Adrienne Alvord is the Union of Concerned Scientists’s California and western states director, based in Berkeley, California. She is working to ensure we transition to a clean energy and fuels economy that reduces global warming, promotes equitable economic growth, and improves public health in western states. Ms. Alvord is leading UCS’s effort to ensure robust implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act, California’s landmark climate law known as “AB 32.” She also is working to ensure California’s renewable energy standard and clean vehicle standards are enforced.
Prior to coming to UCS, Ms. Alvord was the environmental policy director for California State Senator Fran Pavley and served as lead staff on AB 32. She led successful legislative efforts to establish clean energy programs and accompanying funding sources, clean vehicles and fuel technology standards, air and water quality rules, and natural resources protection programs. She worked extensively in climate, energy, fuels, waste, and agricultural policy and has deep experience both in translating scientific and technical work into policy ideas and creating strategic partnerships to achieve those policies. Prior to working in the California Legislature, Ms. Alvord served as a gubernatorial appointee directing state pesticide legislation and regulations, and previously was policy director for a California non-profit promoting sustainable agriculture.
Ms. Alvord has a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley.