Business Plan

Resilient Shore is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit project. Our focus is location based – San Rafael, California.  Our mission is to deliver shoreline protection emphasizing natural resource strategies. We address flood risk and resiliency challenges, including transportation networks, associated with climate change driven sea level rise.

Fiscal controls and organizational oversight are provided by our fiscal sponsor, MarinLINK, and our strategic partners who serve as our advisory board. The Executive Director oversees day-to-day operation and management, bookkeeping, and processing accounts payable.

Our workplan budget is designed to be lean. We are structured to minimize overhead and management expenses, focusing resources on mission-driven tasks and projects. Core team members, consultants, and contractors only receive compensation for services directly associated with projects.

Our programmatic costs are associated with our advising, planning/design, advocacy, and outreach work, including:

  • Provide technical expertise to the City of San Rafael on policy and programs for shore resiliency and flood risk reduction in the General Plan 2040 Update; and for transportation resiliency in the North Bay-Redwood Empire Gateway Project, the US 101/I-580 interchange, and the Faster Bay Area Bond Initiative.
  • Actively engage with stakeholder groups, elected officials, and municipal staff through meetings and presentations to build support for Resilient Shore objectives. Sponsor tours and events. Produce and distribute messaging materials through electronic media.
  • Build consensus on transportation priorities with local transportation interests, San Rafael, Marin and Sonoma County and Metropolitan Transportation Organizations.
  • Provide the leadership and assemble supporters for a shore resiliency planning grant program sponsored by the Marin Community Foundation. Assist the City of San Rafael to secure private contributions, grant funding and resources for the Shore and Flood Resiliency Plan. Assist the city to prepare the community-based plan, vet physical solutions for environmental, social and economic feasibility. Identify funding strategies and governance for capital improvements and long-term operations and maintenance.
  • Work with the State Insurance Commissioner’s Office and private insurance companies to identify improved modeling and flood risk reduction strategies to better assess risk and reduce insurance claims and premiums. Identify alternatives to the National Flood Insurance Plan, a program that is 50 years old, billions of dollars in debt, and increasingly viewed as unsustainable.