The Executive Director 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 email@example.com) 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) has been Chief Deputy Director 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 provides secretarial support for the Commission’s executive unit and manages all of the office’s secretarial work.
Graciela Gomez (415-352-3608 email@example.com) 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 provides secretarial support for the permits unit, and assists other units of the office as needed.
Reyna Amezcua (415-352-3621 email@example.com) 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.
Bay Resources Division
The Bay Resources Permit Program at BCDC is responsible for the review of projects in the Bay and along the shoreline that impact the natural resources of the Bay, including marshes, beaches, and the Bay itself. Projects reviewed by the Bay Resources Permit program include wetland and habitat restoration and enhancement projects, bay fill projects, underwater utilities, and other in-water work that affects the Bay ecosystem.
Chief of the Bay Resources Division supervises the day-to-day operations of the division’s staff.
Erik Buehmann (415-352-3645 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 Principal Permit Analyst 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 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.
The Permit Analysts 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.
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.
Shoreline Development Permits
The Shoreline Development Permits Division focuses on the built environment along the Bay shoreline. Its staff works with permit applicants and members of the public on proposals including residential, commercial, office, industrial, and recreational projects.
The Chief of Permits 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 in 2015. Ethan represents 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 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 Shoreline Development Analysts 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.
Morgan Chow (415-352-3654 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Yuriko Jewett (415-352-3616 email@example.com) holds a Master of Urban Planning in Urban Design from The City College of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining BCDC in 2019, she worked for various architecture and planning firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a certified Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner with the International Code Council and has extensive experience with projects that focus on public health, universal design, and civic access in the outdoor recreation environment.
The Enforcement Policy Manager oversees BCDC’s enforcement and compliance program.
Priscilla Njuguna (415-352-3640 priscilla.njuguna @bcdc.ca.gov) joined BCDC as Enforcement Policy Manager in 2019. Ms. Njuguna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law. She previously served as a Logistics Officer in the United States Army Europe, a Compliance Officer for financial institutions of various types and sizes, and as a Staff Attorney. She has been a volunteer mediator with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center since 2018.
The Chief of Enforcement 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. Her career has focused exclusively on regulatory compliance and enforcement, where she has supervised the resolution of hundreds of enforcement cases at the staff-level; authored and overseen the issuance of numerous cease and desist and civil penalty orders adopted by the Commission; under leadership from the Commission’s Enforcement Committee, developed and implemented an enforcement strategy to set priorities, reduce thenumber of open enforcement cases and improve permit implementation; and participated in improving the Commission’s enforcement authorities. Adrienne regularly attends the public meetings of the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency in Marin County and the USCG-sponsored Abandoned Vessels Working Group meetings in Hercules. Adrienne joined BCDC in 1996. From 1992 -1996, she worked at the California Coastal Commission in the statewide enforcement program.
The Enforcement Analysts 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’s degree in Community Studies with a concentration in global political economy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining BCDC in 2015, he spent four years working for a leading environmental services firm in the Bay Area managing a global team of auditors conducting program compliance assessments and chain of custody analyses of forest product companies in North America, Central Europe, and North Africa for 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 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 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.
Julia Kelly (415-352-3646 email@example.com) holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied avian ecology and subalpine forest disturbances. After moving to the Bay Area in 2016, Julia joined the National Audubon Society as the Conservation Program Manager for San Francisco Bay. While managing wetland restoration projects and eelgrass mapping initiatives, she interfaced with many federal and state agencies to achieve habitat conservation goals. Studying eelgrass and benthic avian foragers led Julia to BCDC’s sediment management team. Her foremost interests include multi-benefit wetland restoration, beneficial reuse of dredged material, and migratory waterbird conservation in San Francisco Bay.
The Sediment Program and Planning Secretary provides secretarial support for the Commission's dredging unit and assists other units of the office.
