Ellen Hanak
Center Director and Senior Fellow
(415) 291-4433
Water policy, climate change policy, infrastructure finance
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Ellen Hanak is director of the PPIC Water Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. 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.
California's Future  February 2015
Flood Control  September 2008
Transportation Systems  September 2008
Other Selected Publications
"Climate Change and Housing Prices: Hedonic Estimates for Ski Resorts in Western North America,” Land Economics (forthcoming) (with Van Butsic and Rob Valletta).

"State Infrastructure Spending and the Federal Stimulus Package,” National Tax Journal, Vol. LXII (3), September 2009.

"Linking Housing Growth to Water Supply: New Planning Frontiers in the American West,” (with Margaret K. Browne), Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 72(2), Spring 2006.

Planning for Future Droughts  November 23 2015