Board and Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Todd Campbell
Board Chair

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
Vice Chair

Tonia served as the first Executive Director for the Miguel Contreras Foundation.  She was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2002 and reelected in 2006. In 2008, she became the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board representative for the L.A. County Western Region.

Tom Epstein
Secretary

Tom is vice president of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Previously, he was a senior public affairs executive for Blue Shield of California and PBS. He also served on the White House staff of President Bill Clinton.

George Minter
Treasurer

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.
Board Member

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.

Sherry E. Jackman.
Board Member

Sherry E. Jackman is Counsel in Greenberg Glusker’s Environmental Group. Her practice focuses on environmental litigation and compliance counseling.

Sherry’s professional expertise includes (1) counseling clients regarding federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, CEQA, Proposition 65, California Hazardous Waste Control Law, and the Endangered Species Act; (2) representing clients in state and federal litigation and administrative enforcement proceedings; and (3) counseling clients with respect to land use entitlements and permitting.

Josh LaFarga
Board Member

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
Board Member

Betty is a Torrance Water Commissioner and a part-time attorney.  She is a former Deputy Attorney General in the CA Department of Justice and has worked for both the CA Appellate Court and the Federal District Court. After more than 10 years of service, Betty termed out as Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commissioner. She is married to U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu and they have two sons, Brennan and Austin. Betty is very involved in their schools and serves as the elementary school PTA’s Vice President.

Ronald Loveridge
Board Member

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 MacRae
Board Member

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 Melgar
Board Member

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.

 

Erik Neandross
Board Member

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.

Alex Spataru
Board Member

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.

Chris Thompson
Board Member

Christopher Thompson, vice president of Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), is responsible for community and government relations at the municipal and county levels. Previously, Thompson served as senior vice president at Edison Water Resources, a subsidiary of Edison Energy Group. Thompson worked in several roles during his 10 years on the staff of Senator Feinstein, including Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant.  He developed significant expertise in water, energy and environmental policy while working on the Senator’s staff.

Emily Castor Warren
Board Member

As a member of the original Lyft team, Emily has been on the front lines of ride sharing policy since the birth of the industry. She works with transportation agencies across the United States to integrate Lyft as viable alternative to car ownership and understand its impacts on infrastructure, behavior, and the environment. She holds an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania.

STAFF

Dr. Joseph K. Lyou
President & CEO

Dr. Joseph Lyou believes everyone has the right to breathe clean air. With more than 25 years of experience fighting for environmental health and justice, he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his work on air quality and climate policy, technology, and science. He previously 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 Magavern
Policy Director

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 Sheridan
Development Director

Brian has spent the past 17 years leading nonprofit organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. He came 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 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. In his free time, Brian serves on the board of WeTap, a nonprofit organization that improves awareness, access and use of public drinking fountains, reducing dependence on single-use plastic, while improving public health.

 

Chris Chavez
Deputy Policy Director

Chris joined CCA in 2017. Having grown up near the ports, multiple freeways and railyards, he’s seen first-hand the importance of improving air quality and cleaning the state’s transportation system. Previously, Chris served as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Fran Pavley (ret.), staffing her on transportation, the state budget 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. Chris has a BA in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach.

Victor Polanco
Program Manager

Victor works out of our Los Angeles office and joined the CCA team in January of 2018. Prior to working with CCA, he worked as an adjunct college instructor leading courses bridging the fields of urban and environmental planning, public policy and public health. Victor has graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Cody Rosenfield
Policy Associate

Cody joined the Los Angeles office in 2018. Prior to CCA, Cody worked at Consumer Watchdog, where he investigated price fixing and market manipulation of gasoline and oil prices. He has advocated for consumers on a variety of issues, including toxic waste, health insurance, political corruption, medical malpractice, and online privacy. Cody received his Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.