Lisa Schiavinato is the Director of Extension at California Sea Grant. She is responsible for Extension Program management and development, while also providing vision and leadership for extension activities that assist California's coastal communities and stakeholders with addressing critical and emerging challenges.
Schiavinato is an attorney, and she has worked in the areas of ocean and coastal law, property law, land-use law, energy policy, wetlands regulation, and climate adaptation planning in the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico. She was previously the coastal law, policy, and community development specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant and co-director of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center. Her research and outreach projects have included analyzing the legal and policy issues associated with social vulnerability mapping, North Carolina’s coastal wind energy potential, recommending for ocean management strategies and recommending strategies for managing the state’s estuarine shoreline. Among the awards she has received for her work and leadership include the North Carolina Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award for Natural Resources Scientist of the Year and Outstanding Extension Service Award from North Carolina State University.
Schiavinato holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a law degree and certificate in environmental and land-use law from the University of Florida. Her work has appeared in journals such as the North Carolina Law Review, Coastal Management and the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal. Schiavinato is a past president of The Coastal Society.