Lara thinks climate change is everybody’s problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-­‐create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly inclined folks in 2008. She is co-­‐author of two books on climate change adaptation, Buying  Time: A User’s Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems and Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. She also co-created an engaged stakeholder process to help individuals, organizations and communities create adaptation strategies applicable to their work, the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (, and the National Adaptation Forum. She served on the unfairly maligned, vitally important Nobel Prize-­‐winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a Switzer Environmental Fellow, a United States Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medalist, and the Bainbridge Island Environmentalist of the Year. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis and her B.A. in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Because she’s an optimist she assumes we’ll get our acts together on climate change-­‐-­‐who would want the alternative.