Lauren Faber O’Connor


Lauren Faber O’Connor
Chief Sustainability Officer at Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Event: L.A.'s Green New Deal x Lauren Faber

Lauren Faber O’Connor is the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In her role as Deputy CSO she is helping to drive the implementation of LA's Sustainable City pLAn, advance climate policies in the pLAn, ensure the City directs benefits to improve disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles, as well as engage other cities around the world.

Prior to joining the Garcetti Administration, Lauren served for four years as the West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco. At EDF she worked on building successful strategies and constructive partnerships to win support from governmental leaders, business, and environmental counterparts on climate, clean energy, land, water and wildlife. In 2010 Lauren was appointed to Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was dedicated to the design and implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act. Prior to her work at CalEPA, Lauren served as senior director for Lighthouse Consulting Group in Washington, D.C., where she advised on comprehensive national climate change and energy strategies for domestic and international companies, and non-government organizations, and in particular, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. From 2005-2009 Lauren served at the British Embassy as the Senior Policy Advisor for climate change and energy. Lauren sits on the Board of the California League of Conservation Voters, is a Catto Fellow for environmental leadership at the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Truman National Security Project Political Partnership. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

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