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Capital Center Names Governance Fellow

By Dateline Staff on February 21, 2020 in University

Quick Summary

  • Fran Pavley, former longtime state legislator, mentors UC interns on crafts of politics and policymaking
  • UC Center Sacramento Director Richard Kravitz describes Pavley as a “giant” in environmental legislation
  • “She will be an inspiration to the UCCS students who have the privilege of connecting with her”

Former state legislator Fran Pavley has been named by UC Center Sacramento as its governance fellow for 2020, to work with undergraduates from around the university system who are enrolled in the center’s quarterlong internships on the crafts of politics and policymaking.

Fran Pavley mugshot

Pavley served in the Assembly and Senate for 14 years total, until 2016, representing portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, during which time she authored the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act (Assembly Bill 32, passed in 2006), requiring a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

With AB 32, “she established herself as a giant in the annals of environmental legislative history,” said Richard Kravitz, a UC Davis Health professor (health policy and internal medicine) who serves as the director of UC Center Sacramento, or UCCS. “She will be an inspiration to the UCCS students who have the privilege of connecting with her.”

She holds a master’s degree in environmental planning and formerly served on the California Coastal Commission while also teaching middle school for 29 years. She is a Democrat; UC Center Sacramento alternates between Democrats and Republicans when choosing governance fellows.

Speaker Series

UC Center Sacramento, along with its internship program, also maintains a robust, year-round schedule of public talks by experts from around UC and elsewhere, sharing share their policy research on a variety of subjects. See the calendar here.

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