Kristin Marcell coordinates regional efforts to plan for and address the effects of climate change for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program. The Estuary Program is a regional partnership to restore and conserve the Hudson River and its watershed. Kristin’s work is currently focused in two areas: (1) helping riverfront communities plan, design and implement projects that increase their resilience to flooding, heat and drought and (2) developing state policy and guidance to support consideration of nature-based solutions in project design. She’s worked with Hudson Valley partners to help riverfront communities complete vulnerability assessments and implement resilience plans including projects to reimagine waterfront development, consider strategic retreat, improve emergency communication, assess water infrastructure and update local policies. She was lead author of the NYS Sea Level Rise Task Force report and co-developed the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. Kristin has a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in Biology from Clark University.