Mary Nichols

Chair, California Air Resources Board

Mary Nichols values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues. As Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, Nichols is moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for the San Joaquin Valley. Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health.

In addition to her work at the Air Board, Nichols has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton.



Climate One TV: Mary Nichols

December 28, 2020 Throughout a 45-year career as an environmental regulator, Mary Nichols has been called everything from “Trump's nemesis” to “the most...

Can California Go Carbon Neutral?

February 14, 2019
Just ten years ago, an entire state running on 100% renewable electricity seemed fanciful. But this dreamy vision became reality when, with the...

Oil Ahead

January 13, 2015
With gas prices plummeting and support growing for a reduction on fossil fuels, what does the future hold for the oil industry? Must they adapt or...

Cruising 55

February 13, 2012
Have regulators, environmentalists, and automakers reached détente on the need to boost the fuel efficiency of America’s vehicle fleet? If one...