Christopher Calfee is Special Counsel to the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency where he provides strategic legal advice on the Agency’s key policy priorities. Between 2017 and 2022, Chris served the Agency as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel. Before joining the Agency, he was Senior Counsel in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, where he advised the Governor and Cabinet on legislation and regulations governing land use, focusing mainly on state and local government responses to climate change. Chris studied international relations and law at the University of California, Davis. Chris enjoys getting outside as much as possible to garden, hike in the woods, explore incredible cities, and soak in California's coast.