The Executive Director (Exempt) manages all of the Commission’s affairs, directs the staff in the implementation of the Commission’s laws, regulations and policies, and serves as the Commission’s confidential assistant.
Larry Goldzband (415-352-3653 firstname.lastname@example.org) joined BCDC as Executive Director in August 2012. Prior his appointment, Larry worked for members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, was Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for former Governor Pete Wilson, and was Director of the California Department of Conservation. In the private sector, he managed Pacific Gas and Electric Company's charitable contributions program for over ten years and was Executive Director of the PG&E Corporation Foundation until July 2010. In the nonprofit sector, Larry was Policy Director for Efficiency First California prior to starting at BCDC. In addition, Larry twice served as a BCDC Commissioner for a total of almost ten years. Larry received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
The Chief Deputy Director (Career Executive Assignment 2) manages day-to-day staff operations and liaison to other governmental agencies, oversees the Commission’s climate change and sea level rise adaptation programs and serves as the Acting Executive Director in the Executive Director’s absence.
Steven Goldbeck (415-352-3611 email@example.com) has been Chief Deputy Director (Career Executive Assignment) since August 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Public Policy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has been with BCDC's staff since 1985 where he has specialized in policy and management of technical planning issues, including climate change, water quality and sediment management. Mr. Goldbeck also oversees the Commission’s climate change and sea level rise response program and serves as the staff legislative coordinator. He was the Commission’s lead staff member on dredging and sediment management issues for over 15 years. He was a principal architect of the interagency Long Term Management Strategy for dredging (LTMS) program and Management Plan, including the creation of the award-winning Dredged Material Management Office (DMMO), and served as the Commission’s project manager for the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project. He was Co-chairman of the San Francisco Estuary Project’s Dredging and Waterway Modification Committee and co-authored the section of the Estuary Project’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan on dredging and waterway modification, and prepared the 2007 update. He has overseen diverse technical studies, and presented at numerous national and international conferences.
The Executive Secretary (Executive Secretary II) provides secretarial support for the Commission’s executive unit and manages all of the office’s secretarial work.
Graciela Gomez (415-352-3608 firstname.lastname@example.org) was appointed Executive Secretary in 1995. She is a graduate of the Adelante, Inc. Clerical Program. She joined BCDC’s staff as a Seasonal Clerk in 1983 to serve as the Commission’s receptionist. She was subsequently promoted to an Office Assistant, then to a Word Processing Technician, and then to an Office Technician. From 1989 through 1995, she served as BCDC’s Planning Secretary. She is fluent in Spanish.
The Regulatory Director (Career Executive Assignment 1) supervises the day-to-day operations of five teams, including: Federal Consistency and Permits; Bay Resources and Permits; Enforcement; Sediment Management; and Technical Services.
Brad McCrea (415-352-3615 email@example.com) became BCDC’s Regulatory Director in 2010. Mr. McCrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of City Planning and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined BCDC’s staff in 1998 and served as the Commission’s Bay Development Design Analyst for 12 years. Prior to that, Mr. McCrea worked for several urban design firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been an instructor and lecturer in landscape architecture at UC Berkeley, and has been a guest design critic at the College of Environmental Design.
The Permits Secretary (Office Technician, Typing) provides secretarial support for the permits unit, and assists other units of the office as needed.
Reyna Amezcua (415-352-3621 firstname.lastname@example.org) graduated in Computer Operations from Mission Language and Vocational School. She also studied printing technology at San Francisco City College. She worked for seven years as a typesetter for “Tiempo Latino,” the Spanish newspaper which serves the Bay Area’s Latino community. In 1990 she was hired as an Office Assistant II to serve as the BCDC’s Permit Secretary. She was promoted to Office Technician in 1991. In addition to her other responsibilities, she serves as BCDC’s notary public.
Federal Consistency and Permits
The Chief of Federal Consistency and Permits (Coastal Program Manager) supervises the day-to-day operations of the division’s staff.
Erik Buehmann (415-352-3645 email@example.com) holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Ball State University. Since joining BCDC’s staff in 2012, Erik has served as a Permit Analyst and a Principal Permit Analyst, and became Chief of Federal Consistency and Permits in 2018. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff, he worked for the Enforcement Program at the California Coastal Commission and as a Legal Research Attorney for the Department of the Presiding Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court.
