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Melissa Foley, PhD

Program Manager
Clean Water Program
(510)746-7345

Melissa Foley is the Program Manager for the San Francisco Bay Regional Monitoring Program. She is a marine ecologist by training but an interdisciplinary scientist in practice. She has extensive experience working with scientists, lawyers, decision makers, tribes, and stakeholders on a wide range of topics, including water quality, wildfire, dam removal, cross-habitat connectivity, ocean acidification, spatial planning, cumulative effects, ecological tipping points, and ecosystem-based management. Melissa received her PhD from the University of California Santa Cruz, was an Early Career Fellow with Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions, followed by a Mendenhall Research Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey. Most recently, she was a Senior Scientist with Auckland Council in New Zealand, where she worked at the science-policy interface using long-term environmental monitoring data to inform regional and national management and policy strategies. 

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Introducing the New RMP Manager: Dr. Melissa Foley (News)

SFEI is very pleased to announce that Dr. Melissa Foley joined our staff as the new RMP Manager in late December. She is a marine ecologist by training but an interdisciplinary scientist in practice. She has extensive experience working with scientists, lawyers, decision-makers, tribes, and stakeholders on a wide range of topics, including water quality, wildfire, dam removal, cross-habitat connectivity, ocean acidification, spatial planning, cumulative effects, ecological tipping points, and ecosystem-based management.