Jerilyn López Mendoza, Deputy Director
Jerilyn López Mendoza is the deputy director for the newly created Office of Public Participation. Governor Brown appointed her to the position in November 2016. Prior to joining DTSC, López Mendoza was Environmental Program Manager at Southern California Gas Company. She was California regional manager at ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability from 2010 to 2011 and staff attorney and policy director in the Environmental Justice Project Office at the Environmental Defense Fund from 2000 to 2009. She is a member of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Board of Directors.
López Mendoza was a commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works from 2011-2013 where she was the primary facilitator for the initiative that abolished single-use plastic bags at major retailers. She also served as a volunteer government official on the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Los Angeles where she helped develop and implement the historic Clean Air Action Plan. López Mendoza earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Stanford University.