Opening Keynote Speaker Lynn Scarlett

Lynn Scarlett is Co-Director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth at Resources for the Future, where she works on issues pertaining to energy, climate change, ecosystem services, and landscape-scale conservation.

From 2005 to January 2009, she served as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, a post she took on after 4 years as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. She served as Acting Secretary of the Department for two months in 2006. Ms. Scarlett chaired the Department’s Climate Change Task Force and served on the Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests.

From June 2003-2004, she chaired the federal Wildland Fire Leadership Council, an interagency and intergovernmental forum for implementing the National Fire Plan. She served as Zurich Financial Services visiting lecturer on climate change at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management in October 2009 and is an Adjunct Faculty with Carnegie Mellon’s School of Public Policy. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Ms. Scarlett is author of publications on landscape-scale conservation, ecosystem services, and incentive-based environmental policies. She received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science. She is an avid hiker, canoe enthusiast, and birder.

Dinner Speaker Robert Pirani

Robert Pirani is Regional Plan Association’s Vice President for Environmental Programs and Executive Director of the Governors Island Alliance. His responsibilities include developing and directing programs in parks and open space advocacy, land use management, water quality protection, and recycling and waste prevention.

Mr. Pirani recently co-authored Landscapes: Improving Conservation Practice in the Northeast Megaregion: a survey and assessment landscape conservation initiatives in the 13 state Northeastern United States.

Mr. Pirani holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Hampshire College. He serves on numerous non profit boards and advisory committees, and is currently Chair of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.