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Senior Environmental Planner

San Francisco Estuary Partnership/Association of Bay Area Governments
  • Developed a new regional, strategic, coordinated program to improve San Francisco Estuary watershed health and resiliency with respect to climate change. Produced and am implementing a strategic plan and two-year work plan for the Watershed Program.
  • Collaboratively developed a work plan for a regional sea level rise adaptation strategy with staff from four Bay Area regional agencies
  • Manage 10-15 multi-partner collaborative projects related to watershed management, flood protection and climate change
  • Actively seek and apply for grants and other partnership opportunities to advance objectives
  • Build and maintain relationships with federal, state, local and private partners


Chief Deputy Director

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • Planned, organized and directed the work of a multi-disciplinary staff of 45
  • Directly supervised the Commission’s regulatory unit, consisting of permits and enforcement
  • Advised the Executive Director on matters of procedures, laws, policies and program development
  • Represented the Executive Director in his absence and the Commission as directed at Legislative hearings before local governments, other state agencies, federal agencies and before citizens’ groups
  • Approved internal and external sensitive and/or critical written communications (e.g., policies, contract documents, budgetary documents, executive level communications)
  • Responsible for meeting federal Coastal Zone Management Act requirements, including overseeing performance reporting obligations and coordinating program evaluations
  • Negotiated and managed contracts
  • Designed and facilitated staff retreats and strategic planning workshops
  • Developed and managed comprehensive strategy to modernize, expand on and improve information management and retrieval
  • Lead on multi-agency comprehensive background report and recommendations for management of the subtidal habitats of San Francisco Bay
  • Engaged in regional efforts to plan for effects of climate change and sea level rise

Senior Planner

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • Supervised planners, interns and volunteers
  • Project manager for major planning studies and specialized research and policy development projects
  • Wrote comprehensive reports and made oral presentations to the Commission, other agencies, non-governmental organizations and the public
  • Identified, wrote and managed grants for special projects; developed and managed work plans, budgets and performance criteria
  • Coordinated with multiple stakeholders on controversial policy development projects
  • Developed regulatory policies for natural resources management and sustainable development
  • Created and managed a geographic information system (GIS) program for planning and regulation

Coastal Program Analyst

California Coastal Commission
  • Analyzed issues and prepared recommendations for the Commission on proposed offshore and onshore energy projects
  • Reviewed and commented on draft oil spill-related regulations and oil spill contingency plans
  • Coastal Commission representative on statewide Harbor Safety Committees
  • Responded to oil spills for permit facilitation and response planning assistance
  • Designed pilot wetland permit tracking system


Masters of Marine Affairs

University of Washington

Reports and Publications

Travel Writing

Current Projects


I am an effective coastal policy expert with extensive experience in executive management, policy and program development, strategic planning, permitting and enforcement, and project management. I have demonstrated proficiency developing policies and programs in response to emerging issues such as climate change, ecosystem-based management, and information management. I am a skilled communicator, motivator, and facilitator.

Related Experience

Board Member, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture    2005-present

Board Member, Friends of the San Francisco Estuary  2007-2010

Management Board Member, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve    2006-2010

Planning Committee Member, State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference    2005, 2007, 2009

Co-Founder and Membership Chair, Coastal Society Cascadia Regional Chapter        2003-2005

Volunteer – Strategic Planning and Fundraising, Nosara Wildlife Rescue, Costa Rica    2010-2011