Fran Pavley

photo of Fran Pavley“Sometimes it’s luck and it’s timing, but I think the biggest thing is just talking about things that actually resonate with average people.”


Previously a middle school teacher, Fran Pavley was the first elected mayor of Agoura Hills, California in 1982. She served in the State Assembly from 2001-2006 and in the State Senate from 2008-2016. She wrote three of California’s most groundbreaking laws to address the climate crisis, including AB 1493, the first state legislation in the nation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. She currently works as Environmental Policy Director of the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California.