Cindy Tuck Appointed CARB Chair

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 8, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On June 29th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Cindy Tuck chairman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a position vacant since January. Senate confirmation is required.

In his announcement Governor Schwarzenegger said, "Cindy has dedicated her career to developing solutions to challenging environmental problems in order to protect and improve California's environment.  She has worked so Californians, for generations to come, will have clean air to breathe, water to drink and beautiful landscape to enjoy.  Her expertise is vital to ensuring California continues to lead the nation in setting air quality standards while at the same time balancing the need to keep our economy strong and thriving.  I am confident she will bring diverse interests together to meet our ambitious air quality goals."

Ms. Tuck earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific and also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.  

She has more than 20 years of direct air quality experience in California.  She has served as general counsel and manager of the State and Bay Area Air Quality Committees at the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance since 2000.  Prior to that, she served as a consultant to the Council for three years.  From 1993 to 2000 she was an associate with the Law Offices of William J. Thomas.  From 1987 to 1993 Tuck served as a government relations advisor to Heron, Burchette, Ruckert & Rothwell, The Gualco Group and Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson.  Tuck's experience also includes three years as a civil engineer for the Environmental Services Department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and two years as an environmental engineering research assistant at the University of Illinois.  

She is a member of the State Bar of California, is registered as a professional engineer in California and is also a member of the California Climate Action Registry Board.

Supporters describe Tuck as a hardworking, conscientious, personable behind-the-scenes player who has demonstrated a willingness to compromise on many environmental issues.   Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, said, "We have worked with Cindy Tuck for many years and she has always worked to bring people together.  Sometimes you have to separate the person from who they are representing, unless they have crossed some moral line."

Nonetheless, a few environmental groups are advocating a block of Tuck’s confirmation and apparently have "sewed up" some Democratic votes.  The Schwarzenegger Administration has vowed to defend their selection and both Alan Lloyd, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) and Terry Tamminen, the Governor’s Cabinet Secretary and former Secretary of Cal-EPA, are expected to endorse her appointment.    

CMTA believes that the Governor could not have found a more qualified candidate and will be assisting in a grassroots campaign to approve her selection. 
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