Anna Ferrera, Deputy Secretary for
Legislative Affairs and External Partnerships
Anna Ferrera was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in February 2019 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs and External Partnerships at the California Environmental Protection Agency. In this capacity, she serves as principal liaison between CalEPA, including its boards, departments and office, and the State Capitol, advising on legislative priorities.
Prior to her appointment at CalEPA, Ferrera was a partner and legislative advocate at Murdoch, Walrath and Holmes (MWH) – a firm specializing in public school construction. During her tenure at MWH, Ferrera founded and served as executive director of the School Energy Coalition, an organization that assisted the almost 1,000 school districts and 58 county offices of education on issues related to energy and water efficiency and resiliency.
Ferrera was with the California State Senate for five years as policy and legislative director for Senate Budget Chair Denise Moreno Ducheny of San Diego. Ferrera was also a consultant to the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications; and to the Senate Office of Research.
Prior to her staff work in the state Senate, Ferrera served the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. as a special assistant to the Secretary of Energy and in the department’s Office of Policy and International Relations. She later served as a senior advisor in the Office of Environmental Management at U.S. DOE before returning to her home state of California.
Ferrera is a member of California Women in Energy; the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment; and the California Latino Capitol Association Foundation. She earned undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in public administration specializing in intergovernmental management from the University of Southern California.