Michael McCormick, AICP was appointed to the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in 2011. OPR serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive State planning agency. Michael’s work at OPR, along with recent work with NOAA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality under the Obama Administration, is focused at the nexus of high level climate change goals and local implementation. His focus is on institutional transformation by leading the development of partnerships, tools, resources, guidance and programs that support strong action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing community resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. Michael is the co-chair of the 2019 National Adaptation Forum, co-founder of the California Adaptation Forum, founded the CivicSpark AmeriCorps Governors Initiative, lead on local engagement for GCAS, and was on the founding Board of Directors of the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. Michael completed his Bachelor’s in Sociology and Master’s in Urban Regional Planning at Florida State University.