Paul Edelman is the Chief of Natural Resources and Planning for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), and Deputy Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC). He works on land acquisition, shaping development entitlement, and passive recreation development over a 2,500 square mile area of Southern California. A primary emphasis of his work is on habitat linkages of all scales. Paul also developed and has since overseen a riparian habitat restoration program funded by in-lieu mitigation fees. Paul earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz and M.S. in Biology at California State University Los Angeles. Paul also serves on the La Kretz Center's Science Advisory Committee.