Professor Sierra Martinez is a Program Director at the Energy Foundation and the former Legal Director of the California Energy Project at Natural Resources Defense Counsel. Professor Martinez serves as an adjunct law professor at both the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and at UC Berkeley School of Law. His research and advocacy focus on advancing clean energy solutions to fight climate change.
Professor Martinez has testified as an expert on energy issues before the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Legislature, and the California Independent System Operator. He played a critical role in the development and passage of several key energy policies in California, including SB 350 and AB 802. Professor Martinez also worked extensively on California’s efforts to replace the state’s remaining nuclear power plants with clean energy. He served as a member of both the Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric procurement review groups, as well as the California inter-agency Demand Analysis Working Group. He has been featured in media ranging from NPR’s California Report to Hispanic Engineer.
Professor Martinez holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Stanford University.