Edith is the statewide manager for the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s land use planning policies. The Board is the regulatory arm of CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) and is authorized to regulate land use and development in the California WUI.
Edith works with cities and counties across the state to integrate wildfire hazard planning into their general plans. She also researches, writes, and revises the Board’s laws for regulating land use development in the WUI. These laws provide minimum fire safety standards for roadways, street and building signs, water supply, and defensible space. She provides technical assistance to other state agencies on wildfire hazard planning, including CalOES, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, California Department of Housing and Community Development, and other CAL FIRE divisions. Edith serves as primary point of contact for questions from agencies and the public regarding the WUI, land use planning, and range management issues.
Growing up in New Jersey, Edith’s hometown often experienced flooding and she became interested in how we could build communities that were more resilient to natural disasters. She earned a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California and a BA in Geography from Rutgers University. She believes in an all-hazards approach to resiliency and planning and incorporating climate change and disaster adaptation into all aspects of the planning, building, and community development processes.