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Organization

The South Coast AQMD is directed by a thirteen member Governing Board and staff are organized into eight offices that oversee regulatory, scientific, and business functions.

Governing Board

The South Coast AQMD Governing Board is made up of thirteen officials who meet monthly to establish policy and approve or reject new or amended rules. The Governing Board appoints the Executive Officer, General Counsel, and members of the Hearing Board

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Executive Office (EO)

The Executive Office is responsible for the management of the South Coast AQMD and the development and implementation of strategies to attain ambient air quality standards. This office translates goals and objectives into programs and enforceable regulations that meet federal and state statutory requirements, while being sensitive to potential socioeconomic and environmental justice impacts in the South Coast Air Basin. The office consists of the Executive Officer, a Chief Operating Officer, and the Clerk of the Boards, plus support staff. 

  • Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer

  • Jill Whynot, Chief Operating Officer

  • Denise Garzaro, Clerk of the Boards

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The Legal department provides legal advice to the Governing Board and staff on all issues relating to the operations of the South Coast AQMD, including enforcement and litigation, and represents the Executive Officer in variances, abatement orders, and permit appeals before the Hearing Board.

  • Bayron Gilchrist, General Counsel

  • Barbara Baird, Chief Deputy Counsel

  • Nicholas Sanchez, Assistant Chief Deputy Counsel-Major Prosecutions 

  • Nancy Feldman, Principal Deputy District Counsel

  • Megan Lorenz, Principal Deputy District Counsel

  • Veera Tyagi, Principal Deputy District Counsel

  • William Wong, Principal Deputy District Counsel

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    Science & Technology Advancement (STA)

    • Matt Miyasato, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Officer

    • Naveen Berry, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer

    • Jason Low, Ph.D., Assistant Deputy Executive Officer

    The Science & Technology Advancement office is composed of the following units:

    Monitoring and Analysis (M&A)
    The Monitoring and Analysis Division operates and maintains the South Coast AQMD’s air monitoring network, performs chemical analyses in a state-of-the-art laboratory,  conducts source tests and evaluations, initiates local community monitoring, implements quality assurance programs, evaluates low-cost sensors, implements optical remote sensing (ORS) technologies for emission measurements, and provides meteorological, sampling and analytical support as part of the South Coast AQMD's emergency and wildfire response programs. 

    • Rene Bermudez, Manager, Atmospheric Measurements 

    • Aaron Katzenstein, Manager, Laboratory Services

    • Andrea Polidori, Manager, Advanced Monitoring Technologies

    • Kevin Durkee, Manager, Quality Assurance

    • Mike Garibay, Manager, Source Test Engineering

    • Sumner Wilson, Manager, Monitoring Operations

    Technology Advancement Office (TAO)
    The Technology Advancement Office cosponsors low- and zero-emission and clean fuel technology development and demonstration projects in a cooperation with private industry, technology developers, and local, State, and federal agencies.  Additionally, TAO implements a range of incentive funds available to local fleets to accelerate implementation of lower emitting technologies, and provides outreach to support cleaner technologies.  AB2766 created the MSRC, an independent agency, to make recommendations as to which projects and programs would be funded from motor vehicle registration fees received by the South Coast AQMD. STA provides staff and other support to facilitate its activities.

    • Lourdes Cordova Martinez, Manager, Contracts & Outreach

    • Joseph Impullitti, Manager, Technology Demonstration

    • Vicki White, Manager, Technology Implementation

    • Cynthia Ravenstein, Program Supervisor, MSRC

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    Engineering & Permitting (E&P)

    • Vacant, Deputy Executive Officer

    • Amir Dejbakhsh, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer

    This group has primary responsibility for South Coast AQMD’s permit system, including issuance and administration of RECLAIM (the REgional CLean Air Incentives Market) Facility Permits, Permits to Construct and Permits to Operate equipment at non-RECLAIM facilities, and the Federal Title V Operating Permit Program.

    • Mitch Haimov, Manager, Coatings, Printing, Plating, Military, Entertainment

    • Bhaskar Chandan, Manager, Energy, Public Services, Waste Management, Terminals

    • Danny Luong, Manager, Refinery

    • Edward Muehlbacher, Manager, Chemical, Mechanical, Ports/Title V

    • David Ono, Manager, RECLAIM, Registrations, NSR, Permit Streamlining, IM Coordination, Administrative

    • William Thompson, Manager, General Commercial, Government, Oil and Gas, Permit Services

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    Compliance & Enforcement (C&E)

    • Marian Coleman, Deputy Executive Officer

    • Terrence Mann, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer

    This group ensures compliance with South Coast AQMD permit conditions, local air quality rules and regulations, and state and federal air quality mandates at permitted facilities. They also respond to air quality complaints received from the public.

