Ellen Hanak, PhD

Ellen Hanak, PhD

Senior fellow, Director, Water Policy Center
Public Policy Institute of California
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Ellen Hanak, PhD is senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and director of its Water Policy Center. Under her leadership, the center has become a critical source of information and guidance for natural resource management in California. She has authored dozens of reports, articles, and books on water policy, including Managing California’s Water. Her research is frequently profiled in the national media, and she participates in briefings, conferences and interviews throughout the nation and around the world. Her other areas of expertise include climate change and infrastructure finance. Previously, she served as research director at PPIC. Before joining PPIC, she held positions with the French agricultural research system, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and the World Bank. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland. ppic.org