Shannon Cunniff

Environmental Defense Fund

Shannon Cunniff is the director of coastal resilience for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Shannon leads EDF’s development of strategies and tactics for reducing adverse effects of flood disasters while improving environmental outcomes. Her work builds on 27 years working in the federal government at the intersection of water resources engineering, risk management, and environmental policy. Currently she is working on strategies to enhance community capacity for multi-objective planning and implementation by expanding financing and increasing rewards for communities that pursue flooding resilience projects that include protection and restoration of natural infrastructure.