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.
23rd Annual California Water Policy Conference
"And it never failed that during the dry years, the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way." -- John Steinbeck, East of Eden
200+ academics, water districts, students, industry representatives, farmers and ranchers, community groups, conservation organizations and others are gathered at the Claremont McKenna campus today to discuss water policy issues in this time of significant statewide drought.
Keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Mount set the stage by urging participants to: 1) track water use and supply - we can't manage what we don't measure; 2) plan, prepare and prioritize - integrate the environment into the discussion and prepare in advance for future flood/drought episodes, just like we do for other disasters/emergencies; 3) manage groundwater, rather than reservoir storage, for drought contingency; and 4) employ tiered pricing for water - to better incentivize conservation.
Quick lessons so far: We are one state, and we all need to work together to address the state's needs. "All-of-the-above" solutions are the watchword versus "either/or." Management strategies need to be based on science and technology rather than "hope" (that it will rain next year). And we need to plan ahead for various drought/flood contingencies rather than waiting until we are in the midst of a crisis to make hard choices on the fly.
Stay tuned, more to come this afternoon!