Sara Aminzadeh

Commissioner, California Coastal Commission

Sara Aminzadeh is an attorney and environmental advocate with a career focused on bridging the gap between state-level water policies and local implementation. She serves both as a commissioner with the California Coastal Commission and as program officer for water at the Pisces Foundation, where she works to ensure clean and plentiful water for people and nature.

Prior to joining Pisces, Aminzadeh was the executive director at California Coastkeeper Alliance, helping build an effective network dedicated to achieving swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waters in California. She skillfully advanced California Waterkeepers’ unique on-the-water advocacy efforts, adding new capacities, like the Blue Business Council, a network of more than 135 businesses working to protect California waters, and catalyzing powerful collaborative approaches like the Clean Water Accountability Project.

​Aminzadeh has been researching and writing about the subjects of climate change, human rights, and sea-level rise for more than fifteen years. She most recently authored one of the first papers to explore the linkages between human rights and climate change, and subsequently wrote a chapter Rising to the Challenge: California Climate Change Adaptation in the 2014 Oxford University textbook, Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law. 

Aminzadeh holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. with honors from U.C. Santa Barbara in political science and environmental studies.


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