Energy, Ocean Resources, and Federal Consistency Division
Vail Krygsman (she/her)
At Coastal Commission since 2020
Growing up visiting beaches in Southern California and caring about beach conservation,
Vail did not consider these passions beyond a personal interest until the Covid-19
pandemic catalyzed a career change from the restaurant industry to something that
connected to her more emotionally. She explored jobs in regenerative agriculture and
searched for ways to contribute to environmental protection, discovering the Commission's
efforts in their environmental justice program and coastal access equity.
Vail jumped into her role without prior experience in public service or coastal management,
but her background in English and Digital Communications at college and in restaurant
management provided her with the skills to be a management services technician. She works
on many different tasks including the permit application process, organizing and formatting
documents for the public, and coordinating the monthly hearing production. Her team provides
her with immense support, as she continues to expand her understanding of environmental practices.
She appreciates being at an organization that engages the public, works with California
Native American communities, focuses on environmental justice, and employs women in positions
of influence to ensure coastal protection.