In November 2012, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) was re-elected to a third term, representing California’s 15th Assembly District. The East Bay district includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo and parts of Oakland.
During her first year in office, Assemblymember Skinner served as chair of the Natural Resources Committee. The Committee’s jurisdiction includes water and air quality, recycling, waste management, energy issues including efficiency, power plant siting, and energy development, oil spills, wild and scenic rivers, forestry, open space conservation, and oversight of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act.
In 2010, Assemblymember Skinner joined Speaker John A. Pérez’ leadership team when she was appointed chair of the Rules Committee. The Committee reviews amendments to the Assembly Rules, allocates bills to policy committees, and oversees administration of the Assembly.
Assemblymember Skinner brings to the Assembly experience as a small business owner. Early in her career, she served on the Berkeley City Council and was responsible for many of Berkeley’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including initiating economic development strategy and waterfront protection policies. Her introduction of Berkeley’s 1988 ban on Styrofoam was the first in the nation.
A nationally renowned leader in the fight against global warming, she founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, an organization dedicated to helping local governments around the world become environmental leaders. As Executive Director of ICLEI’s U.S. office, she launched the Cities for Climate Protection Program, the national movement of mayors and cities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that now involves over 500 cities and counties.
As the U.S. Director of The Climate Group, Assemblymember Skinner worked with Fortune 500 companies, clean tech industries and state and national leaders to pass groundbreaking legislation such as California’s global warming bill, AB 32. With a team of writers at Earthworks Press, she also wrote and published the best selling book series “50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save the Earth.”
Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Skinner served on the Board of the East Bay Regional Parks District. With 100,000 acres of parklands and open space, the District is the largest urban park system in the United States. There, she worked to protect open space, add acres of additional parks, and expand recreational opportunities for youth and schools.
Assemblymember Skinner is also a member of the Committees on Utilities and Commerce, on Public Safety, and on Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections.
Assemblymember Skinner received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and her Masters in Education from University of California, Berkeley. Her husband, Lance Brady, is retired from the Information Technology Office at the City of Berkeley and her daughter Sirona is a chef in New York.