Adapt-CA Roadmap

Leadership & Organizational Culture

Fostering support for agency adaptation efforts through leadership and organizational culture ensures that adaptation is advanced throughout all levels of the agency. Leadership from agency executives and local elected officials is essential in driving adaptation, establishing adaptation as an agency priority can codify this leadership, and garnering the public and political support necessary to fund and pursue adaptation strategies. Targeted approaches must be taken in order to effectively motivate and mobilize leaders in different roles to work in collaboration towards shared adaptation goals. Cultivating adaptation leaders and building a culture that values adaptation are long-term investments that are needed to effectively respond to future climate variabilities, the cascading and compounding nature of climate impacts, and the quickly evolving adaptation space in California. Creating a culture that values internal coordination and empowers staff at all levels can enable an organization to more smoothly and effectively advance adaptation efforts throughout communities.