Government Affairs Director
As Government Affairs Director, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.
Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building. Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager. Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco. Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension. Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada.
Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.
What Happens in the Sierra Doesn't Stay in the Sierra: Why Advocacy Matters
I'd like to get something off of my chest: The Sierra Nevada does not receive its fair share of state funding. There, I've said it.
The region has historically been under-represented in state decisions about funding, especially for natural resource protection and management. This was, in part, the impetus for creating the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) in 2004 – to provide a state-sanctioned “pocket” for conservation funding. But even with a state Conservancy for the Sierra, we still come up short.More