Low tide, San Francisco Bay, Marin County


415 578 2392

828 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

The people behind Resilient Shore

Nature-based solutions are our priority

This project has been in the works for more than five years. In that time, Jeff Rhoads, Stuart Siegel and Kathy Schaefer, the three cornerstone members of Resilient Shore, have studied the situation in great detail. Each founder brings essential, complementary expertise to the table – design, engineering, biology, maintenance, finance, flood risk management. Our priorities are nature-based, emphasizing shore ecology, wetlands management, and habitat improvement. Our work is augmented by a team of architects, engineers, biologists and naturalists.

Planning and design

Jeff Rhoads, President of the Argonaut Company, provides the planning, design and administrative bedrock for the organization. He has two architectural degrees — a Masters from MIT and a Bachelors from UC Berkeley — and he is a LEED AP. A member of the Bay Planning Coalition, Sustainable San Rafael and SPUR, his 30-year career spans a wide variety of projects, from landscape scale design to early historic preservation advocacy. His work has encompassed community engagement, land stewardship, development and construction.

Risk management and infrastructure finance

Kathleen Schaefer’s career has focused on Catastrophic Risk Management. For ten years, she worked with the National Flood Insurance Program. As a Regional Engineer at FEMA, she managed over $10 million in new California mapping projects. These included a new coastal study of the San Francisco Bay, as well as Marin, Trinity, Modoc, Sierra, Plumas and Placer Counties. She received the Floodplain Management Association’s Goddard Award and in 2012 the Hogg-Owen Award for Meritorious Achievement.

Wetlands management

Dr. Stuart Siegel has extensive experience in regional ecosystem planning, ecosystem restoration projects, and scientific research into ecosystem restoration and management issues. His approach is now commonly known as “ecosystem-based” management. Working primarily in the San Francisco Estuary and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, his projects range from a few acres to several thousand acres. A certified Professional Wetland Scientist, he is the technical lead for Governor Schwarzenegger’s Delta Vision Ecosystem Strategic Plan. He has four degrees from UC Berkeley, including his Ph.D. in Geography.