Shane Gutto (415 -352-3649 firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to his appointment within the Sediment Management Team and Planning Division at BCDC in December of 2019, Shane Gutto worked as an office technician in the civil law section at the Attorney General’s Office in Sacramento. This is his third position with the State of California. Originally from Sacramento, he moved to the San Francisco/ Bay area to enjoy the local food, music and recreation culture this city has to offer.
The 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 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.
The Planning Director 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.
Jessica Fain (415-352-3642 email@example.com) became BCDC’s Planning Director in October 2018. Ms. Fain holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior joining BCDC, Ms. Fain worked in planning and resiliency in New York City, as a Waterfront Planner at the New York City Department of City Planning and then as the Program Director at the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay. She also was a Capital Projects Coordinator at the New York City Public Design Commission. She has taught as part-time faculty at The New School, and has been a guest lecturer and critic at various schools.
The Planning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Dana Brechwald (415-352-3656 email@example.com) joined BCDC as an Adapting to Rising Tides Program Manager in November 2018. Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of City Planning from Harvard, where she focused on community disaster recovery and climate adaptation planning. Prior joining BCDC, Dana was a Regional Resilience Planner for several years at the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission, where she led projects focused on regional and local multi-hazard vulnerability assessment and strategy development, including earthquakes, sea level rise, and wildfire. She co-led the Stronger Housing, Safer Communities project with BCDC as well as the Regional Resilience Framework with EPA and FEMA. Prior to ABAG/MTC, she worked as a sustainability consultant in San Francisco, focusing on developing sustainability rating systems and greenhouse gas reductions projects around the world.
The Planners 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.
Clesi Bennett (415-352-3613 email@example.com) 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.
Megan Hall (415-352-3626 firstname.lastname@example.org) received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where she focused on Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography. Prior to joining BCDC’s staff in 2018, Dr. Hall received a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and served as an Ocean and Coastal Policy Analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service in Maryland.
Nicolas Sander (415-352-3625 email@example.com) holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Science from Colorado College and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science from the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in Germany. He has experience in geospatial analysis and environmental modeling of various ecological systems. As part of his Master’s thesis at the Research Centre Laimburg in South Tyrol, Nick worked on identifying the environmental conditions that are conducive to the spread of the apple proliferation disease that is severely harming apple crops throughout Northern Italy and other regions of Central Europe.
Jaclyn Mandoske (415-352-3631 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Samantha Cohen (415-352-3647 email@example.com) received her Master in City Planning and Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. Prior to joining BCDC, Samantha has worked for engineer consulting firms such as Brown and Caldwell doing water resource management and Buro Happold doing sustainable infrastructure for largescale developments. She has also worked as an urban agriculture consultant and is interested in building sustainable, resilient, and healthy cities.
Rachel Wigginton (415-352-3660 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a PhD in Ecology and a MS in Biology from the University of California Davis and California State University Long Beach respectively. She earned a Conservation Management Certificate from the John Muir Institute of the Environment 2016. Her PhD work focused on conservation and restoration of tidal marshes within the San Francisco Bay, with a focus on the ways plant invasion and climate change complicate management decisions. At BCDC Rachel focuses on planning and policy projects within the Suisun Marsh. Rachel expertise include public speaking, wetland ecology, invasion biology, as well as conservation and restoration planning.
Katharine Pan (352-3650 email@example.com) holds a Master of Urban Planning degree and a Master of Sciences degree in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan, where she focused on land use planning and environmental policy. Her graduate studies included community development and open space management within the cities of Flint and Detroit, Michigan, and community-based risk reduction in Manila, the Philippines. Prior to joining BCDC, she worked as a senior associate at a California-based urban planning firm where she specialized in general plan development and environmental review for communities throughout the state, including work in coastal, conservation, and hazard mitigation policy.
