Austin Brown

Austin Brown headshot

Position Title
Executive Director (on Leave of Absence until Summer 2022)


As Executive Director of the Policy Institute, Austin Brown builds strong connections between the research and policy communities at the local, state, and national levels with a focus on clean energy and sustainable transportation. Prior to joining UC Davis in June 2017, he spent nine years in Washington, DC, working for the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and as Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Transportation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration. He holds a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.