Newly inaugurated California Governor Jerry Brown reappointed Mary D. Nichols as California Air Resources Board Chairman.
Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007 for her second stint in the position. She first served as Chairman under then-Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983.
As one of California’s first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
I am delighted to join the Brown administration and be reappointed as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board. I look forward to continuing the work of ARB to clean California’s air, protect the public’s health, and help drive the development of clean and more efficient energy sources and technologies to power our state’s economy and generate new, green jobs.—Mary Nichols