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Sara Noelani Olsen

California Political Affairs, Project Manager


Areas of expertise:

California Climate Policy, Environmental Justice, and Transportation


As the project manager for EDF's California Political Affairs team, Sara coordinates EDF’s political engagement and advocacy work in the state. Sara works to advance progressive climate policies that move California toward a greener, cleaner and more equitable future.  

Sara collaborates across EDF's diverse workstreams and identifies opportunities to further the organization's initiatives in California. Her areas of focus include environmental justice, zero-emission transportation, sustainable groundwater and forestry management, renewable energy and a just transition to a clean economy.


Prior to joining EDF, Sara was the Climate Equity Policy Fellow at The Greenlining Institute, focusing on mobility and transportation justice in California. Sara also served as an International Leadership Foundation Civic Fellow at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, & Pacific Islanders under the Biden administration. With her roots in the Bay Area and Hawai'i, Sara is deeply motivated by her commitment to environmental justice and community well-being. 


  • BS, Societal & Environmental Studies, justice & sustainability concentration, University of California Berkeley