Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of California
Ken Alex is a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the Director of the Office of Planning and Research, focusing on energy, environment, and land use issues. As California moves towards a population of 50 million in a climate change constrained world, his office works on issues and policies that protect and promote the State’s environment and economy. Before joining the Governor’s Office, he was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. California Lawyer named him an “Attorney of the Year” in 2004 for his work in energy law, and he received the ABA award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy in 2007 for global warming work. Mr. Alex has taught courses on environmental law and policy at Stanford, Hastings, and Golden Gate University. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. in political theory from the University of California at Santa Cruz.