AlumniMA Carla Peterman


Carla Peter­man was appointed by Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown in Jan­u­ary 2011. She filled the Pub­lic Mem­ber posi­tion on the five-​​member Com­mis­sion where four of the five mem­bers by law are required to have pro­fes­sional train­ing in spe­cific areas — engi­neer­ing or phys­i­cal sci­ence, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, eco­nom­ics, and law. Com­mis­sioner Peter­man is the lead com­mis­sioner on renew­able energy and transportation.

Ms. Peter­man has con­ducted research at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Energy Insti­tute at Haas since 2006 and the Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory from 2008 to 2010. She was an envi­ron­men­tal busi­ness ana­lyst with com­mu­nity devel­op­ment non-​​profit Isles from 2004 to 2005 and was an asso­ciate focused on energy financ­ing in the invest­ment bank­ing divi­sion of Lehman Broth­ers from 2002 to 2004. Ms. Peter­man also served on the board of direc­tors for The Util­ity Reform Net­work from 2008–2011, most recently as Board Treasurer.

Ms. Peter­man will com­plete her doc­toral stud­ies this year in Energy and Resources at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley. Her research focuses on solar pho­to­voltaic mar­kets, pol­icy, and finan­cial incen­tives. She has also worked and writ­ten on a wide range of Cal­i­for­nia energy and pol­icy issues includ­ing, cap-​​and-​​trade, effi­cacy of local envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions, cli­mate change and com­mu­ni­ties of color, clean energy sub­si­dies, and energy secu­rity. Peter­man holds a B.A. in his­tory from Howard Uni­ver­sity and an M.S. in envi­ron­men­tal change and man­age­ment and an M.B.A. from Oxford Uni­ver­sity, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.


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University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3050
Phone: (510) 642-1640
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