Todd Holmes is a Historian with the Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. He earned his PhD in History from Yale University, and worked as researcher and historian with the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University before joining the Oral History Center at UC Berkeley in 2016. A California native, he has written extensively on the history of California and the West, specializing in political, business, and environmental history. At the OHC, his projects range from the founding of Chicano Studies to the history of the California Coastal Commission. He is also one of the lead historians for the California State Government Oral History Program, and in partnership with KQED senior political editor Scott Shafer, just completed the full life oral history of Governor Jerry Brown.