The Principal Permit Analyst (Coastal Program Analyst III) handles the most difficult permits and consistency reviews provides guidance to more junior staff, and serves as the Acting Chief of Federal Consistency and Permits in the Chief’s absence.
Position is currently vacant.
The Permit Analysts (Coastal Program Analyst I/II) within the Federal Consistency Permits Division evaluate proposed projects for conformity with the Commission's policies and regulations and the Commission’s certified Coastal Zone Management Program, prepare staff reports, make recommendations for Commission action, and review local, state and federal plans and environmental reports for projects affecting the Bay.
Hanna Miller (415-352-3616 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, with an emphasis on ecology and conservation biology. She held the position of Waster Audit Coordinator with the UC Berkeley Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, and led a grant funded project to develop a novel Waste Audit Protocol. She has interned and conducted research in a variety of lab settings at UC Berkeley, The Scripps Research Institute, and the University of Washington. She has been involved in community outreach and education related to marine life and conservation through volunteer work with the Seymour Discovery Center at UCSC’s Long Marine Lab, Save Our Shores, and various other organizations.
Sam Stewart (415-352-3612 email@example.com) has approximately a decade of experience in the environmental sector. His last role was at Natural England, the Statutory Nature Conservation Agency in England, where he led on a variety of projects, including the designation of Marine Protected Areas, and the statutory advice for a number of high profile port and offshore wind farm developments, among others. In the past he has worked for the UK’s Department of Environment (Defra), at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and as a Research Ecologist in the Adriatic Sea. He is a Chartered Scientist (Science Council) and Chartered Marine Scientist (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology). Sam obtained his undergraduate degree in Ecology from the University of Durham and MS in Conservation from University College London.
Bay Resources and Permits
The Chief of Bay Resources and Permits (Coastal Program Manager) supervises the day-to-day operations of the division’s staff.
Ethan Lavine (415-352-3618 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin and Marshall College. Ethan joined BCDC’s staff as a Principal Permit Analyst in 2015, and became the Chief of Bay Resources and Permits in 2018. Since 2016, Ethan has represented BCDC on the Steering Committee and Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff, he worked as a Coastal Planner for the California Coastal Commission’s North Central Coast District office, focusing on permitting and long-range planning for the open coast in Sonoma County, Marin County, and the City and County of San Francisco.
The Principal Permit Analyst (Coastal Program Analyst III) handles the most difficult permits, provides guidance to more junior staff, and serves as the Acting Chief of Bay Resources and Permits in the Chief’s absence.
Rebecca Coates-Maldoon (415-352-3634 email@example.com) holds a Master of Science in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on water resources and environmental policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies/Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Rebecca was previously a Coastal Planner with BCDC, focusing on sea level rise adaptation and climate change resilience. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff, she was the Policy Director and Water Campaign Manager with the Planning and Conservation League, working on statewide policy and legislation around issues including coastal protection, stormwater capture, Bay-Delta planning efforts, groundwater management, drinking water, and the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Permit Analysts (Coastal Program Analyst I/II) within the Bay Resources and Permits Division evaluate proposed projects for conformity with the Commission's policies and regulations, prepare staff reports, make recommendations for Commission action, and review local, state and federal plans and environmental reports for projects affecting the Bay.
Walt Deppe (415-352-3622 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, where he focused on environmental fluid mechanics, and before that earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia with a minor in Environmental Sciences. His master’s thesis work developed a prediction method for dense water intrusions into Puget Sound from the ocean now in use by the Washington Department of Ecology and examined the seasonal modulation of dissolved oxygen at Admiralty Inlet. This research has been published in the journal, Estuaries and Coasts. Prior to joining BCDC, he was a research associate for the physical oceanography group of the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) program at the University of Hawaii and participated in twenty-seven research cruises, serving as chief scientist on four of them.
Morgan Chow (415-352-3654 email@example.com) holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC Davis and a Master of Science in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University (OSU). Her Master’s research assessed disaster management policies in the Philippines and impacts on the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities. While at OSU, Morgan worked as the Gender Specialist and Outreach Manager for the AquaFish Innovation Lab, an international aquaculture and fisheries research program. Prior to joining BCDC, Morgan completed a NOAA Fellowship with The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Global Oceans Team, where she helped grow TNC’s Coastal Resilience Program. Morgan’s first hands-on experience with coastal management began when she joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as a Coastal Resource Management Extension Officer in the Philippines.
The Chief of Enforcement (Coastal Program Analyst III) supervises the day-to-day operations of the enforcement staff.
Adrienne Klein (415-352-3609 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in watershed restoration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 1996 to 2000 she was an Enforcement Analyst at BCDC. Before joining the Commission’s staff, she spent four and a half years as an Enforcement Analyst at the California Coastal Commission where she acted as the enforcement program restoration specialist and co-authored policy guidelines on enforcement and beach erosion and response for use by local governments.
The Enforcement Analysts (Coastal Program Analyst I/II) investigate alleged unauthorized activities, prepare legal and factual research, negotiate resolutions of enforcement problems, review applications for permits resulting from enforcement actions and prepare reports and recommendations on these matters.
Matthew Trujillo (415-352-3633 email@example.com) earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Studies, with a concentration in Global Political Economy, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where his research included an assessment study of a statewide economic and community restructuring program for the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. He earned his Master of Environmental Science and Management degree, with a specialization in Corporation Environmental Management, an emphasis in Eco-Entrepreneurship and a certificate in Management Practice from the Bren School of ES & M and the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. There, his research focused on a feasibility study of the potential green business opportunities in linking crowd-funding with energy efficiency building projects targeted at municipal and state governments, universities and colleges, K-12 schools and hospitals. After graduating from Bren, he stayed on as a research assistant gathering curating data on greenhouse gas emissions that result from the recycling and reclamation of bulky and hazardous household items as part of a life-cycle assessment study for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Prior to joining BCDC, he spent nearly four years working for a private environmental services firm in the Bay Area doing compliance assessment and monitoring of forest-products companies based in North America, Europe and North Africa on behalf of international NGOs, such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification and the Sustainable Biomass Partnership.
Schuyler Olsson (415-352-3668 firstname.lastname@example.org) joined BCDC’s Enforcement staff in 2018. He received a dual master’s degree in International Affairs and Natural Resources & Sustainable Development from American University and the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, where his research focused on marine conservation and community-based management of coastal resources. Schuyler also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University. Prior to joining BCDC, he spent four years as a Climate Change and Natural Resources specialist with RTI International (formerly International Resources Group), working on business development and project management of USAID contracts around the world. Schuyler speaks Spanish, French, and limited Mandarin, and has diverse experience living or working in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
The Sediment Program Manager (Coastal Program Analyst III) supervises the day-to-day operations of the Commission’s staff on the Sediment Management Team. This work includes implementing the Long Term Management Strategy, the Dredged Material Management Office, sand mining, flood protection and other sediment related issues.
Brenda Goeden (415-352-3623 email@example.com) has a Bachelor of Arts in marine biology from Occidental College and twelve years of experience developing and facilitating California marine conservation programs, as well as teaching marine education. She has consulted with a variety of environmental organizations, preparing educational program evaluations. She participates in the Gulf of the Farallones Beach Watch Program and Oil Spill Response Team, is a featured author in Heal the Bay’s quarterly newsletter and rehabilitates insectivore songbirds through WildCare. She joined BCDC’s staff in 2000 after an internship with the Commission during which she prepared BCDC’s 1999 annual report. She served as BCDC’s Bay-Delta Program Analyst from 2000 until 2006 when she was promoted to her current position.
The Sediment Program Analysts (Coastal Program Analyst I/II) conduct research on upland disposal and reuse issues, plan and document projects that demonstrate the reuse of dredged material, participate in the Long Term Management Strategy program, participates in the Dredged Material Management Office, process permits involving dredging and disposal, coordinate with other agencies and the public on dredging issues, and prepare reports and recommendations to the Commission, other agencies and the public.
Pascale Soumoy (415-352-3669 firstname.lastname@example.org) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international commerce and French from the California State University, Chico and a Master in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining BCDC in 2011 she was a planner with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District focusing on facility improvement and public involvement and is a former intern with California Coastal Commission mapping unit. She also volunteers for a disadvantaged children's art program and rides endurance horses on west Marin trails.
