Pathways Climate Institute staff regularly serve on technical and scientific advisory panels for a wide range of projects, programs, and agencies. Below are a few of the key roles are staff hold, or have recently held. If your agency or program needs a subject matter expert to provide guidance or advice, please contact us at info@pathwaysclimate.com.

Bay Adapt is an initiative to establish regional agreement on the actions necessary to protect people and the natural and built environment from rising sea levels. Kris serves on the Regional Visioning working group, and the Science and Data working group.

Kris May

Advisor

2020

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Ongoing

Bay Adapt

Yanna is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps mentor for the Climate Reality Global Training 2020, deepening relationships with, debriefing the program for, and directing 22 Mentees on how to become new Climate Reality Leaders. As a mentor, Yanna serves a critical role by ensuring that attendees come away from the training feeling connected, encouraged, and most importantly, ready to take action on the climate crisis. This is a pro-bono commitment that extends over the next year and beyond. Yanna was recognized during the Training as a climate resilience expert and keynote speaker by the Climate Reality Project Europe.

Yanna Badet

Climate Reality Leadership Mentor

2020

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Ongoing

Climate Reality Global Training

Yanna participates in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training in Berlin, Germany in 2018 and has quickly become a sought after speaker within the Climate Reality Network. She effectively communicates about the growing climate crisis and how it is affecting communities around the globe. Yanna tailors her presentation to the audience, whether it’s elementary or secondary school students, a faith-based organization, or community and corporate leaders and decision makers. Through her outreach and presentations, Yanna tells the story of how we can all make a difference and help create a more sustainable future.

Yanna Badet

Climate Reality Leader

2018

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Ongoing

Climate Reality Project

The first National Adaptation Forum was held in 2015, bringing together adaptation professionals, scientists, academics, planners, engineers, community leaders, non-profits, tribal representatives, and more. The Form is held bi-annually, with the goal of fostering knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support for a better tomorrow. Kris has served on the Program Committee and/or Steering Committee since its inception, networking with an amazing group of volunteers from around the country to help shape the discussions that are moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.

Kris May

Program and Steering Committee

2015

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Ongoing

National Adaptation Forum

Abby advises the sanctuary superintendent on priority issues and helps to connect local communities with the sanctuary. Prior to being the Vice Chair, Abby served on the Kelp Recovery Working Group and the Regional Sediment Working Group. The Sanctuary Advisory Council forms working groups to address key issues and to provide recommendations for management strategies. Working groups consist of a variety of stakeholders such as scientists, researchers, community members, governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Abby Mohan

Chair, Maritime Activities and Recreation

2014

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Ongoing

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Kris serves on the May of San Francisco's Sea Level Rise Working Group since 2013, and was a primary author of the award-winning Sea Level Rise Guidance for incorporating sea level rise vulnerability and risk assessments within the Capital Planning Process. Kris updated the Guidance in 2020 based on the most recent climate science, and developed a checklist to help project managers comply with Guidance throughout each projects lifecycle.

Kris May

Science and Policy Advisor

2013

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Ongoing

San Francisco, Sea Level Rise Coordinating Committee

Abby leads groups sailing along the Marin Headlands looking for wildlife and learning about San Francisco Bay ecosystems aboard the Schooner Freda B out of Sausalito. She has serves as a naturalist for the Golden Gate Cetacean society, the National Wildlife Foundation, and the Richardson Bay Audubon Society. Twice a year Abby takes San Francisco State University students out on the Bay to learn the history of the urbanized shoreline. Abby also participates in the Farallon Patrol, volunteering to take Point Blue scientists to and from the Farallon Islands to support their fieldwork.

Abby Mohan

Naturalist

2012

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Ongoing

San Francisco Bay Adventures

The Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), currently in development, will analyze the impacts of global change in the United States. Chapter Leads are federal or non-federal experts selected from a pool generated in part by a public nominations process. In consultation with Federal Coordinating Lead Authors, Chapter Leads organize, direct, and lead authorship of individual chapters. Kris is leading the chapter on coastal effects, spanning all the coastlines of the United States.

Kris May

Lead Author for the National Coastal Effects chapter

2020

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2023

U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Working group member contributing to a study to help New York better understand, adapt to, and mitigate climate change impacts in the years to come.

Kris May

Technical Workgroup Member

2021

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2022

Water Resources Technical Workgroup supporting the New York State Climate Impacts Assessment

Kris provided expert advice and review of interim maps of shallow groundwater and the response of the groundwater table to sea level rise for coastal California and San Francisco Bay. Rising groundwater tables pose a significant threat to low-lying communities along the coast. Typical structural adaptation measures will not prevent communities from flooding by rising groundwater from below. In November 2019, Silvestrum, USGS, BCDC, and the counties of Marin and San Mateo organized a Bay Area-wide Groundwater Workshop to increase awareness of this little known hazard, and to form a regional group of community leaders, academics, and scientists that are committed to advance the science and develop solutions.

Kris May

Scientific Advisory Committee

2018

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2020

USGS, Shallow Groundwater Modeling

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