WRA, Inc. Welcomes Lisa Hulette, Resiliency Policy and Funding Director

WRA, Inc. is pleased to welcome Lisa Hulette as Resiliency Policy and Funding Director. Ms. Hulette has led teams and coalitions that have successfully secured over $220 million in grant funds for natural hazard mitigation and resource conservation projects in California. She brings new grant writing and funding support services to WRA’s resilience planning, design, and landscape restoration services portfolio. Her strategic approach to grant funding ensures that all available financing strategies are leveraged to advance projects that help communities and ecosystems prepare for, withstand, and more efficiently recover from extreme events and disasters. 

“WRA and our clients are really fortunate to welcome Lisa to our team,” said Geoff Smick, Chief Executive Officer. “Her unique skills in conservation and resiliency funding are needed more than ever due to the increased impacts of climate change to our communities. Securing funding for resiliency projects is an important service we are now able to offer to our clients. In addition, her expert facilitation skills along with an unparalleled ability to secure grant funding make her a tremendous asset to the company.”

Ms. Hulette brings more than 20 years of leadership in both the non‐profit and public sectors with proven experience accessing multiple funding streams for multi‐benefit outcomes and fostering collaboration between diverse stakeholders. Prior to joining WRA, Lisa was the Grants Manager at the County of Sonoma who led the team that secured a $37 million FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant recently announced by President Joseph Biden. The approval of this project, which is the first of its kind in the country, validates the hard work and innovation in fire risk reduction that’s been underway in Sonoma County for the last four years. 

Prior to serving at the County, Ms. Hulettte was a senior project director for The Nature Conservancy for more than six years. During that time, she launched the California Salmon Initiative and was a founding member of the California Salmon and Steelhead Initiative.

“I’m so happy to have the chance to work with Lisa again and build on our productive experience as colleagues in the Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resilience,” said Virginia Mahacek, Principal. “Her long-term engagement on salmonid recovery and her success in supporting effective strategies for watersheds and communities is perfectly aligned with my vision of bringing scientists, engineers, architects and ecologists together in a unified resiliency services team.”

Ms. Hulette earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on water quality and environmental policy from Sonoma State University. She is a Certified Project Manager and has won numerous federal and state accolades for her work in environmental restoration, including an Excellence in Environmental Achievement from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, Ms. Hulettte  has co-authored numerous publications, including the “Sonoma County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan” (County of Sonoma, 2021), “High Time for Conservation: Adding the Environment to the Debate on Marijuana Liberalization” (The Nature Conservancy, 2015), and “A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California”(The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, American Rivers, the Scott River Water Trust, and Allford Environmental, 2016). 

“The uncertainty of the impacts of climate change affects all of us and will be felt for generations,” said Ms. Hulette. “I am excited to bring my knowledge of conservation practices, natural hazard risk reduction, and private and public fundraising to support the efforts of local governments, non-governmental organizations, and private industry to mobilize grant funding and finance tools to support climate resilient communities.”

WRA is thrilled to have Ms. Hulette’s leadership and expertise to provide our clients and project partners with the expertise to explore funding opportunities to support resilience and restoration efforts. For more information, please contact Ms. Hulette via the WRA website or LinkedIn.