Dr. Jennifer Norris, Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat

Photo of Jennifer NorrisJennifer Norris joined the California Natural Resources Agency in June 2020. As Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat, she is responsible for overseeing our statewide biodiversity strategy, including the California Biodiversity Collaborative. She also leads the Cutting Green Tape initiative in support of landscape-scale habitat restoration. Jennifer comes to us from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she was the field supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. Since 2013, she has overseen the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other laws for over 100 listed and trust species across north-central California. Throughout her career, Jennifer has held several conservation positions within and outside of the Service, including Deputy Field Supervisor for the Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office, the Rio Grande ESA coordinator for the Albuquerque Fish and Wildlife Office, State Biologist for the New Mexico State Land Office, and as an environmental consultant in San Francisco. Dr. Norris has a Bachelor of Science in Resource Policy and Planning from Cornell University, a Masters in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of New Mexico. When she is not at work, she can be found exploring wild beaches, forests and deserts with her family.