Courtney Prideaux Smith
Chief Deputy Director
California Energy Commission
Courtney Prideaux Smith is the chief deputy director of the California Energy Commission.
Previously, Ms. Smith served as the deputy director of the Commission’s Renewable Energy Division, implementing California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, renewable energy incentive and grant programs, and other activities aimed at achieving California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. She also served as advisor and chief of staff to Commissioner Janea A. Scott at the Energy Commission. She also worked at the California Air Resources Board in various capacities, including serving as a contributing author to California’s AB 32 Scoping Plan Update—California’s climate action roadmap.
Prior to this, she worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health conducting research and analysis to understand and improve the health impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities. Ms. Smith holds a master of science in environmental health from the University of California, Berkeley.