Science Policy Advisor & Tribal Liaison
Jennifer attended UC Davis, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology in 1993. Building on a nearly 30-year career as a scientist with the State of California, first as a student field researcher and later as an environmental policy manager, she began serving the Commission’s Executive Office in the dual roles of Science Policy Advisor and Tribal Liaison in 2014.
As the Commission’s Science Policy Advisor, Jennifer is responsible for statewide policy development and interagency coordination in areas including climate change, coastal erosion, and sea level rise adaptation; multi-benefit coastal management practices and living shorelines; renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction; marine protected areas performance and sustainability; and other scientific challenges related to the Commission’s land and resource management responsibilities.
In her role as Tribal Liaison, Jennifer conducts government-to-government consultation and ensures the Commission maintains open and ongoing coordination with tribal nations; advises Commission staff and coordinates measures to protect tribal resources during implementation of projects; and facilitates the integration of tribal ecological knowledge and tribal environmental justice into Commission activities.
Contact: Jennifer.Mattox@slc.ca.gov | 916.574.0748