Jessica Block

Acting Chair

Governor appointee

Associate Director, WIFIRE Lab at UC San Diego


  • Fire behavior and risk modeling
  • Vegetation management’s impact on surround ecology
  • Data governance
  • Board management and strategic planning

Jessica Block has been a senior research associate and associate director of the WIFIRE Lab at the University of California, San Diego since 2011. She was a wildfire research officer at the University of Melbourne in 2010, a research associate at the University of Ballarat, Australia from 2008 to 2009, a research associate at San Diego State University in 2008, and a senior research developer at Arizona State University from 2005 to 2008. Block earned a Master of Science degree in geological sciences with an emphasis in urban ecology from Arizona State University.