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Supporting the transition to electric-drive, alternative-fuel, and autonomous vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Supporting the creation and implementation of state and local policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing local economic, environmental, and public health benefits.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Advancing policy, economic, and technological solutions that support sustainable water systems and water use behavior in California.
Supporting efforts to create environmentally sustainable and healthy communitiesThe Luskin Center’s Urban Greening Initiative has grown from its original focus on complete, living streets that safely accomodate all users and provide environmental, economic and social benefits.

Advisory Board

Elected Officials

Eric Garcetti

The Honorable Eric Garcetti-Mayor 
City of Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti is Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Previously he served as a Los Angeles City Councilmember, Vice-Chair of its Energy and the Environment Committee and Chair of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee.  Prior to his elected office, Garcetti taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. In 1998, the Rockefeller Foundation selected him as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow. Garcetti studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University.

 

 

Fran Pavley

The Honoroable Fran Pavley-State Senator 
23rd Senate District

Senator Fran Pavley is a pioneer in state environmental policy. As the author of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act 2006, and many other landmark pieces of legislation, she had demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to the state’s environmental needs. 

Business Executives

Mary Leslie
President of LA Business Council

As President of the LABC, Leslie has led successful efforts to convene and develop policies with business, government and non-profit leaders that have significantly increased affordable housing, renewable energy, and energy efficiency in Los Angeles. Leslie is also President of Leslie & Associates, a private consulting firm that specializes in non-profit management, strategic planning and government affairs. Leslie serves on the Los Angeles Conservation Corporation Board of Directors and served as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board and the Advisory Committees of L.A. Family Housing and the California Women's Law Center.

Dan Maldonado

Dan Maldonado
Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight

A Senior Policy Advisor in the firm, brings nearly 40 years of federal appropriations, legislative and budget experience. His expertise in Federal financing and policy development includes public-private partnerships, transportation, economic, development, healthcare systems, technology development, and education. His work also covers funding of renewable and sustainability projects. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Maldonado was founder and CEO of a Federal relations advocacy firm, MARC Associates, with major practice areas in local government, education, and healthcare policy. He served in this capacity for nearly 25 years before merging MARC's team with Holland & Knight.

Nahai

H. David Nahai
Senior Advisor, Clinton Climate Initiative

Mr. Nahai is a Partner at the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith (LBBS), Co-Chair of LBBS’ national energy, environmental, water, and real estate practice, President of David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC, and Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative.  Until October 2009, Mr. Nahai served as the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  In addition, Mr. Nahai served for over 10 years on California's Regional Water Quality Control Board, which safeguards the quality of surface, ground, and coastal waters in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, an area with over 11 million residents.  At the Water Quality Board, Nahai served in the administration of three different Governors.

Public Sector Executives

Atwater

Richard Atwater
Executive Director, Southern California Water Committee

Richard Atwater is currently the Executive Director of the Southern California WaterCommittee, a non-profit public education and outreach focused on solving the waterproblems of southern Californa (approximately 20 million residents). In addition,provides independent water resources management and policy consulting tolocal, state and federal governments, business, labor and environmental organizationsthroughout the arid southwest. 

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David Jacot, P.E
Director Efficiency Solutions, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

David Jacot, P.E., is the Director of Energy Efficiency for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). LADWP operates the largest public power portfolio of energy efficiency programs in the nation, comprised of a broad array of energy resource acquisition and market transformation programs serving LADWP's customers and trade ally networks. In this role, Jacot oversees all aspects of LADWP's offerings and strategies designed to overcome market barriers to the comprehensive adoption of energy efficiency by LADWP's customers. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, as well as 15 years of experience designing high performance building systems, modeling building energy usage, and managing cost-effective and investment-grade energy efficiency programs.


 

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Michael Peevey
Former Chair, California Public Utilities Commission

Mr. Peevey is committed to maximizing energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and ensuring that California’s environment is protected.  He is a strong supporter of renewable energy and renewable procurement requirements for utilities, and helped lead implementation of California’s Solar and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives. He is the immediate past Chairman of the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. He was also Chairman of the California Clean Energy Fund, an independent nonprofit corporation working to advance clean energy using tools from finance, public policy, and technological innovation; and Chairman of the California Emerging Technology Fund, which provides leadership statewide to close the “Digital Divide”.


Jayant Kairam
Director, California Clean Energy

As EDF’s Director, California Clean Energy, Jayant’s work focuses on how California can reach its ambitious clean energy and environmental goals in ways that are affordable, accessible, reliable, and grow the state’s economy. Jayant encourages policy solutions that integrate California’s growing renewable and distributed energy resources, better use clean flexible resources, and empower California customers with more and better data. This work entails regular engagement with a variety of government agencies like the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission as well as the California State Legislature, and with key stakeholders in the non-profit and advocacy, and clean tech and business communities.

Before joining EDF, Jayant was Chief Operating Officer at the New York Business Integrity Commission. Prior to his role at the Commission, Jayant worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Operations in New York City. In addition to his time in the Bloomberg Administration in New York, has worked for the former Mayors of Louisville, Kentucky and Boston, Massachusetts. Jayant has a bachelor's degree in Geography from Vassar College and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Hasan Ikhrata
Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments

Hasan Ikhrata has served as the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) since January 2008. His responsibilities include implementing the policies of an 83-member Regional Council and directing day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. Ikhrata has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in Transportation Planning in the Southern California region. 

Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union; a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from USC.

Nichols

Mary Nichols
Chairman of California Air Resources Board

Mary D. Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007. She returns to the Air Board 30 years after serving as the Chairman under Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983.

Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has held a number of positions, including: assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under the Clinton Administration, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. 

As one of California's first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. In her return as Chairman, Nichols' priorities include moving the state's landmark climate change program ahead, as well as steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports, and continuing to pass regulations aimed at cleaer air for all. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.

Pascual

Romel Pascual
Executive Director, CicLAvia

Romel Pascual leads CicLAvia, a non-profit that catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. Over 1 million people have experienced CicLAvia-the biggest open streets event in the US.

Previously, Romel served as Director of Partnerships for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Before that he was Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. From 2001-2004, as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice for California Environmental Protection Agency, he led the Agency’s effort to develop the state’s first environmental justice program. Romel also previously managed the environmental justice program for USEPA, Region 9. Romel's involvement with environmental issues began in community organizations and grassroots leadership, working with the Urban Habitat Program, a non-profit organization based in the Bay Area where he coordinated the Brownfields Leadership and Community Revitalization Project; and with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) where he conducted research on the impacts of environmental pollution on communities. 

He has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.

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Lisa Craypo
Principal, Ad Lucem Consulting

Lisa Craypo, Principal at Ad Lucem Consulting, partners with clients on projects ranging from strategic planning, initiative design, and philanthropic advising to program evaluation and research. Clients include foundations, public health departments, healthcare providers, and non-profits. Lisa approaches projects with a partnership model that facilitates identification of priorities, development of strategies, and clear linkages to impacts. Lisa has worked on many efforts to implement policy, systems and environmental changes that create healthy communities, with a particular focus on creating access to physical activity and healthy food for all.