Environmental Defense Fund Hires West Coast Political Director

October 11, 2011

Jennifer Witherspoon, (415) 293.6067 (office), jwitherspoon@edf.org

(San Francisco – October 11, 2011) Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced today the hire of Lauren Faber as the political director of EDF’s West Coast operations.

“Lauren Faber’s policy and political savvy is an asset to EDF’s mission on the West Coast to deliver solutions for the environment and the economy,” said David Festa, EDF’s West Coast vice president.

California has led the nation in advancing innovative environmental policies over the past four decades, making it an important proving ground for the market-based solutions advocated by EDF.

“I’m pleased to join EDF in forging effective partnerships with business and government leaders to advance robust environmental policies on the West Coast that can serve as an example nationally and internationally,” said Lauren Faber.

Lauren Faber joins EDF from the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs in February 2010. At the California EPA, Lauren focused on the design and implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act that EDF cosponsored in 2006. Previously, Lauren served as senior director for Lighthouse Consulting Group, where she advised on comprehensive climate change and energy strategies for domestic and international companies, and non-government organizations, and in particular, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. Lauren also served over four years at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. as the Senior Policy Advisor for climate change and energy.

Ms. Faber’s work at EDF will focus on building support with business and governmental leaders to advance key policies in the areas of climate, energy, oceans, land, water and wildlife.

Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. For more information, visit www.edf.org/california. Follow us on Twitter @EDF_CA and read our blog at http://blogs.edf.org/californiadream/.