ELECTION 2020: WHAT IT MEANS FOR PUBLIC LANDS & THE CALIFORNIA DESERT
Thursday, December 3, 2020
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join the California Desert Coalition (CDC) via Zoom on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as we unpack the results of the 2020 election and what they mean for conservation efforts both at the federal and state levels.
Our panel of experts will discuss
- What we might expect from the Biden Administration with regard to conservation, renewable energy, and climate change
- Likely top priorities for the new administration and Congress
- What staffing changes will mean for the policies and direction of relevant federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management
- The implication of these changes for state-level conservation priorities.
This in-depth analysis will help us build a foundation for effective advocacy in 2021.
David Feinman, Government Affairs Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
David joined Conservation Lands Foundation as Government Affairs Director in 2017, where he focuses on maintaining and growing both congressional and grassroots support for the National Conservation Lands, America’s newest collection of protected public lands and rivers owned by all Americans that hold our nation’s rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage. Prior to joining CLF, David served as the first Washington Representative for both the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) from 2014-2017, establishing a public policy presence for both organizations by engaging with the U.S. Congress, the administration and foreign governments on behalf of Holocaust victims in 47 countries. David has also previously served as Senior Legislative Associate and Project Director for The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) from 2010-2014, and as a Legislative Aide for former Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida from 2007-2010 and former Congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Nevada in 2006. David is an alum of the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations, and of the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Analysis and Public Policy. His Master’s thesis was titled: Divided Government and Congressional Foreign Policy: A Case Study of the Post-World War II Era in American Government.
Mark Kramer, Director of External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy
Mark is the Director of Federal External Affairs for the California Chapter, and has been with the chapter for two decades. Prior to that, he spent a decade working on natural resource and environmental policy in various positions in Washington DC, including at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President, and for a California Member of the United States House of Representatives. Prior to that, he earned degrees in biology and natural resource economics from the University of California system.
Kim Delfino, Founder, Earth Advocacy
Kim spent the last two decades as the California Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife. Based in Sacramento, she has been deeply involved in legislative battles at the state Capitol and has worked closely with policymakers in state and federal government. Kim has been a crucial force in desert protection efforts like the DRECP. This year, Kim launched her own advocacy firm – Earth Advocacy – which provides policy and advocacy expertise to nonprofits and foundations with the goal of protecting and restoring our lands, water, and wildlife for future generations.