Gretchen Goldman

Research Director, Center for Science & Democracy

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Gretchen Goldman is the research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, Dr. Goldman leads research efforts on the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics ranging from scientific integrity in government decision-making, to political interference in science-based standards on hydraulic fracturing, climate change, and chemicals.

Dr. Goldman came to UCS from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow working on statistical modeling of urban air pollution for use in epidemiologic studies of acute human health effects.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in atmospheric science from Cornell University.

Dr. Goldman has appeared on VICE News Tonight, National Public Radio, MarketPlace, WBUR, WAMU, KEXP, and KQED. Her words have appeared in ScienceNatureThe New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg and Politico.

She currently serves on the 500 Women Scientists Leadership Board,  the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the advisory board of InfluenceMap.

Selected publications

Goldman, G.T. and F. Dominici. 2019. Don't abandon evidence and process on air pollution policy. Science. March 29. 363 (6434) 1398-1400 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw9460. Online at

Goldman, G., G. Reed., and J. Carter. 2018. Risks to Science-Based Policy Under the Trump Administration. Stetson Law Review. 47 (2) 267-293. Online at

Goldman, G.T., E. Berman, M. Halpern, C. Johnson, Y. Kothari, G. Reed, and A.A. Rosenberg. 2017. Ensuring Scientific Integrity in the Age of Trump. Science. February 17. 355 (6326). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam5733. Online at

Goldman, G.T., K. Mulvey, P. Frumhoff, R. Sethi, S. Pfirman, and H. Commoss. 2017. A Methodology for Assessment of Corporate Responsibility on Climate Change: A Case Study of the Fossil Energy Industry. Journal of Environmental Investing. September 22. Online at 

Carroll, C., B. Hartl, G.T. Goldman, D.J. Rohlf, A. Treves, J.T. Kerr, E.G. Ritchie, R.T. Kingsford, K.E. Gibbs, M. Maron, J.E.M. Watson. 2017. Defending the Scientific Integrity of Conservation-Policy Processes. Conservation Biology. July 25. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12958. Online at

Goldman, G; Mulholland, J; Russell, A.; Gass, K; Strickland, M; Klein, M; Tolbert, P. 2012. Characterization of ambient air pollution measurement error in a time-series health study using a geostatistical simulation approach. Atmospheric Environment 57:101-108.