Anniken Lydon (415-352-3624 email@example.com) received her Masters and B.S. in Marine Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her Masters thesis research focused on the use of DNA barcoding techniques to identify morphologically similar species of kelp found in Arctic waters around the Svalbard Archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic. Anniken taught undergraduate courses at Cal Poly and she also worked with public outreach and marine education.
The 2016 NOAA Coastal Fellow has been assigned to BCDC's Sediment Management Unit and will be working to further develop the San Francisco Bay Regional Sediment Management Plan.
Position is currently vacant.
The Sediment Program and Planning Secretary (Office Technician, Typing) provides secretarial support for the Commission's dredging unit and assists other units of the office.
Cherise Johnson (415-352-3632 firstname.lastname@example.org) joined BCDC as the Secretary for the Sediment Management and Planning units in May 2016. Ms. Johnson holds several years of experience in the Administrative Clerical and Program Management fields, where she has independently demonstrated and successfully managed multiple tasks in fast-paced multi-cultural environments. Prior to her appointment, she worked nine years as an Office Technician for the Department of Toxic Substances Control Public Participation unit, where she provided administrative support. While working at DTSC, she became greatly interested in environmental justice and the preservation of natural resources.
The Bay Development Design Analyst (Bay Development Design Analyst) evaluates proposals for conformance with the Commission's policies, reviews plans submitted pursuant to Commission permits, provides advice regarding the nature and design of public access along the shoreline, prepares staff reports, and acts as secretary to and liaison with the Design Review Board.
Andrea Gaffney (415-352-3643 email@example.com) became BCDC’s Bay Design Analyst in 2016. Ms. Gaffney holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to BCDC, Ms. Gaffney worked for a wide range of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design firms around the country. She has taught various courses at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley since 2011.
The Staff Engineer (Senior Engineer) provides technical advice to the Commission and staff on engineering matters, evaluates proposals for conformance with the Commission's policies, reviews engineering plans submitted pursuant to Commission permits, and is liaison with the Engineering Criteria Review Board.
Rafael Montes (415-352-3670 firstname.lastname@example.org) is a registered civil engineer licensed in the State of California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Don Bosco College in Newton, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff in 2007, he worked for the California Department of Transportation in a variety of capacities, including rebuilding freeway bridges in the Bay Area and southern California after the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, assessing the structural vulnerability of the Bay Area toll State bridges and field-managing the construction operations of the new tunnel that will bypass the Devil’s Slide along the San Mateo County coastline. He is an avid cyclist and an international travel enthusiast.
The Planning Director (Career Executive Assignment I), is the director of planning programs in the planning division, including updates to the San Francisco Bay Plan, the Adapting to Rising Tides Program, leads the planning team, provides the Commission with relevant updates and information and represents the agency in partnerships and collaborations with local, regional, state and federal agencies and organizations.
Position is currently vacant.
The Planning Manager (Coastal Program Manager) supervises the planning staff responsible for Bay Plan update studies and amendments; directs the development of special area plans; and handles the duties of the planning program director in his or her absence.
Shannon Fiala (415-352-3665 email@example.com) received a Bachelor of Science in Resource Ecology and Management at the University of Michigan and Masters degrees in City Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining BCDC's staff in 2017, Ms. Fiala worked on habitat restoration planning for the Marin Municipal Water District and the Napa County Resource Conservation District, on the Ocean Beach Master Plan at SPUR, and for the California Coastal Commission, where she was lead planner on both the Marin County and City and County of San Francisco Local Coastal Program updates and oversaw planning and permitting on transportation-related projects for the northern half of the state.
The Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisory supervises the planning staff responsible for Bay Plan update studies and amendments and the Adapting to Rising Tides Program.
Position is currently vacant.
The Planners (Coastal Program Analyst I/II) carry out planning studies, serve as technical advisors to the Commission and staff on planning matters and are responsible for a variety of special planning projects.
