Regent Ellen Tauscher

Howard Guber

Ellen Tauscher is a former 7-term member of Congress and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Obama Administration.

Ms. Tauscher represented California’s 10th congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1997 until 2009, when President Obama appointed her to the State Department during her 7th term in the House. She was confirmed by the United State Senate as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs on June 25, 2009. She served in this role until February 6, 2012. Ms. Tauscher served as special envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense at the State Department from February 7, 2012 until her resignation from government service on August 31, 2012.

Prior to serving in Congress, she worked on Wall Street for 14 years and was one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

In the House of Representatives, Ms. Tauscher chaired the Strategic Forces subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense program, and the national labs. She was the only member of Congress who had two national labs in her district, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the California campus of Sandia National Laboratory. At the time she left Congress, Ms. Tauscher also was the senior member from California serving on the Highways and Transit and the Aviation subcommittees of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee.

Since leaving the State Department in 2012, she has assumed a number of publicly-held corporate and non-profit board positions, and currently serves on the boards of Edison International/Southern California Edison (EIX) in Rosemead, CA and eHealth (EHTH) in Mountain View, CA. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Advisors of SpaceX, the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc, NTI, and the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council. She serves as vice chair of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Ms. Tauscher graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She was appointed to the Board in June, 2017 by Governor Brown for a 12 year term ending in 2028.

Term of Appointment

June 2, 2017
Term expires:
March 1, 2028

Committee Membership (2018-2019)

Academic and Student Affairs (Vice Chair)
Compliance and Audit
National Laboratories (Chair)