Ashley Conrad-Saydah

Chief of Policy and Community Affairs, Vibrant Planet

Ashley Conrad-Saydah serves as Chief of Policy and Community Affairs at Vibrant Planet, a nature tech company deploying a common operating platform for wildfire and ecosystem resilience. A recognized expert in climate change, renewable energy and natural resources policy for two decades, Ashley forges cross-sectoral collaborations to address the climate crisis.

Ashley began serving on Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy & Homeland Security External Advisory Board in 2022 and on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, appointed by California Governor Newsom, in 2021. Ashley previously held climate and energy policy positions at the California Environmental Protection Agency (appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown) and in the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, beginning her tenure as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Ashley mentors graduate students and serves on the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Graduate Program of Environmental Policy and Management. She has a masters in environmental science and management from UC Santa Barbara and an AB in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University.

Throughout her career, Ashley has worked to provide all people access to nature, education, healthy communities, and good jobs. Ashley lives in Sacramento with her husband, two children and anxious dog.