Jennifer Phillips

Senior Scientist on Climate
Governor's Office of Planning & Research

Jenn Phillips joined the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in November 2018 as senior scientist on climate. In this role, she works closely on OPR’s Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, supports the advancement of key science and data initiatives to support the state’s climate goals and enhance our resilience to climate change, and engages with partners throughout California, other U.S. states, and internationally. Previously she was at the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and led OPC’s work on climate impacts on the ocean and coast, including on sea level rise and ocean acidification. Before OPC, she worked in the NOAA Administrator’s Office in Washington, D.C. where she started as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow and then spent a year on the Administrator’s key staff. During this time, she helped with the development and execution of NOAA’s priorities, such as community resilience. Jenn has a master’s from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University.