Margaret Caldwell

Executive Director, Center for Ocean Solutions

Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy







Meg Caldwell has dedicated her career to environmental law, having worked as an attorney, professor, and board member in the field. Her scholarship has focused on the environmental effects of local land use decisions, the use of science in environmental and marine resource policy development and implementation, coastal and marine policy and climate change, and developing private and public incentives for natural resource conservation. In addition to her role as lecturer in law, Caldwell also has an appointment with the Woods Institute for the Environment where she serves as Interim Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions.  The Center for Ocean Solutions is a collaboration between Stanford, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). The core mission of Ocean Solutions is to increase the impact of science on ocean policy.

A well-respected figure in environmental law, she was selected as the chair of the California Coastal Commission and served on that body for nearly three years. While Chair of the Commission, Caldwell also served on the board of the California Coastal Conservancy. She was appointed by the State Secretary of Resources to the California Marine Life Protection Act First Phase Blue Ribbon Task Force for the central coast and is currently serving on the Second Phase Blue Ribbon Task Force for the north central coast.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1994, Caldwell was an instructor at California State University at San Jose and the University of California at Davis, counsel for MicroCLEAN, Inc., a member of the City of Saratoga Planning Commission, and an associate in the environmental law group of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen.