Senior Advisor on the Green Economy

Program Areas

Green Economy

Labor-Management Partnerships

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About Carol

Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is senior advisor for the Labor Center’s Green Economy Program, having served as director of the program until September 2022. She is a labor economist whose research has addressed low-wage labor markets, labor standards, workforce development, and other economic development and labor issues in the United States. Dr. Zabin has consulted with numerous unions and nonprofits on strategies and policies to improve jobs in human services and the green economy. Her current research focuses on the impact of climate and clean energy policy on California’s economy, workers, and labor unions. Recent publications include Putting California on the High Road: A Jobs and Climate Action Plan for 2030, Diversity in California’s Clean Energy Workforce, Advancing Equity in California Climate Policy, and Workforce Issues and Energy Efficiency Programs. Appointed by Governor Brown, Dr. Zabin sits on the executive council of the California Workforce Development Board. The California Energy Commission awarded Dr. Zabin the 2022 Clean Energy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement for her exceptional contributions to California’s progress toward a 100 percent clean energy future. Before joining the Labor Center, Dr. Zabin was on the faculty at Tulane University and UCLA.