Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity & Habitat, CNRA
Jennifer Norris joined the California Natural Resources Agency in June 2020. As Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat, she is responsible for overseeing our statewide biodiversity strategy, including the California Biodiversity Collaborative. She also leads the Cutting Green Tape initiative in support of landscape-scale habitat restoration. Norris comes to us from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she was the field supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. Since 2013, she has overseen the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other laws for over 100 listed and trust species across north-central California. Throughout her career, Norris has held several conservation positions within and outside of the Service, including Deputy Field Supervisor for the Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office, the Rio Grande ESA coordinator for the Albuquerque Fish and Wildlife Office, State Biologist for the New Mexico State Land Office, and as an environmental consultant in San Francisco.