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Senior Policy Advisor
Executive Office

Peter Greenwald has over twenty-five years of experience in air quality law and policy.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review.  Mr. Greenwald currently serves as SCAQMD Senior Policy Advisor.

Mr. Greenwald joined the SCAQMD in 1980 as a staff attorney and subsequently held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately being appointed General Counsel and heading up a legal staff of over thirty attorneys, investigators and support personnel.  Among his accomplishments, Mr. Greenwald was centrally-involved in developing precedent-setting regulatory programs, he drafted legislative proposals that were adopted by Congress and the state legislature, and he represented the SCAQMD in a wide range of judicial and administrative cases.  From 2000 through fall of 2003, Mr. Greenwald engaged in private consulting practice assisting regulatory agencies including air quality districts throughout California and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  This work involved a wide range of policy and legal issues, including pollutant transport between air basins, federal approvability of air quality rules in Houston Texas, emission credit supplies, and legislation.  Mr. Greenwald's recent work includes policy, planning and advocacy to support a transition to cleaner technologies and energy sources for freight movement and stationary equipment.

Mr. Greenwald also has served as an adjunct professor teaching  environmental law at Loyola Law School, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Lexis/Nexis publication California Environmental Law Reporter He has lectured regarding environmental law and policy at numerous colleges, spoken at state bar and other conferences, authored published articles regarding environmental issues, and served as membership chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. 

Mr. Greenwald and his wife, Cindy, have two children.  In his free time, Mr. Greenwald enjoys surfing and photography.