Colleen Callahan, Deputy Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation


Phone: (310) 267-5435 Fax: (310) 267-5443

Colleen Callahan is deputy director of the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI). She has served in this role since early 2010, helping to build LCI from the ground up. She collaborates closely with LCI colleagues and civic collaborators to help ensure that LCI’s research informs evidence-based environmental policy decisions. Colleen also conducts strategic planning, partner engagement, and oversees and supports research projects, communications, events, and other functions of LCI.

Colleen’s research interests include environmental equity, climate, transportation, and access to public space. For instance, she leads LCI’s California Climate Investments research, which has helped inform how billions of dollars are invested to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide local benefits, particularly in front line communities affected by pollution and poverty.

She has more than 15 years of experience in social entrepreneurship, environmental policy, and urban planning. Colleen co-founded and currently serves on the board for a nonprofit organization called the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative. Previously, she directed and taught in the UCLA Leaders in Sustainability (LiS) Certificate Program. This program, based in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, annually benefits about 100 graduate students from 20 plus disciplines across campus. Before coming to UCLA, she established the Los Angeles office of the American Lung Association of California, later serving as their manager of air quality policy.

She is a Switzer Environmental Fellow, recipient of the Neville Parker award from the U.S. Council of University Transportation Centers, and co-recipient of two national awards from the American Planning Association. She holds a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College, Phi Beta Kappa.