Rebecca Shaw

Associate Vice President

Areas of expertise: Land, Water & Wildlife Programs, rivers and deltas, climate change


Rebecca Shaw, Ph.D., has 15 years of experience in the environmental arena, specializing in cutting edge research and policy solutions that address climate change impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services. Shaw is a scientist and a recognized thought leader in the field of conservation and climate change.

Rebecca joined EDF in March 2011 following nine years of leadership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of California, most recently as the associate state director.

In that capacity, she led the development and implementation of conservation strategies throughout California, providing the leadership and support to programs such as the climate, marine and water programs and placed-based projects such as Santa Cruz Island restoration - a leading example for successful, innovative conservation. She oversaw the conservation activities of more than 120 geographically dispersed staff, directly supervised and collaborated with nine program directors, including the issue area directors for land and water.

Rebecca works directly with David Festa to develop and implement the overall vision and strategy of EDF’s Land, Water and Wildlife program.


  • Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley
  • MA in Environmental Policy from U.C. Berkeley
  • BA in biology from UC Santa Barbara.
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