Matthew Rowe – “Building Climate Resiliency into Maryland’s Water Programs”
Rachel Lamb, Ph.D. – “Growing Five Million Trees in Maryland by 2030”

Matthew Rowe, CC-P is the Assistant Director of Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) Water and Science Administration which oversees approximately 300 staff implementing state and federal water programs regulating public drinking water systems, wastewater, stormwater, wetlands, and compliance, as well as water quality monitoring, standards development, TMDL and non-point source management programs, with a focus on Chesapeake Bay restoration and building climate resiliency into Maryland’s water programs. Matt received a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Eckerd College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science/Stream Ecology from Oregon State University, and an Executive Education Program certificate in National Smart Growth Leadership from the University of Maryland. Matt serves the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership in support of the Principals’ Staff Committee and as co-chair of the Conowingo WIP Steering Committee, on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and is a certified Climate Change Professional with the Association of Climate Change Officers.  Prior to MDE, Matt worked in streams research at the University of Maryland, as a field biologist with the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, as a research fellow with EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, and as an engineering technician in the private sector.  Matt and his wife Rebecca have three adult children (Elizabeth, Isaac, and Aidan) and live in Columbia, Md.Rachel Lamb, PhD is a Maryland Sea Grant State Science Policy Fellow in the Maryland Department of Environment’s Climate Change Program. Rachel supports carbon assessments and accounting for Maryland’s natural and working lands. She also works to advance supportive policy for strategic carbon sequestration activities relative to the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act and broader participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Rachel Lamb earned her PhD in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) where her research centered on the applications of NASA Carbon Monitoring System science to advance strategic climate mitigation planning with co-benefits for biodiversity and human livelihoods. She also holds a Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology from UMD and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Wheaton College (IL).