Conner is entering Bren with a passion to advance environmental justice in resource
management. He began to hone this mission at UC Berkeley, where he graduated in 2017 with degrees in Environmental Economics and Policy (B.S.) and Global Development Studies (B.A). Conner joined the Clinton Climate Initiative after graduating and worked with partners at the Rocky Mountain Institute to develop renewable energy and climate resilience strategies for island nations in the Caribbean. Following a desire to drive change in climate policy at a higher level in the United States, he returned to California as a clean transportation policy advocate working for the Sierra Club and Atlas Public Policy. This work gave him an understanding of the importance of building strong coalitions and leveraging data to shape policy and accelerate the adoption of transformational technologies like electric vehicles. Conner is motivated to use his time at Bren to pivot in his career and focus on coastal ecosystems and environmental storytelling. He is eager to promote the integration of traditional practices and innovative technologies into conservation initiatives defending public lands and waters in North America.