Chair of the Board of Regents
University of California System
Is CEO and Founder of Estolano Advisors, an urban planning and public policy firm, and CEO of Better World Group, an environmental policy and advocacy firm. Has worked directly with public, private, institutional and nonprofit clients to plan, finance, design, implement and operate policy-driven programs and projects that promote sustainable solutions tailored for each community.
The Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Represents the 19th District of California, based in the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose, and the Santa Clara Valley. Currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, and the Committee on House Administration.
Leads UC’s office of Research and Innovation, bringing together people and resources from across our campuses and partner institutions around the world: to organize around common challenges and opportunities; advocate for research needs, policies, and resources; and maximize the effectiveness and impact of research and innovation across the University of California and the State.
Assembly Member Richard Bloom
State of California, District 50
Chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation where he has pushed for increasing renewable energy development and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Promotes smart and sustainable planning that expands affordable housing and reduces traffic congestion and commute times.
Director, Project Climate
Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE)
Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley
Served as a senior policy advisor to Governor Jerry Brown in California, the director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the chair of the Strategic Growth Council. Before joining the Brown Administration, headed the California Attorney General’s Office Environment section.
California Insurance Commissioner
As California’s 8th Insurance Commissioner, helps Californians recover from natural disasters and resist the impact of climate change on communities. As Senator, expanded protections for disaster survivors from losing their homes to insurance cancellation and nonrenewal and wrote the nation’s first climate insurance law, SB 30, to engage the insurance industry in the fight against climate-linked environmental disasters like wildfires and sea level rise.
Focuses research on energy, environmental economics, and applied microeconomics.
Professor of Natural Resource Economics and Policy
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
Focuses on the economics of land use, climate change, and forests. Gives particular emphasis to the development of methods for econometrically modeling land-use decisions, the analysis of environmental policies that affect private land-use decisions, and the modeling of land development pressures.
Professor Emerita of City & Regional Planning
University of California, Berkeley
Studies inequalities in the planning, development, and governance of regions in the U.S. and Latin America, with a focus on economic development and housing. Currently engaged in research projects related to inequality and sustainability planning, particularly on residential and commercial/industrial displacement.
Senior Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Diego
Associate Director for Fire Science, WIFIRE Lab, University of California, San Diego
Has expertise in wildfire behavior modeling, atmospheric phenomena, theoretical turbulence, computational fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Leads LANL efforts to use next-generation process-based wildfire models for the study of fundamental wildfire behavior.
Frank Kanawha Lake
US Forest Service/US Dept. of Agriculture
Researches wildland fire effects, traditional ecological knowledge, climate change, and ethno-ecology with an emphasis on cultural management and fire ecology of forest, shrub, grassland and riparian environments in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.
Research contributes to California’s efforts to both build the knowledge base and implement policies that adapt our water supplies, critical ecosystems and economy to the impacts of climate warming. Works with leaders in state agencies, elected officials, federal land managers, water leaders, non-governmental organizations, and other decision makers on developing climate solutions for California.
Co-Director, Berkeley Forests
Forestry Specialist, Cooperative Extension
University of California, Berkeley
Areas of interest include climate smart forestry, watershed management, forest management, and resource economics. Focuses on improving the positive financial linkages between working forests and rangelands and urban residents.
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair (MIST)
University of California, Merced
Interested in the hows, whys and whats of climate and weather. Work spans many topics, from addressing questions on climate variability, to understanding climate impacts on natural resources, to developing climate datasets and tools.
Chief Clinical Strategic Officer
University of California Health
Develops, implements, monitors and updates systemwide clinical initiatives to ensure continued alignment of programs with the strategic goals, values and plans of the system and its health campuses. Incorporates the use of complex data sets and population health strategies to improve care statewide.
Secretary of CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture
Appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture in January 2019. Has unmatched leadership experience in agricultural issues, including environmental stewardship, climate change adaptation, and trade.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Ecology
Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy
University of California, Irvine
Researches the implications of climate change policy on environmental justice communities at scales ranging from the local to the global, including the disparate impacts of wildfire on undocumented migrants and the politics of incorporating environmental justice into global climate change policy.
Beth Rose Middleton
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Native American Studies
University of California, Davis
Research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, indigenous analysis of climate change, Afro-indigeneity, and qualitative GIS.
Supervising Attorney, Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic
Project Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
UCLA School of Law
University of California, Los Angeles
Focuses on environmental litigation, regulatory compliance, and land use practice, including litigating complex environmental cases in state and federal court, advising clients on compliance with state and federal environmental regulations, and assisting clients through land use entitlement and development processes.
Appointed Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development in July 2020. Previously joined UC Merced in July 2014 as the first full-time Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Education.