Lauren Sanchez, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations

Lauren Sanchez was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2019 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her appointment, she served for two years at the California Air Resources Board as International Policy Director.

Prior to coming to CalEPA, she was at the U.S. Department of State, where she served as a climate negotiator on the Paris Agreement negotiating team under former President Barack Obama. In her earlier positions, she was an advisor for the United Nations, a research project leader at Yale University and a Moran Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

Lauren received her master’s degree from Yale University and bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. She is a Fulbright Scholar.

Lauren currently resides in Oakland with her husband and spends most weekends exploring the wilderness of California.

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