Sustainable Development Policy Director
Laura Tam leads SPUR's policy work on water, energy, climate change and resilience. Since 2007, she has developed SPUR's policy agenda for sustainability by convening task forces, directing major research reports, speaking and presenting on SPUR's research to a variety of audiences, and conducting policy advocacy. She is a thought leader on urban strategies for sea level rise, water efficiency and reuse, green infrastructure, and reducing climate change emissions. She has authored or co-authored numerous report and policy studies including Climate Change Hits Home, Future-Proof Water, Fossil-Free Bay Area, Greener and Better Roofs, Resilient Coastal City Regions (book) and the award-winning Mission Creek Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study.
Laura currently serves on the executive board of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge and on the advisory committee of the Bay Restoration Authority. She has served on numerous boards and advisory groups over the last 10 years, advising nonprofits and government on such topics as clean energy, urban forestry and stormwater management. Prior to working at SPUR, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has a Master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BA in geography from Dartmouth College.