Karen Douglas was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2008, and served a two-year term as Chair from February 2009 to February 2011. She fills the Attorney 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 Douglas is the Lead Commissioner on energy efficiency, power plant siting, and federal stimulus programs.
From 2005 to her appointment, Ms. Douglas served as director of the California Climate Initiative at Environmental Defense. Prior to going to Environmental Defense, Ms. Douglas spent four years at the Planning and Conservation League as the Natural Resources Director, General Counsel, and most recently, acting Executive Director.
Commissioner Douglas is a 2001 graduate of Stanford Law School, and holds a Master's Degree in public policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.