Speaker Profile

Caryl Hart

Chair, California State Parks Commission

Dr. Hart is Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks. She has extensive experience in land conservation practice and policy, with a focus on land use and climate change. She is currently Chair of the California State Parks Commission, and has been a member since 2000. From 2006-09, Commissioner Hart served as a member of the Forest Protocols Advisory Committee to the Climate Action Reserve, which developed accounting principles governing participation in voluntary carbon markets. She acted for fifteen years as an advisor to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, and was a founding member of LandPaths, an environmental land trust and land management non-profit dedicated to maximizing resource conservation while allowing managed public access. Hart received her PhD in Environmental Science Policy and Management at the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, her J.D. at the University of San Francisco College of Law, and a B.A. in economics from Cornell University.