Barry Wallerstein Named a Senior Policy Fellow at UC Riverside School of Public Policy

Longtime Southern California air-quality regulator will assist students and collaborate with researchers

Barry Wallerstein

Barry W. Wallerstein

RIVERSIDE, California – Barry R. Wallerstein, the longtime executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District who guided the development of policies that greatly improved the air Southern Californians breathe, has been named a Senior Policy Fellow at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy (SPP). The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

Although Wallerstein’s formal affiliation will be with SPP, he also will work closely with the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), said Anil Deolalikar, dean of the School of Public Policy.

“Dr. Wallerstein is one of the most widely known and respected environmental regulators and policymakers in California, having served for nearly two decades as executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District – an agency charged with protecting the health of 17 million people in the nation’s smoggiest region,” Deolalikar said. “During his tenure, pollution diminished sharply across the region.”

As Senior Policy Fellow, Wallerstein will share his environmental policy and regulation experience with students, and will be available to assist some students on their capstone projects and to collaborate with faculty from SPP, BCOE and CNAS on research projects. He may also teach elective courses in environmental regulation and policy as well as environmental justice.

“This is a great opportunity for our school and for the campus to benefit from Dr. Wallerstein’s extensive experience and contacts in the environmental policy area,” Deolalikar added.

Wallerstein said he looks forward to working closely with UCR faculty, research staff and students in continuing the university’s tradition as a leader in environmental research and policy.

“Our region, state and country are at a crossroads relative to some key public policies on the environment,” he said. “I am honored to join UCR’s efforts to provide science-based analysis to aid these critical decisions, and to work closely with the university’s faculty, research staff and students on environmental policies important to the Inland Empire, state and nation.”

Wallerstein served as the SCAQMD executive officer from 1997 through March. Prior to that he held many other senior policy positions at the agency and elsewhere in the environmental regulation area. He has served on numerous committees and advisory boards, including those associated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Research Council, CalEPA and California Air Resources Board.

He has testified before numerous state and federal committees on the environment, energy and power, as well as city and county decision-makers, and has authored, co-authored or edited more than 150 technical reports, regulatory documents, policy analysis papers and regional plans related to air pollution control and environmental policy.

Wallerstein also received the Environmental Steward Award from the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in 2013, the Norton Younglove Air Quality Award from the Western Riverside Council of Governments in 2008, the Dr. Zweig Community Health Advocate Award from the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in 2003, and was an Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2006.

He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in biological science from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate (D.Env.) in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.

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