Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
A nationally-recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, Kate Gordon was appointed director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and senior advisor to the governor on climate by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications, including the Fourth National Climate Assessment's chapter on “Reducing Risks Through Adaptation Actions”. Prior to being appointed OPR director, Gordon was a Senior Advisor at the Henry M. Paulson Institute, where she oversaw the “Risky Business Project,” focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change to the U.S. economy, and also provided strategic support to the Institute’s U.S.- China CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization.
Earlier in her career, Gordon served as Senior Vice President at the Center for the Next Generation; Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress; and Co-Executive Director of the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance). Gordon earned a J.D. and a masters in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.