Resiliency Policy and Funding Director
Lisa brings more than 20 years of leadership in the non‐profit and public sectors with proven experience at leveraging multi‐pronged, well‐funded efforts designed to broaden support and create collaboration among diverse stakeholders. She is an expert fundraiser and has led teams that secured over $220M in public and private funds for hazard mitigation and conservation projects throughout California and for multi‐state projects (i.e., The Nature Conservancy’s Pacific Coast Salmon Initiative).
Prior to joining WRA, Lisa was the Lead Program Manager and Designer for the $37 million FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant that was awarded to Sonoma County by United States President Joseph Biden on June 30, 2021. This is the largest wildfire project the federal government has funded to date and provides the foundation for FEMA’s wildfire mitigation program. Since the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fire, she has been the lead in securing $64 million from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to reduce risk from natural disaster in Sonoma County. In addition to hazard mitigation project design and facilitation, she has advanced several successful legislative actions to successfully streamline permitting for watershed restoration projects at the state level and implemented a successful advocacy plan to increase Pacific Coast Salmon Restoration Funding to California projects.
Lisa is an adept coalition builder, and facilitator, bringing together well‐funded lasting partnerships between government agencies, NGO’s, agricultural interests, and other private landowners. She has long‐standing relationships at the highest levels in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Office of Emergency Services and California Natural Resources Agencies. She also brings decades of practical experience in watershed planning and implementation.
Experience Prior to WRA:
Wildfire Adapted Sonoma County, County of Sonoma – Permit Sonoma, Santa Rosa, California
Sonoma County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan – Permit Sonoma, Santa Rosa, California
Sonoma County Hazardous Fuels Management, County of Sonoma-Permit Sonoma, Santa Rosa, California
Ten-Mile River Restoration and Enhancement Program, The Nature Conservancy, Fort Bragg, California
Salmon Creek Habitat Rehabilitation Project, Gold Ridge RCD, Sebastopol, California
Garcia River Estuary Restoration Enhancement Plan, The Nature Conservancy, Pt. Arena, California
California Salmon and Steelhead Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, California
National Fish and Wildlife Keystone Initiative – Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership, Gold Ridge RCD, Sebastopol, California
State of Salmon in California/Salmon Snapshots – The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, California
Master’s in Public Administration, University of California, Berkeley
Master’s in Business Administration, Sonoma State University
B.S., Environmental Science – Concentration in Water Quality Control and Environmental Policy, Sonoma State University
Certification in Project Management, University of California, Berkeley