Michelle Passero is the Director of Climate and Nature-based Solutions for The Nature Conservancy in California. She has over 20 years of experience working in land conservation, environmental law, and policy with particular expertise in natural resources and climate change. She has co-authored multiple publications supporting the role of nature-based climate strategies to address climate change. Recent publications include Nature-based Climate Solutions: A Roadmap to Accelerate Climate Action in California and Resilient Merced: A County Guide to Advance Climate Mitigation and Complementary Benefits through Land Management and Conservation. Michelle serves as an expert advisor to multiple initiatives, including the California Department of Insurance Climate Insurance Working Group, the California Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, and The Bay Area Council California Resilience Challenge. She also was recently appointed to serve on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. She holds an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.