I am a lifelong Democrat and have worked for progressive causes all of my life.

I fell in love with California as a boy and moved here after college. I have achieved the California Dream: a loving family, meaningful work, and a home.

In the 1990s I helped win improvements to working conditions in Nike's Indonesian factories, save the last ancient redwoods in northern California, Headwaters Forest, and keep juvenile offenders out of adult prisons.

In the 2000s, I helped persuade the Obama administration to make a big investment in clean energy, won the "Green Book Award," and was named a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment" for my writings on climate change.

I was against nuclear energy for most of my life but changed my mind after I learned the scientific facts. I now believe it is essential to the goal of lifting all humans out of poverty while protecting the natural environment. You can see me discuss my conversion on "The Colbert Report."

Today, I am president of Environmental Progress, an independent research and policy organization located in Berkeley. I helped lead successful efforts to save nuclear power plants in Illinois, New York, South Korea and Connecticut, which prevented an increase in emissions equivalent to adding over 10 million cars to the road.

I decided to run for governor because California's young people, middle class, and poor are being sold out.

California can be a light unto the world for its efforts to achieve prosperity and nature for all — not just the wealthy and those of us who are lucky enough to own a home.

I am married to Helen Lee, a sociologist who studies the impact of socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity on health.

I have a son who studies at the University of California and a daughter in middle school.

I received a bachelor's degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in Indiana in 1993, and a masters degree in anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1996.

I live in Berkeley.