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    Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH
    Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA

    Rachel Morello-Frosch is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Morello-Frosch’s research examines race and class determinants of environmental health among diverse communities in the United States. A focus of her work is the relationship between segregation and environmental health inequalities associated with air pollution, children’s environmental health, and the intersection between economic restructuring and community environmental health. Currently, Dr. Morello-Frosch collaborates with colleagues and environmental justice organizations to research and address climate justice issues, including the social equity implications of proposed greenhouse gas reduction strategies in California associated with the AB32 Scoping Plan; and disparities in community capacity to adapt to environmental impacts of climate change. (website: http://ecnr.berkeley.edu/facPage/dispFP.php?I=1554)

    Manuel Pastor, PhD
    Professor, University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA

    Manuel PastorDr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC’s Center for Sustainable Cities and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In recent years, his research has focused on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities in the U.S. Dr. Pastor currently serves on the Regional Targets Advisory Committee, a group advising the California Air Resources Board on methods to set goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through better land use planning. (website: http://people.ucsc.edu/~mpastor/)

    Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH
    Deputy Director, California Department of Public Health
    Sacramento, CA

    Dr. Linda Rudolph is the Deputy Director, California Department of Public Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which addresses chronic disease prevention, injury control, and occupational and environmental health. Dr. Rudolph received her MD from UC San Francisco, and an MPH in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley. She has previously served as the Health Officer and Public Health Director for the City of Berkeley, Chief Medical Officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care, and Medical Director for the California Division of Workers' Compensation. (Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion website: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/Pages/CenterChronicDiseaseHealthPromotion.aspx)

    Nidia Bautista
    Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
    Los Angeles, CA

    Nidia Bautista serves as Policy Director and has been with CCA since 2003. Currently based in Sacramento, she is responsible for managing the organization’s advocacy and outreach efforts in California’s inland valleys. Previously, Nidia served as field representative for Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, worked on several progressive campaigns throughout Los Angeles County and helped produce an environmental directory for the East San Gabriel Valley. She majored in political science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. (Coalition for Clean Air website: http://www.coalitionforcleanair.org/)

    Daniella Gratale, MA
    Government Relations Manager, Trust for America's Health
    Washington, DC

    Daniella Gratale serves as a Government Relations Manager at Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Her advocacy efforts focus on chronic disease prevention, appropriations, environmental health, and public health workforce development. Prior to joining TFAH, she was a Legislative Assistant for the late Congresswoman Julia Carson, where she covered environmental, transportation, agriculture and telecommunications policy. She holds an MA in Political Management from George Washington University and a BA from The College of New Jersey. (Trust for America’s Health website: http://healthyamericans.org/)


    Matthew Marsom
    Director of Public Policy, Public Health Institute

    As Director of Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew is responsible for designing and implementing PHI strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests.

    Matthew was previously Chief of the Policy, Partnerships and Planning Unit within the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the California Department of Public Health, where he provided support for policy development, legislative analysis and government relations, and oversaw the policy and partnership activities of the Network for a Healthy California.

    Matthew is originally from London, England where he worked as an advocate for community based childcare organizations and as Adviser for Policy and Strategy within the Early Years and Childcare Unit of the Department of Education and Skills.


    Alexandra Destler, EdM
    Director, Health & Climate Change Leaders Program, Public Health Institute

    Alexandra DestlerAlexandra Destler is a Project Director at Public Health Institute, focusing on creating innovative leadership education programming as a powerful tool to advance environmental sustainability in organizations and industries; cross sector partnership development focused on shared vision and sustainability issues; assessing and adapting mental models and worldviews; and changing the way people think about health and the environment.


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