Cody Aichele-Rothman (415-352-3641 firstname.lastname@example.org) received her Bachelor of Art degree from Washington State University, with a focus on Anthropology. She received her Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City. Prior to joining BCDC, Ms. Aichele worked for several years at Columbia’s Earth Institute performing GIS and environmental data analysis, and then after moving to the Bay Area, she interned with the California Coastal Commission’s Enforcement Program.
Elizabeth Felter (415-352-3647) email@example.com) joined BCDC’s planning staff in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied sciences from University of California, Los Angeles and master’s degree in urban planning and policy from University of Illinois, Chicago. Before BCDC, she was a fellow with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Digital Coast Program. Working with the Coastal States Organization and the American Planning Association, she wrote a guidance report on coastal planning with a focus on climate change adaptation. Elizabeth has also worked at a geospatial information systems consulting firm and at urban planning and policy think tanks in Chicago and San Francisco.
Adam Fullerton (415-352-3629 firstname.lastname@example.org) received Master’s degrees in International Environmental Policy and Business Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He has Bachelor of Art degree from Bates College. Prior to joining BCDC, Adam worked as a contractor for the National Marine Fisheries Service, where he focused on strategic planning and implementing the National Ocean Policy. Adam has also worked in the U.S. Congress for many years as legislative staff for Senator Tom Udall (NM).
Eliza Berry (415-352-3660 email@example.com) received her Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her Bachelor of Art degree at Carleton College in Minnesota. Eliza previously worked for international environmental non-profits, specifically the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in southeast Asia. At IUCN in Laos, she worked on wetland management plans and fish conservation zone setup. During graduate school, Eliza interned with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy in Orange County, leading a study on the impacts of recreational trail use on protected wildlands.
Clesi Bennett (415-352-3613 firstname.lastname@example.org) received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Sewanee: The University of the South and completed her Master of Arts coursework in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, where she focused on Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff in 2018, Ms. Bennett worked as a coastal resilience communications intern at The Nature Conservancy and a research assistant at the Center for the Blue Economy and the National Ocean Economics Program. She also served as a climate resilience fellow at the California State Coastal Conservancy and was a regional field organizer for Real Food Challenge.
One Planner position is currently vacant.
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team develops and maintains the Commission’s geospatial database, analysis methodologies, and tools to support regulatory and planning decision-making. The GIS Team also develops mapping products and graphics for use in publications, presentations, and reports.
Todd Hallenbeck (415-352-3612 email@example.com) holds a Bachelor's of Science in Marine Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s of Science in Coastal Watershed Science and Policy from California State University, Monterey Bay. His previous studies include seafloor mapping, benthic ecology, and the application of science to coastal resource management. Prior to joining BCDC, Todd worked as a fellow with Oregon’s Coastal Management Program supporting the state’s planning process for ocean renewable energy and developing a West Coast geospatial data portal to inform coastal management and planning. Todd lives in Alameda and enjoys sailing on the San Francisco Bay.
Heather Dennis (415-352-3605) holds a Master's of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining BCDC’s staff, Heather was a California Sea Grant State Fellow at the California State Coastal Conservancy, where she helped develop sea level rise guidance for wetlands restoration and conservation. She has experience in geospatial analysis of sea level rise and climate change impacts, and has previously worked as an international marine protected area research analyst for the World Wildlife Fund and as a consultant on global fisheries and climate change research.
The Oil Spill Prevention and Response Manager (Coastal Program Analyst III) coordinates the Commission's program responsibilities under the California Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act. The planner is a member of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Area Committee, serves as the Commission’s alternate to the Harbor Safety Committee for the San Francisco Bay Region, and provides expertise and advice to the Commission and staff on oil spill prevention, contingency planning and recovery.
Linda Scourtis (415-352-3644 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Planning from San Francisco State University, with a background in conservation and biology from the University of Maryland. Since joining BCDC’s staff in 1993, she has developed policy for the Bay Plan and the Seaport Plan, and serves as staff liaison to the Seaport Planning Advisory Committee. She also authored a series of evaluations of the Commission's federal coastal management program. As oil spill program manager, she has participated as the BCDC representative and as a member of the Incident Command liaison staff during spill responses, including the 2007 Cosco Busan incident. She maintains a 24-hour HAZWOPER certification and was a primary author of the regional U.S. Coast Guard Potential Places of Refuge contingency program for ships in distress. In expanding BCDC’s spill program to include hazards such as earthquakes, Linda has been awarded the state Emergency Management Specialist Certification.
