Dave Reid, Director

Prior to joining the Office of Response, Recovery & Resilience, Dave served as a senior staff member for the First District County of Santa Cruz Supervisor for eight years. Through extensive constituent work, community organizing and coalition building, he helped ensure that our local government served Santa Cruz County residents. Prior to this, Dave worked in Public Works and the Redevelopment Agency, where he gained experience in community engagement, project management and public infrastructure maintenance. As a former research scientist with the USGS with a Masters in Coastal Geology, Dave possesses a comprehensive understanding of the science behind climate change and how our community and local government can prepare and respond to it. In his new role, he seeks to serve the public to recover, adapt, innovate and become more resilient.

Tatiana Brennan

Senior Administrative Analyst – Recovery & Resilience

Tatiana received her BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and her Master’s in Social Welfare with an emphasis on Management, Policy and Planning from UC Berkeley. With a background in planning and evaluation, specifically for government-funded projects in under-resourced and marginalized communities, Tatiana brings a combination of data-driven strategic system design and community coalition-building engagement strategies that promote equitable resource acquisition. With 21 years of experience improving equity in communities, Tatiana is looking forward to working closely with the Santa Cruz community to develop an integrated, adaptive approach to climate change resilience, focusing on those members of our community most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In addition, Tatiana is eager to support CZU August Lightning complex fire families as they rebuild their homes and lives after the traumatic events of August 2020.

Patty Ciesla

Wildfire Resilience Program Manager

Patty brings a deep understanding of wildfire preparedness to the Office of Response, Recovery and Resilience, through eight years of prior leadership as the Executive Director of the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council and then the statewide California Fire Safe Council. She has participated in the development of countywide community wildfire prevention and local risk reduction plans, and managed important projects such as the Highway 17 shaded fuel break between the summit and Los Gatos. Patty holds a BA from Stanford’s Human Biology program and is an advocate for safe and healthy ecosystems and the people in them. For 25 years she has led outings throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains to explore native plants and wildlife, and organized volunteer service projects for parks, open space, and forests. Patty was evacuated for the Bear Fire in 2017 and the CZU Fire in 2020, experiences that motivate her work to help our communities become resilient to the increasing threat of catastrophic wildfire.