Mary D. Nichols

California Air Resources Board
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Public Affairs and Public Policy

As Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols has been the central person behind the development of science-based, cost-effective and health-protective control strategies starting in the 1970s for air pollutants and through today for policies that also address climate change. Under her leadership, these forward-looking and ground-breaking approaches have led to remarkable improvements in airborne particles and ozone, avoiding countless premature deaths as well as diseases. She currently leads a unique implementation of climate change policies. Her strong leadership has resulted in effective approaches to protect public health and welfare that are emulated on national and international scales.

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