Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning and Regulatory Compliance
Will earned Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Regional Planning degrees from Penn State University. He is a recognized expert in coastal
management and a national leader in sea level rise adaptation planning. He has over four decades of experience working for California’s state coastal management agencies, including 17 years as the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), where he built a coalition of business, environmental and local government
support that lead in 2011 to the adoption of the nation’s first mandatory policies requiring that new shoreline development projects must address sea level rise. In 2012 he served as the senior advisor to the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee (now called the Bay Area Regional Collaborative). Based on his recommendation, the committee adopted a regional sea level rise
adaptation strategy. Since 2013 he has been a consultant, writer, teacher and speaker on climate change. He is the recipient of the San Francisco
Estuary Partnership’s Jean Auer Environmental Award and the Bay Planning Coalition‘s Frank C. Boerger Award.