Lynn Scarlett | Chief Policy Advisor

Lynn Scarlett is Co-Director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth at Resources for the Future, working on issues pertaining to climate change, ecosystem services, and landscape-scale conservation. She was named the Zurich Financial Services Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management in October 2009.

From 2005 to January 2009, Lynn served as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, a post she took on after 4 years as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. She served as Acting Secretary of the Department for two months in 2006. Scarlett initiated Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Task Force in 2002 and chaired the Department’s Climate Change Task Force. She is the author or co-author of recent publications on climate change adaptation; urban greening; large landscape conservation; offshore oil issues; and ecosystem services. She is also on the board of Marstel-Day, a Virginia-based environmental consulting firm.

Lynn received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science. An avid hiker, Scarlett serves on the board of the American Hiking Society and the Continental Divide Trail Alliance. Also an avid birder, she serves on the board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. She also serves on the boards of the nonprofit environmental mediation organizations RESOLVE and the Consensus Building Institute. She is a trustee emeritus of the Udall Foundation.