2017 Fellows on a field trip during the month-long training program.—Kevin McCann, 2017 Fellow


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Kelli McCune

2014 Fellow

Senior Project Manager at Sustainable Conservation

Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air and water. Every day we bring together business, landowners and government to steward the resources we all depend on in ways that make economic sense. Because we know common ground is California's most important resource.

San Francisco, CA 94109-3556
United States of America

Kelli focuses on developing conservation incentives as a key part in ensuring that California landowners who steward our natural resources are rewarded for their stewardship that benefits us all. Her current work at Sustainable Conservation entails: supporting the state’s effort to standardize groundwater recharge measurement and accounting methods as a foundation to developing incentives to reward landowners who do recharge; developing and implementing a loan rebate program as a pay-for-performance incentive to reward water conservation and quality improvements achieved by berry and vegetable growers; and assessing the feasibility of developing carbon credits for GHG- reduction practices on dairies. Kelli recently co-led the organization’s comprehensive update to its strategic plan, including increasing the rigor of the metrics that Sustainable Conservation uses to track the impact of its programs.

Prior to joining Sustainable Conservation in 2009, Kelli worked for the Bureau of Land Management in California and southeast Arizona, assisting with the management of a variety of species conservation and habitat restoration projects. Kelli received her master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and Spanish from Northern Michigan University (magna cum laude).