Collaborating for the greater good of California

Linda S. Adams

“My whole career has revolved around public policy. Seeing that policy now come to life in a way that matters for California is exciting—and the way we do that here at Clean Tech Advocates is to help businesses succeed. There is so much opportunity available—especially with regard to funding advanced technology. When we share in the privilege of collaborating with technology innovators in a way that creates jobs, grows businesses and helps California care for the environment, everybody wins.”
— Linda S. Adams


Speaking of Linda Adams, Governor Schwarzenegger described her as, “A mover and a shaker in California’s environmental policy” and commented that the impacts of her work “have been and continue to be felt around the world.” Governor Gray Davis called her a “ . . . true trailblazer, constantly pushing the State toward more progressive, sustainable policies that better serve the people of California.”

We call her part of our team and are proud to be partnering together on behalf of California.

Linda S. Adams has served in cabinet-level positions with three governors during her distinguished career with the State of California. She held key positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches during her many years in public service.

In 2006, Linda was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the first woman to serve in that position. When Governor Jerry Brown was elected in 2010, Linda was asked to continue as secretary of CalEPA and to assist in the transition, including relevant administration appointments until August of 2011.

As CalEPA Secretary, Linda oversaw the agency’s 5,000 employees and these State boards, departments, and offices: California Air Resources Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, Integrated Waste Management Board and Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessment

Key Accomplishments include:

  • Served as Governor Schwarzenegger’s lead negotiator on AB 32, California’s landmark climate change and clean energy law. After enactment of AB 32, oversaw the design of California’s carbon market.
  • Negotiated the first-in-the-nation law to combat global warming (Pavley “clean cars” law) and oversaw the implementation of that law, which then became the national standard for low emission vehicles and vehicle mileage standards.
  • Negotiated the first-in-the nation law on environmental justice, and then at CalEPA, developed policies and programs to implement that law, including the first agency-wide policy for working with California Indian tribes.
  • Launched the first-in-the nation Green Chemistry initiative, to create a science-based process for determining the proper use and disposition of “chemicals of concern” and ensure the development of safe alternatives.
  • Shaped the creation of the state’s first environmental education programs and curriculum, which was approved by the State Board of Education and available for use in all K-12 schools in California.

Prior to her appointment to CalEPA, Linda served as Chief of Staff to State Controller Steve Westly and as Legislative Secretary to Governor Gray Davis. She negotiated key pieces of legislation on behalf of Governor Davis, including the first-in-the-nation laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and for the promotion of environmental justice.

During the Davis administration, she was appointed as the first woman director of the California Department of Water Resources. Ms. Adams also served as a key staff member in the Legislature, including lead staff for both the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources and the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, where she drafted the state’s first comprehensive groundwater management law.

Linda currently serves as founding Chairman of the Climate Action Reserve, the premier carbon offset registry for the North American carbon market to quantify and verify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects. She also serves on the boards of the Pacific Forest Trust, the Delta Vision Foundation, the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, and is the founding President of R 20-Regions of Climate Action.