Dan Hossfeld (415-352-3632 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Master's of Science in Marine Science from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science and Management from University of California, Davis. His previous experience includes freshwater and marine science, salmon conservation, and watershed education. His Master's thesis focused on the impacts of climate change in tidepool ecosystems through the symbiosis between a sea anemone and a microscopic algae. Prior to joining BCDC, he worked on climate mitigation and adaptation projects in coastal California as a Sea Grant Fellow for the State Coastal Conservancy's Climate Ready Program. Dan lives in Berkeley and enjoys exploring the Sierra Nevada.
Environmental Justice Manager
Nahal Ghoghaie ((415) 352-3648 email@example.com) holds a Master of Environmental Studies in Tribal Watershed Adaption from The Evergreen State College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. In late 2019, Nahal joined BCDC as the agency’s very first Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Specialist. Prior to this appointment, Nahal served in various capacities at her own consulting business, social and environmental justice non-profits, and Washington State natural resources agencies. Nahal is a researcher, educator and advocate dedicated to making environmental justice and social equity central to climate and environmental planning and policy processes.
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 (415-352-3667 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
The Oil Spill Prevention and Response Manager 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 email@example.com) 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.
A CivicSpark Fellow provides support for the Commission's planning division and assists other units of the office.Amber Leavitt (415-352-3619 firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in Environmental Science and Management with a focus in Natural Resource Management. As a student, Amber interned with an environment education nonprofit organization and in a UC Davis water management research group, contributing to economic research regarding sustainable agriculture. Before joining BCDC in September 2019, Amber served as a CivicSpark Fellow in the Watershed Resources Division at Nevada Irrigation District in Grass Valley, CA, mainly working on forest management.
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 email@example.com) 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 provide 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; participate in negotiations with other regulatory agencies, permit applicants, and other stakeholders; review and comment on permit applications and federal consistency determinations; and prepare and present enforcement cases.
Karen Donovan (415-352-3628 firstname.lastname@example.org) received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School, and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School. Prior to joining BCDC, she worked for water districts in Northern and Southern California, was in private practice, and worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
Michael Ng (415-352-3610 email@example.com) received a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a Juris Doctor from the University of California-Davis. Prior to joining BCDC, he served as a Staff Attorney for the California Coastal Commission for over four years. Prior to that, Michael worked at a private law firm in Sacramento specializing in environmental, land use, and natural resources law, with an emphasis on permit entitlement. He also previously worked as an attorney for the City Attorney’s Office in the City of South Lake Tahoe.
The Legal Secretary provides secretarial support for the Commission's legal and enforcement units and assists other units of the office.
Margie Malan (415-352-3675 firstname.lastname@example.org) joined BCDC in December 2019 from Department of Industrial Relations, Legal Unit where she worked for three years. Hired as a Senior Legal Typist, she was promoted as a Legal Secretary. Prior to her employment for the State of California, she worked with private law firms in San Francisco in positions involving records management, docket coordination, law library maintenance and new business intake and conflicts consulting. She has been in the legal field for two decades. She was born in the Philippines and grew up in the Bay Area.
The Director, Administrative and Technology Services manages the Commission's administrative services including personnel, budgeting, accounting, contracts, business services, facility operations, information technology, and Commission meetings.
Peggy Atwell (415-352-3638 email@example.com) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Western International University and a Masters in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining BCDC Peggy worked as the Personnel Officer for State Specials Schools with CDE and various Human Resource Management positions with State Fund.
The Human Resources Liaison 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.
Anissa Kotey (415-352-3639 firstname.lastname@example.org) joined BCDC as its Human Resources Analyst in November 2018. Anissa earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology & Administrative Studies, with a concentration in Human Resources and Labor Relations, from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining BCDC, Anissa worked as a Labor Relations Analyst for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The Chief Budget Officer 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 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 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. This position also handles system and user support for BCDC.
Angela Noble (415-352-3617 email@example.com) holds Bachelor’s degree in Music from Mills College and a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration from San Jose State University. She transferred to BCDC in 2019 from the Division of the State Architect where she served as the regional lead for their effort to digitize legacy project records.
The Contracts Manager 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 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 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 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.