Dr. Alberto Ayala began his tenure in July 2017 as the new Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. In this capacity and under the guidance of the Air District Board of Directors, Ayala leads a team of dedicated professionals charting a course towards clean air and a low-carbon future for the California capital region.
Ayala came to the Air District after 17 years with the California Air Resources Board, serving most recently as Deputy Executive Officer. Prior to ARB, he was a member of the engineering faculty at West Virginia University, where he still holds an Adjunct Professor appointment, and a Design Engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical.
Ayala has published extensively in refereed scientific journals and is a recognized speaker and lecturer on air pollution and combustion emissions. He holds B.S. (’91), M.S.E. ('93), and Ph.D. ('97) degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.