    • Jason Aspell, Manager, Toxics & Waste Management

    • Scott Caso, Manager, Major Sources

    • Rafael Reynosa, Manager, Energy/Refinery/Retail Gasoline Dispensing

    • Victor Yip, Manager, Industrial/Commercial/Governmental Operations

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    Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources (PRDAS)

    The Office of Planning, Rule Development and Area Sources is responsible for the majority of the South Coast AQMD’s air quality planning functions, and developing proposals for new rules and amendments to existing rules. PRDAS also inventories area sources and conducts permitting and compliance activities related to area sources. Programs administered by this office include: Annual Emissions Reporting, Toxics Hot Spots (AB 2588), Air Quality Modeling and Emissions Inventory, Health Effects, Air Quality Management Plans and State Implementation Plans, Meteorology, Air Quality Evaluation, CEQA, Socioeconomic Analysis, Transportation Programs, Rulemaking, Area Source Program Development and Implementation. The Mobile Source unit participates in state and federal mobile source rulemaking, and oversees development of new South Coast AQMD mobile source rules.

    • Philip Fine, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Officer

    • Susan Nakamura, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer 

    • Sarah Rees, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer

    • Jo Kay Ghosh, Director of Clean Air Programs/Health Effects Officer, Health Effects

    • David DeBoer, Manager, Area Sources Compliance, Toxics/VOC Rules 1

    • Daniel Garcia, Manager, Community Emissions Reduction Programs

    • Carol Gomez, Manager, Transportation Programs

    • Tracy Goss, Manager, Annual Emissions Reports, AB 2588

    • Michael Krause, Manager, NOx/SOx, RECLAIM, Toxics/VOC Rules 3

    • Ian MacMillan, Manager, Socioeconomic Analysis, Mobile Sources/ISR

    • Michael Morris, Manager, Admin, NSR, PM Control Strategies, Toxics/VOC Rules 4

    • Zorik Pirveysian, Manager, Mobile Source-Fleet Rules, Climate Change, AQMP, Modeling

    • Jillian Wong, Manager, CEQA, CEQA-IGR,Toxics/VOC Rules 2

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    Legislative, Public Affairs & Media (LPAM)

    The Office of Legislative, Public Affairs & Media includes the Public Advisor, Legislative Affairs, Government Relations, Community Outreach, Small Business Assistance and Media Relations units. The mission of Legislative, Public Affairs & Media is to promote public participation in, and understanding of, air quality issues, legislation and policies. The office provides information regarding South Coast AQMD regulatory, planning and legislative activities to the general public, businesses, local governments, ethnic communities, and environmental organizations.

    • Derrick Alatorre, Deputy Executive Officer

    • Fabian Wesson, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer/Public Advisor

    • Nahal Mogharabi, Director of Communications

    • Lisa Tanaka O'Malley, Sr. Manager, Federal Legislation/Communications

    • Philip Crabbe III, Manager, State Legislation, Com Center

    • Kathryn Higgins, Manager, Local Government/Community Outreach

    • Denise Peralta Gailey, Manager, State/Federal Legislation, EJ, SBA

    • Vacant, Manager, Media Office

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    Administrative & Human Resources

    Performs all administrative/human resources functions, including administering and interpreting human resources-related laws, rules, and regulations, administering personnel and employee relations programs to maximize hiring, retention, and development of highly-qualified employees, ensuring a healthful and safe work environment, controlling risk and accident-related costs, performing maintenance and repairs of the South Coast AQMD headquarters buildings, building equipment, cafeteria, grounds, childcare center, field offices, air monitoring stations, meteorological stations, and landscape maintenance, and administering leases, custodial services, and automotive services.

    • John Olvera, Deputy Executive Officer

    • Bryan Bradford, Manager, Recruitment & Selection/Classification & Pay

    • Bruce Jacobson, Manager, Building Services

    • Greg Mayes, Manager, Risk Management

    • William Richards, Manager, Employee & Labor Relations/Benefits & Records

    • Vanessa Rodriguez, Manager, Business Services

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    Finance

    Performs all financial functions, including processing payroll, preparation and printing of budgets, financial reports, and work programs, invoicing, revenue posting and depositing, payment of bills, responding to customer questions, financial planning, cash management, treasury management, grant administration, general ledger maintenance, administering audits mandated by state law, and administration of contracts and purchasing functions.

    • Sujata Jain, Deputy Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer

    • Dean Hughbanks, Manager, Procurement

    • Donna Peterson, Manager, Financial Services

    • Susanna Leung, Controller, Accounting, Cash Management & Payroll

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    Information Management

    Performs all information management functions, including desktop support, network services, public records requests, systems and programming, records management, website maintenance and improvement, and technology planning.

    • Ron Moskowitz, Deputy Executive Officer/Chief Information Officer

    • Xin Chen, Manager, Information Technology/Systems Development

    • Mark Henninger, Manager, Information Technology/Hardware & Network

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    For more details on the South Coast AQMD's Goals and Mission consult the current budget.

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