Shereen D’Souza, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations
Shereen D’Souza was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in June 2021 to serve as CalEPA’s Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations.
Prior to joining CalEPA, Shereen worked for U.S. EPA Region 9, focusing on Pacific Islands environmental management and environmental justice issues. She has worked as a consultant and project manager on numerous environmental projects, including local climate resilience and sustainability plans and research on climate-smart agriculture for UN agencies. Shereen spent over four years at the U.S. State Department as a negotiator for the U.S. in the UNFCCC, helping to deliver the Paris Agreement. During this time, she led the Department’s adaptation and loss and damage team. Shereen also spent six years working on food justice issues at the grassroots level in California and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, focusing on agriculture.
Shereen holds a Master of Environmental Science and a Graduate Certificate of Concentration in International Development from Yale University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University.