Jessica Morse is the Deputy Secretary for Forest and Wildland Resilience of the California Natural Resources Agency. In this role, she is working to increase the pace and scale of science-based forest management to restore healthy forests, improve watershed health, protect California’s unique ecosystems, and make Californians wildfire resilient. Before joining Governor Newsom’s administration, Jessica spent nearly ten years in National Security working for the Defense Department, State Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Her assignments included a year and a half in Iraq and tours in India, Myanmar, and US Pacific Command. In 2018, Morse ran for U.S. Congress in California’s 4th Congressional District in the Sierra Nevada region. Jessica is a fifth generation Northern Californian. She and her family still own and manage their original homestead forestland in the Sierra foothills. An avid backpacker, Jessica has hiked over 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Steve Frisch is President of Sierra Business Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves the environmental, economic, and community interests of the Sierra Nevada region through proactive work in economic empowerment, climate action, and regional advocacy. Sierra Business Council programs include Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership (CAMP), Sierra Nevada Energy Watch, and the Sierra Small Business Development Center, which advances sustainable business practices and links new and expanding businesses to funding opportunities. Sierra Business Council’s goal is a diverse, inventive, and sustainable region where the economy is vibrant, the land is thriving, and the communities offer opportunity for all. As President, Steve manages Sierra Business Council’s triple-bottom line strategy, regional advocacy efforts, and programmatic development.