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Noah Diffenbaugh is a Professor in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He studies the climate system, including impacts on agriculture, water resources, and human health. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Geophysical Research Letters. He has served as an IPCC Lead Author, and has provided scientific expertise to the White House, the Governor of California, and U.S. Congressional offices. Recognitions include the Holton Award from the American Geophysical Union and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
Resilience Program Manager,
Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Nuin-Tara Key is Resilience Program Manager with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research where she works on the newly created Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. Prior to joining OPR, Nuin-Tara co-founded an international multi-media and research initiative on community-based climate action, where she produced multi-media case studies and documentary films that highlight innovative community-based approaches to climate adaptation and mitigation from around the world. Nuin-Tara has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors on sustainable urban and regional planning and policy, with a focus on social equity and climate change. While working at Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area, she led the development of Metro’s first regional equity program. She also worked on a number of regional climate mitigation planning efforts, including leading a diverse portfolio of model development and research efforts on regional emissions reductions. Nuin-Tara has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Nuin-Tara Key is also a National Audubon Society and Toyota 2010 TogetherGreen Fellow, through which she led the Climate Justice Initiative, an effort to bridge the climate and equity gap in the Portland region by raising awareness of the policy implications of climate change through an equity lens.
Ocean Protection Council
Deborah Halberstadt has extensive experience in environmental law and policy and has devoted her career to advocating for and protecting the environment. Deborah is committed to implementing California’s innovative, ecosystem driven approach to ocean and coastal management and its emphasis on science-based policies and collaborative partnerships. Before joining the OPC, Deborah spent ten years in the Office of the California Attorney General litigating civil and criminal cases to enforce environmental laws. During that time she worked on several multi-jurisdictional teams with local and federal agencies and was cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Upon graduating from law school, Deborah clerked for the Honorable Walter L. Carpeneti at the Alaska Supreme Court in Juneau. Prior to law school, Deborah served as a federal legislative liaison in the Office of Governor Gray Davis, handling natural resources and environmental protection issues. She also served as director of constituent affairs. She was a legislative and policy coordinator in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis. Deborah earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.
United States Geological Survey
California Strategic Growth Council
Randall Winston is Executive Director of the Strategic Growth Council, a California state agency integrating efforts to achieve the state’s globally leading sustainable community and climate goals.
Randall’s work focuses on transit-oriented development and land use conservation investments and policies that build social, environmental and economic equity.
Randall serves as an Advisory Board Member of the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, a Board Member of California YMCA Youth & Government, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects.
Randall received a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a BA from Harvard.
California Energy Commission
Chair Robert Weisenmiller was appointed as member and Chair to the California Energy Commission in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and re-appointed in January 2015. Chair Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies. Chair Weisenmiller has served as an expert witness in more than 100 state and federal regulatory commission proceedings and has authored numerous publications on electricity and natural gas markets. Chair Weisenmiller is the lead commissioner on the Energy Commission's budget and management, legislative and intergovernmental matters, international relations, military partnerships, energy research, development, demonstration and deployment, climate change, combined heat and power and electricity and natural gas markets.
Chief, Air and Climate Epidemiology Section,
Dr. Rupa Basu has extensive experience relating to the effects of temperature on health outcomes. Her research focuses primarily on using epidemiologic methods to estimate the effects of temperature and/or air pollutants on mortality, morbidity, and adverse birth outcomes, with a focus on identifying vulnerable subgroups and racial/ethnic disparities. Dr. Basu is currently the Chief of the Air and Climate Epidemiology Section at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining OEHHA, she worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency, after obtaining her PhD degree in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MPH degree from UCLA School of Public Health. She serves on several statewide and national climate change committees and has been an invited guest speaker on many occasions, recently by former Governor Schwarzenegger at USC. She was featured in the Emmy award-winning climate change documentary, Years of Living Dangerously, “Mercury Rising” episode with Matt Damon that appeared on Showtime in spring 2014. Dr. Basu’s work is widely cited, and she has served as a referee for many health journals, and has reviewed or edited several grant proposals and reports for federal and state governmental agencies.
Coastal Program Director,
The Nature Conservancy
Sarah Newkirk, Coastal Program Director at The Nature Conservancy in California, is trained as a marine scientist and a lawyer, and works at the intersection of science and policy to promote resilience to sea level rise and to abate land-based threats to marine and coastal ecosystems.
Sergio Medina Gonzalez
Jalisco´s Energy Agency
Doctor Sergio Medina has a PhD in Regional Studies specializing in Education, Population and Regional Development at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands; a Master degree in Public Policy at Georgetown, University of Washington DC, United States; and a Bachelor degree in Public Administration at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Currently, he is General Director of Jalisco´s Energy Agency. He has twenty years of experience in public policy design for urban and regional development projects, development of energy and environmental management projects, as well as consultation on conservation, environmental preservation and sustainable use of natural resources and territory.
He has published several books, being the last one: THINKING THE FUTURE: The Sustainable Human Development in Mexico, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, 2015.
