Global Climate Leadership Council

The Global Climate Leadership Council was formed in 2014 to advise UC on achieving the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 (pdf) while also providing guidance for furthering its other longstanding sustainability goals. The council will also provide guidance on integrating the carbon neutrality initiative and other sustainability goals into UC’s teaching, research and public service mission.

The council is comprised of scientists, administrators, students and experts from inside and outside UC and will engage the entire university community in its effort to seek out the best practices, policies and technology to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability.

The council is organized around key areas of contribution toward the initiative’s success:

Council members

The council is co-chaired by Rachael Nava (Chief Operating Officer, UCOP), and Wendell Brase, UC Irvine’s Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. Council members include UC officials, students and outside experts:

  • Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate (UCB)
  • Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (UCB)
  • Maryam Asghari, Graduate Student (UCI)
  • Roger Bales, Professor of Engineering (UCM)
  • Matt Barth, Professor of Engineering; Director, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (UCR)
  • Carl Blumstein, Director, California Institute for Energy & Environment (UCB)
  • Nathan Brostrom, Executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer (UCOP)
  • Matt Deines, Senior Planner, Campus Physical and Environmental Planning (UCI)
  • John Elliott, Chief Sustainability Officer (LBNL)
  • Cecilia Estolano, Vice Chair, UC Board of Regents
  • Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration (UCB)
  • Mary Gauvain, Academic Senate Chair (UCR)
  • Gregg Goldman, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer (UCLA)
  • Robert Horwitz, Academic Senate Vice Chair (UCSD)
  • Glenda Humiston, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCOP)
  • Kenneth Janda, Emeritus Dean of School of Physical Sciences (UCI)
  • Paul Jenny, Senior Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration (UCSF)
  • Pramod Khargonekar, Vice Chancellor of Research (UCI)
  • David Lea, Professor, Department of Earth Science (UCSB)
  • Theresa Maldonado, Vice President of Research and Innovation (UCOP)
  • Beth Rose Middleton, Professor and Department Chair, Native American Studies (UCD)
  • Charles Nies, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (UCM)
  • Jane Page, Professor of Directing, Drama Department (UCI)
  • Evelyn Ponce Hernandez, Undergraduate Student (UCD)
  • David Phillips, Associate Vice President, Energy & Sustainability (UCOP)
  • Brad Simmons, Interim CEO and COO, UC Davis Health (UCD)
  • Sheri Weiser, Professor of Medicine; Internist in Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine (UCSF)


External Advisors

  • Yana Garcia, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice, Tribal Affairs and Border Relations, CalEPA
  • H. Ramé Hemstreet, Vice President, Operations, Kaiser Permanente
  • Debbie Raphael, Director, Department of Environment, City of San Francisco
  • Elvyra F. San Juan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, CSU Chancellor’s Office