Shannon Fiala

Former Graduate Student | Coastal Planner, California Coastal Commission
degree: MLA/MCP
degree-year: 2012

Shannon is currently a coastal planner with the California Coastal Commission, where she assists local governments in updating their land use plans and zoning codes to require coastal development to avoid, minimize and mitigate the risks from sea level rise while protecting coastal resources, including ecosystems, public recreation, and agriculture. Shannon has over ten years of environmental planning experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the San Francisco Bay Area at organizations such as the Marin Municipal Water District,  Napa County Resource Conservation District, NRM Environmental Consulting, Urban Land Institute and SPUR, a non-profit urban policy think tank, where she was Deputy Project Manager for the Ocean Beach Master Plan and subsequent implementation studies. Shannon also has a BS in ecology from the University of Michigan.