Climate Impacts Group welcomes new climate adaptation specialist

The Climate Impacts Group is excited to welcome Dr. Crystal Raymond to the team as our new Climate Adaptation Specialist. Crystal has a strong background working within organizations to translate climate risks to management concerns and incorporate climate change risk reduction perspectives into decision-making.

“Crystal’s experience doing on-the-ground climate adaptation work with federal agencies, regional collaboratives, and local government, combined with her strong grounding in research science and terrific communication skills, will be of broad benefit to our region,” says Amy Snover, Director. “She brings practical insight into the realities of climate risk management within complex organizations with multiple competing pressures and priorities. We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

Crystal joins the Climate Impacts Group most recently from Seattle City Light. As the organization’s first Climate Adaptation Strategic Advisor, she designed and implemented Seattle City Light’s first climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation analysis, developing a plan now considered a model by other electric utilities. In her previous position with the US Forest Service, Crystal led the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership, a National Park Service – Forest Service collaboration to assess vulnerability to climate change and develop an adaptation plan for natural resources and infrastructure on public lands in western Washington.

Recognized as a leader in climate adaptation, Crystal was awarded the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources by US Fish and Wildlife in 2016 and the

4 under Forty Leaders for Clean and Affordable Energy by the NW Energy Coalition in 2015. She is also a proud UW alum, with a PhD in Ecosystem Analysis from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and dissertation research on the effects of climate change and wildfires on carbon storage in forests of Washington.

Her expertise is a great addition to the Climate Impacts Group and we are eager to see our reach and impact grow as a result. Welcome (back) to the University of Washington, Crystal!