Bruce Riordan

Program Director at the Climate Readiness Institute

Bruce Riordan is the Program Director for the Climate Readiness Institute at UC Berkeley. The CRI brings together academic experts from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and other academic institutions with climate practitioners from Bay Area government agencies, non-profits and the private sector. Through these “co-production” research partnerships, we develop actionable science on how sea level rise, drought, heatwaves, and other climate issues will impact public health, infrastructure performance, and critical ecosystems in the Bay Area and California.

Previously, Mr. Riordan served as the Climate Strategist for the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee. At the JPC, Mr. Riordan led the Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project, funded by the Kresge Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and the JPC regional agencies. BACERP was a collaboration of 300+ Bay Area climate stakeholders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors that worked to accelerate Bay Area climate adaptation and resilience planning through workshops, needs assessments, webinars and other activities.

Mr. Riordan is the Co-Founder and past Chair of the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) that coordinates climate adaptation leaders from San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Sierra. He was recently appointed by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to their statewide Advisory Committee on climate resilience under SB 246. Mr. Riordan has also consulted on climate change strategies for BART, Next 10, the Marin Community Foundation, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Quality Management District, and other Bay Area organizations.