BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Todd is the director of public policy for Clean Energy Fuels Corporation. As a former CCA employee, he worked on alternative fuel advocacy and the improvement of atmospheric quality.
Tonia Reyes Uranga
Bio coming soon.
Tom is vice president, public affairs of Blue Shield of California. Previously, Mr. Epstein was vice president of communications for PBS and served on the White House staff of President Bill Clinton. He is a member of the California Community Colleges board of governors.
George is the Regional Vice President for External Affairs and Environmental Strategy for the Southern California Gas Company. Prior to rejoining the Gas Company, George was Principal for the LA-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs from 2000 to 2013. George also had a previous term at the Gas Company from 1985-2000.
Ed Begley, Jr.
Ed is a film, television and theater actor, perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated role on the 1980s television series St. Elsewhere. A long time environmentalist, Begley lives in a solar- and wind-powered home and is a vocal champion of electric cars and other transportation alternatives, such as bicycling.
As a member of the original Lyft team, Emily has been on the front lines of ridesharing policy since the birth of the industry. She works with transportation agencies across the United States to integrate Lyft as a viable alternative to car ownership and understand its impacts on infrastructure, behavior, and the environment. She holds an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Virginia Field served as the Director of Parking at the University of California Riverside where she had the opportunity to facilitate programs to reduce vehicle ridership, including the ride-share program. She has been a member of Clean Air Now since its inception in 1969, served on the CCA Board of Directors from 1983-1990, and has been active with the American Lung Association.
Josh LaFarga serves as the Director of Public and Government Affairs for LiUNA Local 1309. He currently is the co-chair of Legislative Committee for FuturePorts, the largest nonprofit organization working to promote the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In September of 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Mr. LaFarga to serve on the prestigious Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.
Betty Chim Lieu
Bio coming soon.
Ron has 33 years of outstanding public service – as a Riverside Councilmember beginning in 1979 and as Mayor from 1994 to 2012. Mr. Loverdige also served on the Boards of the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Bruce is the Vice President of State Government Affairs for the West Region of UPS. Bruce began his UPS career in 1978 as an un-loader in the Anaheim package facility. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Bruce plays an active role in and beyond his community, serving on the boards of such diverse organizations as the Long Beach Police Foundation (President) and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, to name only a few.
Bruce D. Melgar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of UrbanX Renewables Group, Inc., a commercial scale Fats, Oils and Grease rendering facility and renewable transportation fuel manufacturer located in Long Beach, CA. His previous work was as the Lead Project Manager for Pacific Underground Utilities managing public utility energy system upgrade implementations.
David Meisel is Director of Transportation Services for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). During Meisel’s tenure, PG&E has established itself as an industry leader in utility fleet operations and the integration of advanced transportation technologies. PG&E currently operates the largest alternative fuel fleet in the utility industry and one of the largest in the country.
Erik is the CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), an environmental consulting firm specializing in emissions reduction, energy and transportation policy and market development for alternative fuel vehicles.
Felix is senior project manager for public affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE). His extensive local government experience includes working with the Southern California Association of Governments, serving as a senior planner for San Bernardino County, and providing planning consultation to a host of cities across Southern California.
Gary is the president of Make Over Earth Inc., a full-service public affairs and strategic communications firm specializing in environmental issues. Polakovic has more than 20 years of experience as an environmental professional, including writing and editing at theLos Angles Times.
Alex is President of the Adept Group, Inc, an environmental engineering consulting firm. Mr. Spataru has extensive experience with alternative fuels and engines and has consulted to state and federal regulatory entities, large and small manufacturers, oil and gas companies, as well as to utilities and laboratories.
Peter heads the west coast environmental practice of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Weiner worked in the California State government from 1975 until 1983, including as Special Assistant to the governor for Toxic Substances Control and as chief deputy director of the Department of Industrial Relations.
Dr. Joseph K. Lyou
President & CEO
Dr. Joseph Lyou is a highly regarded leader in California’s environmental movement. Joe came to CCA with 20 years of experience in state environmental policy and advocacy, as well as knowledge of science and air quality policy. He previously founded the California Environmental Rights Alliance and has held management positions with the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Committee to Bridge the Gap.
Dr. Lyou serves as the governor’s appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board and is an active participant on many regional and statewide advisory committees on air pollution, air toxics, environmental justice and environmental health. He received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 1990.
Bill joined CCA in 2012. Bill has more than 20 years advocating for environmental and public interest causes. He has authored numerous reports and articles on energy and environmental issues, and testifies frequently before the State Legislature, Air Resources Board, and other agencies. From 2000-2011, he represented Sierra Club California on a variety of environmental issues, and was honored in 2003 with the Mary Ferguson Award for outstanding service and in 2011 with the John Zierold Award for outstanding legislative advocacy. Bill was named a Clean Air Champion in 2007 by the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition.
Bill received his A.B in American Civilization, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University and his J.D. magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.
Brian is an experienced nonprofit professional with 14 years in the field. He comes to CCA from the Council for Watershed Health, where he spearheaded the growth of outreach, funding and events. Prior to this, he was the Director of Development and for Heritage Square Museum. In this role, Brian oversaw the growth of the museum from a sleepy outpost to one of the Los Angeles’ landmark historic destinations. Heritage Square was named the number one museum in Los Angeles three years in a row on Fox 11. Brian currently serves on the boards of the Lummis Day Community Foundation and WeTap.
Nicholas Burant, MPA
Nicholas works out of our Los Angeles office. Nicholas initially joined the CCA team as an intern in July 2012. Prior to working with CCA, he worked on waste issues in New York City. Nicholas has an MPA from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees in biology and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Deputy Policy Director
A native of El Salvador, Nidia has organized community meetings for teachers and students around the topics of conservation, leadership and hands on experiential learning as principal of her own consulting group City Vida. She most recently worked for the Sierra Club, coordinating their effort to turn the San Gabriel Mountains into a national monument. She serves on several advisory boards, including CicLAvia and the Green LA Coalition Water Group.
Shrayas has worked on environmental and economic justice issues since 2002, including six years as an energy and climate organizer with the Sierra Club in Albuquerque. While in Albuquerque, Shrayas also volunteered with and served on the Board of Directors of SouthWest Organizing Project. He is an M.S. candidate in Community Development at the University of California, Davis and received a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
Fabiola P. Lao, MPA
Deputy Policy Director
Fabiola, or “Fabi”, joined CCA in 2014. She started her environmental career working on air quality policy and environmental justice issues almost ten years ago. Since then she has worked on various issue areas within the broader environmental field, from consumer products and green chemistry to conservation and public lands issues. Fabi has an MPA from USC, and dual BA degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies (Public Health concentration) and Spanish from UC Berkeley.