2018
Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
October 02, 2018

SB 901: Wildfire in the Legislative Spotlight

Wildfire, a threat that many residents of California grapple with on a now-daily basis, became the highest priority for the California State Legislature this year.

Legislation approved during the last week of the legislative session and recently signed by the Governor will help residents, timberland owners, and land managers reduce wildfire risk and improve the health of forests.

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Brittany Benesi
Brittany Benesi
Government and Community Affairs Director
September 11, 2018

News Release: McClintock Campaign Misrepresents Withdrawal from Planned CD-4 Debate with Challenger Jessica Morse

Truckee, CA – Sierra Business Council (SBC) is disappointed to announce that the debate scheduled between CA D-4 Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse has been cancelled due to the McClintock campaign’s decision to “cease all discussions around the event”.

We regret that Congressman McClintock’s campaign has misrepresented these events to the public via social media.

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Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
September 04, 2018

A Culmination of Action: The California Legislative Session Wrap Up 

Late Friday night, California lawmakers passed a number of bills of regional interest, wrapping up a two-year Legislative Session that will be remembered for contentious debates on catastrophic wildfire preparedness and response, renewable energy targets, and climate change policies.

Nearly all of these policies will have significant impacts for Sierra Nevada natural resources and communities.

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
August 24, 2018

The Language of Justice: Social Equity in the Sierra

Part of the standard SBC job description includes bringing new ideas about driving beneficial change in the Sierra. This past month a few colleagues and I had the opportunity to facilitate discussions at staff meetings about social equity, an increasingly common term used to describe the vision of socially driven work. 

It was such a riveting, open, deep conversation the first time around that we extended our normal staff meeting from one hour to three hours. Staff shared stories, questions, realizations, assumptions, and more with each other.

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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.

August 01, 2018

Here's How Californians Can Help Reduce Wildfire Risk and Improve Watershed Health 

The Public Policy Institute of California came out last week (July 25, 2018) with poll results showing that Californians are more concerned about the environment today than they have been at any time in the past 12 years.

That’s hardly a surprise, given the excessive heat, out-of-control wildfires, and other issues facing California’s human and natural communities right now. 

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