“I am pleased to have found such an outstanding candidate to serve on the Air Resources Board,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “With 35 years of experience working in the environmental justice community, Diane has developed a proven track record of protecting public health in disadvantaged communities. I trust that Diane will provide strong leadership in ensuring that environmental justice communities are represented on the Air Resources Board.”

Diane Takvorian currently serves as the executive director and co-founder of the Environmental Health Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental and social justice for disadvantaged communities. She previously served as the associated director of the Community Congress of San Diego. Takvorian holds a master’s degree in social work and bachelor of science degree in psychology from San Diego State University.

AB 1288, authored by Speaker Atkins last year, requires two additional members representing disadvantaged communities to be appointed to the state Air Resources Board, ensuring that communities disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution are represented, and expanding the board to 14 members.

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker