Advisory Committee Members
David Asti is a Principal in Corporate Environmental Policy & Affairs for Southern California Edison Company (SCE) where he focuses on water, waste, and occasionally, air policy issues. Mr. Asti holds a B.S. in Geology from Clemson University, an M.S. in Geology with an emphasis in hydrogeology and geochemistry from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA (with honors) from Kennesaw (GA) State University.
Mr. Asti's employment history includes over nine years in the environmental consulting field and a total of eighteen years of corporate-level environmental and safety experience in the electric utility industry at both Southern Company in Atlanta, GA and Southern California Edison. He is both a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).
Ms. Babich represents the Del Amo Action Committee, a predominantly Latino community in Los Angeles County. She is also the Coordinator for the Los Angeles Environmental Justice Network. Her community has also been affected by toxic exposure such as DDT contamination.
Ms. Brostrom is a Senior Attorney with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment and coordinator of the People's Senate. Through several Central Valley hazardous waste facility and cleanup projects, she found that advocacy for vulnerable communities needs to be scaled up. Her objective on the Advisory Committee will be to examine whether we are reducing impacts on communities burdened by toxics.
Ms. Koepke is a partner at McHugh, Koepke &Associates, a Sacramento-based governmental relations firm, handling the legislative, regulatory and research needs of the firm's clients and lobbies in the policy areas of public safety, health and human services, resources, environmental safety, chemical management, and adult educaDawn Koepketion. Dawn serves as a co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance and a member of the Thursday Group, business friendly sweat-equity coalitions whose efforts are focused on green chemistry and an array of environmental legislative and regulatory actions. As a co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance (GCA), Dawn helped to successfully elevate and promote industry's proactive, solutions-oriented positions on green chemistry, chemical management and regulation before the Legislature, Administration, Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and other state Agencies.
Prior to joining the McHugh team, Dawn served as Special Assistant to Governor Gray Davis. Dawn graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and completed her Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from California State University, Sacramento with a special focus in environmental regulatory affairs and collaborative studies.
Mr. Lapis represents Californians Against Waste, a membership-based environmental organization in Sacramento. It has sponsored most of the solid waste legislation that has passed in the state; efforts have included used oil, organic waste, e-waste, and tires. His education is in Environmental Biology.
Professor Oladele (Dele) Ogunseitan is a professor of Public Health and the founding Chair of the department of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a professor of Social Ecology. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Tennessee, and his Master of Public Health degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned a certificate in International Health. He earned a certificate in teaching by case-method at Harvard University. He researches the nexus of industrial development, environmental quality and human health. He is the editor of Green Health (Sage, 2011). His articles have appeared in Science, The Lancet Global Health, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Environmental Health Perspectives, Journal of Industrial Ecology,and Environmental Science & Technology. Awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Global Forum for Health Research have funded his research.
He serves on the Board of Director of the University of California Global Health Institute, and he is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH). He is a member of the Hoover Medal Board of Award, and was named a League of Materials Superhero by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Foundation. His honors include the American Council of Education (ACE) Leadership Excellence award from the international OpenCourseWare Consortium; the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Research Fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory; and the Jefferson Science Fellowship of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Virginia St. Jean
CPHWR Initiative Advisory Committee Member Virginia St. Jean Ms. St. Jean is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with a background in chemistry and industrial manufacturing. She's been with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) as a Hazmat Inspector for over 26 years and serves as the DPH Pollution Prevention and Green Programs Manager providing multi-agency compliance assistance, toxics reduction and pollution prevention advice to San Francisco hazmat sites. She developed and administers the DPH Clean and Green Recognition Programs and co-administers the SF Green Business Program. Both recognition programs are inter-agency collaborative programs aimed at assisting the regulated community reduce toxics use and minimize hazardous waste generation via upstream source reduction and waste minimization methods. She has served on many regional, state, and national health and pollution prevention advisory groups that target various industry sectors including the automotive repair, marine/maritime industries, garment clothing, coatings, printing, hospitality, food service and personal care (nail and hair salons) sectors, with the goal of informing on emerging toxics and pollutants and providing education on safe alternatives and best management practices.
CPHWR Initiative Advisory Committee Member Xonia Villanueva Ms. Villanueva is a wife and mother to three daughters and a founding member of the community group, Concerned Neighbors of Wildomar. She is a Community Advocate and member of The People's Senate. Since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder - believed to be connected to contamination in her community - she devotes much of her time to DTSC reform.
Mr. White is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer in California. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. Mr. White has an extensive professional experience in environmental engineering, waste management and pollution control in the Western US, principally California. During his career, Mr. White has held a variety of responsible positions in California state government and the private sector. Mr. White is semi-retired and currently consults for industry and government clients. On the advisory committee, Mr. White represents the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the California Resource Management Association (CalRMA).