The 2018 California Sea Grant State Fellow has been assigned to BCDC’s Planning Division and will be working on the Adapting to Rising Tides program and San Francisco Bay Plan updates and amendments, among other projects.
Jaclyn Mandoske (415-352-3631 email@example.com) received her Master’s degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego where she worked on spatial and economic analysis of ecosystem services to inform sustainable development planning for small island governments. Before joining BCDC, Jaclyn worked at the City of San Diego in the Sustainability Division on implementation of the City’s Climate Acton Plan and at the Waitt Institute on sustainable ocean management where she authored a report on best practices for coastal development. Her experience includes scientific research and diving in California, the Caribbean and South Pacific, science communications and graphic design, and international environmental and coastal policy.
The Chief Counsel serves as the head of the Legal division, provides legal advice to the Executive Director and the Commission on all matters related to the functions and operations of BCDC; reviews and comments on major projects prior to action by federal, state, regional, and local government agencies and other stakeholders; serves as liaison with the Attorney General’s Office; advises about legal policy and participates in the development and implementation of agency policy.
Marc Zeppetello (415-352-3655 firstname.lastname@example.org) received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Resources Management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Juris Doctor degree from UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall). Prior to joining BCDC as Chief Counsel in September 2015, Mr. Zeppetello was a partner at a San Francisco law firm; he practiced environmental and land use law for 29 years at several firms, first in Washington, D.C. and since 1989 in San Francisco, with an emphasis on the Clean Water Act, cleanup of contaminated property and cost recovery, environmental review under California and federal law, hazardous waste management, and the Clean Air Act. Immediately after graduating from law school, Marc was a law clerk for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, he worked at an environmental consulting firm for two years preparing environmental review documents for a wide range of Bay Area land use projects.
The Staff Counsel (Attorney III) provides legal support, advice and assistance to the Commission's staff in connection with permitting, enforcement, and the application of all laws and regulations administered by the Commission; participates in negotiations with other regulatory agencies, permit applicants, and other stakeholders; reviews and comments on permit applications and federal consistency determinations; prepares and present enforcement cases.
John Bowers (415-352-3610 email@example.com) received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff in October 2008, he served as a staff counsel at the California Coastal Commission for more than 20 years. He has also served on the legal staffs of the California Housing Finance Agency, the Maine State Housing Authority, Bronx Legal Services, and the National Health and Environmental Law Program.
The Legal Secretary provides secretarial support for the Commission's legal and enforcement units and assists other units of the office.
Jaidev Kalra (415-352-3675; firstname.lastname@example.org) earned two Bachelor in Law degrees from University of Mumbai in India and University of Leicester in England. Prior to joining BCDC as Legal Secretary in July 2018, Jai worked on several contract positions at national law firms as a Legal Assistant.
The Director, Administrative and Technology Services (Staff Services Manager II) manages the Commission's administrative services including personnel, budgeting, accounting, contracts, business services, facility operations, information technology, and Commission meetings.
Sharon Louie (415-352-3638 email@example.com) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the California State University, Los Angeles. Serving as BCDC’s Director of Administrative and Technology Services since 2012 and in a prior position as Associate Administrator, Human Resources Officer since 2001. Prior to joining BCDC in 1977, she worked for the Secretary of State in Los Angeles.
The Human Resources Liaison (Associate Management Analyst) performs work in the area of management analysis and administers personnel actions, prepares personnel analyses for job classifications, coordinates classification and pay, conducts civil service exams, and serves as liaison between BCDC and the California Coastal Commission Human Resources Office.
Lawlun Leung (415) 352-3639 firstname.lastname@example.org) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from San Francisco State University. He most recently worked at the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) and has over 11 years of experience in human resources management and staffing. He has advised and assisted managers and supervisors with recruitment, labor relations and employee performance issues. He also has received multiple “Encore” awards from SCIF for going above and beyond the expectations of his management.
The Chief Budget Officer (Staff Services Manager I) manages BCDC’s financial services unit, which includes budget, accounting, contracts, procurement, facilities management and Commissioner affairs.
