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Appointment Designation - Attorney

  • Appointed 2023

Lead Commissioner for

  • Siting, Transmission, and Environmental Protection (STEP) 
  • Lithium Valley
  • Geothermal Resources Development Account (GRDA)
  • California Automated Permit Processing Program (CalAPP)
  • Solar Equipment Lists
  • Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (DACAG)
  • Energy Equity and Environmental Justice
  • Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards
  • Audit Committee
  • Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Noemí  Gallardo is serving her first term on the California Energy Commission. She was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in February 2023 to serve as the CEC’s attorney member. She is the first Latina appointed as a CEC commissioner.

Gallardo joined the CEC in 2019 as its Public Advisor. She later became chief of staff for CEC Chair David Hochschild.  

Before joining the Energy Commission, she was senior manager of public policy at Sunrun Inc. Her professional experiences include serving as a program fellow at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, a consultant at Gallardo Law and Policy Consulting, an energy and telecommunications legal fellow at the Greenlining Institute, and a principal investigator at the Public Law Research Institute at the University of California College of the Law,  San Francisco (UC Law SF, formerly known as UC Hastings). Gallardo is also a state-certified interpreter in Spanish who established and ran a translation and interpretation services business in her native Ventura County.     

She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a proud mother of two. She is a first-generation college graduate who earned a Juris Doctor degree from UC Law SF, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University.


Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards

Gallardo is lead commissioner for the Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards, an annual event designed to honor the leadership and outstanding achievements of Californians who help advance the state’s clean energy goals. The awards aim to motivate and inspire all stakeholders to continue to lead California to a 100 percent clean energy future by 2045. As California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “We will never waver on achieving the nation’s most ambitious clean energy goals.” The Clean Energy Hall of Fame Award winners exemplified these principles.

 View videos of the event and the awardees’ stories - YouTube


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