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San Diego CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Terra Lawson-Remer

Economist / Community Organizer
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Combating climate change and protecting our beaches and coastlines.
  • Tackling traffic congestion and ending sprawl development.
  • Increasing affordable housing.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Economist, Environmental Attorney
Founder and Managing Partner, Catalyst (2015–current)
Faculty Fellow, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO, SCHOOL OF GLOBAL POLICY & STRATEGY (2017–current)
Berggruen Fellow,, STANFORD UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDY IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (2017–2018)
Legal and Campaign Director, Avaaz (2014–2015)
Fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy, Council on Foreign Relations (2012–2014)

Education

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES PhD, Political Economy (2010)
New York University School of Law J.D., Law (2006)
Yale University B.A, Ethics, Politics & Economics (2000)

Biography

Terra is an economist, environmental attorney, and community organizer, who teaches public policy at UCSD.

Terra served as Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration, developing strict environmental regulations to cut pollution from mining, oil drilling, and other extractive industries.

Terra has a lifelong track record of standing up to special interests. She will lead the fight to safeguard our air and water from pollution, end sprawl development, tackle our affordable housing crisis and protect our most vulnerable from the Trump Administration.

In 2018, she helped lead the grassroots effort that organized thousands of volunteers to oust a pro-Trump career politician, Darrell Issa, and flip a local congressional district from red to blue — helping win Congress for the Democrats and install a firewall against Donald Trump.

Terra graduated with a B.A. from Yale and attended law and graduate school on a full scholarship, earning her J.D. and Ph.D. from New York University. She is the author of numerous internationally award-winning books and articles and earned important research fellowships from Stanford and Harvard.

Terra worked with the United Nations, World Bank and Amnesty International to fight for social justice and a healthy environment. She helped the World Bank create their Climate Finance program, which funds billions of dollars of clean energy projects in the developing world. She also worked in Washington opposing bad global trade deals that gutted environmental protections and sent U.S. jobs abroad.

Terra Lawson-Remer will focus on defending San Diego from the Trump agenda by protecting our beaches and coastline from pollution and development, reducing traffic congestion, combating climate change, safeguarding our communities from wildfires, reducing homelessness, addressing our affordable housing crisis, ending sprawl development, and strengthening our social safety net to protect the most vulnerable San Diegans.

Terra grew up in San Diego, attended local public schools, surfed, and hiked and played sports in our parks. She’s a third-generation San Diegan. Her grandfather was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. When he died in action, her grandmother raised her mom Shari as a single mom. In her free time, Terra serves as a state-certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder and an outdoor educator, leading teenagers on backpacking trips to teach them self-reliance, respect for the natural environment, and survival skills.

Terra is endorsed by Democrats for Environmental Action, the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council (AFL-CIO), San Diego Progressive Democrats, State Senate President pro tem Toni Atkins, Democratic Congressmember Juan Vargas, United Farm Workers Co-Founder Dolores Huerta, former San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, former State Senators Chris Kehoe and Dede Alpert, and dozens of other local elected officials from across San Diego County.

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