Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger
2/2009 to 1/4/2010
Julia Levin, of Kensington, California, was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 5, 2009. Ms. Levine resigned her position effective January 4, 2010, to pursue other interests.
The five members of the Energy Commission are appointed by the Governor for staggered five-year terms and require Senate confirmation. By law, four of the five members of the Energy Commission are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics and law. One commissioner is appointed from the public-at-large. Commissioner Levin fills the environmental protection position.
Before her appointment to the Energy Commission, Ms. Levin directed Audubon's global warming campaign since early 2007. Ms. Levin coordinated Audubon's federal and state work on climate and energy policy, grassroots outreach, public education, and communications related to global warming and energy issues. She served as the first Chair of the Board of the American Wind Wildlife Institute and also advocated for properly sited clean energy development before the Western Governors Association, the Energy Commission, and Members of Congress.
Prior to becoming Global Warming Director, Ms. Levin was Audubon's California Policy Director where she helped to develop statewide guidelines on wind power and wildlife protection, helped pass a $5.4 billion conservation bond, and helped restore important California ecosystems.
Before coming to Audubon, Ms. Levin was the California Policy Coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists where she led successful campaigns to establish the California Climate Registry and the California Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). She also helped advocate for policies to reduce vehicle emissions, increase energy efficiency, and build public understanding of global warming.
Ms. Levin has also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, Natural Heritage Institute, and Trustees for Alaska.
Ms. Levin received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University in 1985 and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1991.