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Barbara A. Lee, Director

Barbara_Lee_web Barbara A. Lee is the director of the California
Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). She
was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on
October 31, 2014, and confirmed on August 20, 2015
by the California Senate.

At DTSC, and in her various roles with other
environmental agencies, Barbara has worked
passionately to ensure the principles of environmental
justice. She directed the implementation of DTSC’s
Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) policy,
which benefits environmental justice and Native
American communities. She initiated the formation of
a cross functional, multi‐cultural, multi‐level task
group within the Department to embrace diversity
and foster intercultural and cross‐cultural
understanding within DTSC.

Barbara has instituted a high level of organizational
excellence at DTSC and developed a creative, diverse,
and energetic executive team to carry forward DTSC’s
mission. Throughout her career as a regulator protecting California's environment, Barbara has set the
standard for finding practical, pragmatic policy solutions to complex issues. Her ability to engage industry and
the environmental community in solutions that are meaningful and workable has resulted in real
improvements in California's environment. She brings that same approach to DTSC's pioneering Safer
Consumer Products regulations, which are reducing toxic chemicals in the products that consumers buy and
use. The regulations identify specific products that contain potentially harmful chemicals and ask
manufacturers to answer two questions: Is this chemical necessary? Is there a safer alternative?

Before joining DTSC, Barbara spent much of her career dedicated to protecting – and improving – the quality
of California's air. She was air pollution control officer at the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control
District from 1996 to 2014; she was the district's supervising air quality engineer from 1994 to 1996. Barbara
was an air quality engineer at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District from 1990 to 1994.

She was co‐chair of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies Monitoring Committee and a member of
the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association Board from 1995 to 2014, where she served as
president in 2000, 2005 and 2008. She was co‐chair of the California Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Justice Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007, and served as a member from 2001 to 2007.

Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and has done graduate work in medical technology, biology and neuroscience.