Gretchen Goldman

Research Director, Center for Science & Democracy

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Dr. Goldman is on a sabbatical with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy until Summer 2022.

Gretchen Goldman is the research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. For a decade, Dr. Goldman has led research efforts at the nexus of science and policy on topics including federal scientific integrity, fossil energy production, climate change, and environmental justice. Dr. Goldman has testified before Congress and currently sits on the board of the nonprofit 500 Women Scientists. She serves as an expert on the Public Health Rulemaking of the California Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM).

Previously, Dr. Goldman has chaired the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and served on the UNESCO/AAAS Consultation Group on the US science ecosystem. Her words and voice have appeared in Science, Nature, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and the BBC, among other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in atmospheric science from Cornell University.

Selected publications

Goldman, GT, J Carter, Y Wang, JM Larson. 2020. Perceived losses of scientific integrity under the Trump administration: A survey of federal scientists. PLoS ONE 15(4):e0231929. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0231929

Declet-Barreto, J, GT Goldman, A Desikan, E Berman, J Goldman, C Johnson, L Montenegro, AA Rosenberg. 2020. Hazardous air pollutant emissions implications under 2018 guidance on U.S. Clean Air Act requirements for major sources. J of Air and Waste Management. doi: 10.1080/10962247.2020.1735575

Goldman, GT and F. Dominici. 2019. Don't abandon evidence and process on air pollution policy. Science. March 29. 363 (6434) 1398-1400 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw9460. Online at

Goldman, GT, G. Reed., and J. Carter. 2018. Risks to Science-Based Policy Under the Trump Administration. Stetson Law Review. 47 (2) 267-293. Online at

Goldman, GT, E. Berman, M. Halpern, C. Johnson, Y. Kothari, G. Reed, and A.A. Rosenberg. 2017. Ensuring Scientific Integrity in the Age of Trump. Science. February 17. 355 (6326). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam5733. Online at

Goldman, GT, K. Mulvey, P. Frumhoff, R. Sethi, S. Pfirman, and H. Commoss. 2017. A Methodology for Assessment of Corporate Responsibility on Climate Change: A Case Study of the Fossil Energy Industry. Journal of Environmental Investing. September 22. Online at 

Carroll, C., B. Hartl, GT Goldman, D.J. Rohlf, A. Treves, J.T. Kerr, E.G. Ritchie, R.T. Kingsford, K.E. Gibbs, M. Maron, J.E.M. Watson. 2017. Defending the Scientific Integrity of Conservation-Policy Processes. Conservation Biology. July 25. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12958. Online at

Goldman, GT; Mulholland, J; Russell, A.; Gass, K; Strickland, M; Klein, M; Tolbert, P. 2012. Characterization of ambient air pollution measurement error in a time-series health study using a geostatistical simulation approach. Atmospheric Environment 57:101-108.