Lead Coastal Resilience Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Zach Ferdaña is the Lead Coastal Resilience Manager of The Nature Conservancy. He supports U.S. and international projects in ecosystem-based management, climate adaptation, and marine spatial planning. He manages the design and implementation of online decision support tools to promote the role of coastal habitats in hazard mitigation, restoration and resilience planning. As part of the Conservancy’s Global Marine Initiative Zach provides planning, spatial analysis, project management and geodesign expertise to the organization’s Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction strategy.
He received his degree in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with concentration in Landscape Ecology and Marine Mammal Biology, in 1994. He then went on to earn an advanced technical degree in GIS at the University of Washington in 1998. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2000.