Derek Walker’s Biography

Derek Walker is Director of the California Climate Initiative at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

His primary responsibility is managing a regulatory, legislative and political campaign to assure prompt and effective implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which EDF co-sponsored.

Mr. Walker has also helped lead successful campaigns to pass statewide greenhouse gas policies in New Jersey and Connecticut and has testified on climate change legislation before several state legislatures and state and federal regulatory bodies.

He made presentations on cap-and-trade and energy policy at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Bali, Indonesia (December 2007), the Climate Action Reserve annual conference in San Diego, California (April 2008), the Governor’s Climate and Forests Task Force meeting in Belem, Brazil (June 2009) and the Harvard Electricity Policy Group Plenary (March 2010).

Walker serves on the Steering Committee of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, is on the Board of Directors of the Clean Power Campaign, and is a member of Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative Research Committee. He co-chairs EDF’s Diversity Committee and is on the leadership team of EDF’s Energy Program.