Prior to joining the Office of Response, Recovery & Resilience, Dave served as a senior staff member for the First District County of Santa Cruz Supervisor for eight years. Through extensive constituent work, community organizing and coalition building, he helped ensure that our local government served Santa Cruz County residents. Prior to this, Dave worked in Public Works and the Redevelopment Agency, where he gained experience in community engagement, project management and public infrastructure maintenance. As a former research scientist with the USGS with a Masters in Coastal Geology, Dave possesses a comprehensive understanding of the science behind climate change and how our community and local government can prepare and respond to it. In his new role, he seeks to serve the public to recover, adapt, innovate and become more resilient.
Tatiana received her BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and her Master’s in Social Welfare with an emphasis on Management, Policy and Planning from UC Berkeley. With a background in planning and evaluation, specifically for government-funded projects in under-resourced and marginalized communities, Tatiana brings a combination of data-driven strategic system design and community coalition-building engagement strategies that promote equitable resource acquisition. With 21 years of experience improving equity in communities, Tatiana is looking forward to working closely with the Santa Cruz community to develop an integrated, adaptive approach to climate change resilience, focusing on those members of our community most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In addition, Tatiana is eager to support CZU August Lightning complex fire families as they rebuild their homes and lives after the traumatic events of August 2020.