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Len Materman

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Len Materman

Public Policy Practitioner in Residence

Len Materman joined the Bill Lane Center as Public Policy Practitioner in Residence in September of 2019. 

In the spring of 2020, Len was appointed the first CEO of the new San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District (, the first countywide independent government agency in California focused on these climate change impacts and one of the only such agencies in the United States. 

Prior to leading One Shoreline, Len served for almost twelve years as the Executive Director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA), a regional government agency named for the natural feature that unites and divides cities and counties in the heart of Silicon Valley. In 2018, the SFCJPA completed the most ambitious multi-jurisdictional sea level rise protection effort in the state to date – a $77 million capital project funded by local, state and private sources to protect people and property along miles of San Francisco Bay shoreline against a water level ten feet above today’s high tide. The SFCJPA’s next two projects are now also being designed to protect large adjacent areas against the impacts of climate change. During Len’s tenure, the SFCJPA’s work has been highlighted as a model of regional governmental collaboration in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and major Bay Area media. Len is a contributing author on two recent books on innovative strategies to finance, and utilize nature for, climate change driven flood protection; and he has spoken on these topics in university classes and at regional and national meetings.

Previously, Len served as UC Berkeley’s Director of Government Affairs; as a consultant to nonprofits, foundations and the U.S. State Department; at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment; and as executive producer of a film on water broadcast nationally on PBS. During the Clinton Administration, Len served as a policy advisor to the Director of FEMA and as FEMA’s representative on two White House Task Forces. He has degrees in Political Science and Biology from UC Davis.