As the Public Lands Representative in the California Desert, Sheara Cohen works at the intersection of The Wilderness Society’s Land & Water and Energy & Climate programs in one of the country’s largest and wildest ecosystems. In collaboration with our partners, she is working to protect the region’s conservation lands and ensure that renewable energy projects contribute to climate solutions while avoiding impacts to sensitive landscapes.
Sheara came to TWS in the spring of 2017 after over a decade of working successfully with a range of stakeholders to develop solutions to contentious issues as a policy advocate, grassroots organizer, and growth management and open space planner. She holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources and Land Use Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan where she was a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow.
Originally from Maryland, Sheara fell in love with the West’s vast and dramatic landscapes while living at 7,500 feet in Taos, New Mexico during college. Experiences studying in East Africa and leading a grassroots development effort in rural Utah – where she witnessed the detrimental effects of unplanned growth on natural and cultural landscapes – cemented her commitment to working to balance conservation and development.
In her free time, Sheara can be found hiking and taking art and woodworking classes.