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Lauren Faber is the West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund. Lauren brings to EDF the ability to craft successful program strategies, identify and establish constructive partnerships, and deploy high-level experts and political figures on key themes. Lauren's work at EDF focuses on building support with governmental leaders, business, and environmental counterparts to advance key policies in the areas of climate, energy, oceans, land, water and wildlife. Prior to joining EDF, Lauren worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was appointed to Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs in 2010. At the California EPA, Lauren focused on the design and implementation of California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act that EDF cosponsored in 2006. Prior to her work at CalEPA, Lauren served as senior director for Lighthouse Consulting Group, 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 in Washington, D.C. as the Senior Policy Advisor for climate change and energy. Lauren is member of the Truman National Security Project Political Partnership. She obtained her Bachelor degrees in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and Masters degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Catto Fellowship of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.