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.

SBC's 2019 Legislative Outlook for the Sierra

The new 2019-2020 legislative session is officially underway. This means SBC’s Government Affairs team, under Chris Mertens’ astute leadership, is busy reviewing bill introductions, gathering information from partners and legislative staff, and identifying priority legislation for engagement by SBC and our coalition groups and colleagues.

This year, we are focusing on the following policy areas through our work with the SBC-led Sierra Consortium, Tahoe Truckee Mountain Housing Council, SBC’s Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership, California Tahoe Conservancy, Pioneer Community Energy, and other regional partners:

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  • Forest health and wildfire including biomass utilization, development of innovative wood product markets, identifying and mitigating wildfire impacts on vulnerable populations, and promoting workforce development and environmental justice;
  • Clean energy including promoting utilization of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency programs, exploring mechanisms, such as community choice aggregation, regional energy networks, etc., to ensure that rural residents and businesses have access to financing and other programs they need, including for electrifying heating and transportation needs;

  • Climate resilience and conservation including supporting development of a climate resilience and/or water bond for the 2020 ballot with significant funding dedicated to the Sierra Nevada region, tracking and potentially supporting a charge on water users to fund programs that improve water quality and supply, engaging on implementation of programs under last year’s parks and water bond (Prop. 68) and regional climate collaborative bill (SB 1072) to achieve the maximum forest/watershed health, climate adaptation, and community sustainability benefits possible for our region, and advocating for California Climate Investments (CCI) funding for Sierra communities and natural resources.

  • Affordable housing including supporting policies that promote development and utilization of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), extending and expanding the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, incentivizing mobile home parks to be sold to residents or community nonprofits, and supporting access to funding and affordable housing programs for tribal and farm worker communities.

  • Building relationships with the new Administration and key state agency leaders including in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Housing and Community Development, Wildlife Conservation Board, and Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Although we are still in the process of identifying priorities, one bill has already floated to the top due to its potential impact on the Sierra Nevada region: SB 45, the California Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act introduced by Senator Allen (D-Santa Monica). If passed, SB 45 would place a bond on the 2020 statewide ballot aimed at helping the state prepare for the impacts of climate change, including reducing wildfire risk, restoring fire damaged areas, creating healthy forests and watersheds, reducing climate impacts on vulnerable populations, and protecting water supply and water quality.

SBC will be tracking this and many more bills, and we will reach out to you again when there are specific actions you can take to help secure beneficial policies and funding opportunities for our Sierra communities. Stay tuned!