Fitzsimon Nelson was previously the Legislative Analyst for the Service Employees International Union and earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) today announced the appointment of Sara Fitzsimon Nelson as the policy director of the organization.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Fitzsimon Nelson as the policy director of CHBC,” said Lauren Skiver, Chairman of the CHBC. “Sara brings new energy and perspective to our organizational advocacy efforts with the Governor’s Office, state legislature and regulatory agencies. She will spearhead the inclusion of hydrogen energy and fuel cell power in California’s climate and energy policies with our diverse membership.”

Fitzsimon Nelson joins CHBC after serving as a legislative analyst for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). At SEIU, Fitzsimon Nelson collaborated with coalition members to draft legislation, partner with legislative staff and interact with legislative leaders. While a student advocate with the McGeorge Legislation and Public Policy Clinic, she researched and drafted AB 1077 (Eggman).

“I am excited to begin advancing state policies that will further enable the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in California. This industry is poised to significantly contribute to the state’s economy-wide decarbonization and air quality goals,” said Fitzsimon Nelson.

Fitzsimon Nelson holds a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Wheeling Jesuit University.