Deputy Director, State of California’s Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Louise Bedsworth is the Deputy Director of the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in the Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown. Prior to being appointed Deputy Director in 2013, she was a Senior Researcher at OPR. At OPR she has led the development of the Governor’s long-term environmental strategy, the Environmental Goals and Policy Report. She also leads work on climate change adaptation and resilience and other collaborative efforts. Dr. Bedsworth is also a visiting research at the University of California at Davis, where she leads an interdisciplinary, EPA-funded project on preparing for extreme event impacts on air and water quality in California.
Before joining OPR in 2011, Dr. Bedsworth was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where her work focused on climate change adaptation, local government action on climate change, and transportation. She has also held positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Redefining Progress, and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis.
She has a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley.