Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy

As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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. 

Personal Highlights

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.

Stand with the Region You Love: Getting to Know Proposition 68

You’ve probably noticed a recent uptick in SBC outreach around Proposition 68 – the Clean Water and Safe Parks bond measure on the June statewide ballot – and if so, great! SBC is part of a growing number of organizations and individuals who support this measure because of the critical investment it makes in California’s water, parks, and natural resources. Unlike many previous bond measures, this one allocates substantial funding – $142 million – specifically to the Sierra-Cascade region. That means our communities will see direct benefit from state funding to make local water systems more effective, protect our communities from severe wildfire, keep toxic pollutants out of our water, and protect land and recreational opportunities around the rivers, lakes, and streams where more than 60% of the state’s water comes from.

Prop68Today is World Water Day, so it seems only fitting to take a moment to get to know the background of Prop. 68 and the efforts to bring clean water, conservation resources, and other benefits to the Sierra-Cascade and the rest of the state. Prop. 68 began as a legislative idea in Senate Bill 5, The California Clean Water & Safe Parks Act, sponsored by then-Senate leader Kevin de Leon, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and new Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins. SB 5 passed last year with bipartisan support and was signed by Governor Brown, placing it on the June 5th 2018 ballot for California voters. And now Prop. 68 is supported by a wide range of organizations working together to ensure clean drinking water, safe parks, and resilient natural resources now and for future generations.

In a wonderful bit of serendipity, the theme for this year’s World Water Day is Nature for Water. The theme symbolizes protecting, restoring, and using natural systems – eg. healthy forests, functioning wetlands, water recycling, and more – as a means of improving water quality and reliability. Such solutions, all of which can be funded through Prop. 68 when passed, work hand-in-hand with the current built infrastructure to better address the increasingly intense and frequent wildfires, droughts, and floods that hurt our residents, our environment and our economic well-being.

SBC is pleased to be working with so many Sierra-Cascade partners in support of this measure. We have a duty to do what we can to pass Prop. 68 and secure much-needed support for and investment in projects that will improve our region and protect the benefits we provide to the rest of California. To help with this undertaking, SBC has created a Sierra Task Force that is coordinating with the statewide ballot campaign to gain endorsements, campaign support, and to help spread the message about Prop. 68’s many benefits to our region. We hope you will join us in promoting this measure within your own network and voting Yes on 68 at the polls on June 5th or by mail.

Please contact Chris Mertens, SBC’s Government Affairs Director, at 530-582-4800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on how to promote, endorse, or donate to this historic opportunity. Stand with the region you love – see you at the polls!