November 17th, 2020


Chair, California Air Resources Board


Throughout a 45-year career as an environmental regulator, Mary Nichols has been called everything from “Trump's nemesis” to “the most influential environmental regulator of all time”. A powerful climate champion for advancing climate action and limiting emissions, Nichols has taken on automakers and collaborated with them. Environmentalists have cheered her moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions, occasionally criticizing her for letting polluters off easy and not doing enough for disadvantaged communities of color.

Where does California’s climate leadership go from here, and what’s ahead for a new national climate agenda in 2021? Join us for a conversation on the storied career of Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, and a look at California’s ambitious and controversial climate leadership from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Governor Gavin Newsom. 

This program is generously underwritten by the ClimateWorks Foundation.