University of California Berkeley
Sintana Vergara is a Postdoctoral Scientist studying the potential of compost to enhance soil carbon sequestration. She conducts field experiments -- measuring greenhouse gas emissions from the composting process, applying compost to grasslands across California to measure changes in soil carbon storage -- as well as modeling projects. Her interest in waste can be traced back to a course she took in college called “Garbage.” Since then, she has conducted research on the climate benefits of reuse and recycling of waste in California and in Colombia, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. Before joining the Silver Lab, she was an Environmental Specialist at the World Bank, where she worked on improving solid waste management in developing cities. She holds degrees in Environmental Engineering (BS, Cornell University; MS, UC Berkeley), and in Energy and Resources (MS, PhD, UC Berkeley).
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
Dr. Stephen Weisberg is Executive Director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority, a research consortium formed by 14 leading water quality agencies in California to ensure a solid scientific foundation for their management activities. Dr. Weisberg’s research emphasis is in developing molecular assessment tools to support environmental monitoring programs. Beyond his research activities, Dr. Weisberg focuses on linking the needs of the management community with science. He serves on numerous advisory committees, including the State of California’s Clean Beach Task Force, the California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team, the California Sea Grant Program Advisory Council, and the California Water Quality Monitoring Council. Dr. Weisberg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.
Manager of Special Projects,
Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power
Steve is the Manager of Special Projects in the Office of Sustainability and Economic Development at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Currently he manages LADWP’s La Kretz Innovation Campus that promotes innovation in cleantech, energy efficiency and water conservation policies and programs in the City of Los Angeles. Steve is also currently on the steering committee for the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC). Prior to joining LADWP, Steve worked as a Community Development Coordinator throughout the 95 Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles. He also was a full time college instructor at local Southern California community colleges.
Susana De Anda
Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder,
Community Water Center
Susana De Anda is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Community Water Center, a nonprofit environmental justice organization based in California’s San Joaquin Valley, whose mission is to act as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy. Susana is a seasoned community organizer and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including: White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity (2016); Mark Dubois Award from Friends of the River (2014); “150 Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek Magazine (2012); “Women on Top – Top Activist” by Marie Claire magazine (2012); AOL sponsored PBS three-part series titled, Makers: Women Who Have Shaped America (2012); and “Las Fabulosas” and “Inspiring Latinas” by Powerful Latinas (2011); and the 2009 Petra Foundation Fellowship award. In addition, Jill Iscol’s book, Hearts on Fire, features a chapter on Susana De Anda and CWC (2011).
Susana’s experience includes planning and organizing positions at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; the County of Merced Planning Department; the Santa Barbara County Water Agency; and the Santa Barbara non-profit Community Environmental Council. Susana earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara while completing a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography. Susana served for the past few years on the Community Funding Board of the Grassroots Fund through the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and now serves on the Tulare County Water Commission and the Board of Directors of the Tulare County United Way.
Senior Sustainability Analyst,
Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti
As a Senior Analyst in L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainability Team, Susana ensures that policies and initiatives align with the goals of the Sustainable City pLAn -- a roadmap to the city’s environmental, economic, and equitable future. Susana initiated the Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure and Fleet Working Groups charged with the transition of City light duty vehicles to electric fleet, expanding EV charging infrastructure, and community engagement. She serves as the liaison to departments on sustainable legislative and policy developments and to department sustainability officers on program implementation, metrics, and performance measures. In May 2015, she led the team which garnered a $1.6 million grant from the CA Air Resources Board for an electric vehicle car sharing pilot program in disadvantaged communities.
Hog Island Oyster Co.
Bowman Change, Inc.
Tom Bowman is Founder of the exhibition and marketing firm Bowman Design Group and Founder and CEO of Bowman Change, Inc., a consultancy that works on public engagement and sustainable business strategy. Tom’s company received a Cool California Small Business of the Year Award in 2009 and Tom was inducted into International Green Industry Hall of Fame in 2016. Author of The Green Edge, Tom is President-elect of Sustainable Business Long Beach. He twice convened experts who study public attitudes about climate change and wrote the influential reports, and has advised government agencies including NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation and the White House Council on Environmental Quality on public outreach.
University of California, Davis
Yufang Jin is an Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis. Her research focuses on improving the ecological and hydrological monitoring capabilities to provide data-driven information for sustainable agriculture and natural resources management. Dr. Jin has developed calibrated algorithms to use satellite remote sensing techniques for detecting wildfires, quantifying evapotranspiration and water balance at a landscape scale, and monitoring vegetation productivity and dynamics in various ecosystems. She has been PI and co-PI for large projects funded by NASA, USDA, and National Science Foundation. She recently led a large NASA interdisciplinary project to study the impacts of climate change on Southern California’s vegetation and wildfires. Her research activity has resulted in more than 35 high impact peer-review publications. She teaches courses in aerial image interpretation, remote sensing, and GIS. Jin worked as a research faculty at UC Irvine before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2014.