Lynn Scarlett is Managing Director of Public Policy for The Nature Conservancy, where she oversees worldwide government relations and public policy efforts. Scarlett joined the Conservancy in 2013, bringing deep experience in environmental and conservation policy, both in and outside government. She served two terms in the U.S. Interior Department under President George W. Bush, first as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget and then as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. Before her government service, Scarlett spent over 15 years at the Reason Foundation, a leading public policy research institute, where she served as Research Director, Vice President for Policy, and finally as President and Executive Director. Most recently, Scarlett was co-director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth at Resources for the Future and a visiting lecturer at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara, her alma mater. She has led or served on numerous government and non-government task forces and working groups, including service as a lead author on the U.S. National Climate Assessment.
The potential risk-reducing benefits of nature’s assets are not hypothetical. Salt marsh vegetation, oyster reefs and corals have a significant positive effect on wave attenuation and shoreline stabilization. Yet there is no one-size-fits-all approach to harnessing nature’s value.
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