Governor Brown reappoints Mary Nichols as Chair of the California Air Resources Board

Newly elected California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled new appointments this week. Mary Nichols, former director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (2004-2007) has been reappointed Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a position she has held since departing UCLA in 2007.

On her reappointment Nichols stated, “I am honored and delighted that Governer Brown has nominated me to work with him again at the Air Resources Board, building on California’s leadership in clean air and clean energy strategies that goes back to his first term in office.”

Nichols was one of CARB’s founding members in 1975. She served as CARB’s Chair previously under Governor Brown’s leadership from 1979 to 1983. She worked as secretary for California’s Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003. Her resume in the environmental field also includes a term as assistant administrator for Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Clinton Administration.

In her tenure with the University, in addition to serving as IoES Director, Nichols also held faculty appointments with the School of Law and School of Public Affairs.

Nichols outlined her next steps: “Among my priorities for 2011 are successful implementation of AB32, adoption of new, integrated air pollution and greenhouse gas emission standards for passenger cars and light duty trucks; and strengthening ARB’s external and internal scientific and economic research capacity.

She added, “I expect to continue to work closely with the Governor’s energy team to expedite and coordinate our energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. I am especially excited about our involvement with the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative Council, a new statewide effort to establish a successful electric vehicle market in California."