100 Days of the New Administration

Matt Gerhart, Dave Pine, Jessica Wentz
Posted on: 4/27/2017 - Updated on: 6/16/2023

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Lauren Lynch



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Join a panel discussion to explore what's been happening in adaptation over the past 100 days. We will discuss the implications of and actions during the first 100 days of the new federal administration, as well as activities in the San Francisco Bay area around the 2016 passage and development of Measure AA, which includes funding for climate change adaptation in that region.

Matt Gerhart

Matt Gerhart is Program Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy program of the 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. In this capacity, and previously as the program’s Deputy Manager, he has served as an advisor for the Delta Conservancy, Bay Area Open Space Council, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, and San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan. Previously at the Conservancy, Mr. Gerhart was a project manager for the Conservancy in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, where he worked on a wide variety of coastal access, forest and parkland conservation efforts. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the Big River Program Manager at the Mendocino Land Trust, and previous to that as a private conservation planning consultant. He holds a Masters in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from Yale University.

Jessica Grannis

Jessica Grannis is the Adaptation Program Manager for the Georgetown Climate Center and is a staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, at Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Grannis oversees staff and student research and analysis of federal, state and local adaptation efforts. Her recent publications include an Adaptation Tool Kit for Sea Level Rise (2012) and a book chapter on Coastal Retreat in the Law of Climate Change: U.S. and International Aspects (2012, with Peter Byrne). Prior to joining the Harrison Institute, she was staff counsel for the California State Coastal Conservancy and the Ocean Protection Council. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago; a J.D., Cum Laude, from University of California Hastings College of the Law; and a LL.M, with honors, from Georgetown Law. Lara J. Hansen, Ph.D. Lara thinks climate change is everybody's problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly inclined folks in 2008. She is co-author and editor of one of the earliest texts on the issue of natural system adaptation to climate change, Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems, as well as co-author of one of the newest books on adaptation, Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. The team that created these books created an engaged stakeholder process (first known as Climate Camp; now known as Awareness to Action Workshops) to help resource managers create adaptation strategies applicable to their work.

Dave Pine

Dave Pine was first elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in a special election in May 2011, and served as Board President in 2014. He represents District 1 which includes Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, and portions of San Bruno and South San Francisco; the unincorporated communities of San Mateo Highlands, Baywood Park and Burlingame Hills; and the San Francisco Airport. As chair of the SF Bay Restoration Authority, a member of the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and chair of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, Pine works extensively on the intersecting issues of flood control, sea level rise and tidal land restoration. He also serves as the chair of the Peninsula Clean Energy Authority which provides San Mateo County residents and business with cleaner energy at competitive rates. In addition, Pine serves on the governing boards of numerous other county and regional organizations including: the Caltrain Joint Powers Authority, the San Mateo County Transit District, and the Bay Area Regional Collaborative.

Jessica Wentz

Jessica Wentz is a staff attorney at Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Her work at the Sabin Center spans a variety of topics related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable development, and environmental justice. Much of her research focuses on how existing U.S. laws — such as the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act — can be used to address the causes and impacts of climate change. She has also written on the nexus between climate change and human rights law. In addition to her scholarship, Jessica maintains online resources such as the Climate Deregulation Tracker and the State Attorneys General Environmental Action Database. Jessica previously worked as a Visiting Associate Professor and Environmental Program Fellow at the George Washington University Law School. She is a 2012 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was awarded the Alfred S. Forsyth Prize for “dedication to the advancement of environmental law.” She also has a B.A. in international development from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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