Creating and accelerating transformative change
Farallon Strategies is a catalytic partner to communities and organizations that want to take bold actions to address climate change and the resulting impacts on our communities. We help build lasting relationships between our clients and project stakeholders through strategic governance strategies, technical assistance, and expert facilitation that establish a clear vision, actionable goals, and focused priorities. We acknowledge that lasting solutions are formed from the ground-up, and we help create and activate networks to drive transformative change in communities and organizations who seek to empower residents and workers with leadership and decision-making opportunities.
Farallon Strategies launched in September of 2020 to activate emerging opportunities that support transformative change in climate and resilience governance, strategy, policies, programs, and projects in California and beyond. Incrementalism is no longer sufficient to drive the change we need to stabilize our climate and emerge a prosperous, equitable, and vibrant society for future generations. We help to spur innovation around climate change, sustainability, and resilience to transcend incrementalism.
Farallon Strategies helps fill a gap in the management consulting and policy landscape – not only providing fee for service and extension of staff relationships – but also partnership, strategy, and capacity building.
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Positive Impact Commitment
The purpose of Farallon Strategies is to create a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole, from the business and operations of the Company. To provide a structured way to track progress on this mission Farallon Strategies, LLC is pursuing B Corporation status.
Farallon Strategies, LLC is committed to sustainability and has a goal of being carbon negative, meaning "activity goes beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions to...create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere."
Farallon Strategies' clients and partners are public agencies, consulting firms, collaboratives, and non-profit organizations working towards the common goal of a better tomorrow. We partner with a broad range of organizations to ensure the best team for each initiative. We partner with our clients to support:
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Our Partners and Collaborators
As a small, mission-driven firm, Farallon Strategies partners and collaborates with other organizations to create a greater impact. Through these relationships, we support organizations and communities in achieving our shared priorities across the United States.
The Farallon Strategies Team
Founder and President
Michael served as the Senior Planning Advisor in Governor Brown's Office of Planning and Research, as a Deputy Associate Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Obama, and currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Local Government Commission, Advisor to Resilient Cities Catalyst, Senior Fellow at Rincon Consultants, Mentor at 3rd Derivative, the Board President for the Cool Davis Foundation, a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum: Mountain Valley Chapter, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Michael is an instructor and visiting lecturer at various universities and institutes and teaches classes on climate change, land use, and resilience at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Organizations.
Prior to joining Farallon Strategies, Carolyn worked as a Senior Climate Analyst in a consulting and engineering firm where she assisted with the project management and preparation of municipal clients’ Climate Action and Adaptation Plans, Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, and Environmental Justice and Safety Elements of General Plans. Prior to her consulting work, she was a Fellow with the CivicSpark Governor’s AmeriCorps Initiative where she led the development of the South Bay's sub-regional climate adaptation plan. Carolyn began her career at the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative where she was the Project Manager for the Urban Adaptation Assessment, an innovative digital tool assessing risk and readiness of U.S. cities.
Christina started her environmental career at an NGO creating community-based conservation and infrastructure projects on islands throughout the world. Her work included managing a broad array of project types from microloan programs for women protecting mangroves in Sri Lanka to peat moss bog restoration in Ireland. She then returned to school to get her Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. While pursuing her graduate degree, she was able to work on a variety of local projects and get rooted in California’s environmental policy world. This included projects such as a study on nature-based adaptation for transportation and wetlands, wildfire resilience building, and local environmental education. A naturalist at heart, Christina enjoys learning the names and characteristics of all the plants and animals around her. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, climbing, foraging edible and medicinal plants, and finding fun rocks.
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Farallon Strategies, LLC serves clients across the United States. During these unprecedented times, we do not travel in person, but are able to support virtual gatherings and meetings through a variety of platforms and services.