Kif Scheuer is the CivicSpark Progam Director at the Local Government Commission. Kif is a solution-oriented sustainability professional with a strong history of engaging diverse audiences in real-world climate protection efforts through innovative, market-focused research and analysis, creative program design, effective project implementation and compelling public advocacy and education. Since joining LGC in 2013 Kif organized the first California Adaptation Forum, which attracted over 800 attendees and served to kickstart the statewide conversation on adaptation. He is currently guiding the program for the second Forum. Kif led the development and growth of one of LGC’s key coalitions – the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. ARCCA is a statewide network focused on addressing adaptation at the regional scale. Kif also launched and now Direct’s LGC’s first Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps programs – CivicSpark™ a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that recruits and supports 90 Fellows who are dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management, housing, and mobility.
Before coming to LGC, Kif was the Sustainable Communities Program Director at Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) from 2007-2013. While at SEI, Kif developed and managed a series of innovative projects including; Climate Corps Bay Area, an AmeriCorps program dedicated to implementing climate change resiliency projects; the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Fund, a unique revolving fund for local agencies to overcome first-cost hurdles to adoption of clean energy systems; and the EPA- and PG&E-funded Small Communities Climate Partnership.
Kif has a PhD in Natural Resources and Environment and Masters of Science in Architectural Building Technologies, both from the University of Michigan.