Lynn Scarlett, 2006 Commencement Speaker

Lynn Scarlett Named Speaker for Bren 2006 Commencement
April 14, 2006

Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has been chosen as the keynote speaker at the Bren School's commencement exercises, to be held on June 16, 2006. Dr. Scarlett received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara, where the former Gaucho also completed her Ph.D. coursework and her exams in political science and political economy. She is a longstanding member of the Bren School Dean's Council, which is charged with guiding, promoting, and supporting the School.

Dr. Scarlett has dedicated her education, her work, and her life to pursuing a vision in which cooperation provides the foundation for environmental solutions. In recent years, she has brought that vision to her work at Interior, an agency responsible for the management of one in every five acres of land in the United States. Bren School Dean Ernst von Weiszäcker extended the invitation to the Secretary on a trip to the capital in late March.

Dr. Scarlett was initially appointed as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget by President George W. Bush in spring 2004. In that role, she was responsible for providing policy guidance and administrative and fiscal oversight of Interior, including the divisions of personnel, budget, and policy.

She is the former President of the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles–based policy research organization. Her research focuses primarily on environmental issues, with an emphasis on industrial ecology and incentive-based environmental policy tools. At the Reason Foundation, she oversaw a series of policy studies on state environmental innovations, whcih emphasized incentives and performance standards and were referred to as embodying a “new environmentalism.”

In 1994, Dr. Scarlett was appointed by former Governor Pete Wilson to chair the California Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee, a position she still holds. From 1993-1996, she chaired the “How Clean is Clean” Working Group of the Washington, D.C.–based National Environmental Policy Institute, and from 1995-1997, she served as a member of the Enterprise for Environment Task Force. She was an expert panelist for the Environmental Protection Agency's "Pay-as-You-Throw" and "Full-cost Accounting" projects in 1995 and discussed those topics during appearances on the EPA's satellite video programs.

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