Quentin Foster

Director, California Climate


Areas of expertise:
Climate change, California climate policy, environmental justice, cap and trade

Quentin Foster is Director for California Climate at EDF. He leads EDF’s work on California climate policy and politics, advocating for legislative and administrative policies to establish and implement long-term GHG emissions reduction targets.

With strong commitment to social and environmental justice, he has collaborated with policy makers, regulators, and environmental stakeholders to advance equity in environmental policy.


Prior to joining EDF, Quentin served as Policy Advocate for the California Environmental Justice Alliance. He worked closely with multiple interest groups to help usher to success the passage of a series of environmental legislation in California to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy, and to provide support to disadvantaged communities.

As an environmental advocate, he helped secure additional funding in the 2013-14 Budget Act for the Air Resources Board Air Quality Improvement Program for initiatives designed to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation section. Working directly with multiple environmental coalitions on low carbon transportation policy, notably the Charge Ahead campaign, he helped to pass legislation that would increase access to the electric transportation sector for low-income communities and communities of color.

Quentin also worked as the Policy Director for the California Legislative Black Caucus, where he provided political and policy support to both Senate and Assembly Caucus members and legislative staff.

The first to graduate college in his family, Quentin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.