Open to the Public

Kelly Malinowski, Climate Specialist, CA Coastal Conservancy

The San Francisco Bay Area has ambitiously launched the nation’s largest urban climate adaptation and natural resilience project. What is the state of progress on living shorelines and green infrastructure?   Ms. Kelly Malinowski, Project Manager and Climate Specialist at the California State Coastal Conservancy and Co-Founder of the Women’s Alliance for Climate Justice will fill us in.

Regional Collaboration on Climate Resilience and Green Infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay Area: the Promise, the Progress, and the Implementation Challenges
Lecture by Ms. Kelly Malinowski
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:00pm to 7:30pm
McGowan Building Room 102
411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Free, open to the public.  No registration required.

Video Available

About the Topic

In this talk, Ms. Malinowski will provide an overview of the state of climate work in the San Francisco Bay Area, including progress to date, Measure AA, regional collaboration on climate adaptation and the various stakeholder groups involved, the state of living shorelines and green infrastructure science and implementation on the West Coast, and any gaps and anticipated next steps in getting to implementation of adaptation strategies. If time allows, she will also provide an update on San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Justice Work and best practices, the latest thinking on infrastructure financing in the region, and case studies on climate relocation and managed retreat.

About the Speaker

Kelly Malinowski is a Project Manager and Climate Change Specialist with the California State Coastal Conservancy, in the San Francisco Bay Program. Over her past 5+ years at the Conservancy, Kelly has grown the Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program, developed the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority’s Grant Program, co-led climate vulnerability assessment efforts in partnership with local jurisdictions, and works regionally to further nature-based climate adaptation. In 2017, she co-founded the Women’s Alliance for Climate Justice, a network of over 90+ women working in climate change and equity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before her time at the Conservancy, Kelly worked on marine debris and ocean policy with Save Our Shores, Ocean Champions, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Kelly is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute, with a Master’s of Public Administration in International Environmental Policy and Management, (MPA ‘13)

Resources to Learn More

Lecture Location:  McGowan 102

The McGowan Building is located at 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA  93940, on the corner of Franklin and Pacific. Enter from Pacific street through a set of glass double-doors (use set of doors on the right), MG102 is straight ahead across a small seating atrium.   View the campus map.


Parking is available in any Middlebury Institute campus lot after 5 p.m., or on the street (time limits on surrounding streets end at 6 p.m.)


Contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at or (831) 647-4183.


McGowan MG102
McGowan Building
411 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940