R. Zack Wasserman

Chair, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Even if we were 100 percent successful at reducing [greenhouse gases], it would not control the problem. However, California is absolutely looked at as a leader in this issue, and I think what we do does have benefit in terms of being replicated and modeled in other parts of the country and indeed the world.

Zachary Wasserman anticipates that the next step for the Bay Area will be protecting the built environment and its most vulnerable communities. As Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), Wasserman oversees permitting development near the Bay and addresses regulatory and adaptation strategies regarding rising sea levels. BCDC is a state agency dedicated to the protection and development of the San Francisco Bay and the encouragement of its responsible use. Wasserman is also a partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP where he focuses his practice at Wendel Rosen on transportation issues, real estate and land use, and nonprofit organizations.

Wasserman received his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law (1972) and his B.A. in politics, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1969).

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