Opening Keynote Panel: The Role of Science in Environmental Justice
Tuesday, June 28, 8:30 – 10:30 am PT, Grand Ballroom BC
Featured Keynote Speakers:
Deputy Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
|Philip M. Fine, Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy, Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
|Angela Johnson Meszaros
|Philip T. Martien, Ph.D.
Director: Assessment, Inventory, and Modeling Division,
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Mr. Gary Rubenstein is one of the founding partners of Sierra Research and now a principal at Foulweather Consulting. A graduate of Caltech, he is an engineer with an extensive background in the air pollution control field, including all aspects of air quality planning, strategy development and analysis, emission inventory development, emission control system design and evaluation, and automotive emission control design. He has supervised the preparation of control technology assessments, environmental impact reports and permit applications for numerous industrial and other development projects. Mr. Rubenstein has presented testimony and served as a technical expert witness before numerous state and local regulatory agencies, and has provided expert witness testimony in a variety of administrative and judicial proceedings. He is a QEP as well as active in A&WMA and ASME.
Chris Chavez, Deputy Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
Chris joined Coalition for Clean Air in 2017 and works on local and state advocacy, disadvantaged communities and electric vehicle deployment. In addition to legislative and regulatory advocacy, Chris has also worked on successful nonpartisan ballot measure campaigns at both the statewide and local level. Previously, Chris served as legislative staff for State Senator Fran Pavley (ret.) and then-State Senator Alex Padilla. Prior to his time at the Capitol, Chris was a student advocate for California’s public higher education system. Chris has a BA in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and is an active member of the Long Beach community.
Philip M. Fine, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy, Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In the Office of Policy at EPA, Dr. Fine provides advice and leadership on a wide variety of cross-agency and inter-agency policy programs. These include environmental justice and equity, permitting policy, regulatory design and impacts analysis, sustainable community development, sector—based approaches, and voluntary standards. He represents EPA on a variety of interagency working groups, including serving as EPA’s Environmental Justice Officer as a member of the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council.
Dr. Fine joined EPA after a 15-year career at the South Coast Air Quality Management District where he most recently served as the Deputy Executive Officer leading the Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources Division, overseeing the development of State Implementation Plans and Air Quality Management Plans, strategies and regulations for air pollution control, meteorology and forecasting, air quality evaluation, air toxics risk assessment, emissions inventories, socioeconomic analyses, transportation programs, and enforcement for area sources. Dr. Fine served on the California Air Resources Board’s legislatively mandated Research Screening Committee, and has also served on several EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee expert panels. Before joining the South Coast AQMD, Dr. Fine was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications to date. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Environmental Science & Engineering, and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice
Angela Johnson Meszaros is the managing attorney for the Community Partnerships Program, based in Los Angeles, CA. Her docket focuses on working with communities of color on issues related to air pollution, energy, and the urban environment. For over 30 years, Angela has used a range of tools to enhance the health, safety, and quality of life in communities impacted by environmental hazards including: providing technical assistance to community members to support their effective advocacy on behalf of their communities, litigation, legislative drafting and policy advocacy, and media engagement.
Angela’s efforts have focused on policy development, implementation, and enforcement in a variety of environmental areas including: the impacts of climate change policy on communities of color, eliminating extraction of oil in LA’s urban neighborhoods, meeting the health-based air standards established by the Clean Air Act, public participation in environmental decision-making, reducing childhood lead poisoning, defending against destructive freeway siting, stopping inappropriate siting of sources of air pollution, land use policies and their impact on community health, reducing health impacts of air toxics from mobile and stationary sources, Superfund clean up, the California Environmental Quality Act, and air permit development and compliance. Angela holds both a degree in philosophy and a law degree from the University of Southern California and is a member of the California state bar.
Philip T. Martien, Ph.D., Director: Assessment, Inventory, and Modeling Division, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Phil Martien is the Director of the Assessment, Inventory, and Modeling (AIM) Division at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. He and his team are focused on compiling and evaluating emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases; conducting modeling-based studies to estimate air pollution equity, exposures, and impacts; and supporting the Air District's development of health protective rules and prioritized mitigation measures. He led the Air District's Community Air Risk Evaluation Program, which informed California's AB 617 in beginning to unite community organizations, agencies, and businesses to address areas of concentrated air pollution and related health effects in disadvantaged communities. He received his MS and PhD degrees from UC Berkeley.