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Michelle Passero

Climate Change Program Director

Sacramento, CA

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Michelle Passero Director of TNC’s Climate Change Program in California © TNC

Area of Expertise

Climate mitigation & adaptation, GHG accounting, land use & climate change, natural resource law

Media Contact

Juvenio Guerra
ph. 310-755-0590


Michelle Passero is the Director of TNC’s Climate Change Program in California. She has over 20 years of experience working in land conservation, environmental law and policy with particular expertise in natural resources and climate change. Currently, Ms. Passero is leading the Conservancy’s climate policy efforts to establish a comprehensive role for natural and working lands in support of California’s climate goals.   

She has co-authored multiple publications supporting the role of nature-based climate strategies to address climate change. Recent publications include: Nature-based Climate Solutions: A Roadmap to Accelerate Climate Action in California and Resilient Merced: A County Guide to Advance Climate Mitigation and Complementary Benefits through Land Management and Conservation.

Michelle serves as an expert advisor to multiple initiatives, including the California Department of Insurance Climate Insurance Working Group, the California Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program and The Bay Area Council California Resilience Challenge. She holds an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. 

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