Director of the Land Networks Program for The Nature Conservancy’s California Program
Los Angeles, CA
Laura is the Director of the Land Networks Program for The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter. She leads a team of conservation practitioners who design and execute innovative strategies to protect a resilient network of conservation areas across California. As climate change and population growth drive land use change—both for people and nature— the Land Networks Program team works to bolster California’s protected areas, restore connectivity in important wildlife linkages, and find nature-based solutions for communities facing impacts from increasingly intense natural hazards. Prior to taking this position, Laura was the Director of the Conservancy’s California Renewable Energy Initiative. In this role, she provided scientific analyses and collaborated with government, industry and other environmental groups to develop solutions for preserving and protecting unique biodiversity and ecosystem function while facilitating development of clean energy.
Before joining the Conservancy, Laura was an environmental and resource management consultant, developing soil, river and groundwater restoration plans for contaminated Superfund sites. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.