Cheneé Williams (415-352-3637 email@example.com) joined BCDC as its Chief Budget Officer in May 2017. Williams earned a Master of Science in Sport Management from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Dillard University. Prior to joining BCDC, Williams worked for the California State Department of General Services. Previously, she was the Associate Director for Compliance & Eligibility/Senior Woman Administrator at Mississippi Valley State University overseeing 11 of 17 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Intercollegiate teams, and managed compliance with state and federal equal employment opportunity policies, procedures, and guidelines, and other state and federal human resources policies. She also served as the Compliance Officer at California State University, Bakersfield, where she developed policy, procedures, and processes governing internal and external operations of its athletic operations, with a focus on academics and compliance.
The two Accounting Officers (Senior Accounting Officer) perform professional accounting duties in the establishment and maintenance of accounts and financial records for BCDC.
Meichelle Liang (415-352-3659 firstname.lastname@example.org) received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accountancy, from the California State University, Sacramento. Prior to joining BCDC in May 2016, she worked for six years with State Controller’s Office, most recently as an Accounting Analyst. She was born in China and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
The Records Manager (Associate Governmental Program Analyst) manages the conversion of hard copy records and historical data into an electronic format and oversees the maintenance of this information in accordance with records retention, disaster recovery, information privacy and public disclosure requirements.
Christine Nutile (415-352-3604 email@example.com) joined BCDC in May 2016 upon receiving a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. During her graduate studies, she held internships at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Prior to graduate school, she worked for eight years in finance including six years for a world-class research team at BGI/BlackRock. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Modern Dance from the University of California at Berkeley.
The Contracts Manager (Associate Governmental Program Analyst) administers BCDC’s contracts and provides guidance on contract rules, regulations and Department of General Services guidelines.
Anna Yee (415-352-3652 firstname.lastname@example.org) was the business services officer for the California Department of Financial Institutions prior to joining BCDC’s staff in 2006. She has also worked for the California Coastal Commission.
The Business Services and Acquisition Analyst (Associate Governmental Program Analyst) coordinates BCDC’s procurement process, claims for reimbursement, invoices and other related fiscal documents, maintains property vehicle, facility operations, and Commission meeting records.Reggie Abad (415-352-3636 email@example.com) has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in computer information systems, from California State University, East Bay. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff in 2006, he was a senior operations specialist at Charles Schwab and an office technician at the State Board of Equalization where he was being trained as a tax auditor. He was born in the Philippines and is fluent in Tagalog. In addition, he serves as BCDC’s alternate notary public.
The Chief Information Officer (Staff Information Systems Analyst) is responsible for managing BCDC’s computer system and developing information technology solutions to Bay management issues.
Andrew Chin (415-352-3651 firstname.lastname@example.org) received a Bachelor of Science degree from San Francisco State University in Computer Information Systems/Accounting. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff in 2005 he spent five years as an Associate Information Systems Analyst (Specialist) at the California Coastal Commission. He has also worked for the California Department of Industrial Relations. He was appointed to his current position in 2006.
The Information Security Officer (Associate Information Systems Analyst) provides assistance in network management, user support, and the development and maintenance of the Commission's information systems.
Elsa Gomez (415-352-3630 email@example.com) received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from San Francisco State University and worked in a variety of information technology positions at the California Department of Industrial Relations prior to joining BCDC’s staff in 2006. She has extensive private sector experience in creating websites and developing data bases.
The Administrative Secretary and Receptionist (Office Technician, Typing) provides secretarial support for the executive and administrative support units, serves as the office receptionist, and assists other units of the office as needed.
Lisa Chu (415-352-3620 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design from the University of California at Davis. Prior to joining BCDC, she worked in banking industries for five years.
The Administrative Support Secretary (Office Technician, Retired Annuitant) provides secretarial support for the administrative support unit and assists other units of the office as needed.
Quezon Ganotise (415-352-3666 email@example.com) currently works part-time as a retired annuitant. From 1986 until his retirement in 1996, he worked for BCDC, first as an Office Assistant and later as an Office Technician. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff, he served in the military for three years as a company clerk, in Hawaii and then worked for the federal government as a surplus property specialist. One of his hobbies is collecting autographs.