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.

Big News: Prop 68 Passed!

As a result, we will now have $142 million directed to our region to reduce fire risk, improve forest and watershed health, provide habitat and recreational opportunities, and ensure clean and abundant water for those of us who live here and for the natural and human communities downstream that rely on Sierra water for their well-being.

We have much to be grateful for in the Sierra and across the state, thanks to last night’s passage of Proposition 68, the $4 billion bond measure placed on yesterday’s ballot by the state Legislature to safeguard our water, parks, and natural resources. Voters across the state reinforced the importance of protecting our future and working together for a more inclusive, equitable, and forward-looking conservation movement when they pulled the metaphorical lever in favor of Prop. 68. 

Prop68 FutureProp. 68 was one of five ballot measures Californians voted on yesterday, and it passed with 56% of the statewide vote. Three Sierra counties voted for Prop 68 as well, with Mono County supporting it 60% to 40%, Alpine at 64% to 36%, and Nevada County 50.4% to 49.6%, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

As a member of a new coalition, called the Clean Water, Natural Resources and Parks (CWNRP) Committee, SBC is proud and encouraged about today’s landmark win and the foundation it lays for our work ahead. The CWNRP coalition has more than 100 members organized into regional task forces, all of whom worked closely with their local communities to let people know about this measure. Together the coalition gathered more than 500 endorsements, connected with more than 100,000 voters through phone and text banking, and even “trended” on Twitter with more than 25 million impressions.

SBC has been actively supporting Prop. 68 since it began life as Senate Bill 5 (which merged with Assembly Bill 18) in the Legislature last year, where it passed with bipartisan support and was placed on the June ballot for a vote of the people. Why did SBC devote its limited non-profit advocacy resources to this measure? We did it because Prop 68 directs three times more funding for projects in the Sierra-Cascade region than the last water bond, it recognizes and invests in protection of the many important benefits the region delivers to the rest of the state, and it provided a vehicle – bridging urban and rural, north and south, mountains and coast – to work together and have a voice in our future

Our heartfelt thanks to our legislative leaders Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (author of Assembly Bill 18), Senator Kevin deLeon (author of SB 5), and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, the honorary co-chairs of the overall Yes on 68 campaign, for recognizing the importance of and ensuring participation from often under-represented parts of the state in the development of Prop. 68’s content. Similarly, we would never have been successful without the support and leadership of key partners who formed and guided the CWNRP coalition, including Trust for Public Land, Sempervirens Fund, Placer Land Trust, the L.A. Neighborhood Land Trust, East Bay Regional Park District, and so many others. The coalition was also supported by professional advocates in Sacramento, including principals Reed Addis at Environmental & Energy Consulting (EEC) and Doug Houston at Houston Magnani and Associates and their amazing staff, to whom we owe a huge debt for their unflagging efforts with the coalition and Sacramento decision-makers.

In addition to the statewide support, we are especially gratified by the “all-in” engagement from the Sierra. Our thanks to the Sierra cities and counties who saw the benefit of Prop. 68 and endorsed the measure, including the towns of Bishop, Truckee, and Mammoth Lakes, and the counties of Plumas, Inyo, and Mono. And special thanks to the local organizations, jurisdictions, and businesses such as Placer Land Trust, Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA), Tahoe Mountain Sports, and others, who hosted events, communicated with their members and stakeholders, secured endorsements, made individual donations, solicited contributions from others, and otherwise pitched in to build support for #Yeson68 in the Sierra region. Most of these groups – and others like them around the state – typically would not be included in development of bill content or passage of a statewide bond measure.

This is what has made the CWNRP and #Yeson68 efforts different: diverse interests and stakeholders working together from the beginning to create the best possible policy results and organizing efforts, which ultimately led to Prop. 68 and its passage. As a result, the Sierra and other often-overlooked regions have a pipeline of funding to improve and protect important resources that benefit the whole state. And, equally importantly, we have a coalition, with new and diverse leadership from across the state, to continue addressing the long-term challenges facing all California communities.