Dr. Jacy Hyde is the Executive Director for the California Fire Safe Council. She grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains, and her love of the outdoors led her to pursue a BSc in Field and Wildlife Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After spending several years managing ecology field work all over the Western US and East Africa, Jacy went on to earn her PhD in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, where she researched the impacts of energy infrastructure development on forest health. As a Science Fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology, Jacy developed and analyzed state policy with CA State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. She then led mitigation efforts out of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as the Branch Chief for Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer, overseeing a portfolio of state and federal grant programs aimed at reducing risk from natural hazards and advancing equitable climate adaption approaches. In her free time, you can find her hiking, traveling, or curled up with a book.