In June 2016, San Francisco Bay Area voters passed Measure AA: a ballot measure to create a wetland restoration fund of $500 million through a new parcel tax. This panel provides lessons learned from the efforts to pass Measure AA, as well as plans for successfully implementing the restoration program over the next 20 years. This dynamic panel will feature discussion among participants who worked together to conceive and secure passage of Measure AA and are now working to distribute the funds throughout the Bay Area for projects that achieve the goals of Measure AA: clean water, vital wetland habitats for fish and wildlife, nature-based flood management, and public access to bayland habitats.
Amy Hutzel is a Deputy Executive Officer at the Coastal Conservancy, which works to protect open space, increase public access and recreation, and restore wildlife habitats along the Coast and in the Bay Area. She worked in the San Francisco Bay Area Program of the State Coastal Conservancy for 15 ... Read More
As Executive Director of Save The Bay since 1998, David Lewis has been San Francisco Bay’s top advocate for more than 15 years. Under his leadership, Save The Bay has developed strong relationships with public officials, business leaders, and key stakeholders to improve the overall health of San Francisco ... Read More
Adrian Covert is a Policy Director for the Bay Area Council, providing research and advocacy leadership for the Council’s committees on Water, Commuter Shuttles and 21st Century Communications Infrastructure. Prior to joining the Council, Adrian served on the research and communications team for Repair California: Californians for a State ... Read More
Mike Mielke is the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Sr. Vice President, Environment & Energy. In this capacity, he works to advance state and federal policy specifically related to climate change mitigation and adaptation; corporate environmental sustainability; water quality, supply and governance; and hazardous and solid waste. Mike’s life’s work involves promoting stronger and more sustainable businesses and communities. He has held jobs in the non-profit, government, and ... Read More
Letitia Grenier co-directs SFEI's Resilient Landscapes Program. She is a principal investigator for the Delta Landscapes project, which has completed in-depth analyses on the change in the Delta over time and is now offering science-based guidance on how ecosystem health can be recovered as part of this working landscape ... Read More