Austin Brown is the Executive Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy. The Policy Institute acts as a bridge between scientific researchers and decision-makers to deliver credible, relevant, and timely information and analysis—assisting and informing the policymaking process in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and internationally. Dr. Brown was formerly the Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Transportation in the Obama White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Brown holds a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College and a PhD. in Biophysics from Stanford University.