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Autumn Bernstein


Autumn Bernstein is an experienced transportation, housing, and environmental policy professional with exceptional outreach and facilitation skills.

She has more than 15 years of experience advocating for sustainable and equitable transportation and housing policies for communities across California. With a vision for a healthier and more vital California for all residents, Autumn has spent her career working to change how land use planning and transportation investments are made throughout the state. 

Based in the Bay Area, her work has focused on local, regional, and state policy reform to reduce urban sprawl, invest in public transit, and accelerate transit-oriented housing development. As the founding Director of ClimatePlan, Autumn led a statewide coalition of environmental, social equity, transportation, housing, and public health organizations to implement SB 375, California’s groundbreaking sustainable communities legislation. 

In addition to consulting for clients such as the California Department of Housing and Community Development, TransForm, and The California Economic Summit/California Forward, Autumn has worked for several grassroots organizations including Greenbelt Alliance, Sierra Nevada Alliance, and the Planning and Conservation League.

Autumn completed both her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, and Master of Science in Transportation Technology and Policy at UC Davis. Her graduate thesis evaluated a pilot program of the Strategic Growth Council to help projects in disadvantaged communities compete for and win Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants.