Alex Barnum, Deputy Secretary for Communications and External Affairs

Alex Barnum, Deputy Secretary for Communications and External AffairsBiography

Alex Barnum was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in May 2013 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Communications and External Affairs at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Prior to joining Cal EPA, Alex was a communications officer for the James Irvine Foundation, the largest multi-issue private foundation focused on California, where he oversaw key areas of organizational and program communications. Alex also worked as communications director for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the largest U.S. foundations focused on science and environmental conservation.

Alex spent most of his career as a journalist. From 1991 to 2005, he worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, serving as the paper’s environment reporter for four years and as editor for science, health and environmental coverage for five years. Prior to the Chronicle, Alex was a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News covering business and technology, and was a member of the paper’s staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune and other publications.

Alex received his bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. From 1994 to 1995, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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