Mary Nichols

Professor, UCLA
 Mary Nichols biography:
Mary Nichols, Professor-in-Residence, currently serves as Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment (IoE). Nichols received her B.A. from Cornell University (1966) and her J.D. from Yale Law School (1971). After law school, she served as attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles (1971-74) where she brought the first litigation under the then recently passed Clean Air Act. Nichols was employed by the state of California as the Secretary of Environmental Affairs and the Chair of the Air Resources Board (1974-78), and briefly served as Los Angeles Chief Assistant City Attorney in charge of the civil branch (1978-79) before returning to her previous position at the state (1979-1983). Nichols moved on to private environmental law consultation (1983-88), while serving as campaign manager for Tom Bradley for Governor of California (1985-86). Nichols also took on the role of Director for the People for the American Way (1987-88) before founding the Los Angeles office for Natural Resources Defense Council as senior attorney (1989-93). From 1993-97, Nichols was appointed as Assistant Administrator of Air and Radiation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She then headed the Environment Now Foundation as Executive Director from 1997-98. Prior to joining UCLA, she served as the California Secretary for Resources (1979-2003) where she was responsible for the State’s activities relating to the management, preservation, and enhancement of its natural resources, and for the oversight of the state’s scenic, cultural, and recreational resources.
 
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Professor-in-Residence, Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment (IoE)

Board member of Dept. of Water and Power

1979-2003: California Secretary of Resources

1997-98: Executive Director of the Environment Now Foundation

1993-97: Assistant Administrator of Air and Radiation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1989-93: Founded the Los Angeles office for Natural Resources Defense Council as senior attorney

1987-88: Director for the People for the American Way

1985-86: Campaign campaign manager for Tom Bradley for Governor of California

1983-88: Private environmental law consultant

1978-79: Los Angeles Chief Assistant City Attorney in charge of the civil branch

1974-78: Secretary of Environmental Affairs and the Chair of the Air Resources Board

1974-78: Chair of the CA Air Resources Board

1971-74: Attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles

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