Legislative Outreach Director
Fran Pavley served two terms in the California State Senate and three terms in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, she last represented the 27th Senate District, which encompasses the Conejo Valley, and portions of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. As Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, Pavley hosted seven CCST Science Fellows. Before being elected to the State Senate in 2008, Pavley served in the California State Assembly, representing the 41st Assembly District. She was also the first Mayor of Agoura Hills. She was a middle school teacher for 29 years before serving in elected office.
Pavley is widely renowned for her pioneering work on environmental and climate change legislation. She was the author of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which created a groundbreaking cap-and- trade system to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions; AB 1493, California’s Clean Car Law of 2002, which led to a national standard combining the reduction of greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions with higher fuel efficiency standards; and SB 1168, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. In 2016, she cemented her legacy by authoring and passing SB 32, which extended California’s emissions reduction goals.
Pavley currently works as an environmental consultant on energy and climate and as a legislative outreach director for the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. In February 2018, Pavley was appointed by Governor Brown to the Wildlife Conservation Board.