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Climate Community Engagement, Communications, Partnerships and Events:

Hannah Doress, Word Out Consulting -- Core competencies:

  • Stakeholder research, recruitment, engagement, training and collaboration — specialty in disadvantaged communities, experience with multi-lingual education, events and campaigns.
  • Full spectrum communications, outreach, marketing and promotions — specialty in events
  • Knowledge and analysis of equity implications of climate risks and impacts. 
  • Fund development, cross-sector partnerships, win-win solutions.


  • Doress is currently working with multiple consulting teams as a community engagement, equity and climate justice consultant contributing to business and proposal development. 
  • Doress contributed to the Permaculture + Social Equity Team and Shore Up Marin "Designing Our Own Solutions" community-led planning and flooding solutions project via the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.
  • She was a peer reviewer for California's California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment and is regularly consulted by agencies and nonprofits for input on policy and program development in the areas of equity and community engagement.
  • She presented with Phoenix Armenta of Resilient Communities Initiative on "Understanding Climate Equity" to Women's Alliance for Climate Justice.
  • She will be a panelist speaking about the equity implications of green infrastructure, water management and uplands development at Save the Bay's Bay Smart Communities Policy Framework release at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Professional summary: 

Hannah Doress is an expert on multicultural and cross-sector community engagement for climate solutions. She is known for generating excitement about new approaches, leadership, partnerships, and ideas. 

She has an equity focused approach based on building the respectful and reciprocal relationships needed to advance positive change. As a long-term ally working with low-income communities of color and other diverse constituents, Doress knows the barriers to engagement from the community perspective and understands how to make climate issues relevant for diverse populations. With extensive communications and outreach experience she can “translate” government-community communication challenges into effective collaborations. 

Doress co-founded the Bay Area’s first multiracial community-based organization focused on climate adaptation and helped develop Shore Up Marin’s signature community engagement / community ownership approach with a suite of best practices for community education, leadership development and community-government collaboration. Shore Up Marin’s commitment to addressing climate impacts and risks from a disadvantaged community perspective led to experience with capacity building, collaborating and advocating on hazard mitigation, disaster preparedness, environmental health, green infrastructure and water / watershed issues. Doress led policy advocacy and partnership efforts with County of Marin and Regional agencies and organizations, including development of joint funding proposals. 

As Steering Committee Member and Fund Development Chair for the Bay Area wide coalition Resilient Communities Initiatives, Doress contributed organization strategy and successful grants. She developed a fee for service model and won contracts focused on equity, climate adaptation, green infrastructure and policy consulting from major nonprofits and initiatives. She contributed to RCI advocacy on equity policy for agencies and funders including SFBRA (Measure AA) and BCDC.

She is also effective at building excitement for climate mitigation and natural carbon sequestration solutions. For example, her climate solutions day of action model packaged cross-sector solutions to make them attractive and efficient for community members and generated over 1,000 measurable resource saving and policy actions. 

Doress has thousands of hours of public speaking experience and has presented at topical conferences and events such as the National Adaptation Forum and the State of the SF Estuary. Over her career she has raised well over a million dollars from private foundations, government sources, donor cultivation, fund development events and sponsorship programs. 

She is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a member of Women’s Alliance for Climate Justice, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and Bay Area Cause Communications. She received the Essence Award from Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.