Dr. Joseph K. Lyou
President & CEO
Dr. Joseph K. Lyou serves as President & CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air. In January 2020 he was appointed to serve on the California Transportation Commission by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Dr. Lyou also served as the governor’s appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board from June 2007 to March 2019.
Prior to his work at CCA, he founded the California Environmental Rights Alliance, a public interest group dedicated to working on environmental justice issues. Dr. Lyou has spent 30 years helping community groups and concerned individuals with environmental protection issues, including air and water pollution, the clean-up of contaminated sites, and environmental justice. He previously held management positions with the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Committee to Bridge the Gap. Dr. Lyou received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 1990.
Bill joined CCA in 2012. Bill has more than 25 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 celebrating 20 years of leading nonprofit organizations’ fundraising and communications efforts. In addition to his core fundraising responsibility, Brian leads the Coalition for Clean Air’s California Clean Air Day efforts, which in four years has grown to an estimated 1.8 million participants across the State thanks to the collective effort of 651 nonprofit, business and government partners.
Brian came to CCA from the Council for Watershed Health, where he founded the Environmental Funders and Media Forum and spearheaded the growth of outreach, funding and events. Prior to this, he was the Director of Development for Heritage Square Museum. In this role, he oversaw the growth of the museum from a sleepy outpost to one of the Los Angeles’ landmark historic destinations. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC San Diego.
Website & Graphics Manager
Ali Awan joined CCA in 2022 and has been working in our downtown Los Angeles office. Prior to working with CCA, he did web development, graphic design, and database administration work. Ali has a B.S. in Computer Science, and he is pursuing his master’s degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly Pomona.
Deputy Policy Director
Chris joined CCA in 2017, and works on the State Budget, local advocacy and issues involving low-income and disadvantaged communities. Previously, Chris served as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Fran Pavley (ret.), staffing her on transportation, local government and the Senate floor. Additionally, Chris served as a Senate Fellow for then-State Senator Alex Padilla and staffed legislation that improved rail service in Southern California. Prior to his time at the Capitol, Chris was a student advocate for California’s public higher education system. Chris has a BA in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and is a member of the City of Long Beach’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Commission.
Dr. Jennifer Lentz
Deputy Director of Programs
Dr. Jennifer Lentz joined CCA in 2020. Prior to coming to CCA, she worked at the Aquarium of the Pacific using GIS and community science to develop interactive ways to connect people of all ages to the ecology of the surrounding world, to create environmentally aware and engaged communities. She was also one of the lead authors of the 2015 report commissioned by Mayor Garcia advising him on how to make Long Beach the model of a climate resilient city.
Dr. Lentz is currently serves on LA County’s Sensitive Ecological Areas Technical Advisory Committee (SEATAC).
Dr. Lentz received her Ph.D. in 2012 from Louisiana State University.
Diana, AKA ‘Dipa’, joined CCA in 2022 and has been working on social media and grant management in our downtown Los Angeles office. Prior to working with CCA, she worked as a pro bono assistant for UC Berkeley School of Law. She also managed a CALFIRE funded tree planting project for a non-profit organization in the Imperial Valley. Diana has a B.A. in Political Science & Theater from UC Berkeley and is preparing to pursue her master’s degree.
John joined the CCA team in the summer of 2022 and has been working in our downtown Los Angeles office. Before working for the CCA, he spent the last decade working with start-ups and small business owners, focusing on improving operational and administrative efficiency. John left consulting to focus his efforts on helping individuals rather than boosting company profits.
Development and Events Manager
Jordan joined CCA in 2022 and has been working in our downtown Los Angeles office. Prior to CCA, she worked in the Life Sciences industry for a Danaher company. During her time there she specialized in B2B and experience marketing. After several years developing these skills, she decided she wanted to use those skills to join the good fight against climate change. Jordan has a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in International Business.
Kareem Gongora joined the CCA team in 2022 and will be assisting with outreach in the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley. Kareem is a communications professional, passionate about environmental justice and empowering the community to fight for clean air. He earned his BA English at UC Riverside, MA Management from the University of Redlands, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Public Administration from Cal Baptist University.
Sofia joined CCA in 2022 and is working on protecting air quality, promoting a sustainable and equitable transportation system, and stopping the climate change crisis. Prior to joining CCA, Sofia was a Policy and Operations Coordinator at the Planning and Conservation League, where she worked on incentivizing construction of wildlife crossings, modernizing California’s system of water rights, and organizing PCL’s annual conference. Sofia holds a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.