Director, Climate Planning & Resilience
Natalie Hernandez is a specialist in environmental policy and community planning. Since being at Climate Resolve, she has managed the “Ready for Tomorrow?” climate preparedness research, co-authored the State’s Adaptation Planning Guide, led community outreach for an urban cooling project in Canoga Park, and provided technical expertise on various climate grant programs. Natalie is knowledgeable about climate change government processes, funding, stakeholder engagement, and resilience.
She has a strong passion for environmental justice and climate equity, which she attributes to growing up in Long Beach, a core hub of goods movement, air quality issues, and climate adaptation in the Los Angeles area. Her past experience includes positions at the California Natural Resources Agency, California Air Resources Board, Institute for Local Government, and USC Equity Research Institute (formerly USC PERE).
Natalie holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from USC and a BA in Urban Studies and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. In her spare time, she enjoys running, eating tacos with her familia, and learning from fun people and new places. Aside from her love of the Los Angeles region, she has lived in Sacramento, San Salvador, and Mexico City, and she claims that part of her heart